Family & Divorce

Few things are more stressful in a person’s life than a divorce, particularly to the children of divorce.  That’s why the first court-ordered mediation program in the State was implemented in child custody and visitation cases.  Mediation in that program occurs very early in the life of a custody dispute and is conducted by court employees who mediate these disputes on a daily basis.

The other issues in divorce are mostly monetary in nature, although it is a fact of life that those “monetary disputes” are intensely personal and, therefore, difficult to resolve.  Those cases beg for resolution; because, until they are tried or settled, divorcing persons do not know how to plan for their new lives as singles and they remain anxious about their futures.

All cases involving the distribution of marital property (Equitable Distribution) in our District Courts are now ordered to mediation.   We do that in an effort to achieve an earlier resolution and to reduce the turmoil that a trial of these issues produces.  Other financial issues (child and spousal support) may be added to the negotiations that occur in the Equitable Distribution mediation if the couple agree, so that all financial issues may be dealt with at one time.

Andy Little led the effort to require mediation in these types of cases.  He has had extensive training in family mediation himself, trains other mediators to do this type of work, and has had extensive experience both as a family attorney and family mediator trying and settling family financial cases.  Contact him today at 919-967-6611 or fill out the form to your right.