Family cases often include child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (otherwise known as alimony), and the use and ownership of property. Having to go to court to decide these issues can take years, cost tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, and cause irreparable damage to a family.
Mediation provides an effective alternative to divorce court because:
- Mediation is faster, allowing the parties to resolve their differences in a matter of hours
- Mediation is cost effective, often saving the parties thousands of dollars
- Mediation is non adversarial, creating an environment where the parties work together for the benefit of their family
What is Mediation?
In mediation both parties agree to meet with an unbiased third party mediator. The parties each state their respective position to the mediator who then uses their skill and training to help the parties resolve their case. The mediator does not make unilateral decisions in the manner of a judge. Instead they make recommendations to help the parties reach an agreement. The mediator does not represent either party. The parties may attend with their own attorney, although one is not required. If an agreement is reached, the mediator will produce a “Memorandum of Understanding” which defines the agreement. Once signed the agreement may be presented to the court for the judge’s signature, at which time it becomes binding upon the parties.
Why Should Lorraine McCormick Mediate My Case?
Lorraine McCormick was trained and certified as a Qualified Family Mediator in 2006. Since then she has mediated over 100 cases and has successfully resolved over 90% of them in their entirety. Her mediation skills are so respected that judges in both East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish have ordered parties to mediate their case with her rather than proceed to trial. Mrs. McCormick efficiently moves the case to a conclusion, usually in one day, while ensuring both parties receive the time and attention they deserve.
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