When couples in Utah decide to end their marriages, emotions are often running high. This can create a perfect storm for the divorce to end up in a contentious court battle. However, there are things that couples can do to avoid this time-consuming and expensive option.
The first way is to avoid having to divide property when the marriage is over. If a couple is not yet married, a prenuptial agreement can be negotiated and executed. This allows the parties to make decisions regarding separate property, marital property, and other issues at a time when they are getting along and happy. These agreements seem to be gaining popularity as people realize that they are not just for the rich and famous.
If no agreements were made ahead of time, options are still available for avoiding going to court. Mediation allows the parties to make decisions for themselves that would otherwise be left to a judge who may not understand the intricacies of the family. Moreover, the court makes decisions based upon factors prescribed in the law. This means that there is a real possibility that the parties could leave a courtroom dissatisfied.
Utah couples have many options when it comes to how to end a marriage. It seems that many people are opting for a more amicable resolution of their issues rather than going to court. Most people who have been through a divorce can attest to the fact that it is never easy, but how the parties handle themselves during the process can make all the difference as they start their new lives.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Why Celebrities Should Opt for Fast Mediation When Divorcing“, Jim Halfens, Oct. 21, 2014