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DID YOU KNOW THAT
DID YOU KNOW THATBy law, Mediation is required
The state of Utah has a reputation for its high divorce rate. Accordingly, the Utah Legislature passed House Bill 4 (H.B. 4) in 2005. This law, titled "Divorce Mediation Program," requires parties to participate in good faith in at least one session of mediation if any contested issues remain after an answer to a divorce complaint is filed.
In addition to being required, many divorcing couples opt for mediation in lieu of attorneys. Paying a retainer to hire an attorney typically runs between $3,000-$5,000.00 per person, or $6,000-$10,000 per couple. A contested case often requires multiple retainers.
Using mediation to reach an agreement typically costs about half the cost of litigation.
DID YOU KNOW THATYou are not required to have an attorney.
With the help of a mediator, a couple can reach an agreement that covers all of the issues which need to be covered in a divorce. If the mediator is also an attorney, then he or she can switch hats at the end of mediation and file the paperwork needed to finalize the agreement, without the couple ever having to go to court.
DID YOU KNOW THATIf a couple uses attorneys and the courts to decide their divorce (litigation), as opposed to reaching an agreement together (mediation), they are more likely to end up back in court because someone has violated the terms of the divorce.
Mediation works well because couples can decide their own destiny, and that of their children, if they have children..