When it comes to saving time and money during a divorce, mediation can be the way to go in Utah. You potentially save on certain fees, plus you can amicably find an agreement for splitting assets. While the process is pretty straightforward, there are some nuances that can become confusing.
What’s the Role of the Mediator, Exactly?
The mediator does pretty much exactly what his title implies. He or she is the neutral party between you and your (soon-to-be) ex-spouse who will help you work together. He or she will make sure you are giving each other time to speak and are working toward an end goal.
So do I Need a Lawyer?
Having a lawyer by your side during mediation can be hugely beneficial. They can still give you divorce advice and help you figure out how to deal with an especially stubborn or difficult spouse. Plus, you will want an attorney to make sure the final agreement is equitable.
How Long will this Take?
The answer to this is: It’s different for each couple. Generally you will take a couple months to go through 4-6 mediated sessions. Sometimes, though, an especially difficult case or one with many facets can take half a year or longer.
What Happens if Mediation doesn’t Work?
Even if you do not come to an agreement on every single detail, mediation is almost never wasted. If you do need to go to court to settle unresolved disputes, you will save time and money by having agreed on other issues.
Once your mediation agreement is complete, it is as enforceable as any court document. If you are interested in taking this route for your divorce, be sure to contact an expert attorney to get more information and begin the process with a mediator.