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  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...]

Scottsdale Mediation

MEDIATION PRACTICE MOVES TO NORTH SCOTTSDALE Scottsdale Mediation Scottsdale, Arizona now has a new mediation firm.  Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC (featured in has moved to a new office in the Scottsdale Airpark.  The office is conveniently located minutes off the 101 and Raintree.  The address is:  8160 East Butherus Road, Suite 7, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Mediation in Scottsdale is a method to resolve disputes cooperatively, privately, quickly, inexpensively and out of … [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...]

Why Arizona Attorneys Should Encourage their Client’s to Mediate with a Private Mediator

What Arizona attorneys want, more than anything else, are happy, satisfied clients. Happy, satisfied clients make attorneys’ jobs fulfilling.  These types of clients are also more likely to pay their bills, not complain and refer their friends and colleagues to their attorneys. Attorneys who use mediation in Arizona are more likely to have happy, satisfied clients.  With mediation, there is no losing party.  The clients save money, time and the stress of a trial, and they have the … [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 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