Divorce Mediation of the Carolinas
"Fair and Equitable Resolution"
 

​​Charlotte, NC Offices 704.927.1482
Serving North and South Carolina 

 
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Mediation is a viable and practical alternative for couples who wish to avoid the time and expense of attorney fees and litigation.   When spouses work together to reach a settlement through a mediation process, they are avoiding contentious back and forth exchanges between their respective attorneys and can greatly reduce both the stress and expense associated with the process. In the end, participation in the mediation process can result in a more satisfactory outcome for all parties involved.
 
The process of mediation defines the terms of your separation, including equity distribution, child custody and support, and alimony.  While each party could hire an attorney for these services, the end result is an expensive and often lengthy process.  With mediation, costs are quoted up front and there is a single fee for the agreement, versus a fee charged by each party’s lawyer.
 
Individuals in failing marriages are often struggling with the emotional fallout, making them susceptible to others whose counsel may be in their best short-term interest but disproportionally disadvantages the other party in the negotiation.  This short term victory generally is given back when the other side over compensates in a counter attack of outlandish demands.  Mediation empowers the parties in the process to control the outcome, versus sacrificing that control to opposing sides working toward different end goals.

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    Why does mediation work?
    Mediation is about cooperation versus confrontation. Both individuals involved are able to express their wishes and concerns to a neutral third party, who brings a balanced perspective to the situation. Mediation is based on fairness and knowledge of the law, and reduces the amount of potential conflict.
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    What if our finances are complicated?
    Mediators may engage subject matter experts to assist in financial valuations and assessments. Examples include valuing a home, liquidating or dividing a business or retirement plan, and providing sufficient support for dependent children.
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    Do we always meet together?
    Dialogue between the parties is tremendously beneficial in moving toward resolution and agreement and this format is encouraged at the outset. However, it may be helpful to meet with the parties individually at certain points in the process.
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    Are we Attorneys?
    No. In fact, one of the benefits of mediation is the lower cost structure that isn’t standard in a typical law firm. The laws regarding separation agreements are fairly straightforward and it is not required that an attorney prepare the document. Generally, the process is more financial than legal.
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    Is mediation binding?
    Mediation is a process versus a legal outcome. It is not binding until the agreement generated from the mediation is signed by both parties and notarized. Once this is completed, it is a legal and enforceable document.
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    When is mediation not appropriate?
    Mediation is not appropriate if one party does not wish to move forward with a separation. Other situations where mediation is not a good choice are when the parties are not committed to financial transparency, are not committed to a timely settlement, or when there is abuse involved.


​​"Divorce Mediation of the Carolinas are a professional group that really care and give you the support that you need during a tough situation. They guided us through the process seamlessly and I highly recommend them to anyone needing mediation"
                                                                            
                                                                                                  KA - Charlotte, NC