I work with clients in all forms of collaborative divorce. That includes the basic two attorney model and the full team model with divorce coaches, child specialists and/or financial neutrals. I even help clients in an expedited collaborative process called Divorce Consulting.
I offer private and court ordered mediation services to individuals that wish to resolve their family law or other legal issues themselves with my help outside of court. I act as a neutral party to facilitate the parties’ exploration and selection of an agreement to resolve their legal issues. I am certified to mediate both Family Financial and Superior Court cases by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and I am a member of the North Carolina Association of Professional Family Mediators.
Sometimes clients want to negotiate their divorce issues with attorneys, but cannot agree on the process they want to use for these discussions. They do not want to go to court, but cannot agree to use collaborative divorce or mediation. These people are good candidates for an attorney negotiated process. This means that each party hires an attorney and then the attorneys negotiate with each other with the client’s feedback. When an agreement is reached, then the attorneys draft and formalize the agreement in writing.
Some clients want to handle the negotiating themselves, but want to have an attorney to consult and bounce ideas off of while they negotiate. I do not negotiate directly, but I am available for ongoing consultation if and when my client needs expertise and advice.
Some clients form their own agreements without attorneys and simply need an experienced attorney to draft the necessary legal documents for them. I am happy to draft Separation Agreements, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Memorandums of Agreement and other documents necessary to formalize your agreements in your divorce.
In North Carolina, spouses can be divorced whether they have resolved their legal issues or not, as long as they have been legally separated for 365 days. I file the legal action and draft the necessary paperwork to obtain divorces for clients, often without either party ever needing to enter the courthouse.
Some people wish to pre-determine what will happen if they are ever divorced before they are actually married. This can avoid a lot of the fighting and trouble of divorce. I work with clients in the negotiation and drafting of pre-marital agreements.
On the other hand, some people wait until they are married to determine what will happen if they should divorce. Like a pre-nuptial agreement, a post-nuptial agreement can avoid a lot of legal wrangling in divorce. I work with clients in the negotiation and drafting of these agreements as well.
I offer services as an arbitrator for clients that want to present their legal issues to a neutral third party and have that party (me) make a decision in their case. These clients typically want the opportunity to be heard, but prefer to avoid the cost and time of going to court. I have also served as a court appointed arbitrator in the North Carolina District Courts.