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JoAnn Myers
Louisiana Mediators

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321 North vermont Street
Covington, LA 70433
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985 727 4236
Fax: 1 888 589 0346

Description of Practice

A divorce can be very costly and for that reason mediation is an alternative way to divorce and to work out coparenting details such as visitation schedules, child support, etc. Other issues, such as homes and financial affairs need to be settled. After deciding to divorce, a couple can sit down with us and negotiate and even though there might be some conflicts, mediation offers a less stressful and less costly way to divorce. The mediator is trained to help the couple through the negotiation process, and serves as a neutral, which means the mediator does not take anyone's side.

If a couple wishes to be represented, we offer as an alternative, collaborative-divorce which means one attorney represents the interests of both parties. The attorney and the mediator work with the couple to arrive at an agreement. If during the mediation or collaborative divorce one party cannot agree then an attorney can represent the interests of that party. However, this will make the process more expensive as the Courts will then get involved. Louisiana Mediation strives to structure the divorce process to meet needs of our clients.

An initial consultation of one hour is $75.00 and at that time we can explore options. It is better if both parties attend, but if one party is reluctant, the other party can come in alone.

If you decide you just want to file for divorce, Louisiana Mediation has an attorney who can file your papers and represent you in a simple divorce for $900.00 plus court filing fees.

Payment plans can be discussed. We accept credit cards.

Professional Background

Russell Sage College BS Education
Southwestern Paralegal Institute, Houston, TX
Settlement Consultants
Loyola University School of Law New Orleans, LA
Basic Mediation Civil/Family
Beyond Basicx: Advanced Civil Med
iation Skills
Listed in Who's Who in ADR
Louisiana Mediator Registry

Experience

Child Custody Child Visitation Property Division Quadro Securities Product Liability Mediator for Better Business Bureau Houston, Texas Mediator in Law Office for all family matters not litigated. Mediated over 50 cases primarily family and domestic.

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2005    Loyola Law School/Clair Hesse    Advanced Divorce and Family Mediation
2003    Settlement Consultants    commercial conflicts through mediation
2006    Divorce/child custody/Linda liljedahl    basic civil mediation
2007    Beyond the basics advanced mediaiton    child custody/visitation/etics professionalism
2008    Liljedahl mediation training    Advanced Family mediation Skills
2010    Liljedahl mediaiton training    Child Custody/ Visitation
2011    Association of Family Courts    Family Mediation
2012     Mediation Training InstituteMTI    Certified Professional in Managing Workplace Conflict

Approach

Facilitative and moderately directive. Provide knowledge of the codes pertaining to family law in Louisiana and guide clients to make decisions by providing information, not advice. The clients can then use the laws as a guide for making decisions that will affect their lives and the lives of their children.

Fees

$160.00 per hour or a flat fee is my rate

Other Information

Listen to my podcast "Peace Making Through Mediation"

You can also go to my podcast website by clicking here

Please read my article, "Is Mediation Right for Me?" by clicking here.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Civil (general)
  • Construction
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • General
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Securities
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Conflict Coach

References

Joseph F. Myers attorney John E. Caulking attorney Linda Liljedahl instructor Claire C. Hesse instructor




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