If you are considering or going through a divorce, we encourage you to consider alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This procedure offers a unique opportunity for couples to work together to reach an agreement on all aspects of their divorce, including division of assets and child custody.
It provides a more amicable and cost-effective divorce than going to court. Regardless, you need a qualified mediator to help facilitate the process.
At Lewis and Matthews, P.C., we offer ADR services for couples in the Denver area who prefer to settle divorce matters without litigation. We have a team of experienced mediators familiar with the process and can help you reach an acceptable agreement with both parties.
Let us handle the legal aspects so that you can begin the healing process and move on with your life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
When you hear the term “alternative dispute resolution,” it may conjure up images of two people sitting in a room trying to work out their differences.
And while that is one form of ADR, there are many different types of alternative dispute resolution, all of which can be used to resolve disputes without going to court.
Some of the most common types of ADR include mediation, arbitration, and collaboration. Here at Lewis and Matthews, P.C., we specialize in mediation, a process in which a neutral third party (the mediator) helps disputing parties reach an agreement.
The mediator is neutral and does not take sides. They help couples communicate and negotiate their way to an agreement on all divorce matters, including:
- Property division
- Child custody and visitation rights
- Child support
- Alimony/Spousal Support
- Parenting Plans
Mediators are bound by strict confidentiality rules. Everything stated, any writing or any admission made during the mediation, including the settlement terms, is to be kept confidential.
Advantages of Alternative Dispute Resolution
There are many advantages to using alternative dispute resolution to resolve your divorce, including:
- You and your spouse maintain control of the decision-making process rather than leaving it up to a judge.
- The process is typically quicker and less expensive than going to court.
- It can be less stressful than going to court.
- You and your spouse can reach an agreement tailored to your needs and interests rather than having a one-size-fits-all divorce decree handed down by a judge.
- You can maintain a more amicable relationship with your spouse, which can be beneficial if you have children together.
Why Resolve a Divorce Through Alternative Dispute Resolution?
Alternative dispute resolution, like mediation, could hold more benefits over traditional divorce litigation. It is typically faster, cheaper, and less emotionally charged than a courtroom battle.
In addition, ADR gives you and your spouse more control over the outcome of your divorce, as you are the ones making the decisions. This is in contrast to a judge making the decisions for you.
Another advantage is that it can help reduce the stress on your children, as they will not be exposed to the conflict that is often present in a courtroom battle.
Alternative Dispute Resolution FAQs
How much does divorce mediation cost?
The cost of alternative dispute resolution varies depending on the specific process you choose, the number of sessions required, and the location of the sessions. For divorce mediation, the cost varies greatly depending upon whether you use a private mediator or a mediator contracted through the office of dispute resolution services.
How does a divorce mediator differ from a lawyer?
A mediator is a neutral third party who helps you and your spouse communicate and negotiate your way to agree on all divorce matters. A lawyer represents one party in the divorce.
How long does mediation take?
The duration of the mediation depends on how many issues need to be resolved and how much agreement there is between you and your spouse.
Who is divorce mediation for?
Divorce mediation is for couples willing to sit down and negotiate their differences civilly. If you and your spouse cannot communicate and negotiate from the get-go, then mediation is not for you.
Why Choose Lewis and Matthews, P.C.
When you choose us for alternative dispute resolution, you can be confident that you’re working with experienced professionals. Our attorneys are trained in mediation and have the skills necessary to help you reach an agreement.
We understand that going through a divorce is challenging, and we will work with you to make the process as smooth and painless as possible. From identifying issues to drafting a settlement agreement, we will be there every step of the way.
If you’re considering or going through a divorce, contact us today to learn more about how we can help you through this process.
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Meet the Team
Meet the experienced and compassionate attorneys who will help you through one of the most difficult transitions in your life.
Jennifer Lewis – Managing partner Jennifer Lewis has been helping people since she got her license in 1988. She has since worked as a lawyer in federal and state courts in Missouri, Colorado, and Kansas.
Ms. Lewis has handled legal issues in a number of areas, including criminal law, estate planning and probate litigation, personal injury and medical malpractice claims, zoning and land use planning, and general civil lawsuits. While family law is her specialty, her clients have found that her understanding of other fields has been highly beneficial.
Her approach emphasizes patience, compassion, and empathy. This has aided many clients in dealing with the issues they encounter throughout family law procedures.
Christina L. Friedman – After working in the finance industry for several years, associate attorney Christina L. Friedman decided to pursue her true interests: family law. She has handled complicated family law cases since then and further improved her legal research and writing abilities in this field.
Ms. Friedman has also gone through a painful divorce in the past. This knowledge has given her a deeper appreciation of how to assist clients in divorce matters better.
Jackie Flanagan – Jackie Flanagan is an office manager that has been with the firm for seven years. She makes certain that the day-to-day operations of the office are running smoothly and efficiently every day. Ms. Flanagan, a long-term resident of Colorado, adds an important perspective to the discussion as well.
Counties We Serve
We are proud to offer our divorce mediation services in Denver and the following counties:
Address: 1325 S Colorado Blvd, Suite 503, Denver, CO 80222
Summit County, Eagle County, Grand County, and Clear Creek County
Address: 114 Village Place, Suite 206, Dillon, CO 80435
Phone Number: (970) 468-0240