Family Mediation is a process that uses the of basic principles of mediation to the resolution of issues that arise in families.Family mediators are there to help resolve conflicts that arise from marriage disagreements, divorce, separation, child support, parenting duties, as well as frequent disagreement between family members, siblings or neighbors.
Meet You Mediator
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.
How does family mediation work?
Our mediators work in a highly confidential setting in order to help each member of the family to determine what is essential to each person and then communicate that need to the others. By doing so, our mediators can help married partners & families identify the roots of their issues and find productive ways to resolve them.
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 in family-related issues and will not take a side or advocate for either member of the family.
How do our mediators handle issues that involve a history of drug abuse or violence in the family?
In such cases, our mediators will first evaluate the situation to ascertain if mediation is a safe option. The evaluation process involves understanding the consistency, nature, and severity of the previous incidences of abuse. If it is discovered that mediation can be a useful solution, then our mediators will go on with the necessary process.
What can a mediator do in a case where my partner or ex-partner is entirely irrational and seems unconcerned?
Our mediators will find and implement what they feel to be the most effective approach. While a face-to-face approach works well for some partners, the reverse (separate sessions) may to be the practical approach for others. In the latter situations, our mediators play the role of liaison officer between both parties.
When is the right time to commence mediation?
Once there is an agreement by both parties to resolve their differences outside of the court, then the process of mediation can begin immediately. It is best to try mediation before any legal process, as such proceedings can heighten the problems between partners or family members, increase the trust issues that exist between them, and cost a great deal in legal fees.
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.
Is it advisable to go on with mediation if one of the partners is skeptical about the whole process?
Yes. In this case, some essential agreements can still be struck or reached on some issues even if not all of the problems are resolved.
Can I still attempt mediation even after securing the service of an attorney?
Yes, you can. The fact that you have hired the service of a lawyer doesn't mean mediation is not available for you to try. Your attorney can be there to offer you legal advice while you carry out the bulk of the negotiation using the mediation approach.
In fact, much of the negotiation can still be done by you with the guidance of mediation while still having a lawyer retained to be your attorney in court. This is a more affordable approach than that of having to hire & pay two attorneys to negotiate on behalf both parties.
Appointments are scheduled in the 2 hours, 4 hours, and Full day (8 hours) increments at $200/an hour
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.
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 Family Mediation
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