Mediation allows you to resolve your case without turning over important decisions to a judge who is unfamiliar with the needs of you and your family. Mediation is a voluntary process that gives parties more control over the outcome of their divorce.
Statistically, the majority of cases in Utah will settle so the mediation process may help parties avoid a long and costly court battle. At Pearson Butler, our attorneys understand that mediation can be a valuable tool to help your case settle. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about the many options for mediation in the state of Utah and we help parties find and mediate with a domestic-certified mediator who will be effective for your case.
To learn more about mediation, contact the lawyers at Pearson Butler.
Mediation vs. Litigation
When the parties mediate a divorce or custody case, the parties are able to work together to choose how to structure custody and divide marital assets rather than rely on the court to decide these important issues. This can make the process less painful, less stressful, and less costly. While the parties may each have to compromise on important issues, the parties still retain control and are able to be creative problem solvers to try to reach terms that may work for their family’s specific needs. In contrast, litigation creates a winner-takes-all mentality where creative solutions are often unavailable and the court has to pick a winner on any specific issue. Valuable financial and emotional resources are consumed during the litigation process while both parties are experiencing a reduction in household income and increased individual expenses. A long, drawn-out litigation matter can have short- and long-term consequences, particularly when children are added to the equation. Litigation is also a long process, with the parties and their children living in a state of uncertainty.
An attorney can give clients realistic expectations about potential outcomes if a case is taken to trial. In mediation, the advice regarding likely outcomes helps shape a settlement to maximize each party’s goals while minimizing his or her risks should the case end up in front of a judge at trial.
Although mediation can save time, money, and emotional energy, the process requires cooperation from both parties. If either side is unwilling to negotiate and compromise, litigation may be necessary. In that scenario, a divorce attorney at Pearson Butler can represent you at trial so that your interests – and the interests of your children – are protected as best as the law will allow.
Contact Us Now to Discuss Your Mediation Needs
If you need legal counsel, or if you are curious whether mediation is right for your case, contact the lawyers at Pearson Butler today. With offices in South Jordan, American Fork, and Bountiful, our attorneys can find a way to meet with just about any client, whether at one of the three offices or over the phone.
Call Pearson Butler (800) 265-2314 to schedule an initial case consultation to discuss your case.