Utah Family Law Blog

What is the Best Time to Mediate?

It is often asked “when should I attend mediation in my case.” Legally, there is no set time you must attend mediation in your case. In Utah all domestic cases are required to attempt mediation before they will be allowed to proceed to trial before a judge, but that...

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18 Important Utah Court Filing Deadlines (Updated 2014)

It is essential that you understand the filing deadlines when you are representing yourself. Missing a deadline could result in a default judgment against you, where the other party is awarded everything they ask for and your side is never heard. There has been a...

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Costs Change for Utah Divorce Orientation Course

Utah Code sections 30-3-11.3 and 30-3-11.4 require parents who are divorcing to attend a divorce orientation course and divorce education course before a Decree of Divorce will be signed. These are two separate courses that are offered right after each other on the...

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Benefits of Mediation

There are plenty of advantages to mediating your dispute as opposed to litigating. Control the outcome Firstly, the parties are in control of the outcome and any agreement reached in mediation.  With this control the parties can make sure any agreement is detailed and...

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Divorcing During Financial Hardship Could Be the Right Time

A lot of people are coming to us stating that they want a divorce but they cannot justify the cost of hiring a lawyer right now. While it is true that taking one house and dividing it into two can be financially straining, there are some people who may get a huge...

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Utah Mediation – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to bring an attorney to mediation? No you do not have to bring an attorney to mediation. Attending mediation with an attorney is completely your choice. If you would like the legal advice of an attorney at mediation, then you should retain an attorney to...

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The Utah Online Court Assistance Program May Not Be Enough

In Utah, any person can file online using Utah's OCAP (Online Court Assistance Program). We have a lot of people tell us, "I'm just going to use OCAP, but I don't understand this paragraph." Or "We are filing using OCAP, but what does it mean to say I have joint...

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