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For Colorado couples, divorce mediation offers many potential benefits

Divorce can be a difficult and emotionally challenging process even under the best of circumstances, but it does not always need to be hostile or destructive - particularly when both spouses are committed to parting ways peacefully and cooperatively. For divorcing couples in Colorado who prefer to keep things amicable, divorce mediation is often an attractive option.

Divorce mediation is a process that allows couples to negotiate their own divorce resolutions with the help of a neutral third party called a mediator. A mediator does not have the power to decide how the case will resolve and will not take sides with either spouse. Instead, he or she will act as a neutral facilitator, helping the spouses to identify their objectives, find areas of common ground and work toward a solution that works for both of them.

Less conflict, better results

One of the most appealing aspects of divorce mediation for many Colorado couples is the fact that it is often highly effective at minimizing hostility during and after divorce, since the mediation process emphasizes cooperation and communication rather than competition. Especially for parents and other spouses who must remain in close contact with one another after the divorce, this can be extremely important.

Another benefit of mediation is that it gives the spouses themselves far more control over the outcome than typical divorce litigation. As a result, the process may be significantly less stressful and is more likely to result in a resolution that both spouses are satisfied with - even with regard to notoriously contentious issues like child custody and the division of property.

Along with the potential for reduced conflict and more positive outcomes, mediation can offer a number of other benefits over traditional divorce, including reduced cost, faster resolutions and greater privacy.

In Colorado, divorce mediation is not always required

Divorce mediation can be so effective at helping to resolve divorce-related issues peacefully and efficiently that some states even require mediation as a mandatory part of the divorce process. In Colorado, however, most districts do not require the parties to participate in the mediation process. Because mediation typically works best when both spouses are fully committed to the process, some divorce mediators believe it is preferable to keep mediation voluntary.

If you would like to learn more about divorce mediation in Colorado and how it could help you achieve a more amicable and satisfactory resolution to your divorce, get in touch with an experienced divorce mediation lawyer in your area.