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...]

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...]

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...]

Arizona Mediation – An Alternative To Litigating Your Divorce

Arizona Mediation - An Alternative To Litigating Your Divorce Everyone has heard about the nightmares associated with divorce litigation: huge attorney and expert fees, aggressive letters from the opposing 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 how the Court has ruled. Mediation is an alternative to divorce litigation.   This article … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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