Mediation & Arbitration
Amicable Divorce in Greenwood Village
Divorce can be an ugly process. This is not news to anyone who has ever dealt with the matter, either directly or indirectly. They are usually ugly because the parties involved harbor pent up aggression and animosity and take the divorce proceedings personally. While this is completely understandable in many circumstances, there are ways to simplify this process for those willing to resolve the matter peacefully.
Mediation Briefly Explained
Mediation is a service that Greenwood Village family lawyers like ourselves can offer, whereby we serve as a neutral third party between the two parties seeking divorce or separation. Mediation only works when the separating parties are completely willing and open to finding peaceful resolutions. In Colorado, mediation is almost always ordered by the Court prior to a contested hearing (trial). A common misconception about meditation is that both parties are essentially hiring the same attorney. This is not the case. A mediator cannot advise one party against the interest of the other.
At Hinds and Hinds Family Law, P.C., we have several skilled mediators on our staff with proven results. Mediation is almost always the best chance you will have at settling your issues out of court, which presents a huge advantage in terms of having some control in the outcome of your case. It can also help you save money by avoiding the litigation process and allow you to get a head start on healing emotionally by avoiding trial.
A mediator does not have the authority to force the parties to come to a settlement or agreement, which is in contrast to an Arbitrator (or Arbiter).
Mediation can take all or most of the stress out of reaching agreements on almost any family law issue, including:
- Child Custody Arrangements
- Property Division
- Child Support Payments
- Spousal Support Payments
- Asset Division, such as pensions or retirement funds
- Child Support (In some circumstances)
- Payment of Attorney's Fees
These decisions will always apply at least some strain on the parties involved, but with an amicable attitude, and with the excellent negotiating and problem-solving powers of our firm, we can reach the most mutually beneficial agreements possible. This is will save thousands of dollars on your collective legal fees, and it will also save months on the time you might otherwise spend in the courtroom.
Whether you are looking for an mediator to assist you in coming to a reasonable resolution or you are looking for legal representation in conjunction with an upcoming mediation, Hinds and Hinds Family Law, P.C. has the ability to provide you with the service you need.
How Arbitration Works
An arbitrator (or arbiter) is a designated official who serves as a neutral, objective third party in the final ruling process – precisely like a judge, only the proceeding does not need to take place in the courtroom. Unlike a mediator, an arbiter has the power to issue an award (which is like a judge’s ruling) when the parties cannot agree. It may be helpful to think of an arbiter as a private judge who the parties agreed should have the authority to decide the contested issues in place of a public judge.
Because the appointment of an arbiter requires the agreement of both parties, it is very difficult to appeal arbitration awards.
Whether you are looking for an arbiter to assist you with your contested issues or you are looking for legal representation for an upcoming arbitration, our legal team has the ability to provide you with the service you need.
For assistance with your mediation or arbitration proceedings, call our Greenwood Village family law practice today at (303) 900-4788.