Center for Non-Adversarial
                Divorce M. Arden Hauer, M.A., J.D.
(303) 526-7749

Friendly Divorce

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Friendly Divorce in Colorado, Through Mediation

You can resolve your property division, parenting plan (custody, visitation), debts, child support, and maintenance (alimony) in an amicable way in mediation. The mediator works with both of you, as a neutral,Divorce Mediation Colorado to help you reach agreement. It's always important to plan for the tax effects of your agreement as well, and the mediator can help with that too.

The mediator can assist you with your court paperwork, or prepare the documents for you, if you wish.

Whether your marriage is long or short, whether you have children or not, whether you are wealthy or not, you can save time and a great deal of money by working together in mediation. The alternative, with lawyers representing each of you, and arguing your case with each other and in court, is much more complex and takes much longer. Therefore it is many times more expensive, in addition to being emotionally painful and destructive to both of you.

In mediation you make the decisions and agreements, not the mediator. The mediator provides legal and other information and explanations that help you to have the conversation and negotiation that you need to have with each other to resolve all these matters. You stay in the driver's seat, instead of letting someone else, lawyers or the court, make your decisions for you.

Options for the Marriage in Difficulty

When difficulties arise in a marriage, most couples think they can go to counseling or get a divorce. In fact there are other options. For example, you can also create a marital agreement, or obtain a legal separation. Some couples find these options to be more appropriate for them than divorce. We can discuss all these in mediation and you can choose the course that's best for you, or think of something new. Mediation is a great process for creativity. While not all couples who come to mediation resolve all that they set out to accomplish, most do.

Greater Satisfaction

Divorced couples can be proud of the respectful and dignified manner in which they handled something very difficult, at a difficult time. Long term satisfaction with your divorce agreement depends on two factors: a deep sense that you have been fair to yourself, and the same deep sense that you have been fair to the other. "Fair" here includes respect.

Evidence shows that those who mediate their divorce are far more apt to have continued parental and family relationships in the future, than those who argue in court. Thus children benefit greatly when their parents divorce amicably, and the long term relationships with both parents are far more likely to be supported in a friendly process.

Call Now To See If Our Services are Right For You

Contact us today, and find out whether mediation is appropriate for your situation, and to discuss your options. Some people call us individually, and others schedule a time when both spouses or partners can be on the line, a conference call.

Over 25 Years' Experience in Divorce Mediation

In more than 25 years of experience in mediation, we have seen hundreds of divorcing couples be honest, trusting and trustworthy, have meaningful communication, and cooperate fully to come to agreement, rather than engage in the long, expensive and destructive adversarial process with the court making decisions for you.

Some of our clients have taken the time to write their appreciation. You can read some of their notes here.

The Center for Non-Adversarial Divorce's hours are 8am to 6pm, Monday - Thursday, Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm (Evergreen only).

We have two locations, one in Denver West (near Colorado Mills and the intersection of I-70 and C-470), and the other in Evergreen, serving Denver and the Font Range, as well as all of Colorado and beyond via Skype or conference call. See Remote Mediation.


M. Arden Hauer, M.A., J.D.
Center for Non-Adversarial Divorce
(303) 526-7749

1746 Cole Boulevard, Suite 225
Golden (Denver West), CO 80401 (Map)

2942 Evergreen Parkway, Suite 400
Evergreen, CO 80439 (Map)

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At the Center for Non-Adversarial Divorce in Colorado, we provide friendly divorce mediation with property and debt division, parenting plans, child support and maintenance (alimony) plans for couples throughout the Front Range and the Denver Metro area, including communities such as Genesee, Golden, Evergreen, Arvada, Golden, Boulder, Westminster, Broomfield, Thornton, Northglenn, Louisville, Lafayette, Aurora, Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village, the Denver Tech Center, Englewood, Littleton, Centennial, Lone Tree, Elizabeth, Parker, Conifer, Granby, Pine, Bailey, Pine Junction, Aspen Park, Idaho Springs and counties including Jefferson County, Denver County, Boulder County, Broomfield County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Elbert County, Park County, and Summit County.

Colorado does not certify attorneys as specialists in any field. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

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