Preparing for Divorce Mediation

What does it mean when your divorce goes to mediation? In divorce, does mediation mean settlement? Preparing for Divorce Mediation. Should you have your own lawyer at your divorce mediation? Why?

Should you ever mediate with anyone who is not an experienced divorce lawyer? Prior to divorce mediation, when you are a lawyer representing a spouse, what do you say to your client in your pre-mediation strategy meeting? What is a divorce mediation statement? What should be in a mediation statement? Do you recommend every family lawyer always prepare a divorce mediation statement? When do you recommend giving the mediator the mediation statement? What is a divorce marital balance sheet? From the divorce mediator’s perspective, how important is preparing the marital balance sheet spreadsheet prior to the mediation?

About Suzanne Landers, Mediator

Ms. Landers began practicing law in 1985, and she began mediating since 1994, obtaining her certification in domestic violence mediation in 2001.  She has historically served on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, which governs the practice of mediation in Tennessee, and she remains active in community discussion and education on the topic.  Although now retired from litigation, Ms. Landers continues to mediate family issues and issues related to the international abduction of children under the Hague Convention.

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