DIVORCE AND FAMILY MEDIATION
Mediation is a confidential,
voluntary process that encourages and empowers individuals to solve
their own problems in a caring, controlled setting. It can help
parties learn and then refine the use of effective communication
A trained, impartial third-party (the mediator) creates a safe
environment for open communication between parties in conflict.
Mediators assist people in reaching solutions that are acceptable to
everyone, while maintaining the dignity and honor of the parties
involved at a reasonable cost.
Nancy Cohen Nowak, MA, LPC, President of the Center for Divorce and
Parenting, Inc., has completed thousands of mediations and can help
you work with the other parent to develop a parenting time plan and
decision making plan that will be in the best interests of your
child(ren). Ms Nowak was trained at CDR in Boulder in the early
1980’s and was instrumental in developing mediation in the Denver
metro area when she worked directly in the Courts in Arapahoe County
and Denver County.
What happens in mediation is confidential. The mediator may not be
called into court, nor can her notes. This is good in that it helps
the parties to talk freely and openly about issues that may be
fueling a fight in order to diminish hurt, anger and hostility.
Agreements reached through mediation generally last longer and work
better than court ordered agreements because the parties in conflict
create their own solutions. Mediation helps stabilize families
before, during and after and divorce.
can be used to help parents learn how to communicate in a positive,
non threatening, business-like way, post divorce. While parents may
divorce each other, they still must have a working relationship at
some level, for the sake of the children. Mediation is a perfect
opportunity to develop the mechanics of that ‘working or business
relationship’ –one that is no longer an intimate one, but a
Attorneys may attend mediation sessions at the request and agreement
of the parties. Other specialists may also be brought in by the
parties to assist in the development of the financial settlement.
This, too, only happens if the parties agree.