Why Pursue Mediation?
A Kinder and Gentler Divorce. Divorce is considered the single most stressful period in a person’s life. It is difﬁcult for the entire family–the spouses, the children, and often even the grandparents. But divorcing couples in Denver don’t have to be adversaries. It’s possible to get through the ordeal like civilized adults.
Goals For Mediation
The Center for Divorce Solutions’ primary approach to simplifying the divorce process is mediation. In mediation, the parties negotiate the issues in their divorce or separation with the assistance of an impartial third party. The mediator helps keep the parties focused on the issues, despite the emotional tension that is usually present. The mediator can also provide information about relevant laws to help couples make informed decisions.
The goal of the Center for Divorce Solutions is to create an atmosphere that allows for a kinder and gentler divorce. By reducing the anxiety, disruption, and cost of divorce, parties are able to effectively and directly communicate their needs and arrive at mutually beneﬁcial agreements.
Why Mediate First
Before putting decisions about your life into someone else’s hands… Before losing your dignity and self-respect…Before you risk destroying future relationships for yourself and your children…explore alternate methods of reaching your own agreement and getting on with your lives.
You have nothing to lose by trying mediation as your ﬁrst step–in fact, if parties, or their attorneys, don’t agree, they will likely be court-ordered to mediation.
Leslie Hoffman has developed her mediation skills through a lifetime of experience as a teacher, writer, marketer, public relations executive, inventor (two patents), business owner, wife, mother, extended family member, divorcee, and co-parent.
A beginning mediation class in 1997 at Aurora Community College led to workplace mediation training through the internationally-esteemed CDR & Associates in Boulder, Colorado. This was followed by divorce mediation training, CASA and Domestic Relations training, U. S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission Training, as well as countless other annual training sessions. Years of volunteer work with the Face-to-Face Victim/Offender program and the Denver County Court mediation program allowed her the experience to confidently enter into private practice. Leslie has achieved the Professional Mediator designation of the Mediation Association of Colorado (MAC), and has mediated more than 5,000 cases over the last twenty years.
Recognizing that couples contemplating divorce often needed help in making good decisions for themselves, Leslie Hoffman founded Center for Divorce Solutions in 2000. Providing professional mediation services for all facets of divorce and family issues is the primary focus of the Center. Offering a wide range of referrals to other helpful resources, as necessary, is its value-added mission.