Review of Family Law Mediatior Alona M Gottfried

Nothing demonstrates the extreme benefits of family law mediation like a review from someone who has been through the process. One recent participant in a mediation I conducted, who asked that we refer to her as Tambi S., gave a glowing review of her experience. She discussed the ease and expediency of the process: I found mediation to be such a relief and a hassle free process. Alona was wonderful at taking care of all the details. We literally met with her once, had follow up emails and … [Read more...]

Divorce and the Over 50 Set

On September 20, 2013, the New York Times printed an article entitled: "Divorce After 50 Grows More Common."  The article reveals that the divorce rate for Americans age 50 or older has doubled since 1990.  Now, 15.4 percent of that demographic is divorce and 2.1 percent is separated.   Cited reasons for this trend include the fact that people are living longer and healthier lives, women have more economic freedom and the stigma related to divorce has decreased. People divorcing at an older … [Read more...]

A Recent Review of Family Law Mediation in Arizona

Mediation is a way to minimize the pain, anxiety and cost associated with a litigated divorce (or other family law matters).  The mediator works with the parties to reach an agreement out of Court.  With a full agreement, neither party has to set foot in a courtroom.  Mediation is successful most of the time; even spouses experiencing high conflict can successfully utilize mediation. If you are still unsure whether mediating your family law dispute is the right choice for you, read some … [Read more...]

What the Arizona Family Court Rules Say About Mediation

The Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure (hereinafter “ARFLP”) define mediation as “a voluntary confidential process in which parties enter into one or more private discussions with a neutral third party to resolve the dispute.”  ARFLP 66(B).  The Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure state that any issue may be mediated. ARFLP 67(B).  The parties can agree to mediation, or the Court may order mediation.  ARFLP 67(B)(2).   However, even when ordered, participation is voluntary. ARFLP … [Read more...]

Reconciliation Instead Of Divorce: Using Mediation To Save A Marriage

William Doherty, a psychologist and professor at the University of Minnesota, has completed research on how married couples decide whether to divorce or not.  Results of a survey of 2,484 Minnesota parents who filed for divorce demonstrate that a shocking 25 percent of parents still thought there was hope to save the marriage.  In a subset of 329 couples, twelve percent of both couples independently expressed an interest in reconciling. Could that mean that a significant number of divorces … [Read more...]

Divorce Mediation Arizona – Choose Your Own Slogan

I am convinced that, if more people knew about mediation and its benefits, more people would use it as an alternative to litigation or ongoing conflict. My challenge has been overcoming the paradigm that has been in place for hundreds of years: conflict = lawyers = litigation. Because we live in a world of two minute sound bites and catchy (or annoying) jingles, I have tried, without too much success, to come up with some snappy slogans. See if any of these resonate with you, or suggest a few … [Read more...]

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...]

Mediate the Terms of Arizona Cohabitation Agreements

Between 1990 and 2007, there has been an 85 percent increase in the number of cohabitating but unmarried couples.  U.S. Census Bureau. “America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2007.”  When embarking on a cohabitation relationship, many people do not realize that they may later have legal battles over undefined rights and obligations.  Because the couples are not married, the property division laws that protect divorcing couples do not apply. Almost half of American Academy of Matrimonial … [Read more...]

What Happens in an Arizona Divorce Mediation: Step By Step (Part Two)

This Article is the second part in a two part series describing in detail the Arizona divorce mediation process.  Please read Part One before reading this article. Link to Part 1 4.     During the mediation session, I also gather the information I need to draft the Petition for Dissolution package.  One of you will choose to be the Petitioner (the person who is the initial filer) and the other one will be the Respondent.  At the end of the session, you and/or your spouse pay me for the time … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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