Amy Broom Pollina Attorney at Law
Rutherford County's New Face In Family Law

Tips for effective mediation

Settling your divorce with mediation might be a good alternative to litigating your case in court. Not only will it take less time, but it will save you money and give you more privacy. With mediation, a licensed mediator helps you work out the details in an often all-day process, avoiding the courtroom.

Mediation allows clients to be more actively involved in settling the details of the case and gives them more control over the outcome and process in general. 

Be prepared for mediation

To ensure the best possible outcome, there are some things you can do beforehand to be better prepared:

  • Choose a mediator with family law experience. You want someone skilled in negotiations who also has a lot of patience.
  • Know what you want out of the process ahead of time.
  • Learn about how the process is going to work and what your rights and responsibilities are.
  • Identify your financial big picture and know the value of your assets.
  • Plan ahead and have a checklist in hand.
  • During the process, keep your emotions in check.
  • Be willing to compromise. Knowing what you want and getting what you want will be different.
  • Take an active role in the process.
  • Choose your date, time and location carefully to ensure you have enough time, reliable resources and limited distractions.
  • As hard as it might be, work toward fairness with your ex.


Mediation is often a successful way for families to reach an agreement about their separation. With low conflict, it’s a less stressful way to ensure a positive outcome.

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