Learn About Mediation From Our Denver Attorneys

An affordable alternative to litigation is mediation. A mediated dispute usually has more sustainability than one that is resolved by the judiciary and is far less costly. With mediation, you have control over your future. The mediation process will save you time, money, and undue emotional stress. Clients in Denver and throughout the state will be pleased to know that almost every judicial district in the state of Colorado requires mediation before permitting parties to litigate their dispute.

A mediator works as a trained neutral who assists parties to discuss issues in complete confidentially to develop a mutually satisfactory resolution. All communication is confidential. The mediator cannot be called to court to testify, and can generally never be compelled to reveal anything that was said or done during mediation. No party to the mediation may reveal anything that was said or done in mediation. This is so you may consider options and alternatives without fear that your statements, questions or concerns might be used against you later in court or elsewhere.

The goal of mediation is to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties. A mediated agreement generally is more creative, more detailed, and more reflective of the needs of the parties than a litigated decision made by the court. Unlike a judicial decision, which will be imposed upon you in the event you cannot reach your own resolution with the other party, a mediated agreement is entered voluntarily.

At Frost & Beck, PC, in Denver, all of our attorneys are highly experienced family law professionals who can help couples resolve their dispute whether it involves child custody, divorce, maintenance, of other family issues. We will encourage you to work together in resolving the dispute and crafting your agreement. While as mediators we cannot provide legal advice, we keep the dialog constructive and focused, and provide a structured and confidential environment that minimizes the conflict that is normally present during settlement discussions between spouses or parents alone.

We can work with you whether you are represented by an attorney or not. Frost & Beck, PC, advises that if there has been domestic violence or some form of bullying in the relationship that each party retain counsel for mediation.

While some very limited types of cases are not appropriate for mediation, almost any domestic relations matter can (and should) be mediated. As examples, we can work with you to craft a separation agreement for a divorce, a parenting plan for your child, help you get through the drudgery of dividing your assets and debts, or help you determine appropriate child support or spousal maintenance.

When you choose a private mediator from Frost & Beck PC, you will not get a randomly selected individual who may have no background whatsoever in family law. Our trained attorney-mediators have many years of experience regularly litigating family law cases and are very familiar with how judges typically decide legal issues when they must go to court.

As part of any family law settlement, there are many details you may not be aware of that an experienced family law attorney-mediator will be able to help you address. These details may otherwise be missed by a court-appointed mediator, or a mediator who has little or no experience in the regular practice of family law.

When you attend mediation and reach an agreement, your agreement can be reduced to writing by the attorney-mediator and become binding with the signatures of both parties and approval from the judge or magistrate. This is often called a Memorandum of Understanding or "MOU." The MOU, once signed by the parties, can be filed with the court and becomes legally enforceable, or incorporated into a larger final agreement. Resolving your case in mediation is likely to save you thousands of dollars that would have been spent paying attorneys to litigate the matter in the court system, and will minimize the pain and confusion for you and any children caught in the middle.

We charge the same rate as the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR). Our minimum time slot is three hours.