ADR Commission Says Family-Law Mediators Cannot Prepare Legal Documents, Even When the Parties Don’t Have Lawyers

The Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Commission was recently presented with the following question: Is drafting a marital dissolution agreement or other legal document for presentation to the court by a Neutral in a mediation setting considered “participation as attorney” or is it considered an appropriate memorialization of a settlement agreement under Rule 31? On […]

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Last Chance to Attend Tennessee Family Law Update 2015 — Sign Up Now!

It’s “crunch time” right now as we put the finishing touches on the annual Family Law Update seminar. This is the time every year where I worry about whether I’ll have time to include just one more case or whether another case should be cut to make room. Tough decisions! By this time next week we’ll be […]

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Divorce Advice: Mediation in Divorce Cases

Mediation in Tennessee Divorce Cases Mediation is an out-of-court meeting where spouses and lawyers meet with a mediator to try and settle all issues of the divorce. The mediator is typically an experienced family law attorney who acts as a neutral third party. Mediation has revolutionized family law. Divorce and child custody cases are settled […]

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Mediation and Parenting Plans in Tennessee Divorce: Fletcher v. Fletcher

Facts: The parties, parents of two minor children, divorced pursuant to a marital dissolution agreement. After post-divorce custody disputes arose, the parties went through mediation and arrived at an agreed parenting plan signed by both parties. The next day, Mother repudiated the agreement. Father then filed a motion to enforce the mediation agreement. Mother requested an […]

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