We know that the last thing you wanted to be going through is a divorce. It is not what people ever plan on when they get married, but there are times when permanent separation is in the best interest of all parties.
However, there are multiple ways people can use to go about completing their divorce. Some divorces are going to be contentious and need to be settled in the family court setting with attorneys on both sides fighting it out. Other divorces, though, can be settled in a much more amicable way through the mediation process.
Emy A. Cordano is a Salt Lake City divorce attorney who understands these issues and wants to help you through this hard time. Today, we will go over the basics of what mediation is and whether or not it could be a good route for you.
What Is At Stake?
In most divorces, there will be similar issues at stake, things that all need to be decided on before a divorce can be finalized. Depending on the length of the marriage, many of these issues can become complicated:
- Division of assets, including the marital home, vehicles, other real estate, boats, joint bank and retirement accounts, furniture, and more.
- Spousal maintenance, or alimony payments, may need to be arranged to ensure the care of the spouse with lesser means. These payments may only be temporary or can be long-term.
For a couple with minor children, the situation can become more complicated when trying to hash out both child custody arrangements and child support payments.
In Utah, a couple who wants to divorce must go through at least one mediation session. This is often just a formality and leads directly to court proceedings. However, many divorce attorneys are also mediators and may recommend the entire divorce be completed using mediation. This can be the best route for many reasons:
- If both sides agree on all of the issues.
- Mediation is less expensive than court trials.
- This is a confidential process with no public records of the sessions.
- You have more control over the outcome of the divorce.
However, if anyone of the issues cannot be agreed upon, mediation is not going to be the best route. A knowledgeable and experienced divorce attorney will understand which process needs to be used.
How We Can Help
Divorce is not easy and it can become emotionally draining and stressful for everyone involved. Emy A. Cordano wants to help you get through this regardless of whether you are using the mediation route or if you will be heading to court. No two divorce cases are the same, so Emy will sit with you to examine all the issues to the best plan forward that can be forged. The issues discussed above must be settled before a divorce is finalized, so let’s work on this together when you need a Salt Lake City divorce attorney. You can contact us by clicking here or call us at (801) 901-8159 for a legal consultation.