The Family Financial Settlement Program operates in North Carolinaís District Courts. District Court judges order cases to the program. The program is currently expanding across the state and may or may not be offered in your district. In most districts that have the program, separated couples with financial disputes are routinely ordered to mediation1
and they are given an opportunity to select the mediator who will conduct their mediation and assist them in settling their case. They may select a mediator certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission
or they may choose any other individual (subject to court approval) they believe is qualified to mediate their case. Mediators certified by the Dispute Resolution Commission have met significant education and work experience requirements and have also completed family mediation training. Mediators are paid by the parties. However, fees will be waived or reduced for parties who are found by the court to be unable to pay. All certified mediators serving the Family Financial Settlement Program must conform their conduct to standards established by the NC Supreme Court. A party or attorney with a concern about a mediatorís conduct should contact the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commissionís office at (919) 783-1574.
Other settlement procedures are available and you should consult the local rules of the district in which the caseis pending for further information.