Family Law Mediation in Charlotte
Here at Coggin Law, we often tell our clients that the court merely provides a venue where your case gets resolved if your attempts at settlement prove unsuccessful. However, the court’s definition of the word resolved does not always equate with what is fair, logical, rational, and/or reasonable. As such, it is advisable that you and your spouse make every attempt to settle the matters associated with the dissolution of your marriage outside of court.
Why Choose Mediation?
At Coggin Law, we are big proponents of utilizing mediated settlement conferences, commonly referred to as mediation.
Whether you and your spouse have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to resolve your issues before the court, or you and your spouse have attempted to negotiate your divorce issues outside of the court’s purview, mediation is always available.
The Benefits of Meditation
Mediation is not only the most cost-effective and efficient method by which you and your spouse can come to a resolution of your case, but it also offers you and your spouse the best opportunity to reach an amicable and long-lasting resolution to the issues associated with the dissolution of your marriage.
Further, because mediation gives you more control over the resolution of your case, as opposed to allowing the court to decide what is best for you and your family, it usually produces a result more closely aligned with the needs of your family.
The Mediation Process
The process leading up to mediation will involve an exchange of documents between your attorney and your spouse's attorney. After a careful and thorough review of these documents, your attorney should prepare a comprehensive affidavit which sets forth the marital assets (bank accounts, retirement accounts, vehicles, real estate, etc.) and the associated values of each asset at the date of separation.
Additionally, if there are child support or spousal support issues which need to be addressed, your attorney should also prepare a detailed affidavit which reflects your monthly income and your monthly needs and expenses. Your attorney, with your input, will then work with your spouse's attorney to select a mediator who possesses the requisite knowledge, skill, experience, and demeanor so as to be able to address the specific issues associated with your case.
Do I Interact with my Spouse During Mediation?
Mediation is usually held at the offices of one of the attorneys or at the mediator's office. Other than a brief introductory statement from the mediator where everyone is gathered in the same room, you will not have to have any direct interaction with your spouse for the remainder of the mediation session.
Instead, each party and each party’s attorney will be provided a separate room during the mediation session(s). The mediator will then conduct the mediation sessions by spending time with each party throughout the day and going back and forth between your room and your spouse's room with proposals for the resolution of your case. Assuming a settlement is reached by the conclusion of the mediation, a consent order or a separation agreement will be drafted which includes the terms and conditions of your settlement.
Our attorney has 20 years of unmatched experience exclusively practicing Family Law.
We pride ourselves on being extremely responsive to our client’s needs. When you hire our firm, you get your attorney's one-on-one attention.
We will attempt to resolve your case in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible, by taking a collaborative approach prior to considering court action.
Whether preparing for a meeting with you, or in preparation for mediation or trial, we take a “details matter” approach to every case.