Mandatory Mediation Information Sessions For Divorcing Couples: Arizona Should Follow Suit?

Ontario Canada now requires divorcing couples to attend a mandatory mediation information session before they may litigate their case.  In the session, the parties learn about why they would want to mediate their divorce, instead of litigate it.  This article explores why such sessions are a good idea, and whether Arizona should adopt a similar policy. What is mediation?  Mediation is a process whereby a mediator, who is neutral, helps people in conflict reach agreements without the necessity … [Read more...]

Tv Show Fairly Legal – Highlights Mediation Fairly Well

I finally caught the first two episodes of the television program called “Fairly Legal.”  The show is about a mediator, and, as a mediator, I was interested to see if the show accurately portrayed my profession.  Just as viewers of “CSI” expect crime professionals to solve every murder in one hour or less (often based on a tiny piece of fabric or bug that places the murderer at a specific location in the world), viewers of “Fairly Legal” may base expectations about mediation on this show. In … [Read more...]

A Mediator’s Tips for Successfully Addressing Conflict in a Relationship

In AZ reconciliation mediations – mediations to help couples preserve their relationship – parties often ask me for tips to help minimize conflicts in the marriage/partnership. The following are some tips to help disputes from getting out of hand. 1. What are you more committed to? When you have a complaint with your spouse, first decide: are you more committed to your marriage or being right? Many couples initiate an argument with the goal of getting their partner to admit the … [Read more...]

Why using Mediation will lower your carbon footprint versus Litigation in Arizona

There are so many reasons to mediate your dispute, rather than litigate it. Below are the reasons environmentally aware people would want to mediate: 1. You will save trees.  Litigation often requires a lot of paper.  I have had litigated cases that take up four banker boxes or more of papers.  What is written on all of these pages?  There are:  a. Motions, responses to motions and replies to motions.  During litigation, the parties can file motions requesting such things as: … [Read more...]

Ground Rules To Help Make Your Arizona Mediation Successful

Mediation works best when both parties come in with the right mindset.  The mediator will guide you in this process, but there are things you can do that will help make your mediation successful: 1. Be respectful. It makes the mediation a lot more pleasant, and it facilitates open communication that is more likely to result in settlement.  Mediation works when both parties are willing to listen and understand the other’s interests and needs. 2. Be reasonable. Make and consider offers that … [Read more...]

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating your Arizona Divorce and You Believe That Your Spouse Has Hidden Assets?

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating Your Arizona Divorce , But You Think That Your Spouse May Have  Hidden Assets? Some parties to a divorce think that the other party has hidden assets.  It is true that people can, and undoubtedly have, successfully hidden assets before, whether involved in a litigated or mediated case.  Mediation can address complex issues, like hidden assets. At times, it is just a lack of information about the family finances that renders parties suspicious.  An open … [Read more...]

How Do Property and Assets Get Divided In An Arizona Divorce Mediation? – Mediation Divorce Arizona

When couples accrue property during the Arizona marriage in any way other than gift or inheritance(community property), they need an effective manner to divide that property during the divorce.   Arizona law requires an “equitable” (near equal) division of community property.  However, the Court generally sanctions any reasonable division, and mediation gives the parties more of an opportunity to get creative in the division.  Further, mediation offers a calm and amicable environment to discuss … [Read more...]

Are There Different Types of Mediations? – Phoenix Arizona

Generally there are  three types of mediation.  These would include Evaluative, Facilitative and Transformative Mediation. What is Evaluative Mediation? Evaluative mediation is a process that is based on using settlement conferences that are run by judges.  Attorneys will normally work with the court to select the mediator and are active participants in the mediation process.  Typically the parties are most often present at the mediation however the mediator may meet with the attorneys alone … [Read more...]

How Do I Get The Other Party To Try Mediation?

You have decided that mediation is the best route to resolve your dispute.  Now what?  All parties to a dispute must agree to mediate, as it is a voluntary process.  Therefore, your goal is now to convince the other party or parties that mediation is in their best interests as well.  The easiest way to do this is to print out information for the other party about the benefits of mediation, or simply direct the party to AZMediator.com.  This writer offers free mediation consultations that both … [Read more...]

How is Mediation different from Arbitration or Litigation? – Arizona

Mediation is very different from the adversarial process of arbitration and litigation. What is Litigation? Litigation is probably the best known form of getting a dispute resolved and probably one of the most expensive as well.  Litigation can have considerable drawbacks which include the expense, time and uncertainty over the outcome.  Mediation typically is faster, less expensive gation, arizona mediator, arizona mediation, phoenix mediation, phoenix mediator, mediator phoenix, … [Read more...]

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