Settle Your Divorce in 3 Hours

You can settle your Utah divorce for less than the court filing fee, and in less time than between breakfast and lunch.

Money-back guarantee: if you don’t settle, you don’t pay. Before you exhaust your savings and your sanity, you owe it yourself to give us a try.

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Divorce litigation can cost a lot, even if you spend the bare minimums, and take months, if not years.

It is an unfortunate fact that divorce and family law litigation can cost as much as you can spend. No matter how thrifty you might be in your approach to a Utah divorce, the cost to file for a divorce is $318. A typical child custody evaluation costs at least $3,000 (and that’s if you’re lucky).

A good attorney will cost you at least $150 per hour (we know; we’re good attorneys and when we litigate we charge, depending on the level of attorney experience, from $165 to $300 per hour).

And it takes at least eight (8) months before a divorce case in Utah can go to trial.
You may have heard of mediation, and how fast and cheap and wonderful it is for settling divorce cases. That’s only true if your mediation is done right.

That means mediation won’t work unless you and your spouse cooperate with the mediator and with each other to reach agreement. Done right, there’s no reason you cannot reach a full, fair, understandable settlement in 3 hours and for $300 per party. For our style of mediation to work–in three hours and for $300–you need to do your part. That means meeting in person with your spouse and with the mediator. That means getting a solid handle on the real numbers regarding your income, your assets, and your debts. That means knowing what kind of child custody arrangements will really work. And it means you are prepared to compromise and be creative. But we help you every step along the way. It’s as simple (and as hard) as 1-2-3.

1. Pick a Day & Time
2. Pay Your Deposit
3. State Your Position

We hope that our service is straightforward on its face, but here are a few questions we’ve gotten so far, with answers.

How can I settle my entire divorce case in 3 hours? Remember, we offer a money-back guarantee; we can’t afford to fail and end up giving your money back. That means your success is tied to our success. That is why we do all we can to prepare you for mediation and reach the settlement you want. Settling in 3 hours is doable when you prepare (with our help) and go in willing to discuss and agree.

We know not every case can settle, much less settle in 3 hours. If you and your spouse show up for mediation unprepared and arguing over silly details like what side of the table you get to sit on, we’ll kindly show you the door, immediately. Neither you nor we can afford to waste time trying to get you to settle if you and your spouse are not serious about getting a deal each of you can live with done.

Will you please keep my spouse in a room separate from me, and shuttle back and forth between our separate rooms during the course of the mediation? Great question. And the answer is NO! Here’s why:

We know that there are many mediators and many mediation participants who love the idea of keeping both warring spouses apart in separate rooms, with the mediator shuttling back and forth (which is why it’s called “shuttle mediation”).

Shuttle mediation fans will tell you that keeping the parties apart helps reduce acrimony and allows each of them to discuss their questions and concerns confidentially with the mediator. That may be true if you have all day to spend bouncing back and forth between different rooms and rehashing the issues twice with each spouse. But you and we don’t have that luxury when the goal is to settle in 3 hours.

Settling your case in 3 hours requires that you, your spouse, and we adapt to the circumstances. Every minute is precious, and none can go to waste. That’s just the way it has to be. It’s common sense. We realize this means that some people won’t be comfortable with this and won’t want to use our services. That’s OK. We don’t want you to feel uncomfortable meeting in the same room with her spouse if the thought of negotiating in the same room terrifies or sickens you. But if you can’t meet in the same room, you can’t reasonably expect us to help you reach a settlement in 3 hours.

Will it be 3 hours mediation nonstop, or do we get breaks? Another great question. We don’t expect you to go without a break. But breaks must be few, brief, and judiciously timed; otherwise, you simply run out of time to get your case settled.

If we don’t reach a settlement after our 3 hours have expired, but we still think we’re close to a settlement, will you extend our time? We have really struggled with this question.

On the one hand, we don’t want to let a settlement slip away. Yet on the other hand, there’s nothing special about us if we advertise and guarantee 3-hour settlements, but then don’t deliver.

And we’re not stupid; we didn’t fail to realize that unscrupulous customers could go for two hours and 59 minutes, have everything discussed, understood and agreed upon, but then claim some pretense like, “Oh, but we did not determine who gets the limited edition Scarlet O’Hare Barbie doll” (yes, that really happened). We know that people like that can abuse our goodwill and claim the money-back guarantee, only to meet afterward and seal the deal $300 richer. By the way, that’s why you’re mediation agreement contains a clause that allows us to sue you and recover our $300, plus attorney’s fees, if you try to pull a stunt like that.

So here is what we decided: if you and we cannot in good faith make your settlement a done deal in 3 hours, we’re done. We won’t agree to extend negotiations for additional pay, no matter how sincere you are, no matter how convinced you are that all you need is just a few more minutes or a couple more hours, no matter how much money you offer to pay us. Once we start down that road, how can you trust us to do our best to deliver on our promise of getting your case settled in 3 hours?

Can I bring a lawyer with me to mediation? Certainly. Your lawyer is welcome.

Must I bring a lawyer with me to mediation? No, it’s your choice. Candidly, if we were going through mediation for our own divorce, we’d at least ask a lawyer to review any proposed agreement and give us advice on any changes to be made to it before signing it.

If you have questions that we have not addressed here, we would love to speak with you and answer your specific question or questions. Please give us a call at 801-466-9277, or send us an e-mail at info@divorceutah.com.
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