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Family and Divorce Mediator in Rancho Palos Verdes

Are you searching for a divorce mediator near Rancho Palos Verdes? Are you looking for a cost effective approach to resolving your divorce? Are you wondering if mediation is the right route for you?

Leyla Balakhane is a distinguished and experienced mediator, facilitator, coach, and trainer in the Rancho Palos Verdes area specializing in highly-charged divorce and family mediation. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Arbitration Panel, a Certified Practitioner of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), and an active member of the Southern California Mediation Association.

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Mediation Blog Posts

The Importance of Listening In Mediation

Throughout my years as a mediator, I have experienced the power of listening in every case I have worked on. This article offers an expert’s perspective on what makes an effective and beneficial divorce mediation. Patton focuses on the importance of listening in mediation, which is necessary for achieving a peaceful resolution. Secrets of a [...]

3 Errors Parents Make When Their Kids Bully Them

It is often unnerving for parents to find themselves being bullied by their own children; however, it is important to target the reasons why your child might be acting out and respond firmly and appropriately. 3 Errors Parents Make When Their Kids Bully Them

What Is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order

Retirement benefits are typically the most valued assets during a divorce. QDROs can be necessary in order to effectuate the division of a  the division of a retirement asset. What Is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order
Every mediator has a different approach to the process so all participants must be comfortable with the mediator's personal style. Some mediators use an evaluative style: freely evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each side's case (in private sessions), to help them assess their alternatives and make wise choices in the mediation. Other mediators are more facilitative: refraining from asserting their judgments and instead facilitating a conversation that draws out the assessments of the spouses themselves. Transformative mediators are somewhat similar to facilitative mediators in that they are focused on the spouses needs and points of view. In transformative mediation, the spouses control both the process and the outcome. At Balakhane Mediation, we are experienced in all of these approaches when appropriate and may even ask the participants for their input regarding their desired approach. We will manage the process in a way that moves participants forward, toward a resolution, with the spouses own unique goals and interests as a guide.

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