What Is Mediation?
Mediation is the most cost-effective way to get to the finish line, but it is important you understand what mediation is and how it works. Importantly, mediation is not about agreeing with the other party’s point of view – it’s about understanding it and getting to an agreement you can live with.
I draw on my legal experience to hear both sides out, give the legal information they need, and utilize skills of mindfulness and emotional intelligence to get to where they need to be. Mediation can be a much more creative option compared to orders from judges or rushed settlements finalized close to a court hearing.
Many of my clients have an idea of what they want. They have already discussed terms together and need assistance putting them into writing. Whether you are looking to avoid litigation entirely or you’ve been ordered to mediate by the courts, I’ve got you covered.
Mediation Is A Powerful Tool
Perhaps you don’t know where to start and want an attorney-mediator to guide you through the process from start to finish – this is “full-service” mediation. Maybe you can handle that on your own, and you need to meet only once and have drafting assistance provided.
If you are in the middle of your case and you have a deadline to mediate, I can help in that situation as well. I can provide bullet-point Memoranda of Understanding, and you or your attorneys can finalize your agreements from there.
Mediation Before Filing
While often the court will order couples to try mediation as part of their divorce proceedings. I find that beginning the mediation process before filing for divorce is beneficial. You meet with me as many times as you wish. You set your own pace. You send me all your required court disclosures ahead of time, and I show up to our first session ready to work. I can do a simple Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for you or draft more complete agreements that will be ready to file with the Court.
Court-Ordered Or “One-And-Done” Mediation
You haven’t been able to settle, and you’ve been ordered by the court to attempt mediation at least once. In this type of situation, you send as many documents in advance as you wish, knowing that you will be charged for some review work – otherwise, the information will be reviewed with you in session. You may or may not have an attorney with you, but you want to be efficient and try your best to reach a resolution. It’s your choice whether you want the mediator to continue helping you after one half-day or full-day session. If you reach an agreement, the mediator will assist you in drafting a bullet-point Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the issues you’ve resolved.
I have experience helping couples just like you work through the mediation process. Call YouLaw Colorado at 720-669-0574 to arrange an initial appointment. You may also contact me using this easy email form.
“What would you have? Your gentleness shall force more than your force moves us to gentleness.”
William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”