Divorce Mediation

Family Law Attorney Serving Reno, Sparks, and Nearby Western Nevada


When you file for divorce in Reno, Nevada, your case will go to a settlement conference, often referred to as mediation. About 90% of divorces are settled in mediation.

Mediation typically results in a more favorable outcome for both parties. It gives you a chance to talk about what you really want to get out of the divorce, rather than having a judge decide for you. You and your spouse are able to negotiate and compromise. A judge presides over the conference, but it does not take place in the courtroom and the judge is there to facilitate your negotiation rather than to hear both sides and decide for you. Although this is referred to as mediation, it is very different from private mediation which is rarely used for divorce in Nevada.

To learn more about divorce mediation and how the Law Office of Thomas C. Bradley can help you, call 775-323-5178 today to schedule your confidential initial consultation. Mr. Bradley serves the Reno and Sparks areas of Nevada.

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Benefits of Mediation

Mediation is not as formal or contentious as trial. When a divorce goes to trial the court often makes arbitrary decisions that neither party likes. The courts follow the law in making their decisions, but their rulings are not personalized and tailored to what the individual parties value most, what they are willing to trade, and what will truly satisfy your needs.

By contrast, in mediation, you have the opportunity to negotiate and work out the finer points. You can express what is deeply important to you and what you are willing to give up to reach a resolution that has more personal value to you than a simple split of the monetary value of your assets. For instance, the family home can be as meaningful as it is valuable.

If left to the discretion of the court, you may be able to sell it and split the proceeds in order to achieve fair property division. But in a settlement conference, you have the opportunity to come up with alternatives. Maybe you offer to give up valuable assets that are meaningful and useful to your spouse, but you have little personal attachment to, in trade for the home you wish to keep.

When it comes to child custody, the settlement conference can prevent a long and painful process that is hard on everyone involved, including the children. You and your spouse have the opportunity to work together to come to a custody agreement that will be the best situation for your children and that will make it more likely for the two of you to be able to work together amicably in the years to come. A custody and visitation plan that you have created can be customized to work with your real lives, reducing friction between you in the years to come.

Mediation can also be a much faster and less painful process than litigation. If you go to trial, it will take longer. And, the fight can get very ugly. Even though Nevada is a no-fault divorce state, very private and personal details can still be dredged up and go into the public record as each side works to prove their case. By settling the case through negotiation, you avoid having to fight it out. Documents presented and the discussions that occur in your settlement conference do not become public record, and they cannot be used as evidence if you case proceeds to trial.

Ultimately, mediation is the less expensive option as well.

How Does It Work?

You and your spouse will first file your complaint and answer with the court. You will both be required to exchange detailed financial information. And then we have the settlement conference with a judge or senior judge presiding.

The judge, in this phase of divorce, does not make decisions regarding your case. In the settlement conference the judge acts as a neutral third party, helping you and your spouse communicate your needs and wants, so that the two of you decide the outcome together. The judge will typically ask questions of both sides to get a clearer picture of the issues and identify areas where you can come together. The judge may also help you come up with the terms of settlement plan.

Although it is not a trial, you still need an experienced divorce attorney by your side to guide you through the process and protect your interest. Attorney Thomas C. Bradley is highly skilled and experienced in mediation. He has represented clients in over 100 mediations. He is here to help you and your spouse reach an agreement so that you do not have to go to trial. However, he is also at your side to steer you away from accepting unfair or unfavorable settlement terms. He will make sure that you understand exactly what you are agreeing to and how it will affect you not only at the initial outcome of your divorce, but in the years to come.

And, Mr. Bradley knows when it is time to fight for your interests. In some cases, a fair settlement simply cannot be reached. Mr. Bradley is a skilled and experienced litigator who is always prepared to take your case to trial if mediation is not successful.

The Experience You Need

Attorney Thomas C. Bradley has been practicing law in Reno, Nevada for over 30 years and has been practicing family law for 20 years. He has extensive experience in mediation, here in the Reno and Sparks area, and has an in-depth understanding of the process and the strategies that work.

Mr. Bradley has the advantage of being able to get along well with people and diffuse conflict in what are often very acrimonious and bitter divorce disputes. He has helped many couples come to an agreement that satisfies both parties without the long, painful and expensive court battle that can be so characteristic of divorce. He will always fight for your interests. Although a settlement is preferable when it is possible, Mr. Bradley knows when it is time for you to step away from negotiations and fight. And he will be by your side at every step. Contact the Law Office of Thomas C. Bradley to discuss the details of your case.

Personal Attention

Divorce mediation is a negotiation that works by addressing the personal needs and desires of each party. Mr. Bradley works one-on-one with you, taking all the time you need, to get to the heart of the issues. When you choose the Law Office of Thomas C. Bradley, you will work exclusively with Mr. Bradley and never be asked to go through an assistant or another attorney. He will work closely with you to identify the issues that matter to you, to determine where you must stand firm and what you are willing to offer in order to reach a compromise and your goals in the divorce. By gaining a deep understanding of your needs and the conflicts in the relationship, he can help you negotiate a very targeted agreement that results in the best possible outcome.

Mr. Bradley will guide and advise you if he feels you are willing to give up too much as well. Too many people, when facing divorce proceedings and all of the emotional and deeply personal aspects that come along with it, are willing to give up far too much because they feel that they are to blame for the breakdown of the marriage. But, once time has passed and hearts have healed, it becomes apparent that the deal was one-sided and not sustainable or fair in the long term. Aspects, such as property division, are not reversible when divorcees come out of the cloud of their pain and realize that they gave up far too much and must live with those decisions for the rest of their lives. Mr. Bradley is here to give you honest and sound advice and help you avoid the pitfalls that you can fall into when trying to reach a settlement through mediation. He is here to stand up for you and protect your interests, so that the outcome is fair and favorable to you.

Mediation does not work for everyone, but it often works for couples who would never have believed that they could come to an agreement. With an experienced and skilled divorce attorney on your side, you can approach the process with the confidence and strength that allows you to let down the barriers to negotiation and work your way forward to a resolution that will keep your divorce out of the courtroom and give you control over the details of the outcome.

Contact the Law Office of Thomas C. Bradley Today

If you are facing the challenges of divorce in Reno or Sparks, Nevada and want to learn more about your legal rights and how we can help, please call the Law Office of Thomas C. Bradley at 775-323-5178 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation.

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