Huntersville Divorce Mediator
Divorce Mediation Services in Mecklenburg County
Unlike some legal matters, family law concerns don’t end when a legal decision is delivered. Parties and their children often must live with the outcome, and each other, for many years to come. Accordingly, it’s not just the decision that matters, but the process you use to get there.
I am an experienced attorney and certified mediator who helps families in Huntersville and the surrounding areas in North Carolina resolve difficult issues associated with divorce in a private, comfortable setting. I can host mediations, or I can travel to you.
Neutral Family Law Mediator for Alimony, Custody, & Support Disputes
In family law mediation, I listen to each side’s objectives and their views of what led to the end of their marriage. When warranted, my firm David Self Family Law & Mediation works with the parties to obtain disclosure of information concerning financial matters, parenting concerns, and other key points.
Once consensus is reached, I can develop a settlement that addresses:
- Parenting agreements: When a divorce involves children, the primary focus should be on them and their needs. Through careful, compassionate guidance, I help mothers and fathers put aside unnecessary conflicts and forge parenting plans that promote strong, healthy relationships.
- Financial disputes: Outsiders often don’t understand the value that divorcing spouses place on various assets. Complex issues, such as the allocation of business shares or retirement accounts, can be mishandled without close personal attention. During the mediation process, I consider each side’s priorities and encourage honest dialogue so that a mutually satisfactory conclusion can be reached.
- High-conflict divorces: Don’t be misled into thinking that mediation only works if the breakup is amicable or only minor disagreements exist. You can assert your rights and pursue your objectives just as forcefully in this setting without placing decision-making power in the hands of a judge. Instead of adding the procedural disputes and high litigation costs to an already tense situation, I will hone in on the key conflicts and help both sides concentrate on what’s important.
Regardless of the stage you’re at in your divorce, or the particular points of disagreement, my firm can outline how mediation might benefit you and your spouse.
Mediation Lets You Maintain Control of the Divorce Process
Using mediation as an alternative to matrimonial litigation gives you the ability to:
- Protect your privacy: Usually, there are many reasons why a marriage ends, and they often involve private, personal matters that people would never want to talk about in open court. Mediation is confidential. You control where it occurs and how the issues you discuss affect the eventual outcome.
- Reduce time and costs: The court system is obligated to handle a large amount of cases, which requires extensive scheduling and often leads to long delays while you’re trying to start the next chapter of your life. Mediation can be scheduled quickly, and questions of procedure can be addressed in a short conversation rather than in extended motion practice.
- Avoid unnecessary aggravation: As a family litigator, I know how taking a case to court can aggravate a situation that is already tense. Adversarial proceedings tend to heighten the stress. In mediation, by contrast, spouses, attorneys, and the certified neutral third party are all dedicated to a common goal.
Huntersville, NC Family Law Mediation Services
If you’re looking to learn more about family law mediation and whether it may be the right approach for your case, I can help. My background in North Carolina family law gives me insight into how courts would rule on disputed issues. Using that knowledge, I work as a Huntersville mediator to guide spouses toward a conclusion that is acceptable to everyone.
Step 1: Schedule a mediation date from our online calendar. Not all cases need a full day, but we ask that you dedicate the day to the process and we will do the same. During the online booking, please include all of the requested information, including both parties names and contact information. Once the session is booked, you will receive an email with a list of documents that will be helpful to bring to the mediation session.
Step 2: Gather the requested documents and bring them with you to your scheduled mediation session. David Self will meet with both parties and discuss the scope of issues (typically including Property Division, Child Custody, Child Support, and Spousal Support). David’s years of family law experience can help guide you as to possible resolutions and pathways to reach an agreement. After reaching a verbal agreement David will memorialize the details in a document called a Memorandum of Understanding. Mediators in North Carolina are ethically prohibited from preparing the final settlement document that is signed by the parties.
Step 3: After mediation is concluded, both parties will have the opportunity to consult with an attorney of their choice to review the settlement terms. We recommended that at least one spouse retain their own attorney to draft the final settlement document based upon the Memorandum of Understanding. The final settlement document will be the legally binding document that both parties sign.
TrustworthinessWe are dedicated to protecting your rights and the rights of your family, and we pride ourselves on creating long-lasting relationships with each of our clients.
Personalized ApproachWhile we have numerous clients, our firm will always treat you as a priority. Family law is personal, and you’re not just a case number. We provide the individualized attention you deserve.
Responsive GuidanceWe are incredibly attentive and will answer you whenever you need us. No problem is too small.