The Basics of a Utah Divorce Mediation

What is the Mediation?

Mediations most often occur in neutral settings such as a conference room. The mediator will invite the participants of the mediation in and have them seated. If the participants within the mediation have an attorney with them the mediator will usually have the attorneys sit farther from him than the participants. Mediations are vey intimidate and private. There are no court officers, news reporters, stenographers or public observers present within mediation.

What is the Role of the Mediator?

The mediator will most often guide the mediation session without formal procedure or rules of evidence. The mediator can work with the parties and their lawyers to establish the ground rules and goals of the mediation. In order to avoid caucuses between the opposing parties, a mediation session will move between joint sessions with all the parties with a mediator present in each session. At the conclusion of mediation an agreement to meet again for a later session, if needed, will be established.

A mediator is set up to affectively assist opposing parties in discussing their differences and disagreements. The mediator will be the one to identify alternative solutions to the parties indifferences and tries to come to conclusions of compromise. Because this isn’t the easiest thing to do when parties are at a heavy disagreement, mediation usually involves several overlapping stages. These stages consist of introduction; presenting the views of each party; emotional expressions; views of alternatives; and coming to some kind of an agreement.

Should I Participate in a Utah Divorce Mediation?

Mediation is very common with divorce. Though mediation does not require that you have an attorney present, it is wise to get an attorney who can better help you receive what you want through mediation. Our attorneys at the law firm of Salcido Law Firm represent individuals in divorce cases and mediations and we can also act as the divorce mediator.  Call 801.618.1331 to speak with one of our Family Law Attorneys and to schedule a free consultation.

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