The experienced Denver divorce mediation lawyers at Plog & Stein, P.C. are pleased to now offer mediation services to parties seeking to amicably resolve their Colorado divorce, custody, or child support matters. With more than 60 years of combined legal experience, our firm is well-equipped to assist parties in constructively and efficiently resolving their Colorado family law issues on their own, without need for taking the chance of rolling the proverbial dice in court. Mediation provides you with more control.
Unlike the litigation process, Denver family law mediation is a step designed to help parties to a domestic relations dispute arrive at their own resolutions. Of course the parties have more insights as to their wants and needs, and those of their children, than any court would. The mediator's function is to help those parties find common ground and reach resolutions they can both accept. It is an opportunity for parties to dictate their own fate in the legal arena. Mediation is often also required in divorce or custody cases.
Do you have an order to engage in mediation? Courts want people to make earnest efforts to settle cases, including post-decree cases, such as modifications, prior to proceeding to a hearing. Most mediation orders will generally have a deadline attached. The divorce mediation attorneys at our Denver firm are ready to assist you with meeting your mediation obligations. More importantly, we are here to help you get your divorce, custody, or child support case resolved through settlement so that you can have the privacy you need for your case.
Our mediation services are characterized by the following:
- Mediation sessions are set in a minimum of two hour blocks, though sessions can be lengthened as needed.
- Sessions can be scheduled Monday through Friday.
- Payment for services is required ahead of time.
- We can get parties in on fairly short notice, depending upon our calendar and yours.
- The process can entail mediating all issues in your Colorado custody or divorce case, or focusing on a specific issue or issues that need resolution.
At this time, we are able to offer the services of Adria L. Stein, who holds a master's degree in alternative dispute resolution and has received "mediator of the year" honors from Jefferson County. Ms. Stein currently charges $120 per hour, which is competitive with the rate charged by court/state mediation services. Ms. Stein has worked with our firm in various capacities for more than a decade, which has allowed her to understand family law issues and the matters important to the parties.
We are also able to offer the mediation services of Stephen J. Plog, though at the rate of $200 per hour, which is a significant reduction from the rate he charges representing clients in an individual capacity in divorce, custody and child support cases. As a divorce mediation lawyer in the Denver area, Mr. Plog brings almost 18 years of family law experience and has participated in countless mediation sessions, though as an attorney. In a neutral capacity, Mr. Plog uses the same skills he has used to help clients settle their own cases to serve as a third party moderator, with the sole goal of resolving your Colorado divorce, custody, or child support case as quickly as possible.
As our client, you can feel peace of mind in knowing the following:
- Our mediation practice functions separately from the litigation side of the firm in that we would not represent either party. Rather, we would serve as neutrals, with the sole goal of helping parties reach agreements.
- As we are already equipped with the knowledge of drafting proper and meaningful settlement documents, we are also able to assist our mediation customers in putting their agreements down in writing.
- We are able to focus on both simple and complex issues.
As mediators, we are not able to give either party legal advice. Your attorneys could presumably be at any session to provide that sort of information. At the same time, we are able to use our years of family law experience to provide information as to statute, the court process, and particular situations we have seen.For All Your Mediation Needs, Seek the Assistance of Our Denver Divorce Mediation Attorneys!
The mediation process is confidential and our mediators can only share with the other party that which you care to share as part of the process. Likewise, settlement discussions during mediation are inadmissible in court, meaning the judge can never hear what was discussed. This promotes a free-flowing settlement dialogue that can make all the involved parties feel more at ease.