Law Office of Laura L. Davenport
Lafayette Divorce And Family Law Attorney

Is divorce mediation right for you?

Ending a marriage is just as much an emotional process as a legal one. However, the image that popular movies and TV shows paint of drawn out court battles, yelling officials and limited communication is not really accurate for most people. The vast majority of Louisiana couples can utilize mediation to end their marriages in a much more civilized and self-fulfilling manner. 

Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution that gives divorcing couples the ability to determine their own futures. Instead of leaving important decisions up to a judge who is familiar with the situation only through the evidence submitted in court, you can craft your own agreement that best reflects the long-term interests of you, your ex and any children you may share. This approach is usually cheaper and quicker, too. Mediation may also be more effective in the long run, with some studies showing that your ex is more likely to stick to the terms of your agreement. 

You can address a wide range of issues in mediation. Property division, child custody, child support, alimony and more can all be determined during mediation, on your own terms and in your own time. However, you do not have to figure these things out completely on your own. 

During divorce mediation, both parties will usually have their respective counsels present to provide necessary guidance on complicated Louisiana family law topics. Having the right person on your side is essential for protecting your rights during what is probably an emotional time in your life. Curious about how mediation could help your situation? Be sure to visit our website for more information

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