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Family and Divorce Mediator in Whittier

Are you searching for a divorce mediator near Whittier? 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 Whittier 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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Going through a divorce can be emotionally taxing, extremely costly, and legally confusing. Choosing divorce mediation can help alleviate those challenges as mediators support individuals in processing any issues that arise, all while maintaining the autonomy and agency of those involved. If you are looking to file for divorce, mediation will create a space for you to find amicable resolutions with less conflict and legal costs.

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Ten Reasons Why Couples Divorce

While divorce rates in the United States are on the decline, the prevalence of divorce is still very apparent in modern America. Couples separate for a multitude of reasons, but most marriages end because of a fairly common problem. Whether it be a lack of communication or extreme differences in values, both experts and couples [...]

How Will Tax Reform & the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Your Divorce?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains important changes that will impact both divorce and support cases.

Love Does Not Conquer All

Though we are imbued with the idea that love conquers all, in truth, love is not always enough to overcome the harsh realities of life. While deep and abiding love might be present in a marriage, it is not always guaranteed to make it last. And even though partners may love each other immensely, life [...]
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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