Divorce Resolutions® principal mediator
and ADR professional is Lawrence F. King, J.D. Larry is a full-time
Denver, Colorado attorney-mediator whose mediation practice is limited to assisting couples faced
with the uniquely difficult challenge of separating their lives through
divorce, or of co-parenting children after a relationship has ended.
Larry has an extensive background in family law and divorce matters.
For many years, he served as a trial attorney in public and private practice.
He then focused his work as an attorney exclusively on family law and
divorce matters. Having assisted parties in the litigation system with
these issues, the evolution of his work to a mediation practice was an
obvious next step for Larry.
A summa cum laude graduate of Colorado College (B.A. 1974) Larry earned
his law degree at the University of California, Davis (J.D., 1977) where
he earned distinction as an editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation,
Larry received an appointment as a judicial law clerk to the Colorado
Court of Appeals. He continued in public law as a trial attorney and prosecutor
for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, working his way to
the position of Chief Deputy District Attorney within only four years'
time. After entering private practice in 1983, Larry thought it important
to maintain some contact with public sector law, and served on occasion
as a part-time Municipal Court Judge for the City of Thornton, Colorado.
Throughout his experience as a trial attorney, Larry grew steadily more
disenchanted with the adversarial system as it applied to divorce and
family law. The same system which had seemed so effective in bringing
about justice in murder prosecutions he handled during the earlier part
of his career, took on a completely different look when it was brought
to bear on family problems. There, the judicial system frequently
resembled a blunt instrument often counterproductive and devastating
when used to determine the fate of children (or even to divide property
or determine support).
There had to be a better way. In 1992, Larry began to transform his family
law practice. He undertook formal training in divorce and custody mediation
at the world-renowned CDR program in Boulder, Colorado. His practice then
evolved to "emphasize" mediation for several years and ultimately
to be limited solely to divorce and family mediation.
Larry has successfully brought hundreds of couples through the process
of mediation. It is highly satisfying work. And, it brings positive feedback.
The vast majority of Larry's clients are left with no doubts that the
solutions they reached were greatly preferable to ones imposed in litigation:
they report that the mediated solutions reached with Larry were "workable"
and they preserved the dignity of the participants. In addition, they
were usually much less costly.
is a member of the (national) Academy of Family Mediators and a
"Guidelines-qualified" member of the Colorado Council of Mediators
and Mediation Organizations (CCMO). He is also a member of the Family
Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee of the
Colorado Bar Association (CBA), as well as its parent organization, the
CBA. Larry is a member of the Metropolitan and Boulder Interdisciplinary
Committees on Child Custody (a consortium of professionals of various
backgrounds concerned with issues involving children and parental responsibility).
is presently the Co-Coordinator of the CCMO Family Law Mediator Provider
List for the 17th Judicial District.
Colorado does not presently have formal certification of mediation practitioners.
The CCMO and the Family Law Section of the Colorado bar developed the
so-called Recommended Guidelines for Mediator Education and Training,
"to assist consumers, attorneys, judges, and other professionals
in selecting mediators." These Guidelines generally require a course
of training and education, a tenure of experience including oversight
by an experienced mentor, subscription to a recognized code of mediation
ethics, and active participation in continuing education in mediation
process and in substantive areas of practice. CCMO provides a review process
and has independently determined Larry meets all these standards for training,
education and experience.
Larry views mediation as the single most promising new
direction for the American judicial system. It is of vital importance that up-and-coming
mediators, the caretakers of this emerging system, be well qualified and highly
professional. It is for this reason that Larry remains active within his profession as a
Larry has conducted workshops or taken part in special speaking engagements at various
professional events hosted by such organizations, including the 1997 Spring CCMO
Conference and the Family Law Section program of the 1997 Colorado Bar Convention. He has
presented or assisted in planning of past years Attorney Mediator Dialogues hosted
by CCMO and the CBA. He has led
training for members of the City of Westminster, Colorado on negotiation styles and
mediation-related topics. Larry traveled to San Francisco in 1998 to present a workshop at
the national Academy of Family Mediators (AFM). He was invited and participated in 1999, as one of a panel of judges, attorneys, psychologists and mediators discussing the new Colorado parenting responsibilities law at the Colorado Bar Association's Family Law Section luncheon.
This Spring he was asked to present the mediator perspective on a similar panel of guests at CCMO's program concerning special issues in the drafting and preparing of mediated agreements.
Besides providing workshops and training for others, Larry also maintains an active
regimen of continuing mediation education for himself. In addition, he is a regular
participant in a peer review group of other experienced divorce mediators who frequently
meet to discuss changes in the law and their profession and emerging issues in their
Larry also established and moderates the Colorado Divorce Mediation Discussion List, an e-mail consortium of Colorado
dispute resolution professionals assisting families and couples in divorce disputes.
Larry has specialized training in powerful software tools including FinPlans
DivorcePlanner, a program which permits a divorcing or divorced couple to understand
the after-tax consequences of a proposed settlement of financial issues. This can be
especially important when the payment of spousal support (sometimes called
maintenance or alimony) appears appropriate. Indeed, Larry does
consulting for divorce attorneys utilizing this software.
Larry also uses other software tools as well which often permit more meaningful
discussions of timesharing with children, property division, pension valuation and child
support issues. All of these issues, of course, must be addressed in any complete divorce
Larry is the principal contributing author to AFM's publication, Mediation
News, in its Cybermediator feature.
Larry has a strong
understanding of the statutes pertaining to child support and divorce-related matters.
His knowledge was used extensively to resolve issues before they became
problems in our mediation process.
I would certainly recommend Larrys
mediation service for a variety of reasons. He was knowledgeable regarding the many facets
of divorce as well as being compassionate and understanding, calm and resolution-oriented.
In my opinion, Larrys
greatest strength as a mediator Is his ability to remain calm and focused. He never
appeared to take sides and always brought the emphasis back to resolution and moving
I would definitely recommend
Larry, this was not at all a bad experience for me, and not at all what a friend is going
through right now, still, with separate lawyers. I wanted a fair resolution to our divorce
and feel very much that is what I got.
It was an easy transition,
and a comfortable atmosphere when we were all working together towards a fair outcome.
Because we had children to consider, it also increased our mutual understanding of the
others circumstances. It made everything more civil and agreeable.
In terms of cost, the value
is far and away superior to paying two lawyers. My ex-husband and I have no disputes over
our settlement. Neither feels like he or she got taken or cheated. We designed our own
settlement with the invaluable assistance of Larrys guidance, knowledge, focus and
The information about taxes
and deductions was enlightening; I'd never thought much about that aspect of divorce