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Stavros Law P.C. is a Utah law firm providing legal services to individuals and businesses in Utah, the Mountain West and across the United States, including Salt Lake City, Draper, Sandy, South Jordan, West Jordan, Lehi, Provo, Orem and Spanish Fork. Our lawyers provide civil litigation, trial and appeal work to clients in federal and state courts throughout the United States. We provide litigation and counseling services for clients in the areas of business and commercial law, employment and labor law, health care law and family law.
Utah Family Law Mediation
Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that is often used to solve family law disputes. Because mediation can minimize additional animosity between the parties, it is especially helpful with the emotional nature of family law matters.
Stavros Law, P.C., recognizes that traditional divorce and custody litigation is not right for every family. In addition to providing traditional family law services, we also offer mediation. Even if not desired, in many situations mediation may be mandated. To learn more about how mediation may work for you, please consult one of our attorneys.
Mediation is a cost-effective solution for dealing with divorce and other family law issues, including child custody, child support and spousal support. The atmosphere is far less formal and intimidating than a courtroom, so people are typically more relaxed and more willing to communicate honestly. This often helps families create unique solutions to issues such as custody. Additionally, instead of witnessing a bitter custody trial, the children can participate in mediation and see their parents finding ways to work together. Often times, it is very helpful to involve a mediator in the process of resolving a dispute.
How Does Mediation Work?
In mediation, a couple or family meets with a neutral third party (mediator) to discuss everyone's goals and needs. The mediator ensures the parties have the information they need to make decisions and that the environment is fair and respectful. In addition, the mediator can help the parties find common ground and facilitate discussion.
Mediators do not have authority to make decisions; their role is to help the parties find their own agreement. Mediation is focused on solving problems, not judging anyone or determining fault. Each party has the chance to make statements and then have a joint discussion together to work toward reaching a mutual agreement.
The parties may also have individual conversations with the mediator. Joint negotiation may then take place, and if an agreement is reached, the mediation is complete. Both parties must agree on the final decision.
Our lawyers have assisted clients with hundreds of mediations, including family law mediations. We can assist you during the process, provide guidance and help you reach a resolution of your dispute and make sure that it is legally binding and enforceable in the event of a subsequent breach.
For more information about mediation and how we can help you resolve your dispute through mediation, please call (801) 758-7604 or contact us online and ask to speak with one of our family law attorneys.