Typically, litigation is not the best means of settling family law issues for anyone involved. For many years, however, litigation was the only option when the parties could not reach an amicable agreement. Fortunately, in recent years, attorneys in North Carolina and throughout the country have begun to embrace various methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as viable options for even the most complex and contentious family law disputes. We at Devan & Null PLLC agree that in many cases ADR is a winning choice for our clients, and we encourage it whenever appropriate.
Alternative dispute resolution refers to several different processes for settling disputes while avoiding litigation. While ADR is used in all areas of law, it is particularly appropriate in divorce and other domestic matters in these forms:
Devan & Null is a family-owned law firm, and we value family above all else. We believe these types of ADR are effective methods for preserving relationships, amicability, and well-being during what is often a difficult and frustrating time, and we can guide you through your options.
To relieve overcrowded court dockets and avoid litigation whenever possible, mediation is mandatory in most districts before a trial on equitable distribution in divorce or child custody can take place. This does not mean, however, that couples cannot engage in private mediation outside of the compulsory judicial process instead. All mediation is confidential. What happens during compulsory mediation cannot be used later should the case proceed to trial. Private mediation, however, may offer a greater degree of flexibility and control over the judicially administered compulsory mediation process. Furthermore, while court-appointed mediators are well trained and satisfactorily qualified, couples may be more comfortable selecting their own mediator rather than having one assigned by the court. In either case, we fully support the mediation process and enable our clients to get the most out of it.
Our priority at the family law firm of Devan & Null PLLC is to provide our clients the best options and the best value when going through a divorce. That’s why we make use of all methods of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, collaborative law, and compulsory and private mediation. Our office is located on Fountainhead Lane in Fayetteville, North Carolina, blocks from the Hay Street exit of US 401. We are available for consultations by appointment from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. To schedule your consultation with one of our attorneys, call 910-745-6645 or contact us online. Take the first step today toward putting your divorce behind you.