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Making important life decisions, when dissolving a marriage and creating a plan for the future of your family, or resolving a civil dispute, takes time and concentration.
attorneys and mediation
While attorneys are not required for mediation, mediators cannot offer legal advice, therefore we strongly recommend that parties count on their legal counsel when making major decisions. Our experience is that good collaborative attorneys are a great asset to the mediation process and help parties fully understand their options and feel comfortable with their choices.
private mediation services
Sara has opened her new office in Southeast Denver with the intention of creating a comfortable and friendly environment outside of the courthouse for parties and attorneys to invest the necessary time and effort into creating the best solutions through mediation.
Therefore in addition to the option of mediating through the Office of Dispute Resolution, we now offer half and full day private mediation sessions at our office in Southeast Denver.
We aim to provide quality mediation services to parties regardless of their particular financial situation and offer several payment options to fit the needs of all clients.
Please click here for the link to our availability.
**As of January 1, 2019, we have limited my availability for ODR cases to one day per week, generally on Wednesdays unless otherwise indicated on our calendar.**
On all other days we offer mediation sessions at $100 per hour per party.
Deposit is required to confirm an appointment:
REGULAR SESSION: $200 per party for the first 2 hours (4 hour limit).
FULL DAY SESSION: $400 per party for the first 4 hours (8 hour limit).
ODR SESSION: $150 per party for the first 2 hours (3 hour limit).
As of March 1, 2019 we offer 90 Minute sessions for parties without attorneys with our new bilingual Associate Mediator, Crystal Andrade, for Parenting Time and Child Support issues only. The 90 minutes are billed at $120 per party and additional time is billed at $20 per party per 15 minute increments. These sessions may be indicated on our calendar as “Associate Mediator 90 min”. Please contact our office directly for scheduling, as these sessions are not always on our on-line calendar. State pay is not accepted for these sessions, as Crystal is not contracted with the Office of Dispute Resolution, however her work is overseen by Sara Johnson.
In order to offer more flexibility to attorneys providing pro-bono representation, attorneys with Colorado Legal Services, JAMLAC or similar organizations may request any available time slot on our calendar at ODR rates and/or reduced fees for both parties as applicable.
**Co-pay for parties who qualify for state assistance through ODR or the court, is $15 per hour**
Any additional time must be paid at the conclusion of the session, please come prepared.
CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY: The designated deposit must be received from both parties in order to confirm the appointment. Please keep in mind the following considerations when scheduling your mediation session. We do not deviate from this cancellation policy for any non-emergency reasons, including but not limited to: reconciliation of the parties, having not received financial disclosures, discovery, CFI report, home appraisal or business evaluation. The obligation to exchange sufficient information to mediate is the responsibility of the parties, not the mediator, so please allow yourself enough time to collect all of the information you need and come prepared with your documents.
If either party cancels the appointment with 10 (business) days advance notice, both parties will be refunded in full.
For late cancellations, (later than 10 business days before the date of the session), the canceling party will be charged two hours of mediation time for both parties.
In situations where parties have mutually agreed to the late cancellation, (later than 10 business days before the date of the session) their deposits will not be refundable.
If our office cancels the mediation for any reason, both parties will be fully refunded.
If either party needs to late cancel a mediation session for unforeseen emergency reasons such as illness, accident or act of god (travel advisory), parties shall be allowed to reschedule the session at no penalty to either, however documentation of the incident may be required by opposing party/counsel and the mediator and deposits will go towards the new session and will not refundable.