MEDIATION

Mediation

William J. Taylor has successfully completed the training to become a Rule 31 Certified Mediator in the State of Tennessee.  As a mediator of family disputes, he acts as a “neutral” between parties seeking a divorce.  In Tennessee, divorcing couples must attend at least one court ordered mediation, and sometimes more, before their divorce will become final.

What is mediation?  Mediation is a structured process designed to help parties resolve disputes. The "mediator" is a neutral person, trained and skilled at facilitating communications, negotiations and dispute resolution.  Mediation is different from arbitration. In an arbitration proceeding, the neutral party (arbitrator) acts as a judge in hearing evidence and rendering a decision. By contrast, a mediator does not hear evidence nor render a decision. A mediator works with all parties to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties. Mediation does not end in a "winner-take-all"/"loser-take-nothing" decision. Mediation ends when all parties find a solution all parties can live with--a mutually acceptable resolution.

The advantages of mediation are significant.  Mediation offers high probability that the dispute can be resolved without extensive discovery, the trial preparation and trial itself. The track record of mediation is that approximately 80% of cases are settled where trained attorney-mediators are involved. Moreover, studies show that 90% of persons utilizing mediation are satisfied with the results, while only 15% of parties trying a case to conclusion are satisfied with the results. Additionally, mediation cost are a mere fraction of the cost of taking a case all the way through a trial and, in some cases, an appeal. These cost savings can be measured in terms of money, time, and emotional investment in the case.

If you and your spouse are contemplating divorce and seek the services of a certified and trained mediator, call William J. Taylor for an appointment to discuss the alternatives to litigating your divorce.