Divorce Mediation — The Sensible, Affordable Alternative
“Mediation of our divorce was a very positive experience. I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way!”
— Rick L., married 21 years
With Divorce Resolutions, Colorado Center for Divorce Mediation, you and your spouse or co-parent meet together in a safe and comfortable environment with a Colorado attorney-mediator who serves as your neutral and impartial mediation professional. Your family mediator will guide and assist you in considering each of the issues the legal system requires you to resolve — as part of your Colorado divorce, child custody or parenting, or child support dispute.
What are the advantages of this process of family and divorce mediation, over the traditional adversarial approach to divorce or of litigation of parenting and support disputes? Many!
This approach is entirely different.
Divorce Mediation’s Advantageous Style
Your discussions are private, the atmosphere is comfortable and informal, and the process is empowering and efficient.
In addition, consider the following other advantages of family and divorce mediation:
Divorce Mediation Is Cost-Effective
Family and divorce mediation is extremely cost-effective. Your separate meetings with separate attorneys, their telephone calls with you and each other, settlement conferences and preparations for court — all these adjuncts to the litigated approach to divorce necessitate a great deal of two professionals’ time and expense.
And, the legendary costs of divorce trials, even so-called temporary orders hearings, can quickly deplete any assets you have accumulated during your marriage. In contrast, mediation, relying as it does on direct communication and the mediator’s skill in keeping the dialog constructive and focused, accelerates the conclusion of divorce or parenting disputes. Almost always, this affords very substantial cost savings, making divorce mediation a truly affordable alternative.
Divorce Mediation Preserves Control
Family and divorce mediation preserves control over your individual and family’s futures. Together, you and your spouse or co-parent, will make the choices for the future:
How you will make major decisions about your children
How you will share time with them
How you will arrange for your children’s support or for your own support
How property should be divided and debts assigned
All these matters are determined by you, directly, and without control by lawyers or orders of judges.
Divorce Mediation Allows For More Satisfying Solutions
Cooperative face-to-face problem-solving often allows for more detailed planning and more creative and satisfactory outcomes. For example, we work not only with readily available software that helps you determine child support consistent with Colorado law, but also with much more powerful computer tools to help you consider, with your accountant or tax advisor, the impact of taxes on your after-divorce situations.
In the collaborative work of family mediation, it is much easier to discuss your separate visions of your after-divorce needs and circumstances, and then structure agreements to achieve significant tax savings for both parties. Often, this sort of cooperative planning will pay for the entire costs of your mediated divorce!
The style and approach of family and divorce mediation helps to focus on your children’s needs and to improving your parenting relationship over time. Unlike many other disputes, couples (especially those with younger children) are required to co-parent for many years. As such, they often have a compelling interest in managing their relationship with each other — with dignity and respect. Family mediation promotes this objective, with the obvious benefit to your children and to your own sense of personal peace.
All of your settlement discussions in family and divorce mediation are protected by Colorado law as absolutely confidential. It is “safe” to consider options and alternatives in mediation without fear that your statements or questions or concerns might be used against you in court or elsewhere. Your family’s circumstances remain undisclosed as well, rather than discussed in court papers or in open court.
Favorable Experience Of Choosing Divorce Mediation
You might ask, however: How does it work in practice, in the real world? Listen to one of our clients describe how mediation was a positive choice for his Colorado family and its divorce:
My wife and I found the mediation process a very powerful tool to reaching a resolution. Issues that could easily have escalated using separate lawyers were diffused. Our dignity and self-worth were not compromised. We left our mediators’ offices knowing that our children were well taken care of.
The process was also quick as well. Two sessions were sufficient to reach agreement on complex financial and parenting issues.
Mediation far surpasses litigation. Seek mediation first. Forget that first inclination to seek the advice of a litigator. A divorce need not be an adversarial, “win-at-all-costs” event!
from James K., married 23 years
working with Chris of Divorce Resolutions, Colorado Center for Divorce Mediation
For many more testimonials of divorce mediation’s power and advantages, see our website’s Client Experiences.