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Mediation

Chapel Hill NC Mediation Attorney

Certified Mediation Lawyer in North Carolina

I serve as a certified impartial mediator to couples who want an alternative to a traditional divorce. I am certified as a Superior Court Mediator as well as a Family Financial Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. Family mediators help spouses reach an amicable and fair out of court agreement in their divorce. Mediation may be particularly useful if both parties are open to negotiating a settlement and willing to compromise to come to an agreement.

To contact me, a Certified Superior Court Mediator and lawyer, call the Irwin Law Firm, PLLC, at 888-606-8455 or e-mail me.

Mediation Is an Excellent Tool for a Divorcing Couple.

  • With mediation, all the decision-makers are in the same room. Mediation is flexible and provides a high degree of control for the divorcing parties.
  • Communication is direct, but in a safe and controlled environment. There is no "middle man" to get information wrong and cause needless strife between spouses.
  • A mediated divorce frequently takes less time and is more cost-effective than a traditional divorce. Meetings take place outside the courtroom and are made to accommodate everyone's schedule.
  • Mediation can take place at any time: in advance of separation, in the initial or final stages of a divorce proceeding — or even long after the original settlement was reached. Mediation is low risk. If it does not work out, you can then pursue a more traditional divorce. If you eventually file a lawsuit, you'll be required by the court to mediate anyway.
  • Mediation is a completely open process. When an agreement is reached, the mediator provides the couple with a Memorandum of Understanding. Each spouse will review this, with or without their own attorney, before signing it. It is not a binding agreement until it has been signed.
  • Mediation helps divorcing couples solidify the issues they agree upon, clarify those on which they disagree and can help them come together without resorting to litigation. This approach can save the divorcing couple money even if they can't settle everything.
  • If one party has a difficult time advocating for his or her interests or just wants guidance and advocacy at mediation, she or he may choose to have an attorney present.

I am a Certified Superior Court and Family Financial Mediator, a Parenting Coordinator and have had training in collaborative family law and in crisis intervention. My goal as your attorney is to provide you with thorough, effective and supportive legal counsel that will meet both your immediate and your long-term needs.

Arbitration

If the spouses cannot agree, they may decide to hire an arbitrator. This is another alternative to a traditional divorce that allows you to make decisions out of court. The arbitrator decides the divorce issues. An arbitrator's judgment is typically binding.

To arrange an appointment to explore your family law questions with me, an experienced attorney, please contact my firm.

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