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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 [...]

What is Family Mediation?

Posted on December 4th, 2018 by Mara

Family Mediation services resolve issues involving family members, typically children. The benefits of working through this with a professional divorce mediator are reduced tension, confidence in the final outcome, a faster resolution, and a mutual basis for your family moving forward. A mediator is a neutral party present to keep everyone focused on the right […]

Donald Trump as World Mediator?

Posted on March 28th, 2016 by ownerAM

I try to avoid politics in my personal life, at work and on my Facebook page and I’m not about to start discussing it now. Regardless of your political leanings or feelings about Donald Trump, his assertions about acting as a neutral in the Middle East got me thinking. Is mediation the same on a […]

Actually, There is NOT a Lot of Drama in Divorce Mediation

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by ownerAM

“It must be stressful working with divorcing couples.”  “There must be a lot of drama.”  These are some of the comments I receive when I tell someone I work as a Phoenix Divorce Mediator.  I quickly correct these assumptions about divorce mediation and explain how most couples have a relatively smooth divorce and tend to […]

How Does Infidelity Affect Divorce Mediation?

Posted on September 1st, 2015 by ownerAM

  In the wake of the scandal surrounding the affair-seeking site, Ashley Madison, a lot of discussion has ensued about infidelity and divorce.  Clearly, infidelity is one of the factors leading a couple to pursue a divorce or separation, but how does it impact the actual process?     In many states, like Arizona, there are no-fault […]

Divorce and The Family Business

Posted on October 11th, 2013 by ownerAM

A client asked the other day how to handle the family business in their divorce. They had heard business valuations were very expensive – approximately $20,000.00 – and they were hoping for another way. As it happens, quite a few of my divorce mediation couples have family businesses, so this discussion comes up often. There […]

Splitting Retirement Accounts in a Divorce

Posted on March 4th, 2011 by ownerAM

  As a Phoenix divorce mediator, I am asked a lot of questions about splitting retirement accounts when working with couples navigating a divorce or separation. How do we split a 401(K) versus and IRA? Are there penalties or tax consequences in transferring these assets? What is a QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relations Order)? What about […]