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    Compassion Mediation

    DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS, VIDEOCONFERENCE MEDIATION SESSIONS ARE SUGGESTED AND MADE EASILY AVAILABLE TO ALL CLIENTS. 

    Are you considering a divorce or legal separation from your spouse?

    Does it seem scary because you don’t know what life will look like “separate”?

    Are you struggling with the idea of your children having two homes?

    Have you tried to solve the problems in your life on your own and realized you need help from someone else?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have made the right choice by being here. We know seeking help can be hard. You’ve likely been debating seeking help for months, if not years, but we’re so glad you have taken the courageous step of being here.

    Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome your challenges. Whether you’re struggling with marital problems, child custody disputes, or divorce and separation, it is important that you know you don’t have to be alone in this journey. We have the experience to help you achieve your goals, overcome these struggles, and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

    We understand no two individuals are the same, and we tailor our sessions together to address challenges unique to you. We will work together to understand the root cause of your struggles and address them with long-lasting strategies, helping you get closer to the life you’ve always wanted.

    If you’re ready to work towards the life you’ve always wanted, we’re ready when you are. Contact us today and let’s get to work.

    Free Initial Consultation

    We are always available and encourage you to contact us to find out if mediation, co-parenting coordination assistance, parenting coordination-decision making (PC-DM) services, and/or mediation to stay married via a postnuptial agreement would be beneficial to you. Maybe even the terminology itself is confusing. We get it! We understand the legal system and the ways in which we can help and you know you family so feel free to call or text us to schedule an initial consultation for no charge.
    We are here to listen and discuss the possible ways that we might be able to help you and your family through this rough spot. We are also available to answer any questions you might have about the process, our mediation and/or parenting philosophies, the logistics of mediation and/or parenting coordination by video conference, billing, our sliding scale fee alternatives and/or any of the specific services we provide.

    Parenting Mediation, Parenting Coordination, PC-DM

    Parenting Mediation is a peaceful and often faster way to develop a Parenting Plan that works for parents who are no longer able to be together but still want to coparent. When the parents are also divorcing or legally separating, this is usually all done as part of the same proceeding but for parents who were never married, the parenting issues may be the only issues that need to be discussed and resolved.

    For parents who already have a parenting plan or informal arrangement, mediation allows parents the opportunity to discuss how best to formally arrange or make modifications to their ongoing co-parenting arrangements.

    For other parents with a Parenting Plan, implementing the plan may lead to regular, ongoing disagreements, in which case a Parenting Coordinator or PC-DM can be tremendously helpful. The Parenting Coordinator or PC-DM’s role is to work with the co-parents to improve communication skills, learn to work together and put the co-parenting shared parenting time “new normal” way of doing things into practice with minimal conflict.

    Divorce or Legal Separation Mediation

    Divorce or Separation Mediation is an extremely helpful and in most cases court-ordered resource for couples (married and unmarried) who are in the process of separation or divorce.

    Mediation is also an effective means of dealing with post-divorce issues, such as modifications to parenting time, decision-making, child support or spousal maintenance.

    Divorce mediation is almost always faster, less costly, and less divisive than traditional adversarial procedures and can involve walking couples through the primarily form-based judicial process when couples are working together and filing jointly.

    Plus mediation allows couples to reach an agreement that is tailored to fit their specific needs and interests.

    Mediation To Stay Married

    Marriage Mediation offers a next step or even a supplement to marriage counseling.

    Many couples, married or co-habitating, want to stay together but have not been able to find effective ways of resolving their differences, resulting in disputes that lead them to consider divorce or separation. It can be extremely beneficial to intentionally identify and discuss the problematic issues, negotiate possible solutions and put those plans and goals in writing. An example without names and based on this couple’s general income (upon which all child support and maintenance determinations are made; in other words, amounts are vastly different for each family and are provided for illustrative purposes only):

    “If [Husband] continues to gamble from the family savings account, the children and [Wife] will move out of the family home on or before the 1st of the month after which the gambling is discovered. A “safety” checking account in the amount of $15,000 will be set up in [Wife’s] name only at [ABC] Bank on or before the date this Agreement is signed. If after 6 months, the gambling is continuing and [Husband] has not started an in-patient addiction recovery treatment program, a Petition for Divorce or Legal Separation will be filed by [Wife] and [Husband] agrees to immediately start paying temporary child support/spousal maintenance in the amount of $4500 per month until the Court with jurisdiction over the Divorce or Legal Separation formally orders an amount to be paid to [Wife] for child support and spousal maintenance based on [Husband’s] income and our assets.”

    Marriage Mediation and the negotiation of a post-nuptial agreement can help couples communicate and address specific, concrete problems, weather rough times and eventually strengthen their marriage or partnership with mutually satisfying and long-lasting results.

    Court-Ordered Mediation

    Many states, including Colorado, require a 2-hour mediation session as part of the different court proceedings.

    In other words, all parties are required to sit down together and make a good faith effort to resolve as many issues as possible before taking those issues to court.

    Your initial 2-hour mediation session with Compassion Mediation will satisfy the court’s requirement and in most cases, the parties are able to resolve and agree on the majority of the issues peacefully, saving money and time in court.

    About Us

    Courtenay Parrott Sobral is the mother of 5 children, ages 12 to 20, she is a retired attorney and now with over 20+ years legal and family experience, she specializes in online family mediation and parenting coordination-decision making.

    For over 16 years, she practiced law in a variety of areas, including employment, human resources, business, insurance, and education law. She also worked as a pro bono attorney for abused, deprived and neglected children throughout the duration of law practice.