Held Law Firm is proud to announce that our family law attorney, Melanie Hogg, is now also a Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator. Melanie, who is also trained in Collaborative Law, has been a licensed attorney for over twenty-five years and has practiced in five states. She is trained to assist parties reach a resolution through mediation. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. Parties meet with a neutral third party (the Mediator) in an attempt to resolve their disputed issues. The Mediator helps the parties by discussing the issues with each party and aiding them in communicating to find possible resolutions. The mediator is not an arbitrator and cannot make decisions for the parties. The parties must agree to the terms in order to reach an agreement.
In Tennessee, mediation is required for most divorce cases prior to a trial before a judge. While most people think that divorces have to be resolved by a judge, in fact, many divorces are resolved in mediation where both parties can express their concerns and preferences and then reach an agreement with the help of the Mediator.
If you’d like to schedule a case assessment with Melanie Hogg or another Held Law Firm attorney, please call us at 865-685-4780 to set an appointment.