The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be” Dalai Lama
It is hard to believe that Leila has been part of our team for a year! Exactly seven days after she accepted our offer to join Family Peacemaker, the state shut down. The way we all handled divorce mediations (and everything else) instantly changed. Even though COVID meant that Leila wasn’t able to conduct in-person mediation sessions, it didn’t stop her from spending valuable time training and refining her mediation and peacemaking skills, and conducting virtual client mediation sessions.
Leila is passionate about helping people! She has a heart for families and believes it is possible to peacefully restructure during challenging times. Her training, compassion, skill, and heart make her a perfect fit for families looking for a more peaceful divorce solution.
We invite you to read on to learn about Leila and why, in her own words, she chose the peacemaking path:
I have spent a great deal of time recently thinking about why I do what I do. I guess it all started when I was very young, and my parents divorced. It was so painful.
I was five (5), living in Iran at a time when divorce was still relatively rare. In Iran, children of divorce generally live with their mother until they start school around age seven (7). At that point, the primary custody transfers to the father and his family. In my case, for a variety of reasons, my father was granted primary custody of me and my younger sister well before either of us turned seven (7). This meant that we only saw our mom on weekends. During weekdays, we lived at our father’s home while our grandmother and aunt helped us with our education and daily well-being needs and little communication with our mom. I mostly remember this as an exceedingly difficult and sad time. I longed to see my mom but feared letting my family know how I felt. Speaking to my family about my pain and sadness was not an option.
In hindsight, my parents not living together was not nearly as bad as not being able to openly and freely love both of them. Visitation, phone calls, expressing joy about the other parent was stilted. Loyalties were always tested. Without a doubt, these tense times truly shaped me and my decision to want to help families in similar situations resolve and restructure their families in a better way.
After attending college in Iran, I decided to move to the United States to pursue a legal career. I always knew my mission was to serve children and I knew a legal career in the U.S. would offer me the opportunity to use my dedication and commitment to help families. After a crash-course in English (my native language is Farsi), I attended law school and passed the California State Bar in 2017. A few years into my legal career, the perfect opportunity materialized at Family Peacemaker.
I wake up every day joyfully knowing that I am a FAMILY PEACEMAKER! I help families peacefully transition and restructure for the benefit of generations to come. I personally know the pain of divorce and parental alienation. I am committed to improving divorce outcomes. I look forward to using my life experience, skills, and heart to help your family experience a more hopeful and peaceful future.
Leila and the entire Family Peacemaking team offer a free, one hour case assessment. We are currently holding sessions via Zoom. To learn more about Leila Parviz please visit her at https://familypeacemaker.com/about/leila-parviz-esq/.
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