Who Serves as Family Mediators in Louisiana?
What type of people serve as family mediators in Louisiana? Louisiana is a state that is multi – disciplined when it comes to family mediation. What that means is that there are several types of people who can serve as family mediators. Mediators come from several disciplines. To be a family mediator in Louisiana under Louisiana Revised Statute 9:334, the person must be licensed as an attorney, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, marriage and family counselor, professional counselor, or clergyman and complete 40 hours of general and family mediation training.
The mediation training that mediators take must include instruction in the following areas:
- the Louisiana judicial system and judicial procedure in family and divorce cases;
- Ethics, confidentiality, and conflicts of interest;
- Child development, including the impact of divorce on development;
- Family systems theory;
- Communication skills; and
- The mediation process and how to draft the mediation agreement.
So, if you are considering using a family mediator in Louisiana, you may wish to inquire about the mediator’s background and the training that he or she has received.
At Conflict Free Divorce, all of our mediators have received the training described above and are “qualified mediators” under La. R.S. 9:334. You may be asking yourself, “How do I get a divorce?” or “How do I get a custody agreement?” Contact Conflict Free Divorce today to speak with an experienced family and divorce mediator in New Orleans, or browse our website at www.conflictfreedivorce.net to learn more about child custody mediation, separation mediation services and the cost of divorce. You can also contact us by phone at (504) 302-2462.