For couples on Colorado’s Front Range, who are committed to finding common ground and resolving their disputes but who are struggling to communicate, or feeling overwhelmed, not sure where to start, mediation is a viable alternative to the traditional divorce process. Some 60-70 percent of people filing for divorce in Colorado are now doing so on their own, without legal representation.
As your mediator, I’ll guide you through the financial and parenting decisions that need to be made so you can find the solutions that will work for your specific situation. My role is a ‘third-party neutral.’ That means I’m here to facilitate your discussions, not to take sides. When appropriate, I’ll share with you how other people have handled similar situations.
I offer a free 30-minute consult. Please contact me to arrange a time for us to talk. Since it’s critical that both parties agree to a particular mediator, I’m happy to talk with both you and your spouse/ex individually.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many mediation sessions will it take?
A: Every divorce is unique so it’s impossible to answer that question without knowing your circumstances. As part of the first mediation session, we’ll review your specifics and we will create a timeline for your mediation, together with a cost estimate.
Q: Will we have to pay for everything upfront?
A: No. For mediation to be successful, it is critical that both parties have confidence in the competency and neutrality of the mediator. There are also situations where further mediation sessions would be inappropriate and/or unproductive. For these reasons, payment for my services is as we go.
Q: How do you charge for your services?
A: I charge for our meeting time and my time spent for creating your Separation Agreement and, if needed, your Parenting Plan. Following each session, I will provide you with meeting notes covering what was discussed, action items and next steps. The time to create these meeting notes is included in the meeting time charge. I will give you a cost estimate in advance for any billable time in addition to our meeting time so there will be no surprises.
Q: How much do you charge?
A: My hourly rate is $140. This is typically split between the parties in the proportion agreed.
Q: What if I need legal advice?
A: While most people are choosing not to be represented by an attorney, people usually do have some issues on which they need legal advice. Many attorneys are now offering their services on an ‘unbundled basis’ which means you can work with an attorney on an hourly basis. It is helpful to have an attorney that you are working with so you can check in with them during the mediation process as technical questions arise and to have them review final agreements.
Q: What documents will we have at the end of the process?
A: Our goal together will be to create a Separate Agreement (this covers how you will divide your finances) and, if you have minor children, a Parenting Plan. Both parties can then take these documents for legal review and then file them with the court.
I am also a trained parenting coordinator/decision-maker and am happy to talk to you about the scope of these services.