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​​​Why I Don’t Allow Attorneys in My Divorce Mediation Sessions [Updated]

Posted on June 7th, 2019 by ownerAM

[Updated 6/7/2019] A lot of clients ask me if their attorneys can attend their divorce mediation sessions.   I tell them “yes” with other mediators, but not with me.  ​It still seems I'm one of the only mediators in town that prohibits couples from bringing their attorneys into the mediation sessions. I've found that once I [...]

What is the Difference Between a Legal Separation and a Divorce in Arizona? [Updated]

Posted on May 24th, 2019 by ownerAM

    [Updated 5/24/2019] This is one of the most common questions I receive as a Phoenix Divorce Mediator.  There tends to be some general confusion around the difference between a Legal Separation and a Divorce and the reasons for choosing one versus the other. In Arizona, the process for Legal Separation and the process for [...]

Who Gets Fido in the Divorce? [Updated]

Posted on May 17th, 2019 by ownerAM

[Updated 5/17/2019] Until we adopted our cute, adorable, sweet, lovable pup, I could not fathom the depths of emotion that people experience regarding their pets.  Now that we have Layla, I cannot imagine life without her.  Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a sensitive issue that can arise during a separation or divorce is […]

Affordable Mediation Welcomes New Mediator Nicole Pelcic

Posted on June 22nd, 2018 by Mara

Welcome, Nicole! Affordable Mediation is thrilled to welcome Collette Nicole Pelcic to our divorce mediation practice. An accomplished licensed attorney in both Arizona and California, Nicole (as she is known) brings her legal expertise and passion for helping individuals and families to the Affordable Mediation team. Nicole will be spearheading the expanding mediation services in […]

Healthy Tips When Moving Through the Divorce Process

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by Mara

In working with divorce mediation clients, I am privy to the emotions and stress most people experience while going through a divorce. Here are a few tips and resources to help restore balance, promote relaxation and instill some calm energy: Try not to read negative articles or social media that focus on negative thoughts, feelings […]

10% Off your Phoenix Divorce for Mediation Week

Posted on October 8th, 2015 by ownerAM

In honor of Mediation Week, Affordable Mediation is pleased to offer 10% off the already low cost of your divorce mediation if you sign up between October 12 and 18, 2015!!  To sign up, go to to purchase the pre-mediation divorce homework package at the bottom of the home page.  The package price of […]

Is that Really Divorce Mediation?

Posted on October 29th, 2014 by ownerAM

I’m going to admit right up front that what I’m about to say will probably irritate, upset, and possibly even anger some Phoenix divorce attorneys and mediators. They will likely disagree with me. But my point here is to ruffle some feathers in the hope of starting a meaningful discourse on how we think about […]

Divorce Mediation in the Same Room?

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by ownerAM

Many people are not sure what to expect when they inquire about divorce mediation. Often they have been told or heard they will be in two separate rooms with the mediator moving between the two rooms. While this type of “shuttle” mediation can be effective, in my experience as a Phoenix divorce mediator, I have […]

Does it Matter Who Files First in an Arizona Divorce?

Posted on March 6th, 2014 by ownerAM

  As a Phoenix Divorce Mediator, I get this question A LOT! The short answer is: legally “no”, but personally, often “yes.” Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, which means you do not need to prove that one spouse is at fault for something in order to file for divorce. One spouse simply needs to […]

What is Collaborative Mediation?

Posted on July 27th, 2013 by ownerAM

  A lot of buzz is starting in Arizona about Collaborative Mediation and people are asking what is it and how is it different from collaborative divorce?  To put it simply, Collaborative Mediation is mediation with a team.  It has also been referred to as Team Mediation.  The team typically consists of one or two […]