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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Colorado Courts: Justice (& Divorce Resolutions) Delayed

long delays await Colorado divorce & family court visitorsRecent news articles have detailed how Colorado divorce and family courts are straining under the pressures of continued reductions in court staff, hours and services.

Longmont, Colorado's Daily Times-Call quotes Colorado State Court Administrator (and former Pueblo, Colorado District Court Judge) Jerry Marroney as decrying the rapid deterioration of court access and case processing for Coloradoans and their families:
[W]e can [continue to] slam people and ... treat them like cattle and ... give them 15-minute hearings when they deserve an hour,” Marroney said, “or we can get to a quality scenario.”

The Longmont news article reports that Colorado court observers believe proper staffing for timely services, including processing of divorce and family law cases, requires an enormous infusion of additional funding for new judges and court staff – funding that is likely not forthcoming.

In a second news article, Justice May Be Blind, But It Also Can Be Rented In a Pinch, the Denver Post discusses how one Colorado divorce couple sought out alternative dispute resolution (in their case, using an arbitrator), given Arapahoe County, Colorado courts' being “clogged with enormous backlogs,” and detailed the hardship on another Douglas County, Colorado mother, waiting since May for a Colorado child support law ruling.

Indeed, the Denver Post's subsequent editorial (Justice Delayed: Justice Denied) called for an effective legislative response.

As we noted in our divorce law news article on Colorado court delays of last year, mediation clients often
are able to accelerate the divorce process, and move forward with their lives. Unlike parties awaiting a contested hearing before Colorado divorce and family courts, these families and their futures are not placed "on hold" for long periods of time.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Our New Colorado Divorce Law & Family Mediation Blogs Favorably Reviewed!

Diane Levin's pre-eminent Online Guide to Mediation has warmly welcomed our two new blogs (this Colorado DivorcePoint! divorce law blog, and our FamilyCraft mediation practice blog) and praised our Colorado divorce mediation website!

In "New Kids on the Blog: Colorado Divorce Mediators Launch Two Blogs Exploring Divorce and Family Law and Mediation," Boston mediator, attorney and trainer Levin announces our blogs' launch, and praises our web site as a

a welcoming and user-friendly resource for anyone who wants to find a more civilized way to navigate the difficulties that divorce and family conflicts can bring. This web site demystifies the mediation process, provides resources for parents and families, has links for downloadable forms and even features a Kids' Divorce Art Gallery.

Ms. Levin concludes:
This is one of the most comprehensive, easily accessible, and visually pleasing web sites I have encountered.

We're pleased to receive such acclaim for our website and blogs and promise to continue our efforts to provide valuable content for our Colorado clients and other web visitors.