Family Mediation Services
Genie Serrano, B.A., J.D.,C.HT., FAMILY MEDIATOR
I have served the public for many years in the legal field, focusing on negotiation and settlement of civil and family matters, primarily in divorce, custody and asset/debt division. I am on the local Family Court's list of Outsource Mediators, a member of Mediate.com and former vice-president of Mediators of Southern Nevada. I have earned a B.A. in Psychology from UNLV, Professional Mediation training and experience, certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a Juris Doctor degree, all of which contribute to my understanding of and working with the dynamics of family related issues. My mission is to promote an amicable and smooth transition from a failing marriage to a peaceful, agreeable living arrangement or at least, a divorce that protects not only the best interests of both parties, but the children, who are most affected.
Mediation assists couples in solving familial problems and places the emphasis on the well-being of all family members rather than on the adversarial "rights" of the parties. Mediation provides a private, neutral environment where parties can discuss alternatives and find solutions that work for them, which enables conflicted couples to enjoy an amicable dissolution. Mediation promotes enhanced parenting skills for the participants and furthers the opportunity for parties to move on with their lives, while the children to continue to enjoy the love and affection of both parents, which is their God-given and legal right.
In Nevada's Eighth Judicial District Family Court, the majority of divorce cases are settled by Settlement Judges, after litigation begins and before trial. While this is an innovative step for Family Court, those same cases could have been mediated and settled prior to litigation. This method saves thousands of dollars and countless hours of time for the participants and Family Court Judges, not to mention the strain put on the family, especially the children. Those who mediate prior to litigation are not even figured into the numbers. The American Arbitration Association reported 85% of mediations result in a settlement. These figures indicate that mediation is an effort that reaps great rewards for the majority of people that attempt it.