Are There Different types of Mediation in AZ?

Different mediators in Arizona employ different styles of mediation. The most well known in the divorce mediation process is called “facilitative.” This means the mediator guides parties toward their own solutions. The mediator helps the parties develop and analyze possible settlements. This style is preferred by mediation participants who want a more laid back mediation where the parties have the power to reach their own solutions. Some mediators are more “evaluative.” This means the … [Read more...]

Do I Still Have To Go To Court If I Use An Phoenix Divorce Mediator?

If you reach a full agreement with a Phoenix Divorce Mediator, and most people do, you will not have to set foot in Court.  One can find an AZ family law mediator, like this author, who will prepare all documentation (such as the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and accompanying documents; Acceptance of Service and Decree of Dissolution of Marriage) for the parties’ review, approval and signature and submit it to the Court.  The Court will review the documentation, and if the final documents … [Read more...]

Why You Should Use Mediation in Phoenix before going to Court

I previously provided five situations when mediation is particularly helpful.  What follows is five more situations where mediation should be used (although mediation will benefits almost all people in conflict at almost any stage of the conflict). Trial outcome is uncertain. The outcome of trial is always uncertain.  There are no guarantees.  However, there are cases where a party stands a greater chance of coming out on the losing end of an argument, and there are cases where losing an … [Read more...]

How Much Does A Mediator Cost In Arizona?

A frequent question about mediation in Arizona is the cost.  One thing is certain:  mediation is almost always less expensive than litigation.  Because mediation can resolve conflicts quickly (generally taking hours instead of months or years), the cost is naturally less.  Further, litigation is expensive because it includes:  (1) discovery (depositions, interrogatories, subpoenas and other formal requests for information); (2) an often frequent exchange of letters between attorneys to … [Read more...]

How to find a Mediator in Arizona

In Arizona, mediation is not a regulated field.  Someone who cannot even spell “mediation” can hang out a shingle and begin soliciting business.  Therefore, consumers need to beware.  As with any other field, both training and experience are important.  If you are looking for a mediator in Arizona, you want to make sure that your candidates have taken at least one 40 hour (or longer) mediation course.  You also may want to see what each candidate’s experience is with your particular issue.  For … [Read more...]

Are There Times When Mediation Is Not An Option? Phoenix Mediation

In a perfect world there would be no disputes, and everyone would just get along.  The second best option is a world where all disputes would be settled by the mediation process.  The good news is that mediation works in most cases.  There are just a few situations where when mediation will not be an appropriate method to settle a conflict. When Is Mediation Not Going To Work? Mediation will not work if one or more parties refuses to participate in good faith. Mediation needs to be entered … [Read more...]

Why Arizona Attorneys Should Encourage their Client’s to Mediate with a Private Mediator

What Arizona attorneys want, more than anything else, are happy, satisfied clients. Happy, satisfied clients make attorneys’ jobs fulfilling.  These types of clients are also more likely to pay their bills, not complain and refer their friends and colleagues to their attorneys. Attorneys who use mediation in Arizona are more likely to have happy, satisfied clients.  With mediation, there is no losing party.  The clients save money, time and the stress of a trial, and they have the … [Read more...]

What Are The Benefits of Mediation vs. Going To Court? – Phoenix Arizona

As an Arizona employment and Arizona family law attorney, I have seen the negative impact of litigation on its participants.  Though litigation is often necessary to pursue one’s rights, it has many disadvantages.   In a nutshell, the litigation process is: a)    Time consuming – It is not unusual for litigation to take more than two years to complete – and significantly longer if either party appeals the trial court’s decision. b)    Emotionally draining and / or traumatizing -- Without … [Read more...]

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