Mediation is a non-adversarial approach to resolving family-related legal issues outside the courtroom. The mediator, who is usually an attorney specially trained in mediation and conflict resolution, serves as a neutral third party to facilitate communications between the parties. The goal is to help the parties reach a resolution of the issues in dispute. Mediation can be used at any stage of the legal process, including before or after a lawsuit has been filed.
Mediation is mandatory in all cases that involve child custody disputes and equitable distribution in Buncombe County. Child custody mediation may be handled through the court’s mediation program. A private mediator will be appointed by the court or selected by the parties to mediate equitable distribution claims. Since family financial matters are often closely intertwined, it is common for attorneys to use private mediators to address all issues in dispute between the parties, providing an opportunity to reduce legal expenses and time spent in court.
All of the family law attorneys at Siemens Family Law Group represent their clients in the mediation process, and our extensive experience has enabled us to establish relationships with talented mediators over these years of practice.
Jim Siemens is a board certified family law specialist, and he has been certified as a mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission since 2003. Mediation has been and continues to be an integral part of his legal practice. While he has represented his own clients in countless mediations over the years, Jim enjoys the opportunity and challenge of viewing a case – lawyers and their clients – through the neutral eyes of a mediator.
Jim knows and understands the mediation process. His work as a mediator informs his work as a lawyer and advocate. His work as a lawyer and advocate enhances his work as a mediator. Through years of practice and experience, Jim understands what it takes to successfully mediate cases.
For more information about Jim’s services as a mediator, please call Siemens Family Law Group at (828) 252-5080.