What is mediation? Mediation is a voluntary settlement process by which two or more parties in conflict agree to attempt to settle their differences with the assistance of a neutral third party, or mediator.The mediator works with the parties towards setting out ground rules for the mediation session(s), facilitates productive communication between the parties, and records and resolutions that may result.
What are the benefits of mediation? If conflicting parties can come to court with an agreement settling many, if not all, of the areas of concern, the court process can be less time consuming and less costly. Mediation also gives you (and not a judge) control over how you want your conflict resolved. We always recommend that you have an attorney review you proposed agreement so that you can be fully apprised of any legal rights you may have. We are not attorneys and are not allowed to dispense legal advice.
Helen Wheeler, LPC is a trained mediator, has had 40 hours of divorce/custody mediation training as approved by the Academy of Family Mediators, and carries individual liability insurance as applicable thereto. She has also received training as a civil court mediator.
Mrs. Wheeler speaking at the Charleston County Bar continuing education meeting, August, 2015.
Are you getting ready to decide on custody or visitation plans for your children. Listen to Helen speak about What Parents Need to Discuss Before During and After Divorce: Visitation and Communication issues. For mediation and/or co-parenting issues, call the Center for Families.
How much does Mediation cost? We charge $175 per hour which is usually split between the parties, or as otherwise agreed or mandated. Visit the Fees & Payment page for more information.
How do I arrange for Mediation? Contact Helen Wheeler by Phone: (843) 763-5837; Fax: (803) 753-0134; or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is the Center for Families? We are located at 27 Gamecock Avenue, Suite 202, Charleston, SC 29407, just off I-26 at the Cosgrove exit 216 South, behind S&S Cafeteria. Visit the Contact & Location page for more information.