Arizona Family Law Mediation – An Insider’s View

I am a legal assistant for a law and mediation firm in Scottsdale Arizona, and I assist with family law matters.  I have had a front row seat to observe the benefits of mediation, and the effect that costly and contentious divorce litigation has on all parties involved.

With mediation, I see how happy our clients are with how quickly, inexpensively and amicably their divorce or other family law matter is completed.   The mediator helps the parties reach agreements in a comfortable and relaxed environment.  The mediator can prepare all of the documents for the parties, watch the deadlines and make sure everything is filed appropriately.

Litigated family law cases often turn into costly and destructive wars.  Battle lines are drawn at the onset of the matter as the parties prepare to fight.  Letters are exchanged, demands are made and costly hearings are held.  Sometimes litigation is necessary.  However, the possibility of getting a certain result at trial often does not justify the financial cost, emotional stress and the rancor that the court battle can cause the litigants.  This is especially true because most people (even those that do not get along) can sit down with a mediator and simply reach an agreement.

By enlisting the aid of a skilled neutral (a mediator), the parties can come together in a spirit of cooperation and resolve their issues in a much less combative way. An experienced mediator can adroitly guide the participants through the settlement process, utilizing the information shared by the parties and effective problem solving techniques to distill what are often emotionally charged disagreements into a thoughtful agreement. The mediator can skillfully redirect the parties when they may want to stray off course, saving the parties time, money and unnecessary stress.

Not all mediators are created equal.  It is best to find a mediator, like the mediators at Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC, who has the training and experience necessary to handle the complex and personal nature of a proceeding such as a divorce action. By carefully selecting an effective mediator, what may have started out as a fierce, resource-consuming battle will end in an amicable agreement that benefits all parties involved.   My firm offers complimentary consultations with the mediator.  Please feel free to call 480-998-1500 to set up an appointment.

Jon Jonson is a legal assistant to Alona M. Gottfried – a family law mediator and attorney in Arizona.  If you have questions about mediation, she can be reached at: 480-998-1500 or  This is a general interest article only and is not intended to be legal advice.  See a legal professional before making legal decisions.

Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC
8160 E. Butherus Dr., Suite #7
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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