Divorce in Arizona your First Step

If you are reading this article, you are probably considering a divorce in Arizona or helping a loved one who is faced with one.  My purpose in writing articles is to let people know they have a choice in how they end their marriage.  Many people assume that the only way to get divorced is to engage in an adversarial process.  That is not true.  While you can use the traditional litigation process, that is not the only option. Traditional litigation involves one party filing a Petition … [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 Do I Get An Arizona Uncontested Divorce?

An Arizona divorce is considered uncontested when one of two situations exists: One party files for divorce, and the other party does participate in the process.  The divorce then proceeds by default, meaning the filing party goes to a default hearing, and the Court awards a divorce without the second party’s participation; or The parties wish to both participate in determining the terms of the divorce, but they do not want to fight in Court. With Situation 2, there are still a number … [Read more...]

What Happens in an Arizona Paternity Action?

A paternity action is what one files when they have a child or children with another person who is not his/her spouse.  In an Arizona paternity action, the Court will establish who the father of the child/children is.  If a parent disputes paternity, he/she can request a DNA test.  The Court will also establish custody (whether the parents should share joint custody or one parent should have sole custody), parental access, child support, and the division of any lying in expenses (expenses … [Read more...]

How Can You Afford to Hire A Lawyer in this economy? Phoenix Arizona

When Going to court in Arizona can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, who can afford pay to litigate in this current economy?  Okay, who can afford to litigate other than corporations that received TARP money? Conflicts do not generally disappear when money is short supply.  Typically, more conflicts tend to arise when money is short.  It has been said that money problems are one of the top reasons for relationship issues.  Further, with a bad economy, more people are failing to … [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...]

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...]

Alona M. Gottfried, Esq.
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