Mediation is where parties in divorce come together with their attorneys and a third party mediator to facilitate negotiations to settle the case. Mediation is usually required in cases involving child custody, and it is a good way for people to start a conversation to prepare for future years of co-parenting children together. Mediation can be a valuable tool in any divorce case, saving clients time and money while allowing them to work out some issues in a mutually-beneficial fashion. In this video, Denver divorce attorney Kathlyn Laraway explains the purpose of the mediation process and how it affects cases.
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So, in every case in Colorado, you’re required to mediate. Attorneys do attend mediation. The purpose for us being there is, you know, the mediator’s job is not to give you legal advice. The mediator can’t give you legal advice. That’s what your attorney is there for. The mediator’s job is to try and facilitate an agreement. It might be in one person’s favor, but they’re still trying to get that agreement. And so our job is to be like, you know, hold the phone, that’s not a fair agreement and to give our clients the legal advice they need to know, if they should enter into an agreement or if they should walk away. A mediation is required for all cases, not just child custody. The only time parties may not mediate is if truly they are able to come to an agreement on every issue without mediating, which probably only happens about 10 to 15 percent of the time. I think every county requires at least two hours of mediation and we think it’s a really great process. I think a lot of cases end up settling in mediation which is, of course, also why the courts like it too.
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