Although the divorce rate in the U.S. has been on a decline over the last decade, a lot of modern couples see divorce as the sensible next step in their lives. Whatever the reason is for this decision, it is almost always a difficult and emotional time for those concerned, especially if children are involved.
We understand how stressful this time can be and we want to help make the process go more smoothly and amicably. Our divorce mediation services in Denver can save you both time and money by reaching the most sensible resolution.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
The process of divorce mediation involves having a neutral third-party to act as a mediator between you and your spouse as you work together to resolve the details of your divorce. The mediator only facilitates the collaboration and has no authority to make decisions for you.
The goal of divorce mediation is to reach the fairest and most sensible agreement for everyone. Most of the issues that were usually dealt with through the traditional litigated divorce can also be addressed through mediation.
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Contested Divorce
- Parenting Plans
- Division of Assets and Properties
- Marital Settlement
Since divorce mediation is a collaborative effort, many choose this path over traditional divorce proceedings.
What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?
There are several compelling advantages to choosing divorce mediation over traditional litigated divorce.
Protecting Children – Conflict is almost always highlighted when there is a combative, litigated divorce. This can impact children psychologically and emotionally. Through mutual and collaborative mediation, this can be avoided.
The average time it takes for a traditional divorce to be finalized in the U.S. is 11 months. Through mediation, a resolution can be achieved in just two months. This is because the avenue supports a more streamlined decision-making process.
Unlike litigated divorce, mediation will never lead you into a courtroom where the hearings are public record. In fact, the confidentiality of divorce mediation is protected by state laws. All communications and agreements remain confidential.
There is a formulaic approach to litigated divorce whether it is regarding parenting or dividing of assets. With mediation, you have more control over coming up with solutions that are right for you and your family.
Avoiding Legal Backlash
People are less likely to accept decisions that they did not make. In traditional litigated divorce, the court’s judgment may not be easily followed, and several appeals may be filed. In mediation, these are avoided because you are the ones to make the decisions.
Who Should Consider Divorce Mediation?
Ideally, anyone considering divorce should look into mediation and the benefits mentioned above.
However, there are instances when mediation may not be a good fit. People who have been in abusive relationships, for example, may find it difficult to avoid the past dynamic of the marriage.
If you think you’re in a similar predicament, talk to a divorce mediation lawyer to find out whether the option is something you can consider.
Choose Lewis & Matthews, P.C.
As a firm that specializes in both family law and estate planning, we are in a uniquely advantageous position to mediate your divorce. On the one hand, we understand how stressful this time can be and why a swift, amicable, but decisive resolution is necessary.
On the other hand, we also understand the ins and outs of estate planning, giving us a legal lens when it comes to dividing assets and properties. We can use this knowledge to better facilitate your mediation sessions.
Our years of experience in dealing with the Colorado legal system also give us important insights into the best approaches to each case. This also helps us streamline processes that would otherwise take longer to see through.
Name partner Jennifer Lewis also has firsthand experience in dealing with a stressful divorce. Because of that, the firm makes certain that the resolutions we reach are fair and sensible to all.
Counties We Serve
If you are getting a divorce in Colorado, consider our divorce mediation services in Denver. We can get you acquainted with the process while you decide if it is the right fit for you.
If you have other family law or estate planning concerns, the following are the counties we serve: