Denver Divorce Mediation - Ann L. Sussman, Attorney at Law

Mediation is essentially a negotiation between the parties, using a neutral third party to guide the process with effective negotiating procedures. The mediation process is intended to be an alternative to the high-conflict, adversarial environment of court. The mediation occurs in a neutral, safe and confidential environment.

The mediator is not a decision-maker, nor does she provide legal advice. Rather, the mediator helps the parties to work together to allow them to structure a mutually acceptable settlement of disputed issues. The parties control the outcome of the negotiations and therefore are more likely to be satisfied with the results.

The mediator helps the parties to clarify their issues and underlying needs. Sometimes the parties themselves need help in determining what�s important to them. Further, the mediator provides the parties with techniques which allow them to more effectively and constructively communicate which each other. While the mediator does not attempt to solve the parties’ dispute, she can help them focus on problem-solving. Whatever is discussed in a mediation session is confidential. Because of this, the parties frequently feel more comfortable in brainstorming different solutions.

The parties can choose whether they want attorneys to be present at the mediation. If an agreement is reached, as attorney-mediators, we can prepare the documents for you.


"Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude." ~William James