DIVORCE MEDIATION

Using divorce mediation can be one of the most positive and constructive paths to take when deciding to end a marriage

Divorce mediation is an agreement process between married or separated couples who want to separate (or eventually file for divorce), or between domestic partners who want to separate. In mediation, the two parties meet with a neutral third party, the mediator. With the help of the mediator, the couples are able to work through issues needed to resolve and end their marriage amicably.

Divorce mediation offers couples the option to settle, and also allows them the space in which plan their futures rationally. The mediator can help them manage the situation as well as their differences expertly with a calming disposition. By doing so, they are able to avoid any form of stressful, bitter, expensive or lengthy adversarial proceedings.

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Meet You Mediator

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Manpreet Lehal is a certified Family and Divorce Mediator, certified Parent Coordinator and has a professional background as a mental health counselor including her work with couples and families going through separation or a divorce since 2004. She is an avid advocate of helping adults deal and cope with life changing events with least amount of impact on their children. She is a neutral party to assist you in separating emotions before making decisions that will benefit you and your children in the future.

Manpreet Lehal is not an attorney or a lawyer, for legal advice please consult with an attorney.

Divorce can be one of the most painful and stressful events in one's life. During this period, emotions run high and disputes over assets, liabilities, and custody are constant. You’re pressured to make difficult decisions for yourself and your kids, while still having to deal with the emotional pain that comes with deciding to end a relationship. Families find themselves stressed & hostile during divorce litigations, making the process even more traumatic.

However, there is another way... a better way!

Through Divorce Mediation, thousands of dollars can be saved, many frictions avoided, and the parent-child relationship kept in check. Using Divorce Mediation can be one of the most positive and constructive paths to take when deciding to end a marriage.

WHAT IS DIVORCE MEDIATION?

Divorce mediation is an agreement process between married or separated couples who want to separate (or eventually file for divorce), or between domestic partners who want to separate. In mediation, the two parties meet with a neutral third party, the mediator. With the help of the mediator, the couples are able to work through issues needed to resolve and end their marriage amicably.

Divorce mediation offers couples the option to settle, and also allows them the space in which plan their futures rationally. The mediator can help them manage the situation as well as their differences expertly with a calming disposition. By doing so, they are able to avoid any form of stressful, bitter, expensive or lengthy adversarial proceedings.

WHY IS MEDIATION IMPORTANT?

Ending a marriage can be extremely stressful, and emotions often flare as each party tries to resolve issues. Mediation works as a fast, cost-effective, and less emotionally taxing option.

With the assistance of a trained divorce mediator, you and your spouse will be able to make informed decisions on issues like:

  • Equitable Distribution - How to divide your assets and debts
  • Child Support - How the expenses of raising the children will be shared between both parties
  • Custody or Parenting Arrangement - How the children will share and spend time with each of the parents
  • Alimony or Spousal Support – How to make financial arrangements for parties who once shared incomes

An unbiased mediator will help both parties reach an agreement that is custom-made for their family, their finances and their future.

Unlike the traditional divorce process, Mediation offers spouses more flexibility and allows them to negotiate their own decisions on key issues, within legal limits, rather than taking orders from the court. Giving the court or the judge the power of deciding how much alimony you have to pay or who lives with your child can be a nerve-wracking experience and it can make you feel completely out of control. With the help of mediation one can avoid such unpredictability, and in most cases, mediation produces a more stable and long-term result.

With family mediation conflicts are minimized, and you get to move on with your life. In cases where you have children, your kids need to see that both of you are at peace and can be respectful of one another. With this in mind, our approach is more like a discussion–it is not centered on demands, threats are eliminated, and tensions are relaxed.

Can our mediators offer legal advice?

While some mediators may have a legal background to give advice, we are not lawyers, and therefore our mediators do not provide legal advice. Our mediators are well trained to maintain neutrality and will not take a side or advocate for either party.

Do mediators make lawyers irrelevant?

No, they do not. In fact, lawyers do have vital roles to play in family-related law issues, and our mediators will always encourage partners to seek legal advice from their separate attorneys before and during the course of the mediation process. Our mediators will always advise couples to have their lawyers review any legal proposal before signing it.

How many sessions of mediation are required for divorcing partners?

The standard number of sessions is anywhere between two and eight sessions. However, the number of sessions required depends on the number of resolvable issues as well as the seriousness of the disagreement between both parties. The willingness and the ability of the partners to corporate and negotiate also play a significant role.

HOW DO OUR DIVORCE MEDIATION SESSIONS WORK?

Committed to helping you lower both your stress level and the cost of your divorce, we meet with both parties in our office, which offers a comfortable, homely environment. There may be a need to talk with each of party separately for a few minutes before getting everyone together again. The mediator may place the couples in separated rooms if there is extreme conflict, to keep each party safe and feeling heard during the negotiation process.

The sessions take place once a week and may last for 2 to 3 hours. This schedule will continue until all decisions are completed. In instances where children are present, we may need three or four sessions.

Toward the end of the mediation, a report of all decisions made will be recorded and sent to you for your review. Upon completion of the mediation sessions, a final draft will be sent to you. This document is known as a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU. After converting the MOU into your Separation Agreement, the judge will sign it, which finalizes the divorce proceedings.

WILL MEDIATION REALLY WORK?

Yes! An impartial mediator can help you and your spouse navigate and resolve most issues and family disputes. This includes support (child and spousal), custody agreement, distribution of assets and liabilities and whatever may be unique to your family in an effective and resourceful way.

Since the mediator is a neutral party, it will be easier for them to help both parties come to agreements that work for both of you.

Another reason why mediation works effectively is that both of you are in control of the process. You are working together for a common goal, and you are both given the time to think things through.

Divorce can be costly, but by using us as your mediator, you will have a clear overview of the entire process and how it will work with your unique situation.  There are no hidden costs; we make the process a quicker, fairer and in line with what you want for an equitable outcome.

Our Mediation services are offered in a safe, comfortable environment and on your schedule.  Sessions are private and confidential.

At the end of the day, the final decisions are yours, not an attorney's and a judge's, which may be necessary in some situations. Both parties will be much more willing to live up to an agreement that they make themselves.

Using our mediation service you will receive:

  • An environment where you can express your needs as well as understand that of your spouse.
  • Alternative approaches to consider, and the ability to make the choice yourself.
  • All the information you need in order to make informed decisions.
  • Possible resources to address your or your children’s ongoing emotional needs.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that you can use as a Separation Agreement, the judge signs it, and that finalizes the divorce proceedings.

FEES

Appointments are scheduled in the 2 hours, 4 hours, and Full day (8 hours)  increments at $200/an hour

Pre-Payment

Payment made to the mediator to accept the case for mediation is $1800 (If less than $1800 of time is required for your case, you will be refunded the difference; if more than $1800 of time is required, additional pre-payments will be required)

Hourly Rate charged for Mediator’s time outside of sessions is $200/an hour, which includes but not limited to telephone/text/email consultation with client(s), attorneys, appraisers or clients, drafting documents, and preparing the Agreement.

Rescheduling/Cancellation Policy

If the appointment is rescheduled 48-hours before the scheduled appointment, the cancellation fee may be waived one time.  For late cancellation or no-shows, a full fee will be charged for the scheduled time.

I accept cash or credit/debit card (2.75% fee charged for all card transactions). 

At Wake Counseling & Mediation, we have the expertise and knowledge to assist individuals with Divorce Mediation

To consult you can easily make an appointment online:

Call or Text Christina Fells at 919-647-4600 ext. 0, for questions and help with scheduling your appointments.

By email: info@wakecounseling.com

Cary Mediation Practice

Wake Counseling & Mediation
1148 Executive Cir, #6
Cary, NC  27511
(919) 391-1000

Holly Springs Mediation Practice

Wake Counseling & Mediation
364 Raleigh St
Holly Springs, NC  27540
(919) 647-4600