Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which a neutral third party facilitates problem solving between two disputing parties. The RCSDF provides mediation to parents seeking to resolve disputes related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting. Mediation topics may include: allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time, division and distribution of assets, financial arrangements for children, and/or child support.
Prior to mediation, RCSDF mediators will meet with each party to identify goals for the mediation process. Mediators will then meet with parties for a facilitative mediation session during which the mediator will facilitate constructive discussion of the identified issues, suggest compromises, and help parties to formulate creative solutions. The mediator's goal is to help parents to reach an agreement that satisfies both of their needs and interests, and the needs and interests of their child(ren).
A mediator does not provide legal advice, and there is no lawyer/client relationship between the mediator and either party.
Early Neutral Assessment (ENA)
ENA is a nonbinding form of dispute resolution designed to give disputing parties a realistic view of their case. Parties who elect to participate in ENA at the RCSDF will meet their spouse or partner face to face to present their case before a neutral third party. Third party ENA assessors are individuals with professional experience deciding separation and divorce related matters. The assessor will offer parties an expert opinion about the likely outcome of their case should they choose to litigate the matter in court.
The purpose of ENA is to provide each party with a realistic view about the strengths and weaknesses of their case, and the benefits and drawbacks of reaching an out-of-court agreement. Following the assessment, the assessor is available to meet with parties to make recommendations for an agreement that is specifically tailored to needs and circumstances of the family.
ENA services will be provided by contracted professionals from the Denver Metro area who are experienced and qualified. ENA assessors are not graduate students.
Those families who reach agreements may elect to have RCSDF staff and students provide education to them about the various forms that must be completed and filed with the courts. Parties may choose to draft agreements related to any area, including: allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time, child support, division of property, and/or divisions of assets and financial responsibility.