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Alternative Forms of Dispute Resolution in Colorado

Going to court to resolve matters related to your divorce, child support or child custody-related issues can be expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are other ways to resolve family law disputes in Colorado that do not involve the court system.

Mediation

One of the most recommended ways of resolving family law disputes is the mediation process. In this system, a third-party neutral mediator will help you and your spouse to come to a mutually acceptable agreement on matters related to alimony, child support, child custody and other matters. Whatever decisions are made using the mediation process are not binding on you, and if you find any of the decisions that have been made are unacceptable, you can reject them. Under Colorado law, you must first go through a process of mediation, before you bring your divorce case to the court.

There are several advantages to such ways of processing your divorce. Not only are they quicker, and more efficient, but also less expensive. A court environment can feel more combative, which can increase a hostile atmosphere.

Arbitration

A slightly more stringent version of the mediation process is the arbitration system. In this case too, a third-party neutral mediator is used to help work out an agreement between you and your spouse. However, in these cases, the decisions that are reached will be binding on both of the parties. These are legally binding decisions that are approved by the court.

A combination of mediation and arbitration is called med/arb. This combination uses the best aspects of the mediation and arbitration procedures. Here, the neutral third party will encourage both of the parties to come to an agreement, but if that cannot happen, he will provide a final decision which will be legally binding on them. In such an event, there may be two neutral parties -one who will mediate between the parties, and the other who will arbitrate a final, legally binding decision.

Apart from these, you can resolve family law disputes in Colorado through a settlement conference in which a neutral third party will encourage the parties to come to a settlement by making them understand the possible legal outcome, if the case goes to court. That typically does encourage parties to come to an agreement.

For divorce mediation services in Colorado, contact us.

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