Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution and is an effective way to settle the difficult and complex issues stemming from separation and divorce. The mediator is a trained, neutral third party who facilitates the discussion and negotiation of these disputes between the parties. The mediator is not there to make a decision, nor can they provide either party with legal advice. The role of the mediator is instead to promote a dialogue between the parties, understand the areas of dispute, pursue areas of compromise, and help the parties reach a settlement. In mediation, the parties are actively involved in crafting their own solutions. Mediation can be an invaluable way to reach an agreement outside of court and without costly and time-consuming litigation.
When engaging in divorce mediation, it is important to select a mediator who is experienced in family law. Shannan Barclay Tuorto has over a decade of experience litigating and negotiating complex domestic cases. She is certified as a Family Financial Mediator through the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and is also a North Carolina Family Law Specialist. She brings a unique skill set to her role as mediator through her knowledge of the law, her experience, and her ability to understand the parties and their needs. During mediation, Tuorto Family Law works to provide a comfortable environment where clients can work together to shape their future. Shannan strives to help clients and their attorneys mutually reach satisfactory decisions based on the choices they make together. When mediating with Attorney Tuorto, divorcing parties will receive assistance in communicating and problem-solving in order to come up with resolutions that feel fair and long-lasting.