Divorce Mediation

Issues Suitable for Divorce & Custody Mediation

  • Divorce
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Relocation/Move-Away
  • Changes to Agreements
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements
  • Post-nuptial Agreements
  • Adoption and Post-Adoption
  • Grandparent Relationships
  • How Mediation Benefits Divorcing Couples

    While there is no escaping the inevitable difficulty of divorce, Asheville Mediation can help minimize the negative impact of this process on your life. The traditional, adversarial divorce process, where each side has a divorce attorney who is preparing for litigation, can exponentially increase the negative emotions and stressors experienced by divorcing parties. These negative feelings can affect their relationship indefinitely, which in turn creates trauma and stress for any children who may be involved. Conversely, parties who go through mediation are much more likely to have a “successful divorce”, one where the former spouses can emotionally and financially move on to the next stages of their lives. There are several reasons for this:

  • In mediation, a divorcing couple is able to work out an agreement that suits their unique situations rather than have a third party dictate what is appropriate under the law. They will always know the dynamics of their family better than lawyers or judges.
  • Parties save money by going through a mediated divorce and therefore are better able to financially handle the transition from one to two households. A mediated divorce can cost up to 90% less than a litigated divorce.
  • Mediation allows the consideration of interests that lay beyond legal rights without sacrificing those rights.
  • The divorcing parties are in control of the process rather than being controlled by the process.
  • Mediation progresses at a pace set by the parties, not by the court calendar.
  • Mediation does not pit parties against each other. The traditional divorce (litigation) process creates an adversarial atmosphere which almost always further deteriorates the relationship between the parties. This makes the process more negative not only on the parties but also on children who may be involved.
  • At the close of mediation, spouses can part on amiable terms without feeling like there was a winner or loser. The benefit of this for children is immeasurable.
  • If you are going through or about to go through a divorce and are feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. Divorce and Marital Separation rank as the second and third most stressful and disruptive life changes that any person could go through according to the Holmes & Rahe Stress Scale. Please call me to discuss how I can help you and your family navigate this difficult transition.

    Suggested Reading
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  • The Merits of Mediation in Dispute Resolution
    Jim Siemens, Asheville Family Law Atty
  • NC Divorce FAQ
    State of North Carolina Court System
  • Three Tips for an Amicable Divorce
    Eileen Coen
  • Top 10 Reasons to Mediate Your Divorce
    Sherri Donovan
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