Colorado Springs Mediation Attorneys
Providing Alternative Divorce Solutions
Divorce and child custody issues have the potential to be traumatic for all parties
involved. Unfortunately, the message most people have heard about divorce
is that it is a time to dig in and fight the other party. When you approach
your divorce from this perspective, you are handing control of your life
and future to outside parties: lawyers and judges.
You can make it your goal to be part of a growing number of divorcing or
separating partners who approach divorce as a transition, not a war. Divorce
mediation attorneys can help each of you identify the most important issues,
look for areas of agreement, and work to come to an outcome that everyone
can live with. At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, our attorneys are
experts in mediation and have helped hundreds of couples navigate their
divorce through alternative legal action.
If there are children involved, there is even more incentive for couples
to approach divorce as a peaceful transition to a new type of family,
rather than a fight to the death. As parents, your children are the most
important thing in your lives. Give your children the gift of an amicable
transition from each other and a positive co-parenting relationship going forward.
Knies, Helland & McPherson Law offers mediation as one of our many
services to help families through this difficult time. We go above and
beyond to create customized solutions that fit the needs of each family,
and mediation can often be the most conflict-free, respectful way to handle
the difficult transition that is divorce.
What Is Family Law Mediation?
Family law mediation involves the use of a neutral third party to settle
divorce related issues. The mediator makes suggestions to either party
and provides information that will allow negotiations to proceed. A mediator
is very similar to an arbitrator; however, suggestions and solutions offered
by a mediator are not legally binding.
Typically, one mediator works with both sides to attempt a positive resolution,
but there are mediation models that involve more than one mediator as
well. Our attorneys may recommend that each person has their own mediator
or that a single mediator review the case. The choice will be based on
the actual case and not as a rule.
What Are the Benefits of Mediation?
Knies, Helland & McPherson Law believes that there are many benefits
to using a mediator for hard-to-settle
family law cases.
Some of these benefits include:
- A neutral party to listen to both sides of the issue. Some people feel
more trust when a suggestion is made from a mediator rather than an attorney.
When they feel trust in the situation both parties are more willing to
- Suggestions are non-binding. A mediator can make many suggestions to each
party that they may or may not use to settle their case. These suggestions
are not binding by law, however, and can be easily changed or used as
part of a negotiation strategy.
- Both parties feel as if they are being listened to during the negotiations.
Everyone needs to feel as if their opinions and needs are being heard
and met as part of the process.
- Using mediation may help speed the finalization of the divorce and will
help reduce the overall legal costs.
There are more benefits that area associated with using a family law mediator
that may only apply to a specific case or person.
Should I File for Divorce Before Mediation?
Couples usually choose mediation after either party has filed for divorce.
It is at that time that the couple realizes that they cannot agree to
some or all the terms of the divorce and require a neutral third party
to help settle the process. However, it is not the only time a mediator
can be used.
Couples who want to be prepared before they approach their attorneys for
a divorce, or those trying to manage a DIY divorce may also seek the services
of a mediator. The mediator can make recommendations for all different
areas of the divorce.
Flat Fee Mediation
One of the unique options available at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law
is a Flat Fee Mediation. This package allows you to control the cost of
your divorce, while still giving you as much time and support as you need
to navigate the process and come to a mutually-acceptable settlement on
issues such as division of assets and debts and parenting time.
Flat fee mediations rates depend upon your case and its complexity but
range from as low as $1,500 to $4,000 for the entire process.
How Long Does Mediation Take?
Mediation times will vary from case to case. The time it takes to complete
the mediation will be based on:
- How many areas of the divorce must be negotiated.
- How willing the parties are to work with the mediator to come to a solution
to the problems.
- How prepared the parties are at each meeting.
- When you bring in a mediator or mediators into the divorce negotiation
process, our attorneys encourage both parties to:
- Attend all meetings in a timely matter. Rescheduling meetings can cause
significant delays and cause the costs to rise.
- Bring all information requested to the meetings. Being prepared allows
the process to move faster.
- Try to stay unemotional. Emotions often cause delays in the negotiation
process. Keep an open mind and remember you may need to give to receive.
- You are always encouraged to consult with an attorney before agreeing to
any terms of the mediation.
Knies, Helland & McPherson Law encourages anyone who is seeking a divorce
to consider using a mediator. A mediator may be able to move the divorce
process forward without causing significant delays or costs to either party.
Do I Need an Attorney?
The attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law believe that everyone
seeking a divorce should have professional legal representation. We understand
that divorces are often driven by emotions and that this can quickly lead
to poor decisions. We believe that our clients should always protect their
rights by partnering with a law firm dedicated to this area of law.
Knies, Helland & McPherson Law has dedicated our legal practice to
representing clients who are divorcing. While we do offer additional legal
services, our focus is on divorce and parenting disputes and helping those
who are seeking to dissolve their marriage. Why do we focus most of our
attention on one area of law? We focus our attention this way so that
we can master that area of law and provide better representation for our clients.
Please contact us online or call
(719) 626-8530 to schedule a legal consultation.