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Avoid Family Court; Mediate Instead!
If you are going through a break-up or divorce, you most likely feel some combination of fear, defeat, sadness, and worry. It is a very emotional time.
Going through a divorce, and dealing with the issues related to the break up of relationships can be among the most painful experiences we face today. Your family is so important to you — as is your property.
Resolving these and other disputes can be overwhelming. This could have happened suddenly or may have been simmering for years, but it is never easy. You might be licking your own wounds, while worrying about your children. You may be wondering how to protect your hard-earned property and you have no idea how to proceed.
Perhaps you have heard that you must contact an attorney. Maybe you have even already tried to litigate these matters, and after spending thousands of dollars and many months, you still don’t have a resolution. Litigation can drag on, and you feel like you are on a roller coaster of emotions. There are many calls to and from your attorney; and both you and your ex are consumed with your “case.”
The number one question every single divorce client asks is, “When will it end?
When you are experiencing the emotional heartache of considering divorce, a prolonged courtroom battle may only make your situation worse – and waste assets you will need to move on with your life.
With her experience and qualifications as a Family Law Mediator, Virginia Erwin Sirera fully understands the dynamics at play with families in transition. She represents clients in all mediated matters of family law. Her approach is to view each case with the big picture in mind. If children are involved, it is important to consider how actions and decisions will affect them now and in the future. By building bridges now, you can prevent further conflict in the future.
Virginia Erwin Sirera conducts Mediations of all Family Law Matters, including complicated custody and visitationcases, property divisions, child support, and spousal support.
Avoid Family Court
I have been an attorney for 30 years and for 15 of those years I practiced Family Law exclusively.
Divorce and the breakups of non-married relationships can be very painful and the issues that arise can be the most difficult to resolve. I often described being a divorce lawyer as “walking with people through the worst time of their lives.” Quite frankly, it was exhausting for both my clients, and myself.
People going through divorce, custody disputes or fights over property, while also grieving the end of a romantic relationship, very often feel like they are at the “end of their rope.” And many people are doing all of this while entering the workforce after a period of unemployment, or changing jobs and suddenly raising kids without the other partner alongside you.
Frequently there is a move involved to a new house or apartment; or getting accustomed to living in a new space without your partner. It is just a very difficult experience.
Money is often tight – so many clients have said to me, “there’s barely enough money to run one household and now that same amount of money is supposed to run 2 households?” And of course, in addition to processing their own emotions, clients often have to shoulder the heartache of their children’s emotions. It’s hard to manage the feelings of children when you, yourself, are hurting.
And despite the fact that we have some of the best judges and hearing officers presiding over Family Court in St. Tammany, it is not uncommon for court dates to be continued and for matters to be kicked down the road for many months.
And the longer all this lasts, the more money is spent – money you desperately need to move on with your life. Not only that, but you and your ex become more and more weary of the process and wary of each other’s motives.
It can take on a life of its own – and things can go from bad to worse very easily. The number one question I would hear from my clients?
“WHEN WILL THIS ALL BE OVER?”
The thought of months or years of this horrible experience hanging over their heads would often suck the life out of clients.
There is a better way – Mediation
I would hear my clients loud and clear that they did not want the misery and expense of protracted litigation to last any longer. By this time their relationship as co-parents with their ex was strained or non-existent. Money was gone. Everyone needed a better way.