Divorce and the Over 50 Set

On September 20, 2013, the New York Times printed an article entitled: "Divorce After 50 Grows More Common."  The article reveals that the divorce rate for Americans age 50 or older has doubled since 1990.  Now, 15.4 percent of that demographic is divorce and 2.1 percent is separated.   Cited reasons for this trend include the fact that people are living longer and healthier lives, women have more economic freedom and the stigma related to divorce has decreased. People divorcing at an older … [Read more...]

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...]

A Happy Divorce

Divorce can be one of the most stressful, upsetting events in a person’s life.  But, does it have to be? A February 13, 2012 Newsweek Article entitled:  “Divorce Parties on the Rise as Divorce Becomes Acceptable” by Rebecca Dana discusses the rise of amicable divorces.  Ms. Dana profiles one ex-couple who describe their divorce as a “happy, functional split” and another couple who had a joint divorce party and told their guests: “As we change the parameters of our relationship, our mutual … [Read more...]

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...]

Are There Different types of Mediation in AZ?

Different mediators in Arizona employ different styles of mediation. The most well known in the divorce mediation process is called “facilitative.” This means the mediator guides parties toward their own solutions. The mediator helps the parties develop and analyze possible settlements. This style is preferred by mediation participants who want a more laid back mediation where the parties have the power to reach their own solutions. Some mediators are more “evaluative.” This means the … [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...]

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...]

How Do I Get The Other Party To Try Mediation?

You have decided that mediation is the best route to resolve your dispute.  Now what?  All parties to a dispute must agree to mediate, as it is a voluntary process.  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 offers free mediation consultations that both … [Read more...]

Arizona Mediation Resume – Alona M. Gottfried

Alona M. Gottfried Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC a Professional Limited Liability Company 8160 E. Butherus Dr., Suite #7 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Telephone (480) 998-1500   Facsimile (480) 998-6074 Alona@SGLawAZ.com AREAS OF PRACTICE Alternative Dispute Resolution:  Mediation, facilitation, collaborative divorce law, training, and employment investigations Law:  Family, employment and contract law EDUCATION Arizona State University College of Law Juris Doctorate, May, 1995  … [Read more...]

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