A mediation consultation is a 1-hour meeting to discuss the mediation process and what type of information is helpful or necessary for a successful mediation. This is not a mediation session, but a consultation about the process and documentation that will be needed for a fruitful mediation, as well as an opportunity to meet to determine if we will work well together.
Single Sitting Divorce Consultation
A Single Sitting Divorce Consultation is a two-hour educational consultation during which includes an explanation of the separation/divorce process, provides information and forms, answer questions specific to the clients’ issues, and provides any necessary referrals.
Divorce/Family Law Mediation
Divorce/Family Law Mediation is process to settle a divorce, or other family conflict or custody issue, and to resolve the issues and finalize the divorce or custody dispute, without going to Court. The documents drafted at the conclusion of Mediation should be filed with the Court for the Judge to sign to make the Divorce final. It is a cost-effective process that is recognized by Utah Law and is beneficial for many families to remove the “threat of Court” when they are negotiating their divorce.
People can participate in mediation with or without an attorney, and they can add an attorney at any point in the process if they would like.
Mediation is a process of self-determination where the participants in the mediation resolve the issues in a way that works for them rather than based on what a Judge would do.
Sometimes we explore what a Judge would do in similar circumstances, but in mediation, the participants are the decision makers not a judge. Mediation is a voluntary process to resolve or discuss conflict in an effort to reduce or modify the conflict. A process of self-determination, mediation utilized the skills of a neutral third-party mediator to facilitate the conversation, brainstorm, explore resolutions through active listening and exploring ideas.
Some participants like to be in the same room (virtual or physical) and some like to remain separate. Mediation allows the participants to determine if they would like to work out the resolution in the same room or work on it in separate rooms and have the mediator go back and forth.
A good way to learn about how mediation works is to schedule a Mediation Consultation to meet the mediator and learn what is helpful to prepare for mediation.
When a family has come to a divorce/child custody, modification, etc. resolution in Mediation, the “Settlement” should be put in writing and filed with the Court in order to get a Court Order. Anne is a licensed attorney in Utah and provides a flat fee document drafting service. Anne will draft your documents (Petition for Divorce, Parenting Plan, Stipulation and Settlement Agreement, Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law and Decree of Divorce, along with the other necessary paperwork) for your review and signature, and file everything with the Court for your case.