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Family Law Mediation Attorneys in Salt Lake County

The Amicable Way to Resolve Family Law Disputes

Couple during mediationFamily law disputes can be expensive, time-consuming, and stressful when taken to court. Handling these issues privately through negotiation or mediation can be more cost-effective and less adversarial. Mediation reduces duress, anxiety, and uncertainty over how the matter will be resolved and puts control in your hands rather than the hands of a judge.

At Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC, we are dedicated and experienced negotiators who have helped countless clients resolve their family matters. If you are seeking mediation, you can turn to our firm for trusted and professional assistance. From our office in Draper, our Salt Lake County family law mediation lawyers can provide the skills and creative thinking needed to help you work toward an acceptable agreement with the other party.

Call (801) 515-4133 or contact us online for an initial consultation.

How Does Mediation Work?

In a family law case – such as divorce – the parties must agree on disputed issues if they wish to avoid protracted litigation. Utah law requires divorcing couples to try to resolve matters through mediation before resorting to litigation.

Mediation is completed outside of court with the help of an impartial, third-party mediator. It is the mediator’s job to help the parties meaningfully discuss and resolve the matter. In mediation, the mediator will not tell you how you should resolve your issues but will work with you until you have found a solution. This can be done with both parties and their attorneys in the mediation room or by the mediator visiting them in separate rooms. Successfully resolving your issues through mediation generally requires that you are willing to communicate constructively, are open to compromise, and know your legal rights.

Mediation can be beneficial and preferred over litigation because:

  • It is done in a safe and private environment as opposed to the public forum of a court
  • It is more affordable
  • It is faster and you are not dependent on court schedules or delays
  • You remain in control of the decisions regarding very personal issues with long-term effects

Consult with Us

At Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC, our negotiation skills have allowed us to help many clients reach agreements through mediation. We recommend that you learn more about how we can assist you by contacting us to discuss your family law dispute issue.

Call us at (801) 515-4133 to get started.


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Meet Our Team

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    Eric M. Swinyard

    Founding Attorney

    Eric M. Swinyard is a divorce and family law attorney who serves clients throughout the State of Utah. Eric’s practice is primarily focused on providing personalized, high-quality legal services to individuals involved in divorces, paternity actions, adoptions, estate planning, and other family law matters. It’s incredibly easy to be taken advantage of during litigation, especially if you are unrepresented by legal counsel. Protect Your Rights You don’t want to be in a situation where you need ...
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    Ryan Ficklin


    Ryan Ficklin is an associate attorney at Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC. Prior to practicing law in Utah, Ryan practiced family law in Southern California. In 2017, Ryan relocated back to his home state of Utah to focus on serving the people of Utah who need legal representation, particularly in the family law realm. Ryan graduated with honors from California’s Whittier Law School in May of 2015. While in law school, Ryan was a staff member for The Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Ryan ...
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    Keith L. Johnson


    Keith joined Eric M. Swinyard & Associates in Fall 2020, bringing more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney in various types of legal cases. He has successfully guided hundreds of individuals through Utah’s court system. Keith previously worked at an established civil litigation firm in Salt Lake as well as a mid-sized regional law firm. He has substantive experience in a variety of practice areas and is now primarily devoted to serving individuals involved in family law cases. Keith ...
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    Mark Hales


    Mark Hales has over 17 years of legal experience in the areas of family, criminal, and civil law. He handles all types of domestic matters, including custody, divorce, child support, alimony, annulment, termination of parental rights, paternity, modifications, and adoptions. In addition, he defends clients charged with domestic violence and abuse, stalking, violations of protective orders, and other and criminal charges. Mark is a certified mediator for all legal matters and is also a certified ...
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    Justin Stringfellow


    Justin Stringfellow has practiced family law in Utah for 20 years, bringing a wealth of experience to Eric Swinyard & Associates in areas such as divorce, custody, paternity, modifications, child support, and adoption proceedings. In the early years of his career, Justin appeared on an estimated 1,500 Protective Order matters. He is an expert in dealing with abuse and domestic violence components in family law matters. As such, he was distinguished by Utah's Domestic Violence Coalition. Justin ...
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    Eliza Crespo


    Eliza Crespo is an associate attorney at Eric Swinyard & Associates. Prior to joining the firm, Eliza practiced estate planning in Utah. Eliza offers a fresh set of eyes to difficult situations and is passionate about providing excellent and compassionate legal services to her clients. Through personal experience, she appreciates the impact of a listening ear and an effective advocate, especially during times of challenge or transition. Eliza obtained her bachelor’s degree and law degree from ...

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