Phoenix Divorce Mediation Lawyer
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Resolving the issues in your divorce can lead to contentious battles in court with one spouse pitted against the other. Fortunately, this is not the only way to resolve conflict over divorce-related issues. Mediation provides a more amicable and more humane way to get through the process. It puts you in charge of decisions instead of a family court judge, is done privately outside the public forum of a court, and focuses on constructive communication, problem-solving, and consensus.
As a leading law firm in the greater Phoenix area, Cohen Family Law is dedicated to helping divorcing couples solve their legal issues as effectively and efficiently as possible. We want to reduce the stress, lower the temperature, and help you find a way to make agreements that are fair to both sides and that serve the best interests of children. To that end, we offer divorce mediation. Whether you are looking for a mediator or need to understand the divorce mediation process, we can help.
Connect with Cohen Family Law online or at (602) 610-0144 to book a free 30-minute consultation with our Phoenix divorce mediation attorney.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
The dictionary definition of mediate means to “intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement.” Mediators are trained and neutral professionals who oversee discussions between opposing parties to help resolve disagreements and disputes. In the case of divorce, mediation is done to form common ground that can lead to agreements about child custody and support, the division of marital property, alimony, and any other issues that can then be turned into a formal divorce decree. Couples have the option of engaging in mediation at any point in the divorce process.
Mediation is generally conducted in office settings or other safe places where you and your spouse can meet along with the mediator. Mediators do not make decisions for you or give legal advice but act as facilitators to help you and your spouse find ways to resolve contested matters. They can help foster positive communication and keep the discussions on track towards figuring out what is best for the situation. Mediation is based on cooperation, positive communication, and compromise.
Once mutually-acceptable agreements are made, they can be written up and submitted to the court for approval. Judges will generally approve agreements made as long as they are fair to both parties and, in the case of children, serve their best interests, which is a court standard.
Mediation has many benefits, including the following:
- It is much more cost-effective than litigation
- It is confidential because it is done outside of the courtroom
- You and your spouse remain in control of the decisions as opposed to the dictates of a judge
- It involves open communication which can improve post-divorce relationships, as in co-parenting
- Agreements made through mediation tend to have better compliance with their terms because you and your spouse were the authors of the terms
- You can still obtain legal advice from an attorney while in mediation
- It is generally faster because you are not dependent on court schedules
- It involves less emotional stress for both you and your spouse and children
Discuss Your Options Today
If you need to learn more about mediation as it relates to the specifics of your divorce, we encourage you to discuss the matter with our Phoenix divorce mediation attorney. We are here to provide you with both mediation services or as a divorce attorney who can advise you through the mediation process.