Mediation is a process where a trained mediator serves as a neutral party to assist you and your spouse or significant other to discuss and work toward an agreement even when disputes seem impossible with which to deal. The mediator remains neutral and does not act as an attorney for either party.
Mediation can help with issues such as child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and dividing community or marital property. Mediation is also available when you are considering a modification of existing child custody, visitation, child support and/or spousal support issues.
- Controlled Costs: You and your significant other control the timing of the process meaning that you can budget more effectively.
- Lower Costs: Typically, a mediated agreement is less costly than going to trial.
- Reduced Stress: Controlled timing allows you to pace the process to coincide with your ability to handle the process. Family mediation sessions are often broken down into sessions lasting about 2 hours at a time.
- Maintain Privacy: At trial, you are required to provide proof (i.e. evidence) to support your positions regarding personal financial information. In mediation, you can minimize the amount of private information that becomes public.
- Control the Timing: It can allow you to schedule session with the needs of your family, and help you control the timing of the process.
Voted “Best Mediator”
Sophisticated Woman Magazine – The Northshore’s Best 2015
J. Marie Rudd is a trained and qualified mediator. She has advanced mediation training in the area of family law, including child custody and visitation. J. Marie Rudd is also listed on the Louisiana Mediator Registry.
Please call us at 985-624-9696 for more information regarding how mediation might work for you.