Tools To Download and Prepare |
Optional Parenting Exercise |
Parenting Classes |
Driving Directions & Map |
Fees | Others' Presence |
Clients With Minor Children
Dear New Clients:
We assure you
we will bring our highest efforts to assist you to resolve all issues posed by
your separation or divorce in an efficient, respectful and affordable way. In addition to financial matters, your work, of course, includes the additional and
important task of creating a Parenting Plan for your
In lieu of forwarding a packet of materials by mail, we have discussed your each
accessing this information directly and immediately from our website. Of course, you can
return at any time to access these links and resources.
Tools to Prepare
Ordinarily, we suggest you download and review two Adobe®-formatted documents:
Suggested Topics List (Minor Children)
Helpful Information to Assemble (Minor
These require you to have Adobe's widely used and free software, Adobe Acrobat® Reader®. If
your computer does not yet have this software, or you are new to using it to access
these tools, click on these
instructions to download and learn how to use them.
These are simply tools, and you should not feel like you must have discussed or
resolved any of these issues before we meet. Most couples need some help in
understanding the range of choices they have and that is part of our job as a
mediator. Nonetheless, we provide these to you to give you some direction of
what information may be useful in streamlining your work together.
(Alternatively, if you feel you have resolved many or most of your parenting and
financial issues and have researched and have helpful documents available and
organized, these may not be of interest to you.)
Terrific Optional Parenting Exercise
If possible and you have the time and continued access to a computer, we generally
recommend for your child(ren)'s benefit that you each complete the questionnaire
and exercises at
These are described and explained in more detail on our
| On-Line Resources page.
It helps to agree on who will begin this questionnaire and that person will
provide the other's E-mail address, so you can be part of a single “linked”
family. Many of our clients have found these
exercises very powerful and helpful, but certainly, they are optional.
Divorce Parenting Education Classes
Nearly all Colorado judicial districts now
require proof of parents’ completion of parenting education classes,
as a prerequisite to domestic relations court orders (especially decrees of
dissolution of marriage or of legal separation). If you have children under 18
years of age, you may wish to investigate and schedule these classes soon. We
provide our suggestions at our
Family | Divorce Parenting Education page.
Free Co-Parenting Scheduling & Discussion Tool
You may wish to investigate a promising new (in 2010) set of collaborative
web-calendaring, parenting scheduling and family discussion tools at
CoFamilies. At present, access is absolutely free!
Help With Getting Here
Be sure to consult and perhaps print our
driving directions, and
map provided by MapQuest®
to assist you in traveling to our office. Although the MapQuest® map is generally
helpful, we strongly recommend you use our driving directions
in lieu of theirs (there appear to be errors in directions they provide from
Fees & Payment Policy
This will confirm that, absent other agreement, you will each be responsible for paying
at the end of the session, one-half of our hourly fees, and that we
ordinarily anticipate a two hour first session. We do accept MasterCard and Visa, if that is helpful.
As is the policy of all mediators, we cannot assist you in an agreement on how
you will share fees, and you must have this issue decided in advance of
beginning your work with us.
Third Parties, Other Family and Children
On occasion, of course, the presence of third persons (including other family
members) is helpful and appropriate in mediation. In many cases, however, the
presence of others hinders the mediation process. Unless arrangements have been
considered and agreed to in advance by both parties and the mediator, third
persons and children should not accompany you to your mediation session.
We genuinely look forward to assisting you. Please call or write if you
have any questions or concerns.
Larry (Lawrence F. King, J.D.)
Colorado Professional Divorce & Family Mediator
We'd appreciate a confirmation you have received our E-mail confirming your
appointment and have accessed this page of resource materials.