Castle Rock Mediation

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, we'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. Our role is a ‘third-party neutral.’ That means we're here to facilitate your discussions, not to take sides. When appropriate, we'll  share with you how other people have handled similar situations.

Why Mediation?

  • Mediation is the preferred form of resolving disputes in family & divorce matters, small business conflicts. and contract disputes. Mediation gives participants control over the outcome.
  • Mediation is flexible and confidential. In an atmosphere of safety, many options for settlement can be explored and participants are expected to speak respectfully and honestly. 
  • Because mediators cannot be subpoenaed to give testimony in court about the negotiations, there is an atmosphere of freedom throughout the process. A confidentiality agreement is signed by both parties including the mediator. 
  • Mediation costs less money: each spouse spends $800 – 1,000 in our mediation process. It is not unusual to spend $10,000 – 20,000 each in attorney legal fees.
  • Mediation reduces future conflict: ex-spouses are less likely to go back to court later to fight about the existing order. Mediation resolves conflicts and preserves relationships: spouses retain the most control in a mediated process. Issues that have been exacerbated by lack of communication are often addressed and resolved.
  • In a litigated divorce, attorneys often advocate aggressively for their clients. Lawyers are skilled in adversarial methods that spouses may not have intended, resulting in further damage to the relationship in terms of respect and communication.

How Does Mediation Work?

Mediation is held in a private setting with both parties present
The mediator reviews ground rules and the mediation process
All participants sign an Agreement to Mediate form before beginning the mediation process
The mediator also asks what  each person wants to achieve as an outcome of the mediation
Parties Share, without interruption, their historical perspective of the conflict.

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: We require a $100 deposit to hold you appointment and I have a two hour minimum for all mediations. After that, payment is due after the end of each session. 

Q: How do you charge for your services?

A: We charge for our meeting time and my time spent for creating  your Separation Agreement and, if needed, your Parenting Plan. .

Q: How much do you charge?

A: Our hourly rate is $150 for parties not using attorney's; my rate with attorney's is $180. 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. We can recommend several excellent attorney's if needed.

Q: What documents will we have at the end of the process?

A: A: Our goal together will be at the very least 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. We can also help with other paperwork as needed.