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The role of lawyers in mediation

We recommend that couples have the agreements they reach in mediation reviewed by attorneys and written into a contract called a separation and property settlement agreement. Most mediators will provide a written summary of agreements. But a summary is not a contract and may not be enforceable if one side doesn’t live up to her or his end of the bargain and…

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One reason you should mediate your divorce

Reason: If you litigate, the court is going to make you. In North Carolina, parties who file claims for equitable distribution of property, post-separation support, alimony, child support, child custody, or visitation can be ordered to participate in mediation. Court-ordered mediation is a different animal than private mediation.  If it's an equitable distribution or alimony case (you and your spouse…

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