Judy West Denver Mediator Arbitrator


Restructure your Family while Preserving Dignity, Respect & Resources.

Mediation is a superior, comprehensive approach to addressing all areas of divorce.  There are 4 basic categories that mediation effectively addresses:

  • Division of Debts & Assets:  credit cards, retirement accounts, investments, real estate holdings, dividing family-owned businesses
  • Parenting:  All aspects of a parenting plans (previously called custody) including parenting schedules, decision-making, ordinary and extraordinary expenses, communication, vacation & travel, and college expenses
  • Support:  Child Support and Spousal Support (called Maintenance in Colorado; commonly referred to as Alimony)
  • Document Preparation: Judy uses court approved forms in mediation and drafts a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding / MOU in session that the parties assist in editing.  The document addresses all substantive points related to division of debts and assets, parenting plans, child support and maintenance.  Optionally, parties may address the dispensation of the family-owned business in mediation.
  • Changes to the existing Court Orders (Modifications of Child Support, Modifiable Maintenance, Enforcement)

All of these issues can be quickly and inexpensively addressed in mediation.  Colorado Courts routinely order mediation when there are disputed issues prior to the final hearing, whether or not the parties are represented by attorneys. So why not begin with mediation prior to hiring an attorney to test whether agreement is possible?  Virtually all issues can be addressed and all of the paperwork completed, during the mediation process, for a fraction of the cost of a typical initial retainer.

Restructure your family using a respectful, proven process and save thousands of dollars in legal fees. 
Complete all required paperwork and agreements for your
divorce within the 91 day Colorado mandatory waiting period. 
Modify child support, parenting plans, or other issues, often in just one or two sessions.

Judy Larkins has been a full time professional mediator and arbitrator focusing on divorce and family, small business, and real estate matters for over 10 years.  Her compassion and business savvy assist ex-partners in finding the right plan to restructure the family and meet the needs of all involved.  Judy Larkins is the Executive Director and founder of Colorado Mediators & Arbitrators.

If you are considering divorce in a marriage of over 3 years, now is a critical time to plan for maintenance obligations.  Divorces finalized after December 31, 2018 will fall under new tax laws, removing the tax deduction for alimony payments paid.  For the last 75 years, payors of alimony (called maintenance in Colorado) were taxed on their after-alimony income and receivers of alimony were taxed on alimony as regular taxable income in addition to any other sources of...
Colorado Maintenance / Alimony Guideline and Taxation Changes in 2014 and 2019
In the last five years, maintenance guidelines and the impact of taxation have complicated the topic of maintenance.  Judy West uses professional software for preparing maintenance, child support, and prepartion of Sworn Financial Statements.  Rest assured, you are in good hands with a seasoned professional when working with Ms. West, Denver Divorce Mediator.  She has been in full time practice since 2003 and tremendously enjoys her work. Maintenance/alimony agreements...
budgeting after divorce
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. Money management, lack of money, differing priorities about money, choosing to save or spend…  Money disputes can pave the path to divorce, and lack of money can be a huge challenge after divorce.  Regardless of how much you make, if you divide the total family income in half and double the financial obligations to support two separate households, there are...
restructured family
Does divorce have to break a family completely, or can a family emerge from a split in a restructured form that is healthy and hopeful?   Similar to debt restructure in bankruptcy, restructuring a life can be painful, uncertain, promising, challenging, and ultimately either provide a new framework for a satisfying life OR lead down to a path of destruction.  Viability is determined not by the decision to restructure, but by the careful planning and steps taken after the...
Prepare for Mediation
Mediation is an extremely effective method of resolving disputes.  There are several things that enhance the possibility of success. 1.  Preparation: Bring anything that may be helpful to refer to when negotiating your settlement.  Sometimes research is also helpful.  If you find a resource in a book or online, bring copies with you to refer to when making your point.  Accurate information is powerful only when presented at the right time.  2.  Options for Settlement:...