DO I NEED FULL REPRESENTATION?
It is wise to know your basic legal rights prior to engaging in mediation related to domestic law matters. Attorneys provide invaluable legal advice, but often the costs of their services are prohibitive. Many parties hire an attorney for a one-time consultation to review their case and to obtain a basic understanding of their rights and the general strengths and weaknesses. Other parties choose to hire an attorney to help them through the entire process including attending mediation.
The chart below lays out things to consider when determining whether a one-time legal consultation is right for you. Note: This list is not comprehensive.
Is a one-time legal consultation right for you?
One time consultation
- You have a basic understanding of your legal rights
- Do the divorce economically
- Spouses get along well enough to work collaboratively
- Willing to learn about or have some experience with the legal system
- Believe a parenting plan can be crafted
Full representation through the process
- The case is highly contested
- The divorce is exceptionally complicated
- Financially able to pay for full representation
- Spouse has hired full representation
- Nervous to speak up for your interests in court, or in mediation
ARE WE DIVORCED ONCE WE COMPLETE MEDIATION?
No. Following mediation the mediator will prepare a Stipulated Agreement outlining the decisions made by the parties. After this agreement has been approved and signed by the parties, there is additional paperwork to be prepared and submitted to the Court for a Judge to review. Once this paperwork has been signed by a Judge,the divorce will be complete.
One of the services we provide is the preparation of all paperwork needed for submission to the Court in order to finalize your divorce. The fees for preparing the final paperwork are as follows:
|Without Minor Children||$450|
|Moving out of state||$550|
ARE THERE OTHER FEES?
The Court charges fees to file paperwork which will be paid directly to them at the time of filing. These fees vary depending on the type of action filed. The fee for filing an original divorce is $310 and the fee for filing to modify an existing decree of divorce is $110. www.utcourts.gov
WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD TO DIVORCE?
DIVORCE-IN-A-DAY. Quarterly, The Family Mediation Group mediates with those who would otherwise not have access to assistance with divorce or divorce modifications. On these days, services are offered on a sliding scale based upon income. Contact us to see if you qualify for Divorce-In-A-Day and to sign up for our next session. Space is limited. The entire divorce process will be completed on the same day.
DATES FOR DIVORCE-IN-A-DAY
Friday, October 4, 2019
Saturday January 4, 2020