Rule 31 Mediation  


What is Mediation? 

?One way to avoid costly, and often ugly, litigation is to seek an agreement through mediation. Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral person conducts discussions among the disputing parties designed to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement among themselves. Rule 31 mediation is based on principles of communication and negotiation that emphasize the needs and interests of the parties. Since the decision-making authority rests with the parties, mediation is a great way to resolve a dispute without the need for litigation. 


The Many Benefits of Mediation:

Mediation is alternative dispute resolution that has been so successful in divorces over the years that Tennessee now requires that individuals mediate their divorce prior to receiving a trial date. Mediation has a number of distinct benefits as compared to litigation including:

  • Parties have greater control of the divorce process and outcome
  • Mediation gives parties a shorter time table for making decisions
  • Parties can make decisions jointly rather than turning all decisions over to a judge
  • Parties often enjoy greater flexibility in arrangements
  • Mediation is generally less expensive than trial


The Fleming Law Firm & Mediation Center

If you need a mediator for your court-ordered mediation, or if you have decided to use mediation as the primary method of resolution for your divorce, The Fleming Law Firm & Mediation Center can help. With over 10 years of mediation experience and over 30 years of leval experience in Middle Tennessee combined, attorneys Charlotte U. Fleming and Brandi L. Jones are prepared to guide you through the mediation process and help you reach the best possible resolution in your case. The Firm has two convenient locations, one in downtown historic Springfield and one right off I-65 in Goodlettsville. Call us today for more information or to schedule your mediation.


Springfield Office: (615) 384-7750

Goodlettsville Office: (615) 859-9665