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About Mediation | Domestic Mediation | Juvenile Mediation

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution. In mediation, a neutral third party (mediator) facilitates communication between the parties concerning the matter(s) in dispute and explores possible solutions to promote understanding and settlement. Mediation is non-adversarial. As self-determination is the fundamental principle of mediation, it requires that the mediation process rely upon the ability of the parties to reach a voluntary agreement.

As opposed to going to court where a judge makes decisions based on limited information, mediation gives all participants the opportunity to speak and be heard. Mediators are skilled facilitators who encourage appropriate conversation, manage uncomfortable situations, and move the disputing parties towards resolution. Mediation can be stopped by either party or by the mediator, if deemed necessary, at any time.


ADVANTAGES OF MEDIATION

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Non-adversarial
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Protects children
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Preserves the interest of all parties
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Private and confidential
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Avoids the expense of a lawsuit
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Saves time
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Improves communication and problem solving skills
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Provides a context for practical decision-making
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Parties retain a sense of ownership in the dispute / resolution
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Compliance is more likely when parties create their own solution
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Easy to arrange


WHAT IS MEDIATION USED FOR?

Mediation can be used in any situation where the parties themselves cannot resolve a dispute. Mediation can either be ordered by the court or arranged voluntarily by the disputing parties. In some cases, mediation is the last option before going to court where a judge will make a decision for the parties based on limited information. Common cases for mediation include: domestic matters (custody and visitation, property settlement, and child support), victim-offender, family disagreements, disputes within school settings or with school personnel, problems in the workplace, or on a larger scale such as between corporations.



DOMESTIC MEDIATION

Domestic mediation address issues in dispute within and/or among families. It is a non-adversarial process where parties have an opportunity to negotiate mutually beneficial terms privately and confidentially. In a divorce, domestic mediation can address issues such as the terms of the divorce, custody and visitation, property settlement and child support.

In mediation, a neutral third party (mediator) facilitates communication between the parties concerning the matter(s) in dispute and explores possible solutions to promote understanding and settlement. As self-determination is the fundamental principle of mediation, it requires that the mediation process rely upon the ability of the parties to reach a voluntary agreement.

As opposed to going to court where a judge makes decisions based on limited information, mediation gives all participants the opportunity to speak and be heard. Mediators are skilled facilitators who encourage appropriate conversation, manage uncomfortable situations, and move the disputing parties towards resolution. Mediation can be stopped by either party or by the mediator, if deemed necessary, at any time. Domestic mediation can be either ordered by the court or arranged voluntarily by the parties.

Following mediation, the mediator prepares a document called the Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum of Understanding contains the agreements made by the parties. Only the mediator signs the Memorandum. Each party receives a copy and is advised to provide it to their attorney for review. In some cases, parties who choose not to retain a lawyer make arrangements with the court to have their agreement read into the record as a consent judgment.


ADVANTAGES OF DOMESTIC MEDIATION

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Non-adversarial
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Protects children
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Preserves the interest of all parties
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Private and confidential
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Avoids the expense of a lawsuit
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Saves time
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Improves communication and problem solving skills
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Provides a context for practical decision-making
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Parties retain a sense of ownership in the dispute / resolution
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Compliance is more likely when parties create their own solution
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Easy to arrange

If you are interested in finding out more information about domestic mediation, please contact me by email at jcarmody99@cox.net or phone at (504) 952-9178

 

JUVENILE MEDIATION

Juvenile mediation is a form of non-adversarial dispute resolution provided to juveniles in any number of settings.

The mission of the Juvenile Mediation Council of Louisiana, Inc. is to promote juvenile mediation which encourages families to develop skills and support structures that allow youth to become productive, self-regulating community members.

The Juvenile Mediation Council of Louisiana, Inc. (JMCL) is a non-profit mediation organization dedicated to working with juveniles and their families within schools, the community and through the court system.

Mediation works on the guiding principle that people will support what they help create and that no none system can stand alone. Mediation facilitates teamwork, cooperation and problem solving within the community laying the necessary foundation to sustain programs and activities that impact change.

JMCL's primary purpose is to provide services specifically designed to enhance the relationship between:
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Children and their educational institution
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Children and their families
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Children and the communities in which they live and work


Partnered with services already available in the community, mediation has the ability to profoundly impact education, communication, awareness, team building, and retention in schools. It has been our experience that the positive energy developed through mediation modified negative behaviors at school and within the community. These initiatives decrease the number of youths who ultimately penetrate the juvenile justice system.

The Juvenile Mediation Council of Louisiana, Inc. only partners with state qualified professional mediators who are skilled and trained in the areas of:

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Victim Offender Services
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Child Abuse / Neglect Services
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Juvenile Justice Services
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Families in conflict
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School Related Conflict
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Community Related Conflict

As part of a comprehensive juvenile community resource, the Juvenile Mediation Council of Louisiana, Inc. offers: Community education, Child/Adolescent parent education, Training and continuing education, Guest speakers, Statistics and evaluations, Best practice development and Community collaboration.

If you're interested in finding out more about juvenile mediation and/or the Juvenile Mediation Council of Louisiana, Inc., contact me by email, jcarmdoy99@cox.net or phone (504) 952-9178 or Kinisha Rice, Executive Director- JMCL at (504) 585-7321.

 



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