Current trends show divorce court cases are steadily decreasing in Louisiana in favor of alternative solutions. In Louisiana, the number of divorces decreased from 12,872 to 10,167 between 2010 and 2014. Each family is different, which is why it’s important to know the options available for the divorce process.

How long does it take to settle a divorce case in Louisiana?

Divorce traditionally takes place in front of a judge where each party uses a lawyer to determine the stipulations of the separation.The time it takes to resolve a divorce can range from three months to two years on average. The duration depends on the judge, parish and will of the parties to speed things up or delay.

How much will a divorce cost in Louisiana?

The average cost of a divorce in Louisiana is $12,600 with attorneys’ fees making up the majority of that sum. This financial strain can cause added tension between the two parties involved, making it harder to work together as co-parents post-divorce.

How does mediation differ from traditional divorce court cases?

Mediation offers a different, more streamlined approach. Mediation takes place outside of the courtroom. Both parties meet with an impartial third party mediator, who hears each party’s position and helps tailor an agreement that best fits parental wishes and the well-being of any children involved.

What family cases can be solved through mediation?

The process of mediation resolves child custody, visitation, child support, back due child support, spousal support, mutual injunctions or restraining orders, division of property, and allocation of financial assets and debts.

What are the benefits of choosing mediation for a family court case?

Counter to divorce, mediation provides a more relaxed and collaborative way for dissolving a marriage. Mediation solves the issues in as little as hours compared to the months divorce can take. This option costs significantly less than divorce proceedings, saving you thousands. But it’s important to note that in order to be effective, mediation requires the personal ability to compromise.

If you meet the criteria and are seeking an economical, hostility-free way to end your marriage, call Lorraine McCormick. Attorney McCormick has worked as a qualified family mediator since 2006 and has handled more than 100 cases with a 90 percent success rate. She regularly solves disputes in one day. You can submit a request online for consultation or call 225-381-3141.