The court may specify a time frame for payment specifically or may simply direct a party to pay in a reasonable time. How long a “reasonable” time is depends on the circumstances of the particular case.

The mediation orientation is intended to save time by explaining th process to a large group rather than having to do it one couple at a time. The orientation process varies by county.

Lee S. Rosen
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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When the judge places an order for equitable dist. to be made, how long is the other spouse given to pay up? Also, could you please explain why the spouses have to attend a “mediation orentation” before they can do the “personal mediation” between them. Is this a NC law or is just by the county?

Thank for your time.