Surratt Law Practice, PC is a Reno, Nevada family law firm that promotes alternative dispute resolution when possible. A family law matter is the one of the most personal and painful events a person can go through in their lifetime. Our firm promotes settlement of these matters without use of a court. Our firm can act as a confidential mediator and assist you in avoiding a court room.
Surratt Law Practice, PC is a Reno, Nevada family law firm that promotes alternative dispute resolution when possible. A family law matter is the one of the most personal and painful events a person can go through in their lifetime. Our firm promotes settlement of these matters without use of a court. The attorneys at Surratt Law Practice are experienced in mediation and can help parties reach resolution without going to court.
Mediation is a process where the mediator works with people who have legal disputes or potential legal disputes in an attempt to help them resolve their disagreements.
Although the mediators in this office are attorneys, they do not represent the interests of any one party. The mediator remains neutral while communicating the law to both parties regardless of the impact to any one party. The mediator assists the parties in reaching their own fair and mutually acceptable agreement.
Please note, the mediation services are not in any way similar to a process where a report/recommendation is sent to the court. This process is confidential. As an attorney who is trained to be neutral, the mediator does not represent the interests of any one party who participates in a Surratt Law mediation process. The mediator works with all involved parties in order to help them reach a mutually acceptable agreement which they feel is fair and just, in light of their particular circumstances. The parties themselves, and not a Judge, design the agreement. The mediator will draft the agreement between the parties, giving them the document(s) they need to take to the court to be filed and enforced. Studies show that mediation is significantly less expensive than going to Court.
If you have children and you wish to use mediation services for your custody and parenting time arrangements along with property division, then please note that mediation is a process that is in the best interest of your children. In the private confidential mediation process, both parents work together to problem-solve any issues related to their children.
Mediation consults are for one hour and must involve both parties. The mediator will not meet with just one party. If you schedule a meeting with us to discuss mediation, we will discuss all of your divorce options in further detail. This means that during this meeting we will discuss your options for divorce, including but not limited to mediation, collaborative practice, arbitration and litigation. Specific details regarding your case will not necessarily be discussed at this meeting.
The attorneys at Surratt Law Practice are experienced in mediation and can help parties reach resolution without going to court. They will handle your mediation needs with compassion and sincerity. Surratt Law Practice warmly invites you to contact a Nevada mediator today at (775) 636-8200 or email email@example.com for a consultation.
- Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without using court to decide any issues for the clients
- Withdrawal of the professionals if either client goes to court
- Engage in open communication and information sharing, and
- Create shared solutions that take into account the highest priorities of both clients.
Going through a divorce doesn’t automatically mean having to endure the turmoil that is often associated with it. You now have another choice: Collaborative Practice, which includes the Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce models. Developed as an alternative to “divorce as usual”, Collaborative Practice offers couples a humane and solutions-based approach to ending a relationship. Collaborative Practice differs from conventional divorce in three important respects:
· The parties pledge in writing not to go to court.
· Face-to-face discussions between the spouses and their lawyers lead to an agreement.
· A respectful, problem-solving approach, often with the assistance of trained financial experts, child specialists and divorce coaches, replaces the often-adversarial process of conventional divorce.
Is Collaborative for You?
Divorce is a highly personal matter, and no one approach is right for everyone. Many couples, however, have found that Collaborative Practice (Collaborative Law/Collaborative Divorce) is a welcome alternative to the potentially destructive aspects of conventional divorce. To determine if Collaborative Practice is right for you, ask yourself if these values are important:
· Maintaining an atmosphere of respect, even in the presence of disagreements.
· When the parties have children, prioritizing their needs.
· Listening objectively to your spouse’s needs, fully expecting that your own needs will be given equal consideration.
· Working creatively and cooperatively to solve issues.
· Seeing beyond the frustration and pain of the present moment to plan for the future.
· Behaving in an ethical manner toward your spouse.
· Keeping control of the divorce process with you and your spouse, and not relegating it to the court system.
If you can affirm these basic principles, it is likely that Collaborative Practice would be a viable option for you. Give Surratt Law a call to schedule an initial consultation appointment with any of our well qualified attorneys for a more in-depth determination based on your individual situation
Collaborative Philosophy - Something everyone should agree on: Respect.
It is simply a fact that about half of all marriages end in divorce, and countless non-marital relationships fail, too. But the emotional devastation that often accompanies the loss of a relationship doesn’t have to be a fact as well. That is the thinking behind Collaborative Practice.
Long sought by divorcing individuals and other concerned professionals who assist them, Collaborative Practice is the alternative to “divorce as usual”. It is designed to minimize the hurt, the loss of self-esteem, the anger and alienation that occur too frequently with divorce.
The Collaborative philosophy is built on a belief in human dignity and respect. Individuals may cease being partners, but they don’t cease being worthy human beings. Every part of Collaborative Practice—from open communications to solutions-based negotiation and out-of-court settlement—is intended to foster respect. When respect is given and received, self-esteem is likely to be preserved, making discussions more productive and an agreement more easily reached.
The end of a marriage or relationship is tragic enough. Collaborative Practice believes that the process of divorcing shouldn’t add to the pain, but rather help the spouses and children foresee a hopeful future.
The Advantages of Being Collaborative:
Designed as an alternative to conventional divorce, Collaborative Practice offers many distinct advantages:
- You keep control of the process yourselves, without going to court.
- Children’s needs are given priority.
- You and your partner commit to reaching agreement through a problem-solving approach.
- An atmosphere of respect preserves self-esteem.
- Open communication allows both of you to express your needs for moving forward and gives you new tools for effective problem-solving in the future.
- There is full disclosure of facts and information.
- Face-to-face meetings in the presence of lawyers make negotiations direct and efficient and allow for mutually created resolutions.
- The Collaborative process helps both of you plan for your own future and that of your children, and to begin new lives for all of you.
How It Works:
Once you have chosen Collaborative Practice (Collaborative Law/Collaborative Divorce), you may take advantage of the option to put together a team to work with you as you make your way through this life transition. While you will always need to select Collaborative lawyers to assist you throughout the process, you may also choose to start the process with a Collaborative coach or financial expert. Wherever you begin the process, you will have a chance to meet privately and together with your professionals. Collaborative Practice is unique in that it calls for both of you, and your lawyers, to come together for face-to-face discussions and negotiations—outside the courtroom. In an atmosphere of
openness and honesty, all assets are disclosed, needs are communicated, and solutions are explored. When there are children, their interests are given foremost priority.
The end result of Collaborative Practice is an agreement that has been achieved through mutual problem solving. You, along with your lawyers and other chosen collaborative professionals, take control of shaping the final agreement, rather than having a settlement imposed on you by the court.