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Conflict Resolution Strategies

For every problem, there is a solution, and at Donna Ambler Davis, PC, we are able to utilize many types of conflict resolution strategies to resolve Family Law disagreements.

 Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law proceedings are governed by North Carolina General Statute §50, Article 4. Collaborative Law is a defined process by which parties that are contemplating separation or that are separated and seeking a divorce, attempt to resolve disputes arising from the marital relationship outside of court. North Carolina law requires that Collaborative Law agreements be in writing, signed by all parties and their attorneys, and must include specific provisions that require attorneys to withdraw if the Collaborative Law process does not result in settlement of the dispute. Our attorneys Donna Ambler Rice and Robin F. Verhoeven are both trained and certified in Collaborative Divorce. Our attorneys use their specialized training in Collaborative Law as a background to better serve those seeking to resolve their divorce and separation disputes. By blending traditional negotiation with elements of mediation and collaboration, our team helps parties reach win-win solutions. 


When compared to courtroom litigation, mediation often reduces the overall cost and time of settling disputes. Donna Ambler Davis, PC, offers mediation leadership and support in two ways. First, Donna Ambler Rice and our experienced team of attorneys can provide legal advice before and during mediation sessions to protect your best interest and the best interest of your children. Additionally, Donna Ambler Rice is a trained and certified mediator and is extremely skilled at bringing parties to resolution during mediation. As the mediator, she is able to help divorcing couples and their respective attorneys negotiate the parameters of their property division, support (child and spousal) or child custody settlement agreements, offering suggested solutions or clarifying points of law.


 Not every divorce or custody dispute can be resolved through collaboration, negotiation, or mediation. These methods require that each person involved engage the ability to set emotions aside, with full transparency, and a willingness to compromise. When that is not possible, it may be necessary for the parties to avail themselves of the court system to make decisions about property division, financial payments, and custody of children. If litigation is necessary, our attorneys have decades of experience in navigating the specific requirements of the county in which the case is filed, setting forth a sound legal strategy before ever setting foot in the courthouse and executing that strategy successfully the courtroom.


Arbitration in North Carolina is defined by North Carolina General Statutes Chapter §50, Article 3. The Family Law Arbitration Act allows individuals to settle contested issues outside of court. Generally defined, an arbitration hearing is an informal legal proceeding held before a neutral court official commonly known as an arbitrator. During the hearing, each side will have an opportunity to present their position to the arbitrator, as well as present witnesses and documents. After each party has an opportunity to present their position, the arbitrator will make a decision in the case, similar to that of a judge. At Donna Ambler Davis, PC, our attorneys have decades of experience arbitrating cases. Donna Ambler Rice has also arbitrated and decided a number of cases. You can rest assured that our attorneys will work zealously to amicably resolve your issues while remaining committed to your side every step of the way.