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Las Vegas Attorneys Handling Family Law Mediation

The divorce process can be very difficult and can put an incredible amount of stress on everyone involved, including your children. Family law mediation is a less expensive and more informal option to litigation, and provides a vehicle to create flexible options tailored to your family’s needs.

At the Henderson law offices of Smith Jain Stutzman, our Las Vegas family law mediation lawyers emphasize honest and open communication and efficiency. We will make sure that you understand each step of the process, as you reach a reasonable divorce settlement.

Utilizing Mediation As A Method Of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Judicial resolution of difficult issues that arise in divorce proceedings, including equitable property division, spousal support, child custody and visitation, and child support, can be time-consuming and expensive. Litigation may also ultimately lead to an inflexible ruling that creates resentment and difficulties.

Family law mediation offers an opportunity to reach agreements and find creative solutions for these issues with the facilitation of a trained neutral mediator. As mediated outcomes are not bound by the strict letter of Nevada law, as a judge would be during trial, it is easier to develop a parenting plan or visitation schedule that better meets the goals and addresses concerns of each parent, for example. Once a mediated solution is reached, the mediator will put together a settlement, which is then reviewed and signed by both parties and their lawyers, creating a legally enforceable contract.

Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the issues that arise in divorce and child custody disputes, and will offer sensitive, sophisticated guidance throughout the family law mediation process. We understand that you may have many questions about how mediation works.

Our primary concern is to ensure that any mediated resolution protects your rights and interests. We are also able to assist with collaborative divorce, a process by which divorcing spouses negotiate a divorce settlement with the guidance of their attorneys.

Contact Our Nevada Collaborative Family Law Attorneys

Our Henderson divorce mediation attorneys have the skill, knowledge and resources necessary to begin the next chapter of your life. Contact us today for an initial consultation. We represent individuals throughout Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.


Marriage, it’s often said, is about love (or at least it’s supposed to be), whereas divorce is about money. Or, more precisely, divorce is about money and, if you have kids, creating new custody and parenting time arrangements.

The traditional approach to deciding these issues tends to pit spouses against each other. But as you may have heard, there are other ways besides court-driven litigation for couples to resolve the issues, using alternative approaches such as mediation or collaborative law.

At the Nevada law firm of Radford J. Smith, Chartered, in the Las Vegas area, our attorneys can help you choose an approach that makes sense for your situation. Here are some basic questions and general answers to help you get started.

What is the main difference between traditional litigation and mediation in resolving issues in a divorce?

Traditional litigation is based on an adversarial model and is handled through the court. Mediation, by contrast, allows the parties to maintain more control over the divorce process and seek to minimize conflict.

Is divorce mediation the same thing as collaborative divorce?

Not exactly. Like divorce mediation, collaborative divorce is an alternative to traditional litigation as a way of resolving divorce issues.

With collaborative divorce, however, there is a team of professionals involved, including not only attorneys but also financial advisers and mental health counselors. Mediation of divorce issues generally does not require this type of multidisciplinary team.

Can using mediation or collaborative divorce rather than traditional litigation be more efficient, in terms of minimizing fees?

Yes. The greatest advantage, however, may be in promoting better long-term relationships by reducing conflict and working to find common ground throughout the divorce process.


In short, there may be some very good reasons why mediation or collaborative divorce would make sense for you. Give us call at 702-583-6867 to learn more about our lawyers we can help. Or, if you prefer, complete the online form.