In court, the one who makes the decision is the one who knows the least about your case: Judges spend very little time previewing your case and only a few hours or days listening to evidence before issuing their ruling. This isn’t a great way to get any sort of flexibility and usually ends in both parties unhappy with some aspect of the decree.
Mediation puts decision-making power in the hands of the people who know best what will work. Though both parties normally must compromise, you can decide what your priorities are and what you’re willing to give up to get what you need. Stipulations that follow mediation agreements normally have higher rates of compliance and higher satisfaction.
As a mediator, I love working with parties to help them identify and preserve whatever is essential to them. I’m always thrilled to watch parties start at vastly different positions and end up with an agreement everyone can live with. I especially enjoy identifying areas of agreement that we can then build on to reach equitable compromises that neither party might have thought of and which put both parties in better positions than they thought they could achieve.
I am on the Utah Rosters for Basic and Domestic Mediators and focus on family mediations. I also have experience in landlord/tenant, parent/teen, victim/offender, and other types of mediations, but if you have a complex civil case involving business or personal injury, I’m probably the wrong mediator for you.
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