After months of couples therapy and years of soul-searching, you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to end your marriage.
But don’t want your Colorado divorce to be a knock-down, drag-out brawl.
One where the two of you hate each other when it’s over. Deplete your bank accounts on family law attorneys or litigating in a courtroom. And turn your children’s lives irrevocably upside down.
Good thing you can avoid all that by working with us and utilizing our expert Colorado divorce mediation services!
If you do, your divorce can be peaceful, efficient, and focused on your kids. So you can heal, move forward and be the excellent co-parents your children need you to be.
Your divorce doesn’t have to be a disaster.
And you don’t need to break the bank in order to untie the knot.
That’s why we offer Colorado divorcing couples all-inclusive, customized, flat-fee divorce mediation services that address all logistical and financial issues associated with the process, while providing emotional support (through coaching) along the way.
We know from experience that when divorce mediation and coaching are used together, it gives you the best opportunity to avoid a drawn-out, costly and contentious divorce while at the same time, enabling you to remain fully in control of the terms of your agreement.
So, if you and your spouse live in The Centennial State, and want a high quality Colorado divorce mediation process that results in a fair and thorough agreement while putting your children first, Equitable Mediation is the right choice!
We mediate each case personally and do everything we can to make the divorce process less expensive, less time-consuming and less stressful for you and your children.
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Whether you live in Denver County, Douglas County, Arapahoe County, or anywhere else in the state, you can mediate your no-fault uncontested Colorado divorce with Joe using our innovative, convenient and highly popular Mediation-On-The-Go™ online divorce mediation format.
Or if you prefer, you can mediate with Joe face-to-face in the following Denver divorce mediation locations by appointment:
400 16th Street, 16 Market Square, Denver, CO 80202
Located just steps from Larimer Square, Denver's "oldest and most historic block," and adjacent to the pedestrian friendly 16th Street Mall and Union Station, access to our downtown Denver divorce mediation office is easy by car, bus, or train - no matter where you live in the Denver area.
4600 South Syracuse, Denver, CO 80237
Located in the heart of the Denver Tech Center, our DTC office may be most easily reached by car.
From downtown Denver, take Interstate 25 south to exit 200. From there follow DTC Blvd. to E. Union Ave. and our building will be on your right.
From the south, take Interstate 25 to exit 199 and bear right at the fork onto E. Belleview Ave. quickly making your first left on to S. Syracuse St. Follow S. Syracuse St. and bear right onto E. Union Ave. and make your first left. Our building will be on your right.
The answer is: Yes!
If you don't live in Denver County, or near the Mile High City, you can use our online mediation format (we call it Mediation-On-The-Go or virtual divorce mediation) and still get the same great results.
In fact, our clients love the convenience so much that 90% of them choose to mediate with us in this format, even when we have an office near them.
In Colorado, divorce mediation is mandatory in almost every county throughout the state. Including Denver County, Arapahoe County, and Douglas County.
Colorado courts understand resolving issues of parenting, child support, spousal maintenance (aka alimony), and property division are far-better suited for a cooperative process like mediation. Not a destructive one like litigation.
And while Colorado divorce mediation is the preferred way to resolve all issues surrounding the dissolution of your marriage with the courts, it’s important to understand it can happen two ways.
The first is court-ordered mediation which is also known as mandatory or statutory mediation. As the name implies, parties in a divorce dispute would work with a court-appointed Colorado divorce mediator to try and help them resolve their issues before seeing a family law judge or going to trial.
The second (and preferred) method is private divorce mediation. If you chose to mediate privately, you would hire a mediator for divorce in Colorado (like Joe) before you file with the court.
In private mediation session(s) with Joe, all issues required to get a divorce would be identified, discussed, negotiated and resolved privately, confidentially and without attorneys or litigation. Greatly increasing your chances of coming to a mutually agreeable divorce settlement.
These agreements would then be drafted into a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding, which would serve as the basis for your divorce through the courts.
No! Absolutely Not!
We know there are divorce franchises out there, but to us, franchises are better-suited to fast-food, not the practice of mediation or the divorce mediation process.
In Colorado, issues surrounding parenting responsibilities and physical care (either shared or sole) must be discussed, agreed upon, and written into a detailed parenting plan.
The parenting plan must outline the physical care (aka “physical custody” or “time sharing”) arrangements for your children. And if that physical care will be the sole responsibility of one parent, or a shared responsibility between you. As well as details on where the children will spend “exception time” such as summers, vacations, and/or holidays.
In addition to physical care and exception time, the parenting plan must also outline how you as co-parents will make critical decisions on important matters like your children’s healthcare, education, and well-being.
Because there is very little guidance for divorced parents on how to create a balanced and effective parenting plan, the help of an experienced and professional Colorado divorce mediator to help you through the decision-making process is critical in this very gray area.
To learn more about how parenting plans work and why they’re the most important issue you’ll face in your divorce, please read: Divorce with Kids: The Importance of a Good Parenting Plan.
In 1984, the Federal government asked all 50 states to come up with a formulaic and repeatable method for calculating child support – commonly known as a child support guideline. But how each state went about calculating child support varied widely, and in effect, left us with 50 different child support models.
Maybe you’re thinking, “If that’s the case, I’ll just go online and find a child support guideline I like.” But unfortunately, that not how it works. In a Colorado divorce, mediation clients must follow the Colorado Child Support Guidelines and not one from another state which may be more to their liking.
Colorado uses a method to determine child support known as the “income-shares” model. As the name implies, the incomes of the parties and time sharing each of you have with the children play a role in determining child support. Along with host of other “adjustments” that modify what your child support number may be.
In addition to basic child support, there are numerous other expenses you as co-parents will be responsible for that are not typically included in the calculated child support guideline. These may include, but are not limited to: sports and music lessons, before and after care, and college, to name but a few. How these expenses are paid for by each of you must also be discussed and agreed upon separately.
As you can see, calculating child support in Colorado isn’t as easy as going online and finding a free calculator. With many of the most difficult (and expensive) items being left out of a typical Colorado child support calculation, and spousal maintenance also playing a role in its determination, determining child support in Colorado is quite a complex undertaking.
That’s why it’s important couples like you and your spouse work with a neutral third party mediator with a financial background - to ensure your children get the financial support they need and don't become economic victims of your divorce.
To learn more about how child support works in Colorado, please read: Safegarding Your Children with Colorado Child Support.
In Colorado, the payment of money from one ex-spouse to another is called spousal maintenance. Other states refer to this payment as maintenance, alimony, or spousal support.
Spousal maintenance in Colorado is different from child support in that it is to be used by the recipient party (spouse) to assist with their expenses and not the children's.
And while there is a guideline to determine spousal maintenance in Colorado, the guideline has significant limitations. For example, when a couple's gross income exceeds $240,000, or if the person paying spousal maintenance has variable income, or receives a bonus. Issues can also arise with the duration of spousal maintenance suggested by the spousal maintenance guideline.
But just because the Colorado spousal maintenance guideline is inadequate, or may not produce a useful result in your situation, not to worry! As experienced Colorado divorce mediators, we have an excellent track record of success helping divorcing couples come to agreement on the difficult (and potentially contentious) issue of spousal maintenance.
To learn more about how Colorado spousal maintenance works, please read: Alimony in Colorado - Not as Straightforward as You Might Think!
In a Colorado divorce, the process couples use to decide who gets what in a divorce, is known as equitable distribution. And is usually the final issue discussed with a Colorado divorce mediator.
Colorado is an equitable distribution state. Meaning divorcing parties can reach a distribution of assets and liabilities they both find “fair and equitable.” Even if that split is not 50-50.
As you can probably guess, divorcing couples usually have different ideas about what is fair and equitable. Add to this, the lack of clear guidance on how to actually go about dividing property and debts, and you’ve got potential for real disagreement.
So how do you determine what's fair when you may be at odds with each other and there's little in the way of formulas or rules to guide you?
A good start is to work with an experienced divorce mediator with a financial background as this part of the divorce process can not only prove difficult, but costly, as there are a significant number of mistakes that can be made during this part of the process.
Determining what marital property is, what’s the difference between marital and pre-marital property, and what factors are considered when discussing equitable distribution all factor into the negotiations.
To learn more about how equitable distribution works in Colorado, please read: Equitable Distribution in Colorado.
Whether you work inside the home or outside of it, have minor children, grown children or are child-free, have been married a short time or have been together for many years, a divorce in Colorado using mediation is the best way to peacefully and cost-effectively end your marriage.
Take the next step and book an initial meeting for you and your spouse.
Or if you’re early in the process, learn how you benefit by mediating your divorce.
In Colorado, divorce mediation is mandatory in most every county throughout the state. The goal of divorce mediation is to help parties avoid a contentious, drawn-out, and expensive legal proceeding through the courts.
But just because you attend mediation, it does not mean you must reach a settlement, or be forced to agree with something you aren’t sure is good for you. The terms reached in divorce mediation in Colorado need to be mutually agreeable to the parties.
Simply put, it does not mean you give up your right to continue your divorce through traditional legal channels (such as with family law attorneys or litigation) if you can’t come to agreement in mediation.
Yes! In fact, we believe mediation (provided your mediator has a financial background) is the best place to resolve complex issues of income and property in a Colorado divorce.
Typically, in these situations, one party is in receipt of complex compensation items such as: restricted stock units, options, bonuses, and commissions. Or one party owns a company or rental property.
Having a neutral third party mediator be able to level the playing field, and explain how such items work, so that both parties have a thorough understanding of the issues at hand, is critically important (and in our opinion) the key to coming to agreement.
While some Colorado divorce mediators are also attorneys, there is no requirement in Colorado that a mediator be a lawyer. In our opinion, some of the best mediators are not attorneys.