I am a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil/Family Mediator,and am available to assist parties involved in a dispute related to either family or civil matters in reaching an agreement through a process of mediation (commonly known as an "out of court" settlement). Mediation is
defined by the Tennessee Supreme Court as "an informal process in which a
neutral person conducts discussions among the disputing parties designed
enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement among themselves on
any part of the issues in dispute."
Mediation, a form of alternative dispute
resolution (ADR) or "appropriate dispute resolution" conducted by an
impartial facilitator, aims to actively engage the parties in reaching a
mutually acceptable settlement to a dispute rather than having a settlement
imposed by a third party such as a judge or jury. Mediation may involve (as parties in the process)
organizations, communities, businesses, churches, individuals or other
representatives with a vested interest in the outcome of the dispute.
Mediators are impartial (or
“neutral”) professionals with the training and skill to foster effective
communication between disputants with the goal of helping the parties reach an appropriate
settlement of the disputed matter. Parties involved in a variety of disputes,
such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, church, community and family
matters, can use mediation as a means of reaching agreement rather than going
differs from most other adversarial resolution processes by virtue of its
simplicity, informality, flexibility, and economy; and commonly includes the following elements:
1) a controversy, dispute or difference of positions
between people, or a need for decision-making or problem-solving 2) a decision-making process controlled by the disputants rather
than imposed by a third party 3) the willing and active participation of the parties to negotiate a mutually acceptable
resolution to their dispute 4) the intent and personal commitment of each party to reach an agreement through the
facilitative help of an independent, neutral third person
Mediation is usually the least expensive route to dispute
resolution. While a court case can take months or years to resolve, a case
in mediation usually reaches resolution in a matter of hours.
What happens in mediation remains strictly confidential,
while court hearings are very public.
Mediation is the only method of dispute resolution in
which the involved parties have complete control over the outcome.
mediation is more likely to produce a result that is mutually
or “win/win,” for all parties.
Because the resolution attained by the parties is
mutually agreeable, compliance with the mediated agreement is
high. The mediated agreement is, however, fully enforceable in a
Since both parties are willing to work toward the goal
of resolving the case, they are more likely to work with one
against one another.
The mediator is trained to help the parties think
"outside of the box" for possible solutions, empowering them to
find ways to resolve the dispute that best suit their unique needs.
For more information about the mediation process or to discuss obtaining mediation services, contact me at (901) 229-2849 or email@example.com.