Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution which provides parties with the ability to make decisions about their particular case without the necessity for a Court hearing, protracted litigation or hoping that the Judge “gets it” when making life-altering decisions about their case or about their family situation. There are numerous benefits to mediation. Mediation gives the parties the opportunity to determine their matter without have a Judge or Jury make a determination about their case. Mediation saves the parties the time, expense and the stress associated with having their case go to trial.
Mediation can occur at any time: it can occur before anyone files a Court case; it can occur after a Court case is filed; and it can occur while a Court case is pending in Court. Some parties ask their spouse to go to mediation when they first make the decision that divorce or separation is necessary. Other parties are required to attend mediation either through the child custody mediation program or the Family Financial Settlement Mediation programs. Click here to read more about the benefits of mediation over litigation.
Certified Mediator for Family Financial Settlement
Mr. McNeil is a NCDRC Certified Mediator, having been certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a Mediator for Family Financial Settlement Mediation. Mr. McNeil accepts mediation designations through party selection and by court-appointed selection in certain counties near Raleigh, NC. Mr. McNeil is a strong advocate for the use of mediation to resolve conflicts between parties prior to those conflicts entering the Court system and also believes that mediation is also a useful tool to resolve conflicts even after litigation has commenced.
Choosing a Mediator
Mediators are chosen by the parties or are selected by the Court system through court appointment if the parties are unable to agree to the selection of a mediator. Choosing the right mediator who the parties can trust to assist them is crucial in the process. If you already have an attorney, your attorney may have recommendations; if you do not have an attorney, do some research before selecting your mediator.
Among other things, the Standards of Professional Conduct for Mediators require that mediators be competent in their skills, maintain impartiality towards the parties, maintain confidentiality regarding information obtained during the mediation, ensure the parties consent to and understand the mediation process, allow the parties to make their own decisions regarding their case, and the mediator should not provide legal advice or other professional advice to the parties during the mediation.
Mr. McNeil has represented many clients through the mediation process, both prior to and after litigation has been filed. John McNeil attended the Family and Divorce Mediation Training program provided through Mediation, Inc. located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
This website contains general information about common family law matters in North Carolina. However, please remember that every divorce or family law case is different. Websites are no substitute for genuine legal advice from an attorney and the information here may not apply to your specific case.