Mediation services still a good idea for an uncontested divorce

Many Utah couples may be able to come to reasonably fair terms of their divorce, without the need of formal litigation. An uncontested divorce can certainly help move the process along much more quickly. However, to ensure a settlement is fair and all legal aspects are accounted for, the use of mediation services may prove valuable. As divorce affects so many areas, especially if children are involved, it is important to make sure all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed, so to speak.

The use of mediation services can provide a neutral place for divorcing couples to meet and discuss or negotiate just about anything pertaining to their divorce. Issues such as setting child custody or visitation schedules are often an area of contention, even in the most amicable of situations. A little work may be necessary to find a solution both parties feels is in the best interest of their children and themselves.

Any specific terms regarding child support, spousal support and property division can also be addressed in mediation. These services can be utilized with or without the use of legal counsel, though many would suggest having a legal team is preferable. In the very least, an attorney should review any mediated agreements to ensure all legal rights are honored. Uncontested or not, no one wants to be taken advantage of.

Even an uncontested divorce has its complexities that will require discussion and negotiation. Having a safe place that creates a level playing field for both parties may be just what is needed to help generate a fair and balanced agreement. Mediation services are certainly a valuable aspect of family law and could prove beneficial for Utah couples seeking a divorce.

Source:, "What you need to know about family law", , Aug. 5, 2014

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