Every divorcing couple is different. Some couples amicably divorce, create parenting plans and share custody of their children. Perhaps they can even agree on which spouse will receive the family home and which will receive the family pet. Yet some couples cannot agree on any aspect of their divorce. Some court battles have parents fighting over custodial rights, arguing about small assets or disagreeing about child support payments.
Deciding which route to take – litigate in a courtroom or negotiate through mediation – is important when determining how you and your spouse will continue your life as a separated couple. Benefits exist for mediation, but North Carolina court recognizes that collaboration and cooperation is not necessarily present in all divorce proceedings. Divorce can prove to be an emotional process, and you want to ensure you choose a route appropriate for your current relationship as a couple.