Our Clients Speak Out About
Family Mediation and Divorce Resolutions®
More of Our Clients' Experiences
As full-time mediators, we know the
power of the mediation process to resolve seemingly
intractable divorce and family conflict. We observe every
day in our work how much more pocketbook and family friendly
it is than litigation. We are
confident of the value of our unique approach to Colorado
divorce mediation at Divorce
Resolutions® as well.
As a divorcing party or separating parent, however, you probably
want to know what our clients think!
find our clients' comments about the process of divorce
mediation and their work with us throughout our website, on
the right hand side of each page. These appear as short
quotes and generally relate to our site's content on that
page. (If you haven't noticed,
if you refresh a particular page multiple times, you
will often see additional comments from other clients!)
format, however, doesn't allow us to share some longer
narratives, comments regarding topics or issues not
discussed on our site, and other comments we didn't have
space to include elsewhere.
So, here's more of what our clients
have to say about divorce and family mediation as a process,
and working with us in particular:
Complex Financial Issues?
Working with Divorce Resolutions® was a great decision. My (now former) spouse
and I invested significant time and money
in several unproductive sessions with another Denver
mediator. Then we learned that our (first) mediator
had very little experience in mediating the financial
aspects of divorce!
I own and operate a small consulting business, and we very
much needed to find a fair and equitable settlement of our
financial affairs. We had accumulated significant net
worth through hard work and careful money management during
our nearly twenty year marriage.
We decided to leave our first mediator.
Larry quickly understood our situation and methodically helped
us formulate our own financial solution which we both found workable.
I know I speak for my former wife as well, when I recommend
Divorce Resolutions® to anyone seeking fair, impartial and
highly professional divorce mediation services, including
couples with more complicated financial affairs!
from Mike B., married 19 years
And, another client writes:
We had a very complex divorce with extensive marital
assets including three businesses, and children also.
Chris was awesome! The process was just what we needed to make
this horrible situation bearable. Working with Divorce
Resolutions® saved us thousands upon thousands of dollars,
as well as preserved the relationship we need to have for
our daughters' sake. I highly recommend.
from Beverly G., married 12 years
Need To Resolve Reasonably Quickly?
With my (former) husband returning to his assignment in the
Middle East, it was essential that we work out the details
of a settlement of our divorce issues within a very limited
time period, and we were able to achieve this with Divorce
Resolutions®. Considering ours was a situation that could
have easily disintegrated, you minimized hostilities,
reminded us of practical realities and kept us focused on
the goal of an equitable solution for both of us.
Divorce-related information including children's issues and
tax-related matters were presented efficiently, and we were
provided other resources to help us arrive at reasonable
decisions. For us, mediation was a cost-effective
and perhaps, most importantly, a time-efficient alternative to using separate divorce
from Lynn P., married 20 years
Control of the Divorce Process Important?
I've always heard that divorce is an ugly ride, no matter how
one moves through the passage. I chose mediation
because I felt I should do everything I could to steer
things so they would work best for my children, as well as
myself. Our mediator kept us on course, but we were
definitely behind the wheel, and I'd much rather drive, than
be some attorney's or judge's passenger, any day!
It wasn't easy. I had to prepare for our sessions, work
vigorously and think for myself. But again, I took a
lot of satisfaction from being empowered to shape my own
destiny and that of my children.
from Mike A., married 23 years
Comprehensive Agreement Sought?
With what is a difficult time and such an uncomfortable
discussion, we found mediation with Divorce Resolutions®
extremely productive, comprehensive and painless. Our
favorable first impression of the website carried over into
our professional experience with Chris, who was wonderful as
a mediator. He was very knowledgeable and able to present
both points of view and educate us as to our options in
areas we were apprehensive.
We were amazed at how Chris took our “chicken scratch”
planning notes and transformed them into a comprehensive and
user-friendly agreement that we can refer to as the years go
by. Whether you have an amicable relationship with your
spouse or there is animosity, mediation with its focus on
the children as a priority is absolutely the way to go.
from Leslie P., married 6 years,
Decree of Legal Separation
Post-Retirement Age Planning? Worth Some Travel?
I appreciated your professionalism, fairness and attention to detail, and give my unqualified recommendation
for your fine work in our divorce mediation. My
wife and I were able to work through this without animosity thanks to your help.
Considering that ours was a marriage of 20 years and with the special planning issues presented by our age and retirement, you led us through our divorce in a timely manner and at a very reasonable cost. It was well worth the travel from my home in the mountains more than 125 miles away!
from Joe L., married 20 years
retired & residing on Western Slope
Special Parenting Plan Issues?
The process of mediation offered a better experience than having attorneys fight it out. I believe our kids' best interests were always kept in the forefront of our efforts, and we crafted the best agreement possible for ourselves and our children. Larry was an excellent, very knowledgeable mediator who helped us reach agreement on hard issues including substance abuse and parenting concerns.
from Karey B., married 13 years
Attorneys at Impasse? (Counsel-Attended Mediation)
Larry, I appreciate so much your role in helping us bring
such a difficult case to a close. I was not expecting a
positive outcome from our mediation (with our attorneys
attending), much less any kind of
As I began this process almost two years ago, I
never thought there would be the need for us to go to court.
As time passed, I began to feel that there would be no other
alternative. Thank you for helping us avoid placing these
decisions in the hands of the judge, something in my heart,
I never felt as right or necessary. I recommend you to others!
from Doug G, married 24 years
mediation attended by counsel
Seeking to Cooperate, Spare Children
Larry didn‘t waste our time. He got to the heart of the
issues and helped us to outline what our options were.
His use of a flipchart pad helped us both see and agree on
the data we were using. When we got stuck on an issue,
he helped us “clear the smoke” by acknowledging our
feelings, and then moved us toward a decision by encouraging
our adopting a business mindset instead of an emotional one.
He was extremely helpful in letting us know what approaches
a judge might likely have concerns with. He was
careful to avoid advising either one of us, and encouraged
us to seek individual counsel, as and if we needed it.
short, throughout the process, he encouraged our spirit of
cooperation, rather than making us adversaries.
The mediation process spared us and especially our
children — the additional emotional turmoil and costs that
traditional divorce and lawyers likely would have imposed on us. We felt, at all times, that we were in control, with a
lawyer-trained mediator as our friend and guide through the
difficult process of our divorce.
from Rae Ann F., married 20 years
Higher Conflict Couple?
I began with the misperception, a common one I think, that
family mediation is appropriate only for those rare,
“amicable” divorcing couples who envision themselves as
remaining close friends after all is said and done.
shared parenting plan, my (now former) wife continues
to make it clear that she wants nothing to do with me now
that our divorce is final.
But we successfully mediated our
divorce with Divorce Resolutions®. I now firmly believe that
mediation is for any couple with a commitment to keep the dialogue going,
if only for just a little while longer.
from Mike A., married 23 years
Responsive, Positive Experience
My overall experience with Divorce Resolutions® (given our
difficult circumstances) was very positive.
Deadlines were met, the staff was available for questions
during non-meeting times, and it always felt like a safe
environment in which to deal with all of this.
from Pat H., married 7 years
Long Distance Parents: Avoid Court Battle & Confusion
/ Pain to Children
Larry, I am so grateful that you found a way to apply your
expertise and talents to a profession where you are able to
help so many, including my husband and I, to come to
agreements without the damage of court battles.
We've seen so many other couples bankrupt each other and
cause such confusion and pain to their children as they
divorce. The mediation process has helped us remain
from Arlene B., married 5 years
mediation conducted in part by Skype®
wife in Del Norte, CO; husband in
Long Beach, CA
Alcohol, Substance Abuse Parenting Concerns?
Larry just successfully resolved a mediation with challenging alcohol and substance abuse
parenting concerns, and was awesome. Larry wrote the
best mediated agreement [in this case] I have seen a
mediator write in 30 years!
from David DiGiacomo, Esq.
Colorado family law attorney
Apprehensive, Seeking Respectful,
Although we have a very amiable relationship, both my wife
and I still felt some trepidation prior to our first meeting
with Chris. Any fears or misgivings that we may have had
vanished 15 minutes into our first meeting.
Chris is the consummate professional. Each mediation
session we had with Chris was incredibly productive and yet
we never felt harried. Chris took the time to ensure that we
were comfortable with all of our decisions.
I now can't imagine doing our divorce any other way!
from Rick L., married 20 years
Absent Spouse, Teenage Son, Limited
Chris and Judy, I so thank you for your professionalism ... When my husband left me in October, I was devastated. With no family in Colorado, no support system of friends, a house and a teenage son to look after, I have cried my way through these last few months.
Even though it was difficult to do a lot of the work myself, it helped me to move forward and look to the future. I would recommend your office to anyone considering mediation of their divorce.
from Carla A., married 22 years
Attorney's Expectations Exceeded by Resolution of Spousal
Larry, my client and I were so pleased with your effective
work as a mediator. Frankly, I did not expect that the issue (modification of spousal maintenance) would be resolved.
My client and I were there because we were required to
attend mediation prior to the scheduled court hearing.
Your mediation style was professional, yet
you were able to put the clients at ease.
Your resolving this issue saved both parties' further legal expenses and the substantial aggravation that accompanies court
Thank you for your excellent and professional work.
from William Van Horn, Esq.,
Colorado family law attorney
Changing Family Circumstances - Need to
Revise Parenting Plan or Support?
Mediation with Divorce Resolutions® provided us an
efficient, affordable alternative to a costly divorce. With
Larry's neutral ear and helpful direction with difficult
subjects, we were able to divide assets and debts, determine
child support and agree to a (child custody and) parenting
plan on our own terms.
We returned to mediation two years later to successfully
renegotiate parenting time and modify the terms of our
original agreement, given changes in our families'
from Christine W., married 5 years; relocation and parenting
plan changes 2 years later
Attorney's Own Divorce - Recommends
Mediation With Us
As a Colorado licensed attorney of 17 years, I urge those
undergoing the difficult process of divorce to explore the
benefits of mediation with Divorce Resolutions®. I have
experienced first hand (as a lawyer) the devastating
consequences to family relationships that commonly result
from the traditional adversarial process.
By choosing mediation with Divorce Resolutions®, my wife
and I were able to maintain a positive relationship with
ourselves and our children. The mediation process
saved us time, money and undue emotional stress. Larry
skillfully assisted us through the resolution of a number of
complex issues, including multiple business entities, a
prenuptial agreement, and special tax planning objectives.
I strongly recommend to all facing divorce.
from Scott S., married eight years
Special Health Issues Planning?
Larry was the consummate professional, aware and suitably empathetic to specific
health issues and planning needs of my wife and I (as a couple and
as individuals). I highly recommend the mediation route for any
divorcing couple who share a willingness to work towards agreement. Larry enabled a truly complex process
(and the "dreck" of divorce!) to be simplified and translated for all to understand.
from George D., married 24 years
traumatic brain injury
Magistrate Extols Work & Validates
Clients' Experience of Service & Security
Chris, in our final hearing, the Magistrate remarked that
our mediated Agreement was “fantastic,” and it was a
pleasure reviewing our documents.
From our first encounter with your assistant
Judy through our final court appearance, Michele and I
have felt truly fortunate to have worked with people such as
yourself who are not only consummate professionals but
incredibly patient and compassionate as well.
Magistrate extol in open court the virtues of working with you really validated our opinion of your divorce mediation
process. It was very telling to see numerous other couples
and attorneys glance at each other while the Magistrate
praised our work. It was evident that they did not enjoy the
same level of service and security that Michele and and I
did in our divorce.
from Rick L., married 21 years