mediation in colorado and settlement conferences


Clients fight and litigate without ever understanding or evaluating the reasons for the fight. Divorce in Colorado is a serious conclusion and choosing attorney’s without first assessing your case together and determining the issues of conflict creates unnecessary stress, mistrust, and more tension at an already difficult time.

Instead of litigation, there are several Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options for you to consider. Mediation and Settlement conferences are great ways to solve your Colorado divorce. You can use mediation before ever filing your case or at any time before the matter goes to trial.

Separation agreements and parenting plans often include language mandating that the parties attempt to resolve the issues in mediation before filing another motion or action with the court.

Consider mediation and a settlement conference with Teddi Ann Barry, P.C., together before letting attorneys polarize your positions or make moguls out of conceivable molehills for your family.

Mediation in Colorado is affordable.

The benefits of using a mediator is….

1. A mediator’s fees are usually divided equally between the parties in the state of Colorado. Sharing the cost of a mediator instead of paying separate attorneys each may significantly save on legal fees.

2. Clients can draft an agreement through mediation and using a layer/mediator.  Then pay a limited consultation or retainer fee for a separate attorney to offer legal advice before signing the separation agreement if necessary.

3.  There is also the option to pay a small retainer fee to a lawyer before the mediation to discuss and understand the details of your case before you go into the mediation without counsel.

Mediation in Colorado is less formal.

Mediation in Colorado usually takes place in an office setting or conference room.

The parties can be in the same room or separate rooms depending on the level of conflict between them. The clients can have attorneys present with them. The discussions occur while sitting down in a comfortable setting instead of in a courtroom. Everyone involved is attempting to resolve the disputes instead of trying “to win” their case.

The process is voluntary but is often mandated by the Colorado divorce court before a hearing is set with a judge in Colorado. If a Memorandum of Understanding or other agreement is not signed, the parties can still have their day in court or attempt to make further compromises at a later date.

The good news about mediation in Colorado is you don’t have to file the divorce before mediating. You don’t have to wait until both spouses, their attorney’s and a court with thousands of cases is available. Scheduling and participating in mediation in Colorado can happen much sooner!

If you can resolve everything, a mediated settlement agreement can be drafted and signed during the mediation. Mediation in this situation leaves nothing left to fight about in court. You don’t need to wait around for the court’s involvement, other than the signing of the decree for dissolution of marriage.

When Teddi Ann Barry PC and her staff work as mediators, they do not offer or interject legal advice into the settlement.

Separate counsel may be necessary before signing and filing your separation agreement and parenting plan with the court.

A mediator assists you in determining what’s best for your family moving forward after a divorce, but only after gathering your financial information.

A mediator is a neutral party who helps you reach your settlement. It isn’t a matter of who may be right or wrong; it’s finding a fair and equitable compromise between yourselves. You are not waiting for a judge or letting someone else decide your family’s future other than you.

Teddi Ann Barry is an experienced mediator as well as a divorce attorney in Colorado. Through years of experience as a family law attorney and mediator, she works with couples assisting and facilitating divorce settlement in Colorado.

Meaning the parties retain Teddi Ann Barry, P.C. together to work towards the settlement instead of each retaining separate attorneys, to spend twice as much money or more, and prolong possible resolution.

Settlement Conferences are also an option to settle your divorce successfully. Settlement conferences in Colorado are an informal assessment of your case with our attorneys, usually happening during mediation or as an entirely separate event if you choose.

In such situations, Ms. Barry and her associates discuss the law and precedent relating to the issues of dispute. They help you identify and articulate disputed issues, suggest settlement options, tell the parties opinions of reasonable and appropriate compromises, and may suggest a settlement.

Teddi Ann’s years of experience in litigation and settlement negotiations, extensive work with high asset marital estates, extreme custody, and parental responsibility issues, she is the ideal option to help you settle your case.

In addition to helping you work through your disagreements and the restructuring of your family, the family law attorneys of Teddi Ann Barry, P.C. can draft agreements and the necessary paperwork for everything to be filed with the Court at the same time.

The upside is this saves you from attending Court status conferences, or working towards Court deadlines since everything is settled before anything is ever filed with the Court.

Mediation and Settlement Conferences are great alternatives to litigation or “the usual” way of getting divorced in Colorado.

Call us now to discuss mediation and settlement of your divorce in Colorado.  720-722-0776.

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Divorce is a life changing experience. The extensive choices you are forced to make all while handling emotional turmoil; financial distress and paranoia; and possibly the fear of losing your children through litigated custody battles can be overwhelming.

The first best decision is in choosing the right attorney. The rest of the process can be handled much easier through education of the process, clear communication of your fears and desires, and trust in the professional you choose to hire as counsel.


CHILD SUPPORT AND PARENTING TIME IN COLORADO. Parents need to understand how the State of Colorado calculates Child Support. The right attorney can guide you through this process, and a skilled attorney knows the details of the process to help make certain the amount of child support is fair and reasonable to support your children without financially stressing you.

Child support in Colorado is one of the most serious factors and decisions made during your divorce or parental responsibility action. Agreeing to the wrong amount could leave you broke and not paying can lead to jail time.


The most important concern for any family going through divorce in Colorado is what will happen to the children. How do you decide what is in the best interests of the child? What determines who has been the primary parent of the child? What will your overnight schedule with the kids cost you?

Child Custody is also known as the Allocation of Parental Responsibility in Colorado. There is residential responsibility and decision-making responsibility to be determined. The family law attorneys of Teddi Ann Barry, PC can help you determine what parenting plan or child custody situation is best for you and your family.

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When you decide to Divorce in Colorado, call Teddi Ann Barry, PC. Our mission is to resolve your family legal matters, quickly, efficiently, and in the most cost-effective manner possible. We have experience in all areas of family law, including high conflict litigation when necessary and permitted by Colorado Law

Teddi Ann Barry PC Family Law attorneys have offices throughout the state of Colorado, specifically including Denver, Cherry Creek, Vail, Avon, Steamboat. Our Home office is located in Denver at 899 Logan Street, Suite 203 Denver, CO 80203. Our phone number at this location is 720-722-0776. Our Vail location is at 30 W. Benchmark Road, Suite 214, Avon, CO 81620 970-949-0776.

Teddi Ann Barry PC focuses exclusively on Family law matters including, Divorce, Legal Separation, Mediation and Settlement Conferences, Common Law Marriage, Maintenance, Child Support, Parental Responsibility, Parenting time, Child Custody, Modifications, Paternity, Step-Parent Adoptions, Collaborative Law, Non-traditional Families and Pre and Post Nuptial agreements.

Our mission is to resolve your family legal matters, quickly, efficiently and in the most cost effective manner possible. We have experience in all areas of family law, including high conflict litigation when necessary and permitted by Colorado law.

Please call us for a private complimentary consultation call us in Denver, Colorado at 720-722-0776 or our Vail-Avon office and surrounding mountain communities at 970-949-0776.


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