Going through a divorce or separation is never easy. Not only are there complicated legal questions to be addressed, but emotions can run very high. At the same time, few people want a fight over a divorce or separation. Amicable, low conflict solutions are desirable.
Divorces, separations, and other family law disputes are often great candidates for mediation. At Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, LLP, we provide comprehensive separation mediation services in Monroe, Union County, and throughout the region. If you have any questions or concerns about the mediation process, we are more than happy to help.
Separation Mediation: Explained
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). As described by the American Bar Association (ABA), mediation “brings people in conflict together with a neutral third person who assists them in reaching a voluntary agreement.”
Put another way, mediation is an attempt by the parties to reach a settlement outside of the courtroom. Mediation is usually required in family law and divorce cases. How exactly any particular mediation will proceed depends on the specific needs and desires of the parties.
Mediation Offers Many Benefits for Family Law Disputes
Mediation is a useful option in many North Carolina divorce/separation cases because it offers the potential for significant benefits to the parties. Here are the four primary advantages of mediation in family law cases:
- Mediation is non-adversarial. Spouses/partners can work with the help of a neutral party to solve their problems, thereby reducing conflict.
- Mediation is cost-effective. Reaching a settlement in a divorce/separation case is far less expensive (and time-consuming) than litigation.
- Mediation is flexible. Mediation is a structured process, but it is not rigid. It can be crafted to the personal needs/desires of the parties.
- In mediation, settlement is voluntary. In some cases, a separation mediation simply does not work. The good news is that the process does not foreclose any other options. You can always exit the mediation process without a settlement.
Richard G. Long Jr. is a Certified Family Mediator in North Carolina
North Carolina attorney Richard G. Long Jr., a general partner at Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, LLP, has extensive experience with mediation. With the primary portion of his legal practice dedicated to family law, he is committed to helping clients find solutions that effectively meet their needs. Richard G. Long Jr. is a certified family law mediator. More specifically, Mr. Long is:
- A North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (NCDRC) certified family financial mediator;
- A NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator; and
- A Board Certified Specialist in Family Law.
Family law mediation can be complicated. To get the most out of the process, it is imperative that you are properly prepared. Mediation is a lot more productive when you know what to expect and are prepared. If you are in need of divorce or family mediation services in North Carolina, our legal team is ready to help.
Get Help From a Family Law Mediator in North Carolina
At Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, LLP, our North Carolina family mediators have the skills and experience you can rely on. Call us now or use our online contact form to arrange your confidential consultation. With a conveniently located office in Monroe, we provide separation mediation services throughout Union County, including in Fairview, Indian Trail, Stallings, and Matthews.