The Worst Day in Family Law Mediation is Better Than the Best Day in Litigation

I recently saw an article with a similar title as the one above and decided to put in my two cents on the topic.  As a long time Arizona attorney and mediator, I have gotten to see the range of experiences in both litigation and mediation.  Most mediations go swimmingly well – the parties reach a full agreement in a matter of a few hours.  The parties are able to end their marriage or former relationship respectfully.  Where there are children involved, and an ongoing relationship is necessary, … [Read more...]

Arizona Divorce

If you are reading this article, you are likely contemplating or facing a divorce.  As a divorce attorney of almost 15 years and a long-term mediator, I am here to tell you that there are options on how you can process the divorce in Arizona.  Your choices will impact how long, expensive and stressful the process will be, as well as how much control you will have over the outcome. In an Arizona divorce, either the parties or the Court will determine such issues as:  custody, parental … [Read more...]

Arizona Custody Mediation

In Arizona, you do not have to have a trial to determine the issue of child custody.  Parties to a dissolution action, a paternity action or a modification action can sit down with a mediator and just work it out. First, this article will provide some basic information about custody in Arizona:  Parents can have joint custody or sole custody in Arizona.  With joint custody, the parties make major decisions together (education, medical and religion).  With sole custody, one parent makes these … [Read more...]

Why using Mediation will lower your carbon footprint versus Litigation in Arizona

There are so many reasons to mediate your dispute, rather than litigate it. Below are the reasons environmentally aware people would want to mediate: 1. You will save trees.  Litigation often requires a lot of paper.  I have had litigated cases that take up four banker boxes or more of papers.  What is written on all of these pages?  There are:  a. Motions, responses to motions and replies to motions.  During litigation, the parties can file motions requesting such things as: … [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...]

What Happens when the other Party is not Complying with Arizona Court Orders

You have Arizona Court orders, but the other party is ignoring them.  What can you do?   In many cases, where a party has the ability to comply with the order and knows about the order, you can file a contempt action.  You may even be able to ask the Court to incarcerate the offending party until he/she complies (depending on the nature of the violation).  However, a better solution may be to mediate the dispute.  In an Arizona mediation, the parties sit down with a neutral third party who helps … [Read more...]

The Benefit of Mediating Business Disputes in Arizona

Conflicts and disputes are a routine and expected part of business.  The variables are the time, effort and manner in which the business leader devotes to resolving these issues.  Obviously, the primary goals in resolving the dispute is to put into it the least amount of time, effort and cost and preserve any beneficial relationships.  The best method for accomplishing these goals is mediation.  There are many advantages to mediation over engaging in litigation.  Set forth below are … [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...]

How Can My Arizona Business Avoid Lawsuits

In this economy, few Arizona businesses can afford the high cost of litigation.  It is generally quite expensive to hire attorney in Phoenix.  Further, a lost lawsuit can result in a big judgment against a business.  The person or entity that sued your company can take steps to collect that judgment.  Litigation also taxes your business’s time and resources.  For example, you will need employees to pull and copy document demanded by the other party.  Employees may also have to sit for … [Read more...]

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