M. Arden Hauer, MA, JD, is the founder and owner of Friendly Divorce, formerly the Center for Non-Adversarial Divorce. She practiced law for several years before turning to mediation. She has now been in mediation for over thirty years.
Hauer is the author of the award winning Friendly Divorce Guidebook for Colorado: How to Plan, Negotiate, and File Your Divorce, which has just been released in its 9th edition. The first edition was published in 1995 by Bradford Publishing Company in Denver. You can purchase it here.
Education and Experience
Arden graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a major in mathematics, then earned her MA in philosophy at Marquette University. She received her JD from the University of Colorado School of Law, and is also a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Prior to law school, she taught philosophy at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, and at the University of Portland in Oregon.
In private solo law practice, Hauer worked not only in domestic relations, but also in personal injury and real estate. She enjoyed trial work, until she saw its destructive nature, particularly in family matters.
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Arden, Friendly Divorce, is a proud member of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Lunch Bunch Leads Group. She has been active in the Boulder and Colorado Bar Associations, serving on the Alternate Dispute Resolution and Family Law committees. She has also been active in the Boulder County Interdisciplinary Committee on Child custody (past president), and the Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation organizations, where she has been a keynote speaker. She has taught many classes in continuing legal education.
Hauer served for five years on the board of the Colorado Music Festival, and was its vice-president.
Now, outside of her mediation work, she largely devotes her time to writing, reading, piano, dancing, and hiking.
Arden is proud of her two children, a son and a daughter, and her four grandchildren.