An option for parties in North Carolina in lieu of family law litigation is Collaborative Law. A Collaborative Law proceeding requires, among other things, a formal contract by which all attorneys agree to withdraw from representation if settlement is not reached and litigation is required. The contract also provides for full and complete disclosure of all relevant documents and facts, and for all statements, communications, and work-product to be inadmissible in subsequent litigation.
Collaborative Law can be a scary proposition at first; it requires a commitment to be fully transparent, a willingness to engage in 4-way meetings, an ability to engage in meaningful dialogue, and a desire and drive to participate in interest-based negotiations.
However, the benefits are plentiful. Parties are able to resolve disputes with as little conflict as possible and are able to preserve positive feelings about each other, which can promote healthy co-parenting.
I am a skilled, empathetic, and devoted Collaborative Law practitioner. Contact me today to have an initial consultation to discuss Collaborative Law.
While Collaborative Law has significant benefits, other cost-effective non-litigation methods of resolution in family law cases are available. Negotiation, mediation, and arbitration are some of those methods we can explore.
Additionally, I can skillfully draft separation agreements, consent orders, premarital agreements, post-nuptial agreements, and other family law-related settlement documents.
I represent clients in child custody, child support, equitable distribution, alimony, post-separation support, and many other family law matters.
Instead of engaging in the expensive, drawn-out, and conflict-ridden litigation process, parties can resolve their disputes in a healthy and cooperative manner by way of a mediation.
Mediation offers significant benefits to both parties involved, one of the best of which is that offers made in mediation are not admissible in court proceedings. That means that parties can engage in the mediation process with openness and good faith.
A qualified and experienced family law mediator can help resolve the parties’ issues.
The mediator helps facilitate a settlement. The mediator is neutral in the dispute and helps the parties find common ground.
Parties can utilize individual lawyers to engage in the mediation process, but are not required to do so. I am happy to mediate for self-represented parties as well as attorney-represented parties. I believe in the mediation process and can help guide parties to a successful settlement regardless of whether they have attorneys.
While self-represented parties will need to engage counsel to draft a final settlement document following a successful mediation, they can enter the mediation process with confidence that I will remain neutral and do everything possible to help resolve their issues.
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