Domestic Relations (Family) Mediation
Many divorce disputes can be processed and resolved before they go to court. The most practical way is for people to reach mutual agreements before a case is filed. Private mediation gives the best option to finding an out-of-court resolution while maintaining the utmost autonomy over privacy, decision making and self-determination.
Some advantages include:
Building agreements that meet and support family needs;
Giving time to research, consult and consider options and proposals;
Creating scenarios that can prepare for transitioning to independent parents; and
Setting a basis for a functional relationship which allows for better co-parenting.
Once a party files a petition for divorce, the case becomes open to public access. Agreeing to mediate before filing allows parties to preserve their privacy up to the time of completion, reducing their exposure to the judicial system. If a divorce petition has already been filed with the court, parties can still choose to process their case through private mediation. This would save time and create alternatives to resolution before moving to a Final Orders court hearing.
In Colorado, all domestic relations cases—whether divorce, separation or post-divorce petitions—must be registered with the court for judicial processing and judicial ruling. Per statute, divorce cases have a 90-day wait period before a judge can issue a divorce decree.
Our intention is to help people manage time and explore alternative solutions as they navigate the transition of divorce. Resolving conflict can be overwhelming and emotionally draining. Historically, mediation experience has demonstrated that out-of-court resolutions are attainable. The process allows people to have their say during discussions, and can significantly reduce intervention by the courts.