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What Should I Wear to Court (and why does it matter)?

July 8, 2015

The clothes you wear say a lot about who you are. By simply observing a person’s clothing, consciously or unconsciously, we form impressions about that person’s attitude, lifestyle, social status, or even religion. The way you dress conveys a message, and when you are going to court, the message matters. Regardless of whether you’re going to court as a party to a lawsuit, a witness, or an observer or supporter, you should dress appropriately for…

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Understanding Mediation and How It May Benefit Your Domestic Case

January 15, 2015

A mediator is a neutral third person who works with parties to help them attempt to resolve their issues in dispute in a mutually satisfactory manner. Mediation is different from arbitration. In mediation, the mediator works with the parties to help them reach an agreement between themselves whereas in arbitration, the arbitrator makes the decision for the parties, much the same as a judge. In North Carolina, mediation is required in all divorce cases that…

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What are the Benefits of Arbitration?

April 18, 2012

The benefits of arbitration are many. The process is confidential and private unless it is provided for, and no record is kept of the proceedings. Each party has some control over the process by selecting their decision maker by mutual agreement. By contract, the parties can determine how evidence will be presented, what rules of court will apply, what issues will be decided and whether or not the arbitrator’s decision will be subject to judicial…

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What is Arbitration?

April 18, 2012

Matrimonial arbitration can be used to resolve multiple or single family law issues which the parties agree by contract to submit to the arbitration process. Some parties are bound by the terms of prior contracts such as premarital agreements to submit their marital disputes to arbitration. Others may choose to do so, even after litigation is pending, either as an alternative to mandatory alternative dispute resolution forms required in their judicial district, or simply because…

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Why is ADR Encouraged?

April 18, 2012

Alternative dispute resolution can save financial and emotional costs. Not only is litigation expensive and time-consuming, but it can be very stressful. You may feel that an important part of your life is on hold while you are waiting for a trial date, wondering and worrying about the outcome. If you have to deal with each other in the future, using an adversary process like litigation risks polarizing and embittering your relationship. The emotional wounds…

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