When Will Arizona Follow Suit With Mandatory Mediation For Family Law Cases

Courts in the United Kingdom have just made mediation mandatory for family law disputes.  Mail Online, October 18, 2010. The courts moved to this system because it determined that the normal system is “really intolerable for both children and parents – and damaging.”  The chair of the committee implementing the change, David Norgrove, also noted:  ‘There is a general sense that more cases can and should be devolved from the court-based process.” In addition to the emotional benefit for the … [Read more...]

The Family Law Mediation Process In Arizona Explained

When you use Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC to mediate your dissolution or paternity action, the sequence of events is normally as follows: 1.     The two parties can come in for a complimentary consultation.  They can ask any questions they have about the process and select a mutually agreeable mediation appointment.  Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC provides after-hours mediations where the parties’ schedules require it. 2.     Prior to the first session, the mediator e-mails (or mails) … [Read more...]

Divorce Arizona – If Mediation Is So Great, Why Doesn’t Everyone In Arizona Use It?

Mediation is effective at resolving disputes quickly, inexpensively and confidentially.  Around 90 percent of all people who try mediation end their conflict in mediation. You read that correctly:  almost all mediations are successful – no risky and expensive litigation necessary. Then why isn’t everyone using mediation in AZ?  First, many people do not even know mediation is an option.  Many think the only way to deal with a conflict is to sue or suffer.  Further, businesses and … [Read more...]

Minimize Negative Effects of Divorce on Your Children in Arizona

There have been a number of studies on the effects of divorce on children.   Divorce has been found to be “an intensely stressful experience for all children.”  [1] Children often are frightened, confused and feel a loss of control and security.  [2] The amount of parental conflict during and after a divorce is the single most important factor in determining children’s well-being. [3] The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry concluded: Children will do best if they … [Read more...]

Top 7 Myths about going to Mediation in Arizona

Mediation is widely used to resolve conflicts, and it is highly effective.  However, some people shy away from the process based on popular misconceptions.  This article addresses some of the common mediation myths. Mediation isn’t effective. Some people believe mediation is a process where people hold hands, sing Kumbaya and accomplish nothing.  In fact, mediation in Arizona is used by lawyers, large corporations, governments and individuals around the world precisely because it is … [Read more...]

Can We Mediate Even If We Don’t Get Along?

Some people think they cannot mediate their disputes because they do not get along with the other party to the dispute.  In fact, mediation is the perfect format to address conflict for people who cannot communicate, who push each other’s buttons or who simply don’t care much for the other party.   The only exception is the situation that there is a significant power imbalance, perhaps due to physical violence, and one party is not able to freely negotiate and communicate because of that … [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...]

What are the costs for an Arizona Divorce?

The answer to this question is dependent on the method you choose to dissolve your marriage, as well as the complexity of your case. The Basics:  In every Arizona divorce, there are filing fees charged by the Court.  The person who initiates the divorce has a $321.00 filing fee.  The other party has a $256.00 filing fee.  However, either party may qualify for a deferral or waiver of Court fees if financial circumstances support that request.  If the parties have children, they also need … [Read more...]

Arizona Mediation – An Alternative To Litigating Your Divorce

Arizona Mediation - An Alternative To Litigating Your Divorce Everyone has heard about the nightmares associated with divorce litigation: huge attorney and expert fees, aggressive letters from the opposing attorney, and endless requests for documents and information about your private life that you must provide.  At the end of it all, usually one or both parties are not wholly satisfied with how the Court has ruled. Mediation is an alternative to divorce litigation.   This article … [Read more...]

Divorce Arizona

Arizonans who want a Arizona divorce need to file a  “dissolution of marriage” proceeding in the State's Superior Court.  Arizona is a no fault divorce state.  This means that a party does not have to allege wrongdoing to obtain a divorce.  The Court need only find that the marriage is “irretrievably broken with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation” to grant a divorce.  That means that there is no reasonable chance that the marriage will be able to survive.  Only one party has to ask for the … [Read more...]

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