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The Resource Center for Separating & Divorcing Families

Legal Dispute Resolution

Legal Drafting and Dispute Resolution Services

RCSDF offers mediation to parents seeking to resolve disputes related to divorce, separation and co-parenting. Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which a neutral third party facilitates problem solving between two disputing parties. Mediation topics include, but are not limited to: allocation of parental responsibilities, division and distribution of assets, child support, and maintenance.

RCSDF mediators meet with the parties for a facilitative mediation session during which the mediator will facilitate a constructive discussion of the identified issues, suggest compromises, and help parties formulate creative solutions. The mediator's goal is to help parents reach an agreement that satisfies both their needs and interests, and the needs and interests of their child(ren).

Agreements made during RCSDF mediation can be drafted into a Memorandum of Understanding, a document detailing the agreements made. In order to obtain drafting services, clients must attend mediation at the center. Memorandums of Understanding will only contain agreements discussed during RCSDF mediation.

Legal Education

Legal Education classes provide co-parents with the information necessary to fill out necessary forms and navigate the court system. One required educational program if have not completed Initial Status Conference.

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.