For divorcing spouses willing to resolve their issues without going to court, mediation, arbitration and collaborative law are paths to consider. At Nelson Family Law, we help our clients understand the nuances of these alternatives to litigation, and we provide guidance to help them meet their goals.
Divorce mediation in N.C.
In a divorce mediation, the parties meet with a neutral third-party mediator who facilitates a discussion to help them reach an agreement on various issues. A mediation typically addresses division of marital assets and liabilities, alimony, child support, child custody and other family law-related concerns. The mediation process enables parties to propose creative ideas for conflict resolution in a non-confrontational environment, and it costs considerably less than taking a case to court. Individuals often feel empowered and positive about the outcomes of mediation.
Divorce arbitration in N.C.
Like mediation, a family law arbitration in N.C. involves a third-party facilitator who helps the parties resolve conflicts and reach an agreement on divorce-related matters. However, arbitration is different than mediation in that the decisions of the arbitrator are typically binding and final.
Collaborative divorce in N.C.
Collaborative divorce is a relatively new approach for parties to settle their divorce in North Carolina. It differs from mediation and arbitration in several ways – first and foremost, in its intent. Parties who wish to pursue a collaborative divorce usually do so early on with the mutual intention of engaging in open communication and information sharing to arrive at an outcome that benefits all parties – the divorcing individuals and their children.
Collaborative divorce is a process, usually requiring multiple sessions to discuss and consider a variety of strategies. The parties are guided by their respective attorneys, and they may also draw on insights from other third-party experts, such as divorce coaches, financial advisors and child specialists.