Many people think divorce has to be a long, messy affair. That is not always the case, especially when the couple seeks divorce mediation.
What is Divorce Mediation?
In mediation, an impartial third-party facilitates a resolution by promoting voluntary agreement between the parties. As your mediator, an attorney from The Doyle Law Group works to facilitate communication and understanding while focusing on your interests.
Goals of Mediation
- Create an divorce agreement that is legally sound and fair to both parties
- Avoid the expense and stress that come with litigation
- Minimize hostility and post-divorce controversy
When you choose divorce mediation, you will not have to take your divorce proceedings to court. This is just one major benefit to divorce mediation.
More Benefits of Mediation
- Mediation allows you to retain more control of the proceedings and your future
- It is faster and less stressful than litigation due to the fact that there are no drawn-out proceedings
- Because it is faster, it is inherently cheaper than taking your divorce to court
- Since mediation relies on discussion, it often results in more favorable outcomes for both parties
- Divorce mediation focuses on the present and the future, not the past
Common Questions About Divorce Mediation
Many couples have questions about mediation since it is not the way divorces are traditionally carried out. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about the mediation process:
Who is Mediation Good For?
Mediation is a great choice for most couples, especially if you are seeking a collaborative divorce, no-fault divorce, or uncontested divorce or if you will have an ongoing relationship with your soon-to-be-former spouse, such as a child custody arrangement.
It’s important to know that North Carolina requires mediation before a child custody trial and an equitable distribution trial.
What is Discussed During Mediation?
Your mediator will help you identify the issues that need to be discussed but in the end, all aspects of the divorce will be discussed during mediation, including child support, parenting plans, spousal support, property distribution, financial matters, and more. Everything from who will claim the children on their taxes to who will pay for summer camp is covered during mediation. The mediation process is all-encompassing and the goal is to create a fair divorce agreement that includes every issue important to both parties.
What if I Don’t Get Along with My Former Spouse? Can Mediation Still Work?
This is a very common question and the answer is yes. Most people think mediation only works for couples that get along, but it is actually ideal for those in disagreement. Having an unbiased third party mediate discussions is extremely helpful if you and your partner are in high conflict or have trouble communicating.
If you can agree that neither of you wants to go to court, you’re in a good position for divorce mediation.
Consult About Our Divorce Mediation Services
At The Doyle Law Group, we have guided couples through divorce for over 14 years. If you are seeking divorce mediation, we can help. We work to simplify the divorce process and come to agreements that are equitable to you and your spouse. To learn more about our services or to schedule your consultation, call (919) 301-8843or complete the form below.