Not all divorces in Colorado end up in family court. it is possible to resolve family law issues such as child custody, child support and property division without airing one's dirty laundry in court. Out-of-court alternative dispute resolution is one way to resolve one's issues out of court. Mediation, collaboration and arbitration can be valuable tools for ending a marriage as efficiently and quickly as possible.
However, many couples hesitate from going down the mediation route because they do not want to be in the same room with their soon-to-be-ex-spouse. What they don't realize is that this is exactly why there is a mediator in the room. The mediator steers the divorcing couple towards making productive and rational decisions and stops them from fighting the same old fights. It is also incorrect to assume that the mediator will attempt to reunite the couple. He or she is not serving as a therapist. The mediator's aim is to help the couple come up with an end of marriage solution that is workable for all parties involved.
Just like in property division in court, experts can come in and weigh in on the value of assets and tax professionals can help analyze an estate's worth. One area where mediation can be of the most value is in child custody discussions. Even though the marriage is ending, their parental relationship is not, and mediators can help parents come up with parenting plans that work in everyone's best interests. Research has demonstrated that couples who do through mediation to solve child custody disputes have better relationships with their children.
While mediation has its benefits, it might not be the best solution for everyone. For example, if there has been emotional or physical abuse in the relationship or a spouse is hiding assets, mediation might not be the way to amicably resolve one's issues and terminate a marriage. Speaking to an experienced attorney might provide some insight on how one should proceed with their divorce.