What is Mediation?
Mediation is a method of alternative conflict resolution. In mediation, parties to a dispute attempt to resolve their conflict with the help of a neutral third party called a mediator. In some cases, mediation can be a reasonable alternative to litigation. Mediators are not arbitrators or judges, mediators do not make binding decisions on the parties. Rather, a mediator will facilitate a process by which parties can negotiate a potential settlement. Mediation is a voluntary process. Any agreement reached in mediation is entered into voluntarily by the parties.
If you are involved in a conflict, mediation may be a great alternative to prolonged litigation. In some cases such as contested divorces in Utah, parties may actually be ordered to mediate by the court before they are allowed to proceed to a trial. There are many reasons why parties may consider mediation as an alternative to litigation. First, litigation is expensive. Mediation can save both parties a substantial amount of money in the form of attorneys fees and court costs. Even if you participate in several mediation sessions to resolve your dispute, you will not spend as much in mediation costs as you would in litigation costs. Second, mediation saves time. It may take years to resolve a dispute in the court process. Mediation can save the parties a substantial amount of time. Finally, mediation gives the parties more control over the outcome of their case. In court, a judge may be bound to decide in certain way that may not reflect the desires of either party. Through mediation, the parties decide for themselves the outcome.
In Utah, parties to a contested divorce are required to attend at least 1 mediation session before their case may proceed to trial. Mediation is often very effective for divorce and family disputes. Mediating a divorce allows the parties to save money, time, and reach a settlement that the court may not be able or willing to grant through a trial. At Salcido Law Firm, we have attorneys who represent individuals through the divorce mediation process. If you are considering mediation to resolve your divorce, you do not have to go through it alone. It is important to have an advocate who understand the mediation process on your side. We have represented many individuals in divorce mediations. We will prepare you for the mediation process and help you reach a fair settlement in your case.
Choosing a Mediator
Mediators vary in experience and skill. There are many mediators in Utah who are not lawyers or judges. When searching for a mediator that is right for your case there are several things to consider. It often helps to get a referral from someone you trust. We can help you find the right mediator for your case. At Salcido Law Firm, we have attorney mediators who regularly mediate many different types of cases. If you or someone you know is considering mediation, call us today at 801.413.1753.
We can help you through the mediation process either as your attorney representing you through the mediation process, or as the mediator facilitating your potential settlement.