How to find a Mediator in Arizona

In Arizona, mediation is not a regulated field.  Someone who cannot even spell “mediation” can hang out a shingle and begin soliciting business.  Therefore, consumers need to beware.  As with any other field, both training and experience are important.  If you are looking for a mediator in Arizona, you want to make sure that your candidates have taken at least one 40 hour (or longer) mediation course.  You also may want to see what each candidate’s experience is with your particular issue.  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...]

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...]

Jared C. Simmons, ESQ resume

JARED C. SIMMONS, ESQ. 8160 E. Butherus Drive Suite 7 Scottsdale, Arizona  85260 (W)(480) 998-1500 (E)Jared@SGLawAZ.com EDUCATION SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, DALLAS, TEXAS RECEIVED J.D.—MAY 1996 (TOP 1/3RD OF CLASS) ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, TEMPE, ARIZONA • Double Major: 1991 B.S. Political Science/Psychology, Graduated with honors • President: Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE SIMMONS & GOTTFRIED, PLLC (FORMERLY SIMMONS LAW OFFICES) … [Read more...]

How is Child Support Calculated in Arizona

In Arizona, child support is calculated pursuant to the Arizona Child Support Guidelines.  The Guidelines can be found on line at:  http://www.supreme.state.az.us/dr/childsup/CSG2004.pdf.  The Guidelines are intended to approximate:  “the amount that would have been spent on the children if the parents and children were living together.”  The Guidelines then determine each parent’s proportionate share. In a nutshell, Arizona looks at the following factors to determine child support: •   … [Read more...]

Why To Use A Mediator When Resolving Business Disputes in Arizona

Today’s business world moves very quickly and success depends upon establishing and maintaining successful working relationships.  The difference between success and failure can often be simply communicating and resolving disputes amicably before the relationships are forever damaged.  Mediation can successfully and inexpensively resolve disputes and open lines of communication that foster better business relationships. Some of the benefits of Mediation in Arizona over litigation include: … [Read more...]

Divorce Arizona

Arizonans who want a Arizona divorce need to file a  “dissolution of marriage” proceeding in the State's Superior Court.  Arizona is a no fault divorce state.  This means that a party does not have to allege wrongdoing to obtain a divorce.  The Court need only find that the marriage is “irretrievably broken with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation” to grant a divorce.  That means that there is no reasonable chance that the marriage will be able to survive.  Only one party has to ask for the … [Read more...]

Are There Times When Mediation Is Not An Option? Phoenix Mediation

In a perfect world there would be no disputes, and everyone would just get along.  The second best option is a world where all disputes would be settled by the mediation process.  The good news is that mediation works in most cases.  There are just a few situations where when mediation will not be an appropriate method to settle a conflict. When Is Mediation Not Going To Work? Mediation will not work if one or more parties refuses to participate in good faith. Mediation needs to be entered … [Read more...]

What are the Benefits of Mediating vs. Going to Court in Arizona?

Choosing  Mediation in Arizona is a great option to resolve or prevent conflict in your life.  Mediation, and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR"), including Collaborative law and facilitation, are powerful methods of resolving conflict that allows the participants to end disputes without the unnecessary expense and stress that litigation can bring. Using a Mediator, and other forms of ADR, have many benefits. The Benefits of Using A Mediator in Arizona: … [Read more...]

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating your Arizona Divorce and You Believe That Your Spouse Has Hidden Assets?

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating Your Arizona Divorce , But You Think That Your Spouse May Have  Hidden Assets? Some parties to a divorce think that the other party has hidden assets.  It is true that people can, and undoubtedly have, successfully hidden assets before, whether involved in a litigated or mediated case.  Mediation can address complex issues, like hidden assets. At times, it is just a lack of information about the family finances that renders parties suspicious.  An open … [Read more...]

Alona M. Gottfried, Esq.
8160 E Butherus Dr, Suite #7 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 776-8271