Denver Divorce Mediation
Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods in Colorado
Divorce mediation, negotiation, and arbitration all may play a role in a divorce strategy. These out-of-court remedies can offer you more control over the outcome. A negotiated or mediated settlement is generally the quickest and best way to resolve a divorce. But the other party must be reasonable and agreeable for these to work.
At Kaplan Law L.L.C., we have helped families and individuals across Colorado reach out-of-court settlements. Our attorneys are also frequently hired as third-party mediators, arbitrators, and special masters to help families reach agreement. With these perspectives and experience, we see cases from a variety of angles. We are pragmatic problem solvers with a firm understanding of Colorado law and methods to reach agreements and diffuse tension.
Questions about Mediation
Mediated agreements often lead to better outcomes. You are best placed to know what will work for you and your family, whereas a court will never have the time to get to know you and your history well enough. The lawyers at Kaplan Law L.L.C. are seasoned trial lawyers who enjoy a court battle, but often the end result of going to court is to have an order that is unworkable or insufficient. Mediation is not only less adversarial, it is an opportunity to craft a result that meets essential needs in a customized manner, and that is comprehensive so as not to require repeated future battles in a courtroom.
Is Mediation Required for Divorce in Colorado?
Mediation is required by most counties in the state of Colorado for those who are entering their final hearing for divorce. This gives each party member a chance to say their peace and try to work out the disagreements between the two. Agreements in mediation are important because they can resolve lingering issues such as custody and financial support. Mediation is always confidential and should be viewed as a way of venting without judgement.
Will Mediation Resolve All Issues in a Divorce?
The mediator—often an experienced lawyer or former judge—does not represent either you or your spouse and is not permitted to give you advice or tell you what you don’t know. That is why it is critical that no one engage in mediation without the advice of an experienced family lawyer. While well-intentioned, many people excluded lawyers from the process in an attempt to maintain harmony and not incite a fight. An honest and good family law attorney will attempt to further those goals and not interfere with those desires, but will also make sure that you know what the mediator can’t tell you and what could ultimately cause disaster if you go it alone.
All family law issues common in divorce can be decided through mediation, or less than all. In some cases you may only decide issues related to child custody but not financial issues, or the reverse may occur. Even a limited agreement reached through mediation will still reduce the number of contested issues a judge must decide, thereby limiting the expense and emotional toil associated with the remaining aspects of your dispute.
Why You Might Need to Go to Court
Regardless of which aspect of a divorce or custody case is in dispute, often there are a multitude of ways to resolve it, and there can be many areas where a black-and-white answer is just not apparent. When people have honest disputes as to what is a fair resolution, when people can’t find a suitable solution, and when one or both sides are unable to accept what is a fair result, then court is the place to receive an answer from a judge or magistrate. Having an experienced trial lawyer in court is like having an experienced surgeon performing serious surgery on you or your family. Just as you would not perform surgery on yourself, representing yourself in court can cause serious future problems.
Solving Your Family Law Problems
Before you start the divorce process, speak with one of our knowledgeable family law attorneys. We can answer your questions about divorce mediation and the divorce process, and we can help you resolve your family law conflicts as quickly as possible. If you are looking for a skilled third-party divorce mediator or arbitrator to help resolve a case, we can provide more information about our services in those capacities, as well.
Call (303) 747-4748 now to get started in Denver or throughout Colorado.
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