One question we often get is do you need to file for divorce before doing mediation. The answer is no. We can help you prepare divorce papers and tell you how to file them. Also, you can do mediation with or without lawyers.
Your mediation is confidential. What happens in the mediation cannot be used in litigation of the matters discussed in mediation. Mediation is voluntary. Your mediator(s) are neutral third-parties with no authority to decide any issues or make you agree to anything in the mediation. Your mediator may have many possible solutions for you to choose from that you may not have considered.Our approach is designed to make the mediation process as helpful and efficient as possible. Similar to the Court process, we first want to get a good picture of what’s so right now. What are your assets? What are your debt’s? What are each of your incomes and expenses? What are your children’s schedules with each of you? This is the kind of background work that’s part of every divorce. It really helps to get as much of the background work done before the mediation but we can do it during the mediation if you prefer.
The first step is to work on the google spreadsheet that we will share with you and that will give us the information that only the two of you have. We will provide all the email and phone support you want to help you complete the spreadsheet, get your questions answered, give you the legal information you need and get you ready for the mediation.
The second step is to review our rough draft of most, if not all, of the 10-13 documents usually required to get divorced. Reviewing these before the mediation is a huge time saver.
The third step is is mediation. By going through the first two steps we’ve narrowed down what is left to discuss in mediation such that it is focused and fast. Phone mediation is available (which may be helpful if one party now lives out-of-town, etc).
We’ve found this methodology dramatically shortens the time it takes to complete the entire mediation process.
We typically do not file your documents with the Court for you. But if necessary, sometimes we are able to arrange a courier service to pick up your signed documents and file them with the Court. Usually, once you have reviewed and signed the documents, you will take them to the Court, pay the filing fee and file them with the Court. You might consider bringing an extra copy of the signed forms so that the Court can put the case number on them and file stamp them and return them to you. In this way you know exactly what is on file with the Court.
We charge a $47 setup fee due at the time the mediation is arranged. The setup fee includes a review of your information and situation by a trained mediator and a spreadsheet for you to complete that walks you through all the choices you need to make. We charge a flat $147 to prepare the 10-13 Court documents usually required. We charge $197 per hour (billed in tenth of an hour increments) for phone and email support to to help you complete the spreadsheet, get your questions answered, give you the legal information you need and get you ready for the mediation. Our goal is to support you in getting the most benefit from the mediation. Each hour of in-person mediation is $247 per hour with a one hour minimum. Because of our unique process, most of the time mediation is completely finished in 1-3 hours or less. On average, the total cost is less than 10% of the price of using lawyers.
Court Requirements outside of mediation:
The Court requires full disclosure between the parties. You can find out what documents the Court requires you to exchange with one another at this link: Colorado Mandatory Disclosure Requirements
If you have children, you are also required to complete a parenting seminar. The spreadsheet we share with you has a link to the available parenting seminars.
If all this seems overwhelming don’t worry, we are there for you every step of the way.