Protect Your Privacy And Keep Control Of Your Family Law Case Through Mediation
Even in troubled marriages, spouses usually have established channels of mutual support. The decision to file for divorce and go your separate ways can seem difficult to take, even if you have become very frustrated with your spouse.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to divorce. It is a path that goes against the grain for many people. However, there are ways to keep the legal processes manageable. If you and your spouse will co-parent, it is especially important to find ways to get through a divorce without destroying each other’s lives. Mediation is one of those ways for many people.
What Is Family Law Mediation About?
In family law mediation, you will not treat your spouse or the other parent of your child as an enemy. Instead, the two of you will seek a solution that both can live with. An attorney’s representation during mediation or the services of a mediator will make it possible to keep family matters private. You, your spouse and the mediator will set mutually agreeable times to decide on property division, child custody and parenting time (child responsibility). If mediation is successful, you will present your resolution to the court, and it will become part of your divorce decree or child custody order.
Attorney Shawn H. Smith can be your family law mediator, or he can represent you as you prepare to meet with another mediator, your spouse and possibly their lawyer, too. He feels sure that you will find the family law mediation process empowering and reassuring.
Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law Mediation
Below you will find answers to common questions about mediation. These answers are for general information purposes only. Please talk to lawyer and mediator Shawn H. Smith for guidance specific to your situation.
How does the mediation process work in family law?
Mediation is an out-of-court process that may be court-ordered or chosen by the parties to the family law cases. During mediation, you will meet with a qualified mediator who serves as a neutral party, meaning they won’t take sides. They will gather information, help you find common ground and propose potential solutions for ironing out disagreements. Ideally, you will come away with a comprehensive settlement agreement that will simply need to be filed and approved by the court. Even if you don’t reach a comprehensive agreement, you may still agree on certain aspects of your divorce or family law case, reducing the scope of issues to be litigated.
What should I look for in a family law mediator?
Colorado does not have statewide standards for licensing or regulating mediators. You should take care in choosing someone with legal training – ideally, an attorney who is highly experienced and knowledgeable in Colorado family law. They should have experience serving in the mediator role as well.
How do I prepare for mediation?
Before going into mediation, you should understand the basics of the process so you know what to expect. You should have a thorough understanding of which issues need to be resolved – for example, division of property, alimony, child custody (parenting time), child support and the like. You should also gather any financial documents or other paperwork that may be needed.
If you have a lawyer, they can help you prepare and let you know what to expect so there aren’t any surprises. Depending on the type of mediation, your attorney may also attend with you, keeping you informed and looking out for your interests.
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Learn more about how we can help you, either by serving as a mediator or representing you during mediation. Reach us in Greeley or Fort Collins by phone at 970-387-6858 or email us to discover what your next best steps should be and how to pursue them.