Las Vegas Divorce Mediation Attorney

Mediation in Divorce – A Way to Find Common Ground

If you are preparing for divorce, it is important to know your options. Divorce does not have to be a combative, expensive or lengthy process. It does not have to foster anger and bitterness.

Mediation is an excellent tool that helps spouses work together to find solutions to critical issues in divorce without court intervention. It is a way for divorcing spouses to take control of the end of a marriage, and jointly make decisions about their personal needs and the future of their children.

When you need intelligent divorce mediation in Las Vegas or Clark County, Nevada, the Law Office of R. Nathan Gibbs is a wise choice. Our family law firm has extensive experience in assisting clients through the process of mediation. We are deeply committed to helping divorcing couples reach important decisions together, retain their dignity and move forward with respect.

What is Mediation in Divorce?

Mediation in divorce is a process in which an unbiased third party, a mediator, helps divorcing parties reach agreement on contested issues. These issues generally include division of property and debt, and each parent’s responsibilities regarding child custody, visitation, and child support.

Mediation gives you the opportunity to say what is important to you, and hear your spouse’s perspective in a civilized and fair setting. As you work through each issue, you design for yourselves a workable agreement that you both can live with. The solutions you reach together are tailored to your specific circumstances.

What are the Benefits of Mediation in Divorce?

  • Unlike court trials, mediation is not a matter of public record. The process of mediation is private.
  • Issues can be resolved more quickly and with less cost than litigation.
  • In divorce mediation, you and your spouse create your own solutions. In court, the judge decides the outcome. Resolutions reached in mediation are far and away more satisfactory and creative than those reached in a court ordered divorce settlement.
  • Because you and your spouse work together to agree on many difficult issues, you are both likely to be more compelled to move on in an atmosphere of compliance and commitment to your goals.

The Role of the Mediator in Divorce

The role of the mediator is to guide and assist you and your spouse as you problem solve, rather than to impose solutions to conflicts as a judge would do. The mediator remains neutral to both parties, and keeps the issues clear.

The mediator does not provide legal advice to either party during the meetings. Rather, the mediator navigates you through difficult discussions and helps you both to explore your options, with the goal of reaching solutions that you and your spouse find fair and acceptable.

The Role of the Attorney in Mediated Divorce

Mediation does not replace the need for legal advice. It is important that resolutions agreed to in mediation are based on realistic expectations. Acting as your attorney, I will ensure that any proposals made in mediation protect your rights and interests, and meet basic requirements under Nevada law. I will help you articulate your views and advise you on any questions you have as the mediation process unfolds.

For mediation to be binding, both parties must agree to the settlement. A final, signed agreement will be submitted to the court. Once approved by the court, the agreement becomes a court order.

Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?

An experienced family lawyer will recognize when mediation in divorce is right for a client. I will learn all I can about your situation, and advise you whether mediation is the best course of action for you.

Mediation is not appropriate in some cases, as when spouses have hardened positions, both parties are on very poor terms or a history of violence in your marriage exists.

Mediation in Divorce When Disputes over Children are Involved

Clark County, Nevada family courts require that divorcing spouses attend mediation regarding custody of their children. The Family Mediation Center (FMC) conducts many of the court-mandated mediations involving child custody disputes.

The focus of this mediation will be based on the best interest of the child, to help you put together a parenting plan for:

  • physical custody
  • legal custody
  • visitation agreements
  • other non-financial issues deemed appropriate by the court.

Questions?

Whether you are considering voluntary divorce mediation or your case is referred to mediation by the court, we are here to help.

Contact Las Vegas mediation and divorce lawyer R. Nathan Gibbs to learn more about the mediation process. By putting your legal needs in our care, you will be working with an attorney who is accessible, easy to communicate with, and always responsive.

We are also able to assist with collaborative divorce, another method of negotiating a divorce settlement without court intervention.