Divorce Mediation Lawyers in Scottsdale, AZ
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Couples usually get married thinking they will spend the rest of their
lives together, so sure that the happily ever after has finally come true.
Down the road, unfortunately, many couples realize that they’ve
grown apart, or that their lifestyles just don’t agree. It’s
not that they’ve stopped caring about the other, or don’t
want their spouse to be a great parent and role model to their children,
they just want different things. In these cases, mediation can be a very
beneficial tool in getting through the divorce process with your finances
and emotional well-being still intact.
Mediation can be a means of avoiding the hassle, heartache, and financial
burden of litigation. At Owens & Perkins, P.C., our skilled Scottsdale
divorce mediation attorneys can help you and your spouse communicate with
each other and offer an environment for healthy negotiations, allowing
you to calmly collaborate towards an amicable solution for your divorce
without ever setting foot in a courtroom.
Countless clients have turned to our team of mediators for the following reasons:
Get in touch with our firm today to discuss your situation with us in detail.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for family
law disputes in which a disinterested third party, known as a mediator,
works with you and your spouse towards a collaborative solution. Mediation
can be used to help couples work through all issues of their divorce,
child support, visitation, asset and debt division, and
spousal support. Mediators do not make any decisions on behalf of the spouses, but rather
provides information and helps to foster healthy communication.
Agreeing to mediation can be beneficial for several reasons, including:
- It can help to minimize tensions and preserve a cordial relationship
- It can save you a considerable amount of time and money
- It can help maintain your privacy during divorce
- It can keep you in control of your separation
How Does Mediation Work?
Divorce mediation uses a trained mediator to help spouses communicate and
come to their own decisions about dividing assets and debts, custody and
parenting plans, and support. A mediator doesn’t work for either
spouse, nor do they make decisions for you, but rather, a mediator remains
neutral and objective.
A mediator will listen to both sides, and facilitate discussion to help
each spouse better understand the other’s point of view. A mediator
can help problem solve to find viable, tailored options that produce a
win-win solution that both spouses can agree to. Mediation will only work
if both spouses are open and willing to compromise.
Benefits of Avoiding Litigation
The benefits of using divorce mediation over litigation are immense. A
litigated divorce is a divorce where each spouse hires an attorney and
the battle is fought in a courtroom setting where a Judge, who knows very
little about your family, ultimately decides your future. Often, the decision
isn’t what either spouse wants. This process can take months or
even years, leaving the couple both emotionally and financially drained.
Mediation, on the other hand, provides a comfortable environment where
individual needs are prioritized, and the outcome is agreed upon through
compromise. There is less of a likelihood of one spouse feeling angry,
hurt, or taken advantage of. This is especially helpful when children
are involved, as couples will need to learn to co-parent and work together
for many years after the divorce is final. The entire mediation process
can proceed rather quickly when both spouses agree to work together.
Mediation doesn’t work for every couple. When couples no longer trust
each other, have hidden personal agendas or motives, or are just angry,
it is difficult to find common ground. In addition, when domestic violence
has occurred within the marriage, the victim may be apprehensive and afraid
to voice their opinion. These circumstances are better litigated in Court,
with attorneys that are able to communicate and negotiate on your behalf.
Simplify Your Divorce with Owens & Perkins
Any way you look at it, divorce is a difficult process. If you’re
thinking about divorce and believe you and your spouse have the ability
to compromise for the benefit of the entire family, mediation might be
a great option for you. Schedule a free 30 minute consultation today for
you and your spouse to learn more about how we can help.
At Owens & Perkins, our skilled Scottsdale mediators understand your
struggles and can help you and your spouse work towards a solution with
minimal stress and fighting. We are passionate about helping our clients
overcome some of life’s greatest challenges, and we are prepared
to do everything within our power to help you get through this time of
transition as smoothly as possible.
To find out more about what our firm can do for you,
schedule a complimentary half-hour consultation or call our office today at (480) 630-2464.