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How Divorce is Like Football (But Only if You Litigate)

Posted on February 4th, 2021 by Mara Linder

As my husband gears up for Superbowl LV, I have the “privilege” of a constant soundtrack of sports talk shows, live games and SportsCenter in my home/office.  So, by osmosis, I’ve picked up a few terms that seem appropriate in a divorce scenario. Playbooks Coaches have game plans the teams review and generally follow before [...]

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In Inauguration Or In Divorce: Choose The Path To Peace And Healing

Posted on January 14th, 2021 by Mara Linder

As we as a nation, regardless of political leanings, yearn for a better future and path forward for ourselves, our families and our country, the Biden Inauguration can be looked at as a symbol of healing.  This is one in many significant transitions affecting many of our lives right now.  And, although the stressors of […]

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2020 Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

Posted on December 17th, 2020 by Mara Linder

Obviously, 2020 is a year with many changes, and the holidays are going to be affected in ways we never predicted. Divorced parents have offered a few tips that have helped them navigate the holidays and I’ve also been meeting with couples to address novel issues raised by our Covid-19 new world. Socially Distanced Celebrations […]

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How to Handle Marital Stress In These Tough Times

Posted on December 10th, 2020 by Mara Linder

This year has been hard on all of us – financially, emotionally, and physically. Being forced indoors much of the time due to social distancing and lockdowns can put a real strain on close relationships. In addition, stress in your daily life can leave you feeling irritated and short-tempered – which can be unfortunate when […]

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Divorcing in Uncertain Times (COVID and Economy)

Posted on December 7th, 2020 by Mara Linder

Divorcing in uncertain times, like what we are experiencing right now with COVID -19, adds another level of complication to the decision to divorce, and to the process of divorcing. When you also add in the looming threat of a recession that is a lot to deal with. For couples in this unpleasant situation, mediation […]

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Will Your Marriage Survive That Election?

Posted on December 3rd, 2020 by Mara Linder

This has been a really rough election season this year and for some couples, it has been especially tough on their marriage. Politics can be contentious under normal circumstances, but when it invades a marriage, it can feel particularly harmful. Even if you have similar political beliefs, there is enough fodder to create unlimited arguments […]


Affordable Mediation Opens Avondale Divorce and Real Estate Mediation Office

Posted on October 30th, 2020 by Mara

      We are happy to announce the opening of our newest West Valley mediation office in the City of Avondale. Affordable Mediation has served clients throughout Central Arizona since 2010, and continues its presence in the West Valley assisting couples in Peoria, Surprise, Goodyear, Verrado, and every city in-between. Appointments will continue with […]

Spousal Social Security Benefits and Divorce: What You Need To Know

Posted on October 29th, 2020 by Mara Linder

Social Security is an important part of most Americans’ retirement plans. A unique aspect of the program is the ability to take spousal security benefits for spouses that have been married for at least ten years. With spousal benefits, instead of taking Social Security benefits from your own earning record, you get a portion of […]

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Mediators Do More Than Moderators Of Presidential Debates

Posted on October 8th, 2020 by Stuart Preston

Does communication with your spouse feel like a recent 2020 Presidential Debate?  From watching recent presidential and vice-presidential debates, do you feel like a mediator couldn’t do much better than a moderator? Unlike a moderator who tries, sometimes unsuccessfully, to keep discussions on track and have presidential candidates follow the rules, divorce mediators actually manage […]

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Too Much Debt To Divorce?

Posted on October 8th, 2020 by Stuart Preston

The decision of whether or not to divorce is complicated enough without worrying that there is too much debt to divorce, or dealing with concerns about how you would even go about dividing debt. The decision needs to be based on what is the best thing to do, not on worries about dividing debt in […]

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