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...]

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...]

Can You Mediate A Dispute Involving Children in Arizona?

If your relationship is ending in Arizona and you have natural or adopted children, you likely need Court Orders addressing your children.  When you are ending a marriage, the legal action is called a dissolution of marriage (or divorce).   When you are not married, but have children, the legal action is called a paternity action.   In either case, you will need orders regarding child custody, a parenting (or visitation) plan,  Arizona child support and the division of medical expenses and tax … [Read more...]

How Do You Use Mediation To Resolve A Divorce? – Phoenix Arizona

Everyone has heard about the nightmares associated with divorce litigation:  huge attorney’s and expert fees, aggressive letters from the other party’s attorney, and endless requests for documents and information about your private life that you must provide.  At the end of it all, usually one or both parties are not wholly satisfied with the Court’s rulings. Mediation is an alternative to divorce litigation.   This article describes the basic process for divorce mediation. The mediation … [Read more...]

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