Arizona Divorce Process or Mediation

You are experiencing conflict, and you do not know what to do about it, so you do nothing.  It is common and all too easy to acclimate to bad conditions – so much so that you forget what it is like to live a joyful life free of conflict.  It takes no thought or effort to get used to a bad situation. It is like the proverbial frog who does not notice that it is being cooked to death because it was placed in cold water that was slowly heated to the boiling point.  Conflict has a way of weighing … [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...]

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...]

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...]

What are the costs for an Arizona Divorce?

The answer to this question is dependent on the method you choose to dissolve your marriage, as well as the complexity of your case. The Basics:  In every Arizona divorce, there are filing fees charged by the Court.  The person who initiates the divorce has a $321.00 filing fee.  The other party has a $256.00 filing fee.  However, either party may qualify for a deferral or waiver of Court fees if financial circumstances support that request.  If the parties have children, they also need … [Read more...]

Using a Family Law Mediator in Arizona to end Conflict

Phoenix Mediator and Mediation to resolve family disputes. Families in Arizona have to address so many difficult issues together.  For example:  what to do with an elderly relative’s medical care?  How to address the inappropriate behavior of a family member?  How to divide jointly owned property?   Family members do not always see eye to eye.  The result can be bitter fights that span many family members and even many generations.   These bitter fights are painful, time consuming and … [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...]

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...]

What Happens in an Arizona Paternity Action?

A paternity action is what one files when they have a child or children with another person who is not his/her spouse.  In an Arizona paternity action, the Court will establish who the father of the child/children is.  If a parent disputes paternity, he/she can request a DNA test.  The Court will also establish custody (whether the parents should share joint custody or one parent should have sole custody), parental access, child support, and the division of any lying in expenses (expenses … [Read more...]

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