Mediation Can Be An Effective Path To Family Law Solutions
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third party (the mediator) facilitates discussion of disputed matters in an attempt to resolve disputes and avoid trial. The mediator is not a judge and does not decide the outcome of disputed matters. The mediator does not represent either party and does not provide legal advice.
Mediation can be an effective way for individuals involved in a divorce, child custody dispute or other contested family law matter to obtain a resolution to their cases and avoid trial. When parties are unable to reach an agreement at mediation, they may still take their case to Court. While there are other alternatives, mediation may be best for your unique situation.
Resolving Issues Through Out-Of-Court Mediation
At the Raleigh Divorce Law Firm, we provide mediation services for individuals who are involved in a divorce, child custody dispute or other contested family law matter.
Heather W. Forshey offers mediation services on family law issues, including separation, property division, child custody, child support and spousal support. She is certified as a Family Financial Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. In her work as a mediator, she strives to facilitate communication between parties and drives the process of dispute resolution forward in an efficient and effective manner. Her experience as a family law attorney and litigator means she has an extensive knowledge of the subject matter. Since she has represented many clients herself in both the mediation and the court process, this gives her a unique perspective on family law and divorce issues.
The Benefits Of Mediation
The advantages to mediation are that it allows the individual parties to have control over the solution to their legal issues, rather than leaving it in the hands of a judge where outcomes are uncertain. Additionally, the court process can be expensive and time-consuming. In some cases, it may take a year or more for some family law issues to get heard. Mediation involves compromise, but in many cases, it can be a better and less expensive alternative than personal issues being fought out through the court process.
Mediation can be conducted in cases where no court action has been filed and in cases where a court action has already started. Mediation can occur in cases where people are represented by attorneys and in cases where people do not have attorneys and are representing themselves. In certain counties, mediation may be required in cases involving property division or spousal support before the case can proceed to trial.
In addition to offering mediation services, each of our lawyers has considerable experience acting as legal counsel to clients who must attend mediation as part of a divorce or other family law matter.