Nevada Collaborative Divorce Attorney
(a.k.a. Mediated Divorce)
Many divorcing couples, especially those with children and property to divide, find that they benefit greatly from meeting with a mediator prior to filing their joint petition divorces. This is especially true for long-term marriages where retirement accounts are at stake, and, or, when the children are younger and co-parenting will last for many more years.
A divorce with terms arrived at with the help of a licensed, professional mediator is known as a Collaborative Divorce or Mediated Divorce.
Using the services of a divorce mediator allows you to go through what is often a painful process with an experienced, licensed, third party present to guide both of you. It gives you a clear understanding of what is fair in your particular situation. It also gives you a really good idea of what you’d be likely to have granted to you by a Nevada Family Court judge, based on Nevada divorce laws and what is customary in our Family Court, were you to end up in a divorce trial.
Collaborative Divorce and Issues related to children:
Through the mediation process, you'll come to decisions regarding your children that work for both parents and, most importantly, for the children. Leaving it up to a judge in a divorce trial, as well-intentioned as she or he might be, never makes anyone happy because the decision is made by someone who knows little of you, your children, and your life.
You'll always come out ahead when you make those decisions with the guidance of a mediator. The mediator is expected and required to keep a neutral position and to figure out how to work things so that all parties come out, if not a total winner, at least not feeling like all was lost. The idea is to make it livable for, and acceptable to, all concerned.
Collaborative Divorce and property division:
Mediation makes dividing property in a fair manner less emotionally painful and also greatly helps you to understand what's normal and customary in a Nevada divorce under the circumstances. You'll leave the process feeling that the community property that remains yours came to you fairly and equitably. You'll have no nagging doubts later as to whether or not you got a fair deal. Also, you'll feel better that you are the one who decided, rather than being awarded your own property by a judge who knows nothing of your personal circumstances.
Mediation, when you undergo the process with a licensed, experienced mediator, defuses the acrimony that often enters divorce negotiations - without mediation, a tense situation holds potential for a much worse outcome than necessary for all involved: you, your spouse, your children. The last consideration is the well-known fact that you save a lot of money by making use of the services of a mediator and agreeing on everything before filing the divorce. Neither of you benefits from paying exorbitant sums to attorneys to "fight it out" for you in court. The only winners in this case (financially) are your attorneys.
If you have children and/or property and cannot agree on your own on how to divide everything, seriously consider the services of a mediator before deciding to retain an agressive attorney intent on "paprering" the other side, putting your spouse in the position of having to be equally aggressive with you. No one really wins in this type of acrimonious divorce. It should only be reverted to when all else has failed.
In many cases, just an hour or two with a mediatior can resolve all of your issues and save you literally thousands of dollars in attorney fees. We're here to help.
Mr. Smith is a licensed Nevada attorney with 17 years of divorce mediation experience. He has successfully taken many couples through a Collaborative Divorce. See the columm on the right for his Mediatior Credentials.
Frequently-asked questions regarding collaborative divorce
Do my spouse and I have to abide by the advice of the attorney?
No. You can choose to follow the advice or not. Neither one of you is legally bound by the advice given to you during mediation.
Do I have to be at the attorney's office with my spouse for the divorce mediation?
That's up to you and your level of comfort. You can both be in the attorney's office at the same time, or you can simply request to do the divorce mediation over the phone. The attorney will do a conference call with you and your spouse.
Can I talk to the attorney alone before the collaborative divorce mediation?
To maintain his neutral position and to be ethically able to represent both parties in a Joint Petition Divorce for you following your mediation, and to ethically conduct mediation, it is not possible for the attorney to speak with either party without the other present at any time before the mediation except for the purposes of setting up the logistics of the mediation session.
What if I go through Mediation with my spouse and my spouse remains unreasonable and won't negotiate fairly. Can Mr. Smith represent me in a Complaint for Divorce after the Mediation?
Once Mr. Smith has spoken to both parties in a mediation setting, he cannot represent either party in a Complaint for Divorce (a one-signature divorce). Each party will have to retain another attorney. After a divorce mediation session, Mr. Smith can only represent both parties in a joint petition divorce.