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How Divorce Mediation is Like Hiking Up a River

By |July 18th, 2016|Categories: Divorce Mediation|Tags: , , |

We have relatively few hobbies as a family. We like going to the movies (and by like I mean love), and we like to hike. I'm from Alaska, so hiking has always been part of my DNA. Thankfully, my family enjoys it as well. On the Fourth of July my family and I went hiking near [...]

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What Happens if We Reach an Agreement in Mediation?

By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: Divorce Mediation|Tags: , , , |

If you reach an agreement in mediation, the mediator (or the attorneys and the mediator) will write an agreement. You and your soon-to-be ex will then read and sign the agreement. (Note: this is how it usually goes. There are some situations in which people don't want to sign during mediation and want to take a [...]

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What is Mediation?

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: Divorce Mediation|Tags: , , |

If you were to ask me my honest assessment of mediation, I'd say this: mediation is horse trading. It's where you go to wheel and deal to get an agreement made. Now, there's much more to it than that, but at the end of things, mediation is all about negotiating anything and everything until [...]

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Who Will We Use as a Mediator?

By |June 10th, 2016|Categories: Divorce Mediation|Tags: , , , , |

Choosing a mediator is one of the most important decisions you will make in your Utah divorce. Because of this, we as a team, spend a good amount of time deciding on a mediator. We take a wide-open approach and consider lots of factors, like: Which mediator will mesh with our client's personality. If personalities clash [...]

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How 4-903 Conferences Are Structured

By |June 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

So, you've been through the divorce complaint, you've been through temporary orders, you've been through mediation, and you've been through a custody evaluation. Now comes the 4-903 conference. I won't get in to what a 4-903 conference is generally. (You can read more about them here). Instead, I want to talk about how they're structured. What [...]

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When Not to Attend Mediation

By |April 25th, 2016|Categories: Divorce Mediation|Tags: , , , |

Mediation in Utah divorces is not only mandatory, it's a really good idea. You would be amazed at how mediation can bring people together to discuss and negotiate. It's not a perfect system, by any means, but, for the vast majority of people, it works out much better than going to court. But this post isn't [...]

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Do I Have to Sit in the Same Room as My Ex During Mediation?

By |January 12th, 2016|Categories: Divorce Mediation|Tags: , , , |

Mediation is an interesting animal. In Utah divorce and child custody cases, mediation is all but mandatory (and is actually mandatory in some Utah jurisdictions). This means almost every contested Utah divorce and child custody case will go to mediation. People ask us all sorts of questions about mediation. So many, in fact, that we have [...]

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I Have a Mediation Next Week, but I don’t Have an Attorney. What Should I Do?

By |December 31st, 2015|Categories: Divorce Mediation|Tags: , |

So, you have mediation next week (or tomorrow) and you don't have an attorney. Heck, you have mediation next week and you don't even know what mediation is or how it works. Don't worry. This happens more often than you think. You can deal with this in a couple ways: (1) attend mediation alone, (2) hire [...]

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What Happens in Mediation Stays in Mediation

By |December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

In Nevada, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. In Utah, what happens in mediation stays in mediation. What this really means is mediation in Utah is confidential. What you say in mediation, with a few exceptions I'll talk about in a minute, cannot be discussed outside mediation. This also means you cannot talk about what [...]

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Going through Divorce Mediation

By |April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Divorce Mediation|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For many Utah couples who are facing divorce, mediation is extremely beneficial. Not only do couples usually spend less on their divorce while being more in control of how their property or assets are divided, mediation often allows couples to come to an agreement without major conflict. What makes mediation work so well in many situations [...]

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