What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary, collaborative approach to resolving disputes using the assistance of an impartial third party. In mediation the disputing parties control the outcome by deciding how to resolve the issues at hand. Disputing parties share differing perspectives, voice their needs and interests, and reach greater understanding of each other’s views in a safe, supportive environment. Because parties create their own agreement, mediation helps preserve interests and maintain relationships.

Utah Dispute Resolution provides services in the following program areas.


Family Mediation

UDR offers mediation for divorce, separation, paternity, divorce modification, parent time and visitation issues, parent-child disputes, friendship and roommate disputes, custody, elder-care, and end-of-life decisions.

Community Mediation

Includes disputes between

●      Neighbors (such as noise, disturbances, animals, and property disagreements)

●      Consumers and merchants (such as product and service performance issues, payments, and debts or loans)

●      Landlords and tenants (such as security deposits, rent, repairs, damages, evictions)

●      Workplace relationships (such as employee grievances, discrimination claims, wage disputes, employee-employee disputes, and employee-manager disputes)

●      Business relationships (such as contract issues and partnership issues)



Court Program

UDR partners with local justice and district courts to provide mediation for small claims filings and small claims appeals cases

Youth Program

UDR Teaches conflict resolution and peer mediation classes for middle-school and high-school students.


Servicios En Español

UDR provee la mediación a las familias en disputa. Las Disputas pueden ser del divorcio y de la paternidad, de la legalización de testamentos, o de decisiones sobre el fin de vida. Por motivo de que UDR existe para servir a las familias de Utah con necesidades financieras, hay que completar la reseña del ingreso para aprobarse.

Ejemplos de las disputas vistas en la mediación pueden incluir relaciones entre:

  • Los padres e hijos

  • Los amigos y compañeros de casa

  • Los padres separados o divorciados

  • Las parejas que se están divorciando

  • Los padres no casados

  • Los hermanos en disputa en cuanto al tratamiento de un padre anciano

  • Los beneficiarios en disputa sobre la legalización de un testamento