McKellar & Easter, Attorneys at Law We protect what's most important
Contact Us For A Free Telephone Consultation

Mediation may be a good option as one goes through divorce

Everyone's marriage in Tennessee is unique, and just as every marriage is unique everyone's divorce is also unique. The major issues remain the same in most divorces, such as child custody, child support, property division and spousal support. However, these issues will be resolved based on the unique circumstances of the couple's marriage. Couples going through a divorce also have different options on the method they use to resolve their divorce.

One option is to litigate the issues and ultimately allow the judge to make the decisions. Another is the couple could resolve all the issues between themselves through out-of-court discussions. Many couples fall somewhere in between these two methods, though. Many couples need some assistance in reaching agreements, but do not necessarily want to litigate.

These couples may find divorce mediation to be an effective tool. Mediation is a process where the couple will meet with a third-party neutral mediator who will assist them in reaching an agreement. The mediator will not make any decisions for the couple; they will simply work with both parties to help the couple reach an agreement.

Mediation has some benefits as well. One is that generally it has been found to be better for children. When parents are willing to cooperate and compromise for what is best for the children, more often the parents will be willing to co-parent. Also, oftentimes the parties agree to joint custody in mediation which can be better for the children. Another benefit is that mediation is generally is much less expensive than litigation.

Many people go through a divorce each year in Tennessee. Divorces are very fact specific and the outcomes of divorces can vary. Couples may find that mediation can be useful in helping them reach an agreement. However, it is important to understand the mediation process as well as one's options as they go through the process. Family law attorneys understand divorce mediation and may be a useful resource.

Source: American Bar Association, "Benefits of Mediation on Divorce Cases" Holly Clemente accessed on Sept. 4, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Experienced. Committed. Respected.

Mr. McKellar was voted by his peers as a “Top Attorney” by Knoxville’s CityView Magazine in its 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Mr. McKellar was selected as a member of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers.

Ms. Easter was voted by her peers as a “Top Attorney” in Cityview Magazine for Family Law / Divorce / Child Support in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Mr. Devore was voted by his peers as a "Top Attorney" by Knoxville’s CityView Magazine for Social Security Disability in 2017. "

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Your Partner in Practice | KBA Proud member | Knoxville Bar Association
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb
Start Now. Contact Us Today.

Have Questions? We Have Answers.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Knoxville Office
412 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923

Phone: 865-566-0125
Fax: 865-566-0126
Map & Directions

Nashville Office
424 Church Street, Suite 2000
Nashville, TN 37219

Map & Directions

Atlanta Office
Riverwood Center
3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1900
Atlanta, GA 30339

Map & Directions