Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale
Providing an Alternative Solution to Divorce in Arizona
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 also 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, where communication still exists between the parties, mediation can be a very beneficial tool in getting through the divorce process with your finances and emotional well-being still intact, while saving time and money as well.
Mediation can be a means of avoiding the hassle, heartache, and financial burden of litigation. At Owens & Perkins, Attorneys at Law, our skilled Scottsdale divorce mediation lawyers 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 resolution for your divorce without ever setting foot in a courtroom.
- Countless people have turned to our attorney mediators for the following reasons:
- More than 65 years of combined legal experience
- Personalized attention and creative solutions for your situation
- Award-winning team of attorneys to help you
- Free 30-minute phone consultation
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, including child custody, child support, visitation aka parenting time, asset and debt division, and spousal support.
Mediators do not make decisions on behalf of the spouses, but rather they provide information and foster healthy communication to assist both parties with reaching their goals.
- 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 life, rather than turning it over to a Judge to decide
How Does Mediation Work?
At Owens & Perkins, our divorce mediators in Scottsdale 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 divorce 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. This only works if both spouses are 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.
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 Mediation Lawyers at Owens & Perkins
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 phone consultation today for you and your spouse to learn more about how we can help.
At Owens & Perkins, our firm can provide divorce mediation in Scottsdale. We 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 learn more about mediation in Scottsdale, schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation or call (480) 630-2464 today.