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Divorce Mediation in Utah

Although divorces can be ugly affairs, they don’t always have to be. Many times spouses find ways to work together during the divorce process in an effort referred to as mediation. This not only offers them the opportunity to settle out of court, but has many other benefits as well.

Divorce Mediation in Utah

Some of the best things about mediation include:

  • It can be less stressful. The idea behind mediated divorce is for both parties to reach an agreement they can live with. Because of this, the tone is generally more amicable, and some of the less attractive elements of a divorce, like courtroom arguments, are avoided. This is especially important when children are involved.
  • It saves you money. Mediation only requires one objective mediator between you and your spouse. This immediately cuts your lawyer fees in half. It also takes far less time than taking a case to court, ultimately resulting in less billable hours and more money remaining in your pocket.
  • It’s confidential. While courtroom litigation happens in public, mediation is done in a private setting. This not only keeps everything confidential but it encourages open and honest communication.
  • It’s voluntary. Mediation can begin and end at any point, so if it is not working out, you can always revert to a more traditional path towards divorce.

The Success and Failure of Mediation

Since I first talked about alternative dispute resolution (ADR), more and more couples have chosen to resolve their differences and dissolve their marriages through mediation and the collaborative divorce process. Our firm provides mediation services to couples and helps those clients achieve outstanding results. Is ADR the best route to divorce?

The answer is yes and no. The benefits of ADR are clear:

  • Savings in time, energy and money
  • Ability to craft unique agreements and arrangements to suit you and your family
  • Negotiated agreements are more satisfying and more likely to be upheld by both parties
  • Successful mediation helps salvage relationships and provides couples a method for conflict resolution in the future

Despite the advantages of ADR, these techniques do not work for all couples. While negotiation between legal counsel can work in simple and high conflict divorce settings, mediation and collaborative divorce may not be possible for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Power sharing: Disparities in income or relative power in the relationship can leave one partner at a disadvantage. Strong legal counsel can assist a marginalized spouse understand his or her rights and opportunities.
  • Acrimony: Even if only one spouse is bitter, the acrimony flowing from false accusations and drawn out battles makes mediation and the collaboration divorce process a poor choice.
  • Failure: High conflict couples who choose ADR may find they added six or more months and thousands of dollars in legal fees to their overall divorce process. If a couple falls out of the collaborative divorce process, information provided and exchanged cannot usually be used in civil litigation and new legal counsel must be retained. Litigation commenced at this point is often instantly polarizing.

Free Consultation with Divorce Lawyer in Utah

If you have a question about divorce law or if you need to start or defend against a divorce case in Utah call Ascent Law at (801) 676-5506. We will help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

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People who want a lot of Bull go to a Butcher. People who want results navigating a complex legal field go to a Lawyer that they can trust. That’s where I come in. I am Michael Anderson, an Attorney in the Salt Lake area focusing on the needs of the Average Joe wanting a better life for him and his family. I’m the Lawyer you can trust. I grew up in Utah and love it here. I am a Father to three, a Husband to one, and an Entrepreneur. I understand the feelings of joy each of those roles bring, and I understand the feeling of disappointment, fear, and regret when things go wrong. I attended the University of Utah where I received a B.A. degree in 2010 and a J.D. in 2014. I have focused my practice in Wills, Trusts, Real Estate, and Business Law. I love the thrill of helping clients secure their future, leaving a real legacy to their children. Unfortunately when problems arise with families. I also practice Family Law, with a focus on keeping relationships between the soon to be Ex’s civil for the benefit of their children and allowing both to walk away quickly with their heads held high. Before you worry too much about losing everything that you have worked for, before you permit yourself to be bullied by your soon to be ex, before you shed one more tear in silence, call me. I’m the Lawyer you can trust.