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Court Process: Divorce Timeline [Infographic]

View our latest infographic on the Court Process Timeline For Divorce: Step 1: Petitioner signs petition / other court documents and filed with the court. *mediation begins Step 2: Respondent signs acceptance / other court documents and filed with court. Step 3: Settlement agreement / other documents signed and submitted to court for approval. Step 4: Judge signs…

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How To Reduce Stress During Divorce Mediation

Going through a divorce is a trying and stressful time, even in the best and most amicable of circumstances. You are dealing with significant changes in lifestyle, financial changes, emotional stress, heartbreak, and if you have children, helping them cope with the change. Even if you feel ready for the change, and ready for divorce,…

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How to Tell Children About Divorce

Deciding to divorce is always a difficult decision.  Often, what is already an emotional and stressful situation is complicated even more because there are minor children involved.  Telling your children that you are getting divorced can be an incredibly difficult thing to do and many people do not even know where to start.  If you…

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4 Tips for Effective Communication During Divorce

Marriages never start out with divorce in mind but, unfortunately, a large number of marriages often end in divorce.  Whether your communication was exemplary during your marriage or whether it was quite poor, it typically tends to suffer quite a bit during the divorce process.  With emotions running high, heartbreak, stress, anger, disappointment and frustration,…

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Adult Children of Divorce

Divorce impacts children of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. Adult children are faced with unique challenges during divorce in comparison to younger children, and these challenges should not be ignored or minimized simply because they are adults. Today, as divorce rates amongst adults 50 and older remain at an all-time high, more and more…

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Domestic Violence and Mediation

In a previous blog, I addressed the importance of recognizing and identifying signs of domestic violence both during a pre-screening process, as well as continuing throughout the mediation process itself. If a mediator does identify signs of domestic violence in a case at any point before or during mediation, what is the correct way to…

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Postnuptial Agreements in Arizona

A postnuptial agreement is an agreement that is entered into by two married people that determines rights between the parties regarding marital property. A postnuptial agreement is used to resolve monetary issues both during the marriage and in case of a separation or divorce. However, it should not be confused with a separation agreement, which…

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How to Tell Your Children About Divorce

One of the more difficult aspects of getting a divorce with kids can be breaking the news to your children. As a parent, it is normal if you are uncomfortable with telling your children about your decision to get a divorce due to the fear of causing them pain or confusion. You may also be…

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Prenuptial Agreements in Arizona

Arizona Revised Statute § 25-201(1) defines a prenuptial agreement as “an agreement between prospective spouses that is made in contemplation of marriage and that is effective on marriage.” Prenuptial agreements often evoke negative connotations, such as distrust or an assumption that a marriage is unlikely to last. However, the reality is that a prenuptial agreement…

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