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Will I Need Post-Divorce Mediation?

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Judge with couple in courtMediation is a tool that divorcing couples can use to come to an amicable separation. And as much as many people would like to never see their spouse again after divorce, it is often necessary. In fact, it’s not too uncommon for couples to have to seek mediation post-divorce. This is especially true for couples who have children.

  1. Child support modification. In Colorado, a substantial change in the circumstances surrounding child support can lead to a need to modify the child support agreement. This could happen, for example, if one parent’s income becomes substantially higher, or if one parent loses his or her job. If the two parents are having trouble renegotiating a child support arrangement, mediation can be useful in determining a fair reassessment.
  2. Child custody modification. Changes in circumstances can also result in the need to modify a child custody agreement. The courts always attempt to create a child custody situation that fits the best interests of the child. If your lives have changed and the children are suffering for it, and you and your ex can’t come to an agreement, you might consider mediation for a custody modification. It’s cheaper than taking it to court and generally much less contentious.
  3. Spousal support modification. Unless there is a specific provision in your divorce decree stating otherwise, spousal support (also known by its old-timey name, alimony) can be modified if there is a substantial and continuing change in the circumstances of your lives that renders the original amount unfair. As in the above cases, mediation provides a less expensive alternative to litigation for you and your ex-spouse.

Denver family law attorneys who understand the impacts of divorce on the whole family and are ready to assist you.