If your spouse did not show up for a court-ordered mediation session, it may seem as if there is a high chance that the judge will automatically rule in your favor. But do not get your hopes up just yet. What does it mean if your spouse fails to attend the court-ordered mediation session?

We invited our Salt Lake City divorce attorney from The Ault Firm to explain what happens when you or your spouse do not show up for a mediation session ordered by the court.

What is ‘court-ordered mediation’ in Utah?

In Utah, a judge may order mediation when a divorce involves such issues as child custody, child support, child visitation, and alimony. Essentially, mediation is an attempt by the judge to facilitate negotiations between the two spouses. The goal of mediation is to help the spouses work out their differences and get them to amicably agree on such issues as child custody, child support, and, among other things, alimony.

Typically, the mediation is attended by both parties and their lawyers in the presence of a neutral mediator. But what happens if one of the parties is a no-show for a mediation session? Are there any penalties or legal consequences imposed for failure to attend a court-ordered mediation session?

Our experienced divorce attorney in Salt Lake City explains that a spouse’s absence at the mediation can lead to a few scenarios, depending on the circumstances of your particular case.

What happens when a spouse does not attend mediation?

In any case, it is highly advised that you are represented by a skilled divorce lawyer. After all, judges hate it when spouses fail to show up for court-ordered meetings and sessions. You can use that to your own advantage with the help of an attorney. Contact 801-539-9000 for your case evaluation.