Monroe Mediation Attorneys
Mediation is a process available to North Carolina residents dealing with one or more divorce disputes. State law requires that all custody cases involving minors and equitable distribution cases must go through mediation unless waived by the court. However, it is also available to spouses who wish to negotiate alimony and child support. Mediation can be a beneficial alternative to litigation, especially because it often requires less time and money than going to court.
Our Monroe mediation lawyers at Leitner, Bragg & Griffin, PLLC can help you settle your divorce and family law disputes through mediation. Whether we’re hired to oversee and facilitate your mediation process or to help you protect your interests, our goal is to give you the best opportunity to resolve your divorce disputes without litigation.
Contact us online or by calling (704) 447-7473 to discuss your mediation needs.
The Mediation Process in North Carolina
Mediation is a voluntary and private process through which two parties work together with a neutral third-party mediator to negotiate an agreement regarding contested items. In the context of divorce, mediation can help spouses resolve their differences concerning custody arrangements, visitation, child support, post-divorce alimony, and property distribution. If any contested items remain after mediation, spouses are free to litigate these issues in court.
Participating in mediation allows people involved in legal disputes the opportunity to voice their concerns and actively participate in resolving their disputes. If left to a court, a judge will make a decision regarding the contested item based on the relevant state laws. Although this can be good in some instances, it’s also the case that sometimes the state laws don’t really benefit either party. Mediation can give you and the other party a chance to come to a mutually beneficial resolution that preserves both of your interests.
During mediation discussions, an impartial mediator will listen to each person’s concerns and help facilitate communication with the other party. Their goal is to create an environment conducive to establishing common ground and reaching an agreement. Mediators can also terminate discussions for safety reasons or if they believe either party is incapable or unwilling to negotiate and settle contested items.
Divorce and Custody Mediation in Union County and Surrounding Areas
Divorce lawyers trained in the process and approved by the NC State Bar commonly serve as mediators. Parties can either identify and agree on a mediator or the court can assign one to their case. In many instances, aside from certain child custody disputes, spouses can also hire their own lawyers to counsel them during mediation. This is because the mediators themselves are impartial and cannot give either spouse advice that could be seen as favoring one side or the other. A personal lawyer can assist you with interpreting the law and understanding how it applies to your situation. They can also help you preserve your parenting and financial interests throughout the mediation process.
At Leitner, Bragg & Griffin, our lawyers can guide you through mediation. If hired as your mediator, we can structure the process, establish the agenda, and facilitate communication between spouses. Our goal is to eliminate the stress and emotional turmoil associated with traditional litigation by providing an environment where everyone involved can discuss matters openly and honestly while still maintaining control over outcomes. Alternatively, if you have already selected a mediator, our attorneys can personally advise you and help you protect your financial well-being and parental rights.
If you have been ordered to engage in mediation or need legal counsel throughout the legal process, call our Monroe mediation attorneys at (704) 447-7473.
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