Greeley, CO Divorce Mediation Lawyers
Mediation is an optional and collaborative approach to resolving disputes, guided by a neutral third party. The fundamental idea behind mediation is that the parties involved are in the best position to find a resolution.
In divorce, you and your spouse better understand your family dynamics, circumstances, needs, and goals than a judge who has just met you for the first time. You might be asking yourself, why then shouldn’t you be the ones to decide what is best for you and your family?
That is the objective of mediation, with the assistance of a trained mediator whose job is to help you and the other party reach common ground, facilitate constructive communication, explore options, and problem-solve your way to a mutually-agreeable settlement.
At Peek Goldstone, LLC, we emphasize mediation as a more amicable way to resolve divorce disputes over child custody arrangements, how to divide property and assets, child support, spousal support, and any other details relevant to your case.
Our experienced mediation lawyers can assist you in reaching a beneficial resolution without needing court intervention. Acting as neutral guides throughout the process, we provide services to facilitate a productive outcome. Going to trial is often a last-case resort for a variety of legal situations, which is why our law offices in Erie and Greeley work to help you find a resolution before things escalate.
Learn how our Greeley divorce mediation attorneys can help you resolve your case. Contact us by phone at (970) 442-5281 or by email to book a consultation.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) in which the parties have the benefit of a neutral third party (one of our experienced attorneys) to facilitate negotiations and assist you and the other party in reaching a resolution without court intervention.
The mediator cannot make decisions for you, provide legal advice, or be called to testify later if the case does not settle. Instead, mediation gives you and the other party a forum to speak freely and safely without the fear of offers being disclosed and/or used against you later. Divorce mediation is often the best venue for you and your spouse to determine your fate, as the alternative – going to trial – often results in decisions that you may believe are unfair or inappropriate.
Furthermore, when you have a hand crafting the solutions, you tend to be more satisfied and invested in the outcome. Even if a complete resolution is not achieved, mediation helps identify the root causes of the conflict, streamline and clarify the issues, and uncover common ground where agreement can potentially be reached.
The Benefits of Divorce Mediation
While Peek Goldstone is experienced in dealing with cases of all kinds, our firm can be used in a more relaxed, comforting setting. This practice is done to keep positivity and progress in mind, with both sides working mutually together for the greater good of everyone involved.
The benefits of mediation are many, including:
- More Private. The entire legal process can leave many individuals’ personal lives open to the world. Individuals not wanting to deal with this privacy invasion can choose private mediation services.
- Less Formal. While the courtroom has its place for litigation needs, our clients often prefer the informality offered by mediation. Void of strict rules, regulations, and the watchful eyes of a handful of professionals, you can focus more on getting to the problem.
- Good for Relationships. Whether you are looking for mediation services in family law, corporate agreements, or anything in between, this service often helps to preserve both sides from the potential damages of court. In many cases, avoiding negative conflict helps to produce better resolutions throughout the process.
- Better for Resolutions. Mediation aims to find a mutual resolution instead of a win/lose situation often experienced in the courtroom. Instead of proving guilt or determining fault, parties can elect to find a middle solution that best benefits everyone involved.
- Confidential. What is said in mediation is generally not allowed to be disclosed, even to a judge, without consent by the parties. Only certain exceptions are made to this rule, such as revealing financial information that would usually be submitted to the court.
- Cost-Effective. Mediation is generally less expensive than a courtroom trial spanning months or years.
- Faster and More Efficient. Because mediation is not subject to court schedules, it can take place faster and at your convenience, reducing the lengthiness of reaching settlement terms.
Is Divorce Mediation Mandatory in Colorado?
While mediation is not mandatory in all Colorado divorces, judges can refer cases to mediation and may require it for certain post-divorce disputes. However, both parties must voluntarily participate in the mediation process to be effective.
Which Party Pays for Mediation in Divorce?
In terms of cost, the parties typically share the expenses of mediation. The fees can vary depending on the mediator's experience and the case's complexity, but it is generally more affordable than a lengthy court battle.
Are Mediation Agreements Legally Binding?
Mediation agreements reached in Colorado are legally binding if both parties willingly sign and agree to be bound by the terms. However, it is advisable to consult an attorney to ensure the agreement meets all legal requirements and adequately protects your rights.
Timeline for Divorce Finalization after Mediation
The timeline for finalizing a divorce after mediation varies depending on various factors, such as the complexity of the issues involved and the parties' agreement. Once the mediation process is complete and an agreement is reached, the couple can file the necessary paperwork with the court. The court then reviews the agreement and, if approved, incorporates it into the final divorce decree.
Mediation under Colorado Law
Mediation falls under the Colorado Dispute Resolution Act C.R.S., § 13-22-301. Colorado law recognizes the importance of mediation and encourages its use in divorce cases. Judges have the discretion to order mediation and may do so if they believe it would be beneficial in resolving disputes and promoting the best interests of children in divorce and child custody disagreements.
Mediation can be used in divorce proceedings, child custody and support matters, paternity cases, changes to existing family court orders, legal separation, and other family law disputes. It may only be inappropriate for cases with a history of domestic violence.
Get Experienced Mediation Services at Peek Goldstone, LLC
Our local attorneys can help by acting as a facilitator throughout this process, providing unbiased support to mediate a beneficial outcome for everyone involved. Our law firm understands the importance of humanity being applied to legal disputes; we will work diligently to help you find an optimum resolution collaboratively and peacefully.
Connect with us online or at (970) 442-5281 to book a consultation with one of our Greeley mediation lawyers today.