Parents in mediationThis is the next post in my series on the rights of Las Vegas, Nevada grandparents in regard to child visitation. My last article discussed our state’s process for establishing a grandparent’s rights. It is important to understand that, absent a settlement, the only way to resolve the matter will be through trial. Preparing for and attending trial is a complicated process and it is crucial to retain an attorney who is experienced in handling such matters. In this article I will discuss the process of reaching a settlement through mediation. In addition to handling litigation, I am available to assist with mediation. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to schedule an appointment.

Mediation is a process in which each side will meet with a neutral party who attempts to broker an agreement. The Clark County Family Court has a free mediation program which the parties may attend or they may choose to attend private mediation. In all Nevada cases which involve child visitation, mediation is required. When the parties choose to attend private mediation, they will typically sit in separate rooms and the mediator will go back and forth and discuss possible compromises between the two sides. While the mediator will be very respectful of all sides, they will also give realistic views to each party. This is important as one of the issues which often prevents a settlement is a party holding onto a position which is unreasonable or unrealistic.

A point to stress is that it is quite common for the parties to think that no agreement will be reached, and the matter then settles at mediation. Quite often, especially in the area of family law, the opening of a dialogue results in the matter resolving. It is important to go into mediation with a mindset that you may not get everything you want, but that you will leave with an acceptable arrangement. The same will be true for the other side. Mediation will often have a high success rate and this allows the parties to move on with their lives. Also, avoiding protracted litigation tends to be in the best interest of the child.

If you are going through a family law dispute, and wish to avoid litigation, then contact my office today to schedule a private mediation. I understand that this is a stressful time in your life and it is my goal to help you move forward with your situation. I pride myself on providing a high level of service and I will work to reach an agreement which each side can live with. If you have already scheduled a private mediation, then I am available to assist with the process as well. Contact us online or by telephone today.