The Mediation Center
931-840-5583
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One Public Square, Suite 10
Columbia, TN 38401
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Description
The parties to family law cases can benefit by using mediation to resolve some or all issues in dispute. Family mediation is private, confidential, quick and inexpensive. When an agreement is reached, it can be made part of the court order in the case. Cases can be referred by judges, by attorneys for the parties, or by the parties themselves. The Mediation Center accepts referrals to help couples reach agreement on issues of parenting, division of property and other matters arising out of divorce or separation, including the need of previously divorced or never married parents to develop a Parenting Plan. Family mediation is conducted by Rule 31 Listed Mediators, along with an assistant or co-mediator. For low-income families the Center offers a sliding-scale fee for this service.
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The Mediation Center trains persons wanting to become volunteer community mediators or simply learn about the mediation process. We also train students and faculty of our schools in peer mediation and help them set up programs.
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This specialized form of mediation provides a face-to-face meeting among persons on all sides of a crime or juvenile conflict. Trained volunteer mediators assist the discussion toward acknowledgement, atonement, restitution and resolution. Referrals come from the courts and the community. This kind of mediation offers victims a real voice in the criminal justice system, an opportunity to express feelings of frustration and anger, and a change to reduce fears and get questions answered. The offender acknowledges his or her personal accountability and makes amends to the victim and the community.
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This program focuses on helping lower income divorcing or never-married individuals who do not have an attorney develop a parenting plan, and paperwork to file for divorce, free-of-charge through the Mediation Center. These programs also emphasize the importance of parent education and understanding the affect divorce and separation has on children, as well as the role of a non-custodial parent in obtaining and exercising an increase in visitation with their children. This program has also helps facilitate our court approved Co-Parenting classes, focusing on learning to minimize conflict and co-parent children together after separation, which are offered through our Center and serves attendees from 12 counties in Southern Middle Tennessee.
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