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Hiring Carla Boyd Terre as the Mediator in your Divorce or Custody Case

In addition to offering individual representation, Carla Boyd Terre is also available to serve as a Mediator in your divorce, child custody, or parentage proceeding. Carla Boyd Terre has been a Mediator since 2008. When you hire Carla to serve as a Mediator in your case, you and the other party can attend mediation individually or with your attorneys present. Carla will assist you to come to an agreement as cost effectively and efficiently as possible and Carla and her staff will also assist you with all of the legal forms the court requires.

Sometimes a resolution is reached during one meeting, but more often several meetings are needed. Carla brings her years of experience as a family law attorney negotiating settlements and obtaining results for her clients to her role as Mediator and is able to assist parties to reach agreements. Mediation may be a good choice for you and the other party because agreements can be reached without ever having to go to court. Mediation can cost a lot less financially and emotionally; it allows you to move on with your life more quickly and without as significant of a toll on your life and relationships as litigation can sometimes cause.

Clients find Carla easy to communicate with and have commented that she puts them at ease during the stressful time they find themselves in.

Using Mediation to Resolve your Case

If you and the other party choose mediation, you will attend meetings with Carla to discuss resolution of your case. You can attend these meetings with or without your attorneys. The mediator will work with you and your attorneys to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties.

Mediation can occur in person at Carla’s Santa Rosa office or remotely via Zoom videoconferencing.  Carla is experienced using Zoom and her staff can assist you as needed.

The mediator’s fees are often split between the parties, or if there is a disparity in the income of the parties, the higher earning party may pay more than the other party.

The decision of whether to have your attorney go with you to mediation is one that you can discuss with your attorney and with Carla. There are pros and cons to both approaches.

In addition to Carla’s services as a mediator, both Carla and Janessa have attended many mediation sessions with their clients through individual representation. Most mediation sessions have resolved in agreements being reached. After an agreement is reached, your attorney will assist you in putting the agreement into a writing that can be filed and become a court order.

Let Us Help You Reach an Agreement

Contact our Sonoma County family law office by email or by telephone to discuss which approach is best for your individual situation and needs.