4 Reasons It’s Important to Be Flexible in Mediation

Mediation is almost always required before trial in family law cases in Tennessee. For good reason, while litigation often leaves one winner and one loser, mediation focuses on finding win-win solutions and, with hope, helps preserve relationships and lay the groundwork for future co-parenting efforts. Mediation is also a lot less expensive than trials. It’s important to go into mediation with an open mind and a willingness to be flexible both about the issues in dispute and the way to resolve them—doing so leads to better outcomes for both parties.

  1. Accommodates Changing Circumstances

Flexibility allows you to get closer to a win-win solution. As you and the other party discuss different aspects of your case, you may find that you’re willing to compromise in certain areas and concede to the other party’s wishes in other areas. Staying rigid encourages friction, while flexibility keeps you open to other solutions.

  1. Saves Time

When both parties and their attorneys remain flexible about the mediation process, it can move much more smoothly. A skilled mediator will adjust their techniques to suit the unique needs of the parties involved, and following the mediator’s recommendations can often lead to a more peaceful resolution in less time. While many attorneys are most comfortable with shuttle mediation when both parties are kept in separate rooms and the mediator communicates with each party separately, it’s important to be open to other styles of mediation. If you and the other party are willing to sit down at a table and calmly discuss some of the issues at hand, you may wrap up some of the less difficult issues more quickly. This frees up more time to hash out tough issues like custody, spousal support, and the division of assets.

  1. Breaks Down Misconceptions

Many times, both parties bring their own misconceptions to mediation. You may think you know what the other party wants to get out of mediation; but until you have a clear discussion about it, you’re likely working off of your own assumptions. The same is true for them. Mediation is a good chance to lay everything on the table and make sure you’re working with accurate information while making decisions.

  1. Reaches a Mutually Beneficial Solution

In matters of family law, it’s essential to come to a decision that benefits everyone. Not only do your decisions impact your and your spouse or ex-spouse’s life, they affect your children. When you maintain your flexibility throughout mediation, you remain open to solutions that allow your children to maintain relationships with both parents, build secure bonds, and enjoy the benefits of a peaceful co-parenting relationship between their caregivers. Mediation can help people in a variety of legal situations, allowing individuals to protect their privacy and minimize time spent in the courtroom. To learn more about your legal options, contact McCracken Kuhn Marks PLLC today.

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McCracken Kuhn Marks PLLC was founded by Attorneys Joanna McCracken, Irwin Kuhn, and Demi Marks with the goal of approaching family law in a new and innovative manner.

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