As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, divorce mediation proceedings, and, for that matter, court-supervised mediations in general, are confidential.
There are many people in the greater Denver area who may have heard about mediation in the context of a divorce or other family law matter, such as a child custody dispute, but who have been unwilling to consider it.
When a couple in Colorado are so at odds with each other that they have decided to end their marriage, the idea that they could mediate their divorce legal issues may seem laughable. However, there are many positive aspects to divorce mediation that could make it a more satisfactory option than traditional litigation.
Tax season is coming up, and those in Colorado who have been paying spousal support over the past year may be looking forward to deducting these payments on their 2017 taxes. However, with the advent of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act comes uncertainty in what was once a certain world. Formerly, while state laws varied regarding how much spousal support to award and how long payments will last, one thing that all states had in common was that those paying spousal support could deduct these payments on their annual income taxes, and those receiving spousal support will be taxed on those payments.
Not every couple in Colorado seeking a divorce wants to "get back" at their ex. Quite the contrary, many couples may want to try to tackle their divorce legal issues in as amicable and cooperative manner as possible, especially if they have children. Most importantly, they want to see that the end result of their divorce is fair to all involved. For these couples, divorce mediation may be an attractive option.
While it is becoming more acceptable in today's society, the divorce process itself still carries a negative stigma among some. Some people in Colorado view the divorce process as purely and unavoidably adversarial. It is a winner-take-all situation, with each party trying to seek revenge on the other. However, divorce doesn't deserve this bad reputation.
When a married couple's relationship becomes rocky, there may be a lot of ill-will between the spouses. Eventually, they may decide that they are best off getting a divorce. At first, one spouse or the other may be keen to litigate. However, spouses in Colorado should keep in mind that not every divorce has to include an emotionally and financially draining court-room showdown. For some, divorce mediation may be the preferred choice.
Some couples in the Denver area may want to divorce, but they may be concerned about the costs that a lengthy litigation process would bring. They may be pleased to hear then, that there are alternatives to litigating a divorce that can save money, time and perhaps even heartache. One of these options is divorce mediation. In fact, most judicial districts in Colorado mandate that spouses seeking a divorce first try mediation before they are allowed to go through the litigation process.
Colorado couples going through a contentious divorce may think that there is no way that mediation will work for them. They may think that the only choice is to go through a courtroom show-down. However, litigation can be costly, both financially and emotionally, and it can drag a divorce on for months or even years. Therefore, even couples whose relationship has deteriorated may want to take a second look at divorce mediation.
While it cannot be said of everyone, most couples don't look forward to ending their marriage in a courtroom. Many just wish there was a way to handle things on their own. Fortunately, there is an option in family law for Denver couples that are seeking an alternative form of resolution outside of the courtroom.