WHAT IS MEDIATION?
OUR MEDIATION PROCESS
Divorce (or other family law) mediation is an alternative to divorce litigation and effectively allows couples to avoid the expensive and emotional toll of a lengthy and complex court process.
The divorcing couple meets with a neutral third party, the mediator, to resolve all divorce related issues.
Common divorce related topics are division of assets and debts, spousal support, child custody and child support. The mediator’s role is to educate about the legal process and guide the parties toward a resolution.
With divorce mediation, you can avoid the common pains of traditional divorce litigation AND gain the benefits of a practical divorce solution. The divorce related issues are resolved in a less stressful and more efficient process, in a comfortable office setting instead of the courtroom.
Our divorce mediation service is designed to mediate Arizona divorce disputes through a collaborative and guided process.
Our experienced and insightful mediators extract primary goals and underlying needs for each of the parties and the family unit. Through a comprehensive process, the divorce mediator assists with building a framework of solutions.
The parties are guided through the legal process in the comfort a neutral setting without attending a single court hearing. The process is seamless and efficient.
Our mediation firm offers mediation sessions through in person consultation with both parties, individual mediation sessions, video conferencing and other electronic methods.
Our services extend from comprehensive mediation sessions, guided resolution meetings to simply drafting the legal documents, all at reasonable rates.
ABOUT Divorce Mediation
The mediator assists the parties in identifying agreements and disputes as well as interests and impediments. The parties will work in collaboration with the mediator to craft agreements, while receiving guidance about practical considerations and legal limitations. Your divorce mediator will assist you with creating a framework of assets, debts, and other relevant considerations to the process. Each situation is unique. Some parties are further along in settlement than others. Some cases require extensive mediator assistance while others only require completion of legal paperwork.
Through a collaborative and guided process, your mediator will create solutions that will work for everyone. We serve our clients so you can move on with moving on.
What if we can't reach agreements?
If the parties reach a deadlock, they can submit their unresolved disputes to arbitration or schedule a divorce trial. Inability to reach agreements does not mean the mediation process was a waste. It’s quite the opposite! The initial required pleadings will have been filed in court just like in the litigation process. Thanks to mediation, the parties have made strides in their case due to divorce related negotiations. During divorce litigation, the discovery and negotiation process can take a very long time and amount to significant billable attorney hours. The parties may sign a binding agreement regarding any agreed upon matters resolved during mediation. For example, the parties may agree on the division of their assets and the terms of child custody, but can’t reach a settlement for spousal maintenance. The parties could only litigate (or arbitrate) the issue of spousal maintenance.
What is the cost of Mediation?
The cost of divorce mediation is dramatically less compared to divorce litigation. Most divorce litigation cases cost a minimum of $15,000, while our mediation services begins between $1,500 and $3,500 (excluding court and or legal costs). We can also complete your divorce or other family law matter at the flat rate of $1,500 through our document drafting service. (Additional fees apply for some services). Our fees are generally attributed to both parties, unlike divorce litigation where each party is incurring high legal fees separately.