A Recent Review From A Satisfied Divorce Mediation Participant

If you are unsure if mediation is right for you, it is often helpful to hear what someone who has been through the process has to say about it.  Below is a review from one of my recent mediation participants, “Richard G.,” who used mediation to quickly, inexpensively and amicably resolve a divorce involving minor children: “The process of mediation was a positive experience that allowed us to agree in writing to all the terms of our divorce including a parenting plan in a non-confrontational … [Read more...]

What Happens in an Arizona Divorce Mediation: Step By Step (Part One)

This Article is part of a two part series describing the process when I mediate a divorce matter in Arizona.  The process is similar for other mediated family law cases where documents need to be filed with the Court.  The filing fees will be different depending on the type of matter.  Where filing documents with the Court is unnecessary, only steps 1-3 are utilized. Link to Part 2 1.     The process starts when you contact my office to schedule a complimentary consultation.  If you and your … [Read more...]

Arizona Divorce Process or Mediation

You are experiencing conflict, and you do not know what to do about it, so you do nothing.  It is common and all too easy to acclimate to bad conditions – so much so that you forget what it is like to live a joyful life free of conflict.  It takes no thought or effort to get used to a bad situation. It is like the proverbial frog who does not notice that it is being cooked to death because it was placed in cold water that was slowly heated to the boiling point.  Conflict has a way of weighing … [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...]

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...]

Choosing Peace through Mediation in Phoenix Arizona

It is likely that, at some point in your life, you will have a boss, a spouse, a business partner or a company who will cause you financial loss or emotional distress.  Often, those situations must be addressed.  However, how you choose to address conflict is up to you.  As Max Lucade said:  “Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional". You can choose to make the conflict the center of your life – engaging in litigation that lasts years, and spending all of your savings to address the … [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...]

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...]

Alona M. Gottfried, Esq.
8160 E Butherus Dr, Suite #7 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 776-8271