We Are Your Local Mediation Experts
The state of Tennessee requires mediation for most divorces. The Law Offices of Edward Martindale Jr., P.C. offers mediation services for couples in Jackson, TN, and the surrounding area. Our family law experts can assist with many aspects of your divorce. But a court will typically not set a hearing unless you have completed the mediation process. We have met the requirements outlined by the Tennessee State Court’s Rule 31: Alternative Dispute Resolution. Therefore, we can mediate your divorce and help you achieve fair results. Call us today to learn more about the process and what to expect.
Understanding Rule 31 Mediation
Mediation is a way for two parties to settle their differences with a neutral third party’s assistance. In divorce proceedings, these differences include matters involving property, money, and child custody. The process helps you and your partner come to agreements without relying on the court to settle disputes for you. To qualify as a Rule 31 mediator, one must meet the qualifications outlined by the state. The Law Offices of Edward Martindale Jr., P.C. have completed these requirements, and we can assist with general civil and family matters prior to your divorce. We will help you remain in control of your decisions and keep court costs down.
Exceptions to Rule 31 Mediation
Most couples going through a contested divorce must complete mediation as outlined by Rule 31. However, there are some exceptions. They include:
- Inability to pay and the state will not waive the cost
- The cost is an unreasonable burden
- You have already agreed to a settlement with your spouse
- The court does not believe mediation can resolve issues
What to Expect During Rule 31 Mediation
During mediation, you will sit down with your spouse and a representative from the Law Offices of Edward Martindale Jr., P.C. to discuss ways to divide your assets and settle any disagreements. Mediations vary based on the unique circumstances of each situation. While you may not come to a complete agreement on all aspects of your divorce, we will help you find common ground so that you can focus your efforts. The court expects you to make a reasonable effort to communicate with your spouse during mediation. Goals of mediation include:
- Identifying each party’s most important issues
- Clarifying any misunderstandings
- Finding solutions to disagreements
Why You Need the Law Offices of Edward Martindale Jr., P.C.
Edward Martindale Jr. has completed all of the training requirements necessary to become a Rule 31 mediator in Tennessee. Our team will offer legal guidance during your mediation sessions to ensure you understand the ramifications of each issue and can determine which are of the utmost importance to you. This assistance will help ensure you achieve the best results possible from your divorce settlement. We are proud to serve clients in Jackson, TN, and the surrounding areas, so call us today to get started.