Arizona Family Law Mediation – An Insider’s View

I am a legal assistant for a law and mediation firm in Scottsdale Arizona, and I assist with family law matters.  I have had a front row seat to observe the benefits of mediation, and the effect that costly and contentious divorce litigation has on all parties involved. With mediation, I see how happy our clients are with how quickly, inexpensively and amicably their divorce or other family law matter is completed.   The mediator helps the parties reach agreements in a comfortable and relaxed … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for a Mediation in AZ

The Boy Scout’s motto - Be Prepared – applies to mediation in Phoenix AZ.   Below are four ideas of how you can prepare yourself for a successful mediation. 1.     Understand what is not worth fighting about. Before refusing to bend on an issue, ask yourself:  Is this an issue really worth fighting about, or is it something I am willing to concede to get some other benefit?  Some people spend thousands of dollars fighting over an issue worth fifty dollars.  If the issue is not worth thousands … [Read more...]

Using a Family Law Mediator in Arizona to end Conflict

Phoenix Mediator and Mediation to resolve family disputes. Families in Arizona have to address so many difficult issues together.  For example:  what to do with an elderly relative’s medical care?  How to address the inappropriate behavior of a family member?  How to divide jointly owned property?   Family members do not always see eye to eye.  The result can be bitter fights that span many family members and even many generations.   These bitter fights are painful, time consuming and … [Read more...]

Should I use a Paralegal Instead of an Attorney for an Arizona Legal Action?

As a Family Law Attorney in Arizona, I am not a fan of people using paralegals in lieu of attorneys in most situations.  Paralegals are not allowed to give legal advice, so you may end up with forms that are procedurally correct, but inappropriate for your situation.  I have had to correct mistakes caused by using a paralegal on a number of occasions. People tend to use paralegals because they cannot afford attorneys.  First, if you just need forms, they are offered for free at the Maricopa … [Read more...]

Is Mediation In Arizona Confidential?

One of the benefits of Arizona mediation is that the documents, communications and acts in mediation are confidential.  Mediation confidentiality is protected by Arizona law.  The applicable law is located at Arizona Revised Statute section § 12-2238.  Further, all participants in a mediation sign a confidentiality agreement, thereby contractually binding themselves to maintain confidentiality.  There are a few exceptions to the confidentiality rule, such as where the parties agree to the … [Read more...]

What are the Benefits of Mediating vs. Going to Court in Arizona?

Choosing  Mediation in Arizona is a great option to resolve or prevent conflict in your life.  Mediation, and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR"), including Collaborative law and facilitation, are powerful methods of resolving conflict that allows the participants to end disputes without the unnecessary expense and stress that litigation can bring. Using a Mediator, and other forms of ADR, have many benefits. The Benefits of Using A Mediator in Arizona: … [Read more...]

Alona M. Gottfried, Esq.
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