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Divorce Mediation Checklist

Preparation Phase:

  • Research Mediators: Find experienced divorce mediators in Colorado and consider their qualifications, fees, and client reviews.

  • Consult with an Attorney: It's wise to consult with a family law attorney in Colorado to understand your legal rights and ensure you make informed decisions during mediation.

  • Financial Records: Gather all financial documents for both yourself and the opposing party, including current bank statements, credit card statements, tax returns, W2s, pay stubs, mortgage documents, retirement accounts, investment accounts, insurance policies, vehicle values, home values, and any other information concerning assets and debts. TIP: bring an updated Sworn Financial Statement. 

  • List Assets and Debts: Create a comprehensive list of marital assets and debts, including but not limited to, real estate, vehicles, bank accounts, credit card values, savings, retirement accounts, investment accounts, creditors, and outstanding loans. 

  • Define Goals and Priorities: Outline your goals and priorities for mediation, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division.

During Mediation:

  • Open Communication: Maintain respectful and open communication with your spouse during mediation sessions. The mediator will help you establish ground rules for effective discussions.

  • Financial Disclosure: Be prepared to share financial information honestly and transparently.

  • Parenting Plan: Be prepared to negotiate the terms of a comprehensive parenting plan that outlines custody, visitation schedules, exchanges, decision-making authority, and parental responsibilities if you have children.

  • Property Division: Be prepared to negotiate a fair and equitable distribution of marital assets and debts.

  • Child Support and Spousal Support: Determine child support and spousal support, if applicable, including payment terms and  based on Colorado guidelines and your specific circumstances.

 

Post-Mediation Phase:

 

  • Attorney Review: Have the mediated agreement reviewed by your attorney to ensure it aligns with your legal rights and interests and is in compliance with Colorado laws. 

  • Legal Documents: Prepare and finalize the necessary legal documents, which may include a Separation Agreement or Parenting Plan, Proposed Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, Proposed Support Order, and Affidavit for Decree without Appearance of Parties, and file them with the appropriate Colorado court.

  • Compliance: Once the court approves the agreement, adhere to its terms and fulfill any financial obligations or custody arrangements outlined in the agreement.

  • Legal Assistance: Seek legal counsel for any modifications or enforcement issues that may arise after the mediation process.

This checklist can help guide you through the divorce mediation process in Colorado. However, it's essential to consult with an attorney and a qualified mediator in your specific jurisdiction for personalized guidance and to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.

For professional assistance with mediation, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our experienced mediation lawyer. Our team is dedicated to helping you guide divorce proceedings and find mutually agreeable solutions. Reach out to us today for personalized support.

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