Colorado courts often require all new Dissolution of Marriage or Allocation of Parental Responsibilities matters to attempt a good faith mediation to resolve issues outside of the court. Certain exceptions are permissible, such as allegations of physical or psychological abuse by the other party or other compelling reasons. At the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, we often hear that mediation won’t benefit the case and clients will want to bypass this step. However, there are many benefits to mediation even if you believe that an agreement is impossible.
Benefits of Mediation. Unlike attending court and receiving an order based on a judge’s ruling, mediation allows both parties to voice their positions and negotiate a settlement. Not only does mediation put you in a powerful position to negotiate your settlement terms, but it also allows you to have a vital part in determining the final order. Another benefit of mediation is cost; if you are represented by counsel, attending a successful mediation will likely result in thousands of dollars saved.
What is Mediation? Mediation in Colorado is hosted by a neutral, third party and is intended to assist the parties in coming to a resolution. In some cases, the parties may be unable to come to a full resolution during mediation but will resolve some issues, and while not fully resolved, attending mediation and coming to a partial agreement will still likely benefit your case and narrow issues for the final orders hearing. Why is this important? Coming to a partial agreement will help set the groundwork for the final orders hearing, resolve time-consuming issues, and allow you to maintain as much control over your case as possible. Alternatively, if both parties are unable to come to an agreement or resolution, you will be required to attend a hearing to obtain a final order resolving all outstanding issues.
When you prepare for Mediation, hiring an attorney to ensure your interests are represented is vital. You will be making legal decisions that may impact the rest of your life during mediation and being unrepresented could impair your ability to fully understand what settlement offers are truly in your best interest. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC understand mediation and any potential issues that may arise. Call (719) 328-1616 to book your ½ hour-free consultation today.
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