A Recent Review of Family Law Mediation in Arizona

Mediation is a way to minimize the pain, anxiety and cost associated with a litigated divorce (or other family law matters).  The mediator works with the parties to reach an agreement out of Court.  With a full agreement, neither party has to set foot in a courtroom.  Mediation is successful most of the time; even spouses experiencing high conflict can successfully utilize mediation. If you are still unsure whether mediating your family law dispute is the right choice for you, read some … [Read more...]

What the Arizona Family Court Rules Say About Mediation

The Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure (hereinafter “ARFLP”) define mediation as “a voluntary confidential process in which parties enter into one or more private discussions with a neutral third party to resolve the dispute.”  ARFLP 66(B).  The Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure state that any issue may be mediated. ARFLP 67(B).  The parties can agree to mediation, or the Court may order mediation.  ARFLP 67(B)(2).   However, even when ordered, participation is voluntary. ARFLP … [Read more...]

A Recent Review From A Satisfied Divorce Mediation Participant

If you are unsure if mediation is right for you, it is often helpful to hear what someone who has been through the process has to say about it.  Below is a review from one of my recent mediation participants, “Richard G.,” who used mediation to quickly, inexpensively and amicably resolve a divorce involving minor children: “The process of mediation was a positive experience that allowed us to agree in writing to all the terms of our divorce including a parenting plan in a non-confrontational … [Read more...]

What Happens in an Arizona Divorce Mediation: Step By Step (Part One)

This Article is part of a two part series describing the process when I mediate a divorce matter in Arizona.  The process is similar for other mediated family law cases where documents need to be filed with the Court.  The filing fees will be different depending on the type of matter.  Where filing documents with the Court is unnecessary, only steps 1-3 are utilized. Link to Part 2 1.     The process starts when you contact my office to schedule a complimentary consultation.  If you and your … [Read more...]

How To Get The Other Side to the Table to Mediate your Arizona Dispute

You have decided to avoid the Arizona Divorce Process of going to court.  Now what?  All parties to a dispute must agree to mediate, as it is a voluntary process in Arizona, in most cases.  Therefore, your goal is now to convince the other party or parties that mediation is in their best interests as well.  The easiest way to do this is to print out information for the other party about the benefits of mediation, or simply direct the party to AZMediator.com.  This writer also offers free … [Read more...]

If I Go to Mediation in Arizona, Do I Lose My Right To Go To Court?

Mediation is a method of resolving disputes; it is an alternative to litigation.  Parties work with a mediator (a neutral professional trained in conflict resolution) to resolve all outstanding issues.  If you choose mediation in Arizona, you can still go to Court if you do not settle the matter.  Or, you can go to Court if you settle the matter, but the other party does not comply with the terms of the mediated agreement.  You do not give up your rights when you mediate in Arizona. It makes … [Read more...]

Do I Still Have To Go To Court If I Use An Phoenix Divorce Mediator?

If you reach a full agreement with a Phoenix Divorce Mediator, and most people do, you will not have to set foot in Court.  One can find an AZ family law mediator, like this author, who will prepare all documentation (such as the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and accompanying documents; Acceptance of Service and Decree of Dissolution of Marriage) for the parties’ review, approval and signature and submit it to the Court.  The Court will review the documentation, and if the final documents … [Read more...]

Divorce Arizona – If Mediation Is So Great, Why Doesn’t Everyone In Arizona Use It?

Mediation is effective at resolving disputes quickly, inexpensively and confidentially.  Around 90 percent of all people who try mediation end their conflict in mediation. You read that correctly:  almost all mediations are successful – no risky and expensive litigation necessary. Then why isn’t everyone using mediation in AZ?  First, many people do not even know mediation is an option.  Many think the only way to deal with a conflict is to sue or suffer.  Further, businesses and … [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...]

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