Divorce Mediation Arizona – Choose Your Own Slogan

I am convinced that, if more people knew about mediation and its benefits, more people would use it as an alternative to litigation or ongoing conflict. My challenge has been overcoming the paradigm that has been in place for hundreds of years: conflict = lawyers = litigation. Because we live in a world of two minute sound bites and catchy (or annoying) jingles, I have tried, without too much success, to come up with some snappy slogans. See if any of these resonate with you, or suggest a few … [Read more...]

Tips For Successful Negotiations From The Prospective Of A Mediator – Part 1

As a mediator in Arizona, I have seen all styles of negotiation.  Many people and companies seem to think negotiations mean you have to be unrelenting and overly aggressive.  For example, •    There are those that start at an impossibly high or low number or demand and then balk when the other side does not meet them in the middle.   You lose your credibility from the get-go if you start with unreasonable positions. •    There are those who threaten to walk out if their demands are not … [Read more...]

Confidentiality: One Of The Great Reasons To Mediate Your Dispute in Arizona

One reason many people and businesses choose to mediate their disputes is because mediation promises confidentiality.  Confidentiality in mediation is protected by Arizona law (A.R.S. § 12-2238).  In addition, most mediators also require a separate Confidentiality Agreement signed by all participants in the mediation. Why is confidentiality important?  In litigation, with few exceptions, anyone can attend trials, peruse the case file (pleadings and documents filed in the case) and access … [Read more...]

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...]

Arizona Business Mediation

In the past decade, courts all over the country to require litigants to attempt mediation before having a trial or hearing. In Arizona, Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") is mandatory for all parties regardless of the amounts involved and arbitration is mandatory for all disputes when the amount in controversy is below $50,000.00  Unfortunately, not all those appointed to settle cases have the same experience especially regarding business related disputes.  Many have no experience at … [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...]

How Do Mediators in Phoenix Arizona Help Parties Reach Agreements?

Mediation in Phoenix works through the mediator’s use of conflict resolution skills.  A good mediator is one that is trained in and experienced using conflict resolution skills.  Mediators in Arizona use a number of conflict resolution skills.  For example, Mediators help people generate ideas for resolution and help people consider all aspects of a conflict/agreement. Mediators know how to help people figure out what they really want.  Sometimes people are angry and cannot clearly see … [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...]

Mediation to End Your Neighborhood Dispute in Arizona

Your neighborhood should be a stress-free zone.  However, we have all had a neighbor or two who made our very existence intolerable: the one with the car alarm that goes off every night (you know who you are); the ones who want everyone to enjoy their colorful marital fights (your door does close, Sir.  You know that, don’t you?); or the ones who will not remove their lawn ornaments from your side of the property (do you really need both the donkey and the gnome?) The list … [Read more...]

Using Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training in Arizona to Resolve Disputes Between Co-Workers

Where people interact, conflict is inevitable.  A recent study has found that poorly managed conflicts cost companies substantial money and time.  CPP Global Capital Report, July 2008 “Workplace Conflict and How Businesses Can Harness it to Thrive.” The average company spends 2.1 hours a week dealing with conflict, which translates to 385 million working days in the United States lost due to conflict in the workplace.  Id. Conflict can arise from any number of situations.  Employees … [Read more...]

Alona M. Gottfried, Esq.
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Phone: (480) 776-8271