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Mediation and arbitration are two forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that encompass two methods of resolving legal issues without having to resort to traditional litigation in court. At The Law Offices of Emily Moore Tyler, PLLC, we advocate ADR because it is usually more cost effective, less adversarial, expeditious, and often times yields better results because the parties have more say and control over the process.
Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which a neutral third party, called the mediator, assists the parties in trying to reach an agreement. Most of the time, the mediator is an attorney who has experience in family law and has received special training. The mediator does not advocate for either party, but advocates for "reaching the middle" and to help the parties work out their own agreements. The parties can agree on a mediator and each party's attorney is usually present during the mediation. In North Carolina, mediation is required whenever a claim for equitable distribution is filed or in civil superior court cases.
The mediator does not make any decisions in the case, and the decision-making authority is left to the parties. The parties maintain control of the process, but each need to make concessions in order to reach an agreement. Sometimes, however, the mediator will be forced to call an impasse if the mediator feels that the parties simply cannot resolve their disputes.
Emily Moore Tyler is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court Mediator and a Family Financial Mediator and has extensive experience representing parties in the process. The cost for Emily to mediate a case is $150.00 an hour plus a one-time administrative fee of $150.00. Usually, but not always, the parties agree that they will share equally in the cost of mediation. Emily usually requires an initial deposit to conduct thet mediation, of which each party typically pays one-half. She can conduct mediations at either attorney's office, or her office, which offers spacious conference rooms that are well-stocked with drinks and snacks. For more information or to select Emily as your mediator, please contact the office.