Our In-Person Mediation Program is designed for couples who want to work together with one of our professional mediators to communicate and negotiate effectively, get legal, financial, tax, and other information about dividing property and debts, settling any spousal support issues, and if there are any minor children, resolving all custody, child support, time-sharing, and the many other child-related matters that pertain to divorce and legal separation.
Our Document Preparation with As-Needed Mediation Program is designed for couples who agree on mostly everything, but may want particular legal information or help from one of our Mediators to settle certain matters. With this streamlined program everything is done by email, telephone or videoconference – in 3 easy steps and payments.
Both of these programs include our preparation and filing of all court documents and a legally binding settlement agreement.
As to cost, both programs are on a pay-as-you-go basis and because every situation is different, upon completion of your free consultation our Mediator will give you and your spouse a written estimate of the time and cost likely to be involved in your particular situation – which is sure to be a small fraction of what using two separate lawyers would cost.
Because our mediators must remain impartial, it would be inappropriate for them to consult with you alone – but your spouse can participate by telephone or video conference, or you can start off alone without a consultation under our Flexible program or another of our other programs – under which we make that your spouse realizes the time, money, and aggravation saving benefits of working with us.
If you are unsure whether or not your spouse will participate in either our In-Person or Document Preparation with As-Needed Mediation programs, we will send you and your spouse an informational email about our services – or you can start off alone without a consultation under our Flexible program or another of our other programs – under which we make that your spouse realizes the time, money, and aggravation saving benefits of working with us.
With our programs, divorcing couples do not surrender control to attorneys or a judge. Our mediators provide the legal, financial, parenting, and other information needed to make fully informed decisions – and divorcing couples decide what is best for them based on their particular relationship, needs, and standards. Our mediation services take place in a safe, collaborative environment, and is significantly less stressful than adversarial, win-lose court-based proceedings.
Research shows that using two separate adversarial lawyers increases parental hostility, which impacts children on a deep, psychological level. With their education and experience in psychology (in addition to law), our mediators help parents focus on the best interests of their children so as to develop durable support and parenting arrangements.
At any stage of a program and/or before signing a settlement agreement, you are free to consult with an independent attorney if you want additional information or legal advice. We will provide you with a list of attorneys who are expert in divorce matters, do not charge a retainer fee, and function as consultants rather than combatants with respect to our programs. With Out-of-Court Solutions®, use of an independent attorney is always an option, but not a requirement.
Our mediators will even out any differences in education, background, and experience. They will also make sure that an atmosphere of mutual respect is maintained in which any threats, intimidation, verbal aggressive, and the like are prohibited.
Step 1: Begins when we prepare your first set of legal documents, and ends when these documents are filed with the court and returned to our office – all usually within 5 days or less.
Because Arizona is a “no-fault” divorce state, there is absolutely no legal significance as to which spouse is the “Petitioner” (the one who initiates the divorce or legal separation in the state of Arizona) versus the “Respondent” (the one who responds to the Petition).
Step 2: Arizona’s 60-day mandatory waiting period begins when the Respondent signs an Acceptance of Service form, and ends 60 days thereafter.
Because of Arizona’s 60-day mandatory waiting period, many of our clients begin the court process near the beginning of mediation.
Step 3: Begins when we prepare and file your second and final set of legal documents with the court and ends when a Judge signs a Consent Decree for divorce (or legal separation) by agreement – all usually within 20 days.
Because we prepare an all-inclusive settlement agreement, we guarantee that the Judge will approve your divorce or legal separation!
We are very proud of our success rate: over 95% of divorcing couples who participate in our programs reach full agreement and those that do not are protected because under Arizona law anything said or prepared for mediation is strictly confidential and barred from use in court.