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Sponsor: Ben C. Ferry

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill creates a domestic mediation program for divorce actions.
             9      Highlighted Provisions:
             10          This bill:
             11          .    creates a mediation program for divorce actions;
             12          .    makes the mediation program mandatory; and
             13          .    allows parties to be excused for good cause.
             14      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      ENACTS:
             20          30-3-39, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 30-3-39 is enacted to read:
             24          30-3-39. Mediation program.
             25          (1) There is established a mandatory domestic mediation program to help reduce the
             26      time and tensions associated with obtaining a divorce.
             27          (2) If, after the filing of an answer to a complaint of divorce, there are any remaining

             28      contested issues, the parties shall participate in good faith in at least one session of mediation.
             29          (3) The parties shall use a mediator qualified to mediate domestic disputes under
             30      criteria established by the Judicial Council in accordance with Section 78-31b-5 .
             31          (4) Unless otherwise ordered by the court or the parties agree upon a different payment
             32      arrangement, the cost of mediation shall be divided equally between the parties.
             33          (5) The director of dispute resolution programs for the courts or the mediator may
             34      excuse either party from the requirement to mediate for good cause.
             35          (6) Mediation shall be conducted in accordance with the Utah Rules of Court-Annexed
             36      Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-7-04 1:09 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Interim Committee Note
    as of 12-07-04 8:03 AM

The Judiciary Interim Committee recommended this bill.


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