Newly Divorced in the New Year: What to Expect with Collaborative Divorce in North Carolina

Robin M. Mermans, Esq
January 31, 2024

Are you starting the new year knowing you want or contemplating  divorce? While this decision can be difficult and emotional, ROAD to RESOLUTION can help guide you before, during, and after the process. If you and your spouse are considering divorce in North Carolina, you need to consider a Collaborative Divorce. This process option of divorce provides a more amicable and efficient resolution while protecting emotional well-being. Founder of ROAD to RESOLUTION, Robin M. Mermans offers Collaborative Divorce services which is an out-of-court, alternative dispute resolution process that allows you and your spouse to untangle your financial, custodial and other legal affairs  without entering a courtroom or having a judge make decisions or determine outcomes for you and your family. 

Understanding Collaborative Divorce in North Carolina

Collaborative Divorce in North Carolina is an alternative dispute resolution method aimed at simplifying the untangling of a family without court involvement. Since its introduction in the late 1990s and inclusion in the North Carolina General Statutes in 2003, this holistic process focuses on resolving legal matters such as property division, spousal support, and child custody through respectful negotiations, paying particular attention to the emotional well-being of all involved..

Hiring a North Carolina Collaborative Divorce Attorney

Within the Collaborative Divorce process, each spouse engages a trained Collaborative Divorce attorney. These legal professionals understand that divorce involves more than just the legal aspects. When you and your spouse begin your Collaborative Divorce journey, a Participation Agreement is signed, establishing a commitment by the attorneys and spouses to good faith negotiations, rather than the traditional confrontational approach. Then, with your own attorneys, you and your spouse will come together for a joint meeting to begin the process. Through these roundtable discussions, you will sort through the business of your marriage and create your own unique resolutions.

The Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

If you or you and your spouse are considering divorce, Collaborative Divorce is a great alternative to traditional divorce and there are many benefits associated with this out-of-court divorce option.

Opting for a North Carolina Collaborative Divorce attorney offers advantages over traditional litigation. By avoiding contentious courtroom battles, emphasizing realistic goals, and saving time and money, this approach emphasizes cooperation and creative problem-solving for child custody, asset division, and spousal support. In addition, Collaborative Divorce can save you from unnecessarily emotional turmoil as the process focuses on guiding couples through respectful negotiations and making decisions that work for both parties.

Another added benefit of Collaborative Divorce is that additional experts and coaches may be brought in during the process to assist. For instance, financial experts might help separate assets and child specialists may be brought in to assist with the creation of parenting plans. If needed, mental health professionals who are trained in Collaborative Divorce can serve as advocates for the divorcing couple in terms of handling stress, reducing conflict, and processing emotions. 

The Role of a North Carolina Collaborative Divorce Attorney

At ROAD to RESOLUTION, we act as facilitators and advocates during your Collaborative Divorce. Understanding your goals, we collaborate with your spouse's attorney to seek common ground and get you an outcome that meets your needs and interests. Employing problem-solving negotiation and mediation techniques, we maintain constructive discussions and guide clients through the legal and emotional aspects of the divorce, ensuring comprehension and fostering productive steps forward.

Contact a North Carolina Collaborative Divorce Attorney Today

Should Collaborative Divorce align with your preference for resolution, reach out to ROAD to RESOLUTION. Our experience, knowledge, and commitment to cooperation can help navigate the process with integrity, respect, and a smoother transition for everyone involved.

Navigating divorce in the new year may seem overwhelming, but Collaborative Divorce in North Carolina offers a path toward resolution, emphasizing cooperation and respect for a smoother transition into a new chapter of life. Schedule a consultation with our Charlotte Collaborative Divorce team today or call us at (980) 260-1600.

Robin M. Mermans, Esq
Founder and Principal Attorney

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