Tools To Prepare |
Helpful Documents |
Financial Affidavit |
Optional Use |
| Driving Directions & Map |
Fees | Others' Presence |
Clients With Child Support Modification Issues
Dear New Clients:
We assure you
we will bring our highest efforts to assist you to resolve in an efficient,
respectful and affordable way — issues posed by one party's request to modify an
order for child support.
In lieu of forwarding a packet of materials by mail, we have discussed your each
accessing this information directly and immediately from our website. Of course, you can
return at any time to access these links and resources.
Tools to Prepare
Documents to Gather
Ordinarily, we suggest you download and review our Adobe®-formatted document:
Helpful Information to Assemble
— Modification of Child Support
This document requires you to have Adobe's widely used and free software, Adobe Acrobat® Reader®. If
your computer does not yet have this software, or you are new to using it to access
this tool, click on these
instructions to download and learn how to use
This tool will direct you in gathering essential information to discuss and
resolve most relevant financial issues.
Sworn Financial Statement
It is also helpful to have completed, or revised and updated the Colorado divorce
financial form now known
as the Sworn Financial Statement.
A table in the tools and forms (divorce
forms) section of our website
provides three versions of that form and its single page attachment (the Sworn
Financial Schedules), also including an Adobe®-formatted one. The “auto-calculating” Word® version
conveniently calculates subtotals and totals of relevant sections of the form
(for example, total income, total deductions, total expenses, shortfall or
In the past we recommended use of a popular, copyrighted special “short
form” of Financial Affidavit for Colorado child support modification cases
(offered by Bradford Publishing Company, a Colorado legal publisher offering
divorce forms for electronic download). With the 2006 changes to Colorado
divorce law, a Colorado Supreme Court Order directs the uniform use of the new
Sworn Financial Statement in all family law cases, including those involving
modification of spousal maintenance and child support orders. As a result of
2006 changes in Colorado law, the special “short form” has been discontinued.
Using These Optional Tools
These are simply tools to assist in our mediation, and you should not feel like you must have discussed or
resolved any of these issues before we meet. Most couples need some help in
understanding the range of choices they have and that is part of our job as a
mediator. Nonetheless, we provide these to you to give you some direction of
what information may be useful in streamlining your work together.
(Alternatively, if you feel you have researched and have all documents
likely to be helpful available and
organized, these may not be of interest to you.)
Help With Getting Here
Be sure to consult and perhaps print our
driving directions, and
map provided by MapQuest®
to assist you in traveling to our office. Although the MapQuest® map is generally
helpful, we strongly recommend you use our driving directions
in lieu of theirs (there appear to be errors in directions they provide from
Fees & Payment Policy
This will confirm that, absent other agreement, you will each be responsible for paying
at the end of the session, one-half of our hourly fees, and that we
ordinarily anticipate a two hour first session. We do accept MasterCard and Visa, if that is helpful.
As is the policy of all mediators, we cannot assist you in an agreement on how
you will share fees, and you must have this issue decided in advance of
beginning your work with us.
Third Parties, Other Family and Children
On occasion, of course, the presence of third persons (including other family
members) is helpful and appropriate in mediation. In many cases, however, the
presence of others hinders the mediation process. Unless arrangements have been
considered and agreed to in advance by both parties and the mediator, third
persons and children should not accompany you to your mediation session.
We genuinely look forward to assisting you. Please call or write if you
have any questions or concerns.
Larry (Lawrence F. King)
Chris (Christopher L. Griffith)
We'd appreciate a confirmation you have received our E-mail confirming your
appointment and have accessed this page of resource materials.