Arizona Family Law Masters

What is a family law master?  The Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure define a family law master as “a person appointed by the court, including a family law conference officer, to take evidence on one or more disputed issues and submit a report to the court containing findings of fact and conclusions of law.” How does a family law master get appointed?  A family law master may be appointed based on the stipulation of the parties or on the Court’s own motion.  ARFLP 72(A).  Who can be a … [Read more...]

Why Going To Court Is Risky Compared To Arizona Family Law Mediation

There are many good reasons to mediate your family law dispute.  For example, it is generally significantly less expensive, stressful and time consuming than litigation.  However, a big reason to avoid court and mediate the matter is that Court is risky.  There is not an attorney out there than can guarantee you a result.  That is because family court judges have a lot of discretion in entering rulings. The Judge makes its decisions based primarily on what he/she sees and hears in Court.  If … [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...]

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...]

Can I Use Mediation If I Want To Move Out of Arizona With The Children?

If you have custody orders through the Arizona courts, you cannot move with the common children out of state, or even over 100 miles in state, absent an agreement or a Court Order. If the other parent contests the move, pursuant to Arizona law (A.R.S. § 25-408), the Court will determine whether the relocation is in the best interests of the child or children.  It is the burden of the party requesting the relocation to prove that the move is in the children’s best interests.  Some of the … [Read more...]

How is Child Custody Determined in Arizona?

In Arizona, the Courts are required to determine whether parents are to have joint custody or sole custody when the parents file for an Arizona divorce or file a paternity action (where the parents were never married).  The Court also has to make these determinations when a parent has asked the Court to modify the custody or parenting time orders. Joint custody in Arizona means that the parents jointly make important decisions about such things as education, health and religion.  Sole custody … [Read more...]

The Horror Stories of Family Law Litigation and why Mediation may be a better choice in Arizona

We have all heard the horror stories of divorce actions – the friend who had to pay an attorney tens of thousands of dollars for representation; the neighbor whose family law litigation lasted over a year; or the family member who went to trial and got an unfair ruling. The fact is that, when you go the Court, you are risking the possibility that you will have to pay an attorney a lot of money, that you may have to litigate a case for many months and that you may lose vitally important issues … [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...]

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating your Arizona Divorce and You Believe That Your Spouse Has Hidden Assets?

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating Your Arizona Divorce , But You Think That Your Spouse May Have  Hidden Assets? Some parties to a divorce think that the other party has hidden assets.  It is true that people can, and undoubtedly have, successfully hidden assets before, whether involved in a litigated or mediated case.  Mediation can address complex issues, like hidden assets. At times, it is just a lack of information about the family finances that renders parties suspicious.  An open … [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...]

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