Mediation As A First Step

Nobody plans on divorce. Divorces are emotional and can get complicated. There are disputes over who gets what property and whether or not alimony will be paid. If children are involved, it can truly get messy. Disputes over legal and physical custody of a child can become heated.

In Utah, state law requires couples filing for divorce to undergo at least one mediation to attempt to resolve their disputes. While this may be necessary by law, you may also find yourself in a situation where you and your spouse want to attempt mediation as opposed to filing for divorce. In either case, you want to find a good mediation attorney in Salt Lake City. Here at the Ault Firm, we understand the mediation process and are ready to help.

Why Choose Mediation

A mediator is a neutral third party. Both parties involved need to agree on the mediator that is chosen. We recommend choosing a mediator who is an attorney because they understand the entire process, from the potential court proceedings to the possible settlements. That expertise can be invaluable, as you and your spouse will have all the information necessary throughout the process.

Just because a couple has serious disagreements does not mean a marriage has to end in divorce. At the Ault Firm, we want to bring the two parties together to discuss every possible solution. Mediation is less pressure. There are no courts and no judge. Disputes can be discussed in a completely confidential setting and analyzed by a third party in an impartial manner.

Mediation In Divorce Cases

Since at least one mediation session is required by Utah law in divorce filings, we want to make the process go as smoothly as possible. We recognize that sometimes a divorce is inevitable, but we want you to know that it can be amicable. Through mediation, much of the heated debate that often coincided with a court proceeding can be avoided.

Mediation is a quicker and less expensive route to take when it comes to divorce. It is more private and less stressful for all parties involved, including children. Mediation proceedings are confidential and do not become part of the public record like divorce proceeding statements do.

What To Do

For mediation in divorce cases and non-divorce cases, once both parties reach a negotiated settlement, the mediator will draw up the settlement for both parties to sign. In a divorce case, the mediator will submit the agreement to the court as part of the final divorce decree.

We hope mediation can help you and your spouse settle differences without divorce becoming necessary, but we know that may not always be the case.

If you find yourself in a situation where you and your spouse need mediation, whether because of a divorce filing or you want to try to resolve your disputes, a mediation attorney in Salt Lake City is ready to help. The Ault Firm specializes in the mediation process. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 801-539-9000.