What We Do

Legal Separation Mediation

With our systematized yet personalized legal separation mediation services, you will be able to remain legally married but divide your property and debts, resolve any support issues, and create a practical parenting plan for any minor children – fairly, inexpensively, and caringly.

How Does Legal Separation Differ From Divorce?

Legal separation ends community property rights and obligations but preserves the marital relationship. For example, when legally separated, each spouse’s income is his or her sole and separate property, and one spouse can no longer obligate the other for any debt he or she incurs. Divorce, on the other hand, (whether in Arizona or in any other state) ends the marital relationship as well as community property rights and obligations.

Mediation of legal separation occurs in the same way and typically involves the same issues as divorce mediation. Couples work together with a professional mediator to reach agreements concerning division of assets (such as real estate, investment accounts, and retirement benefits), allocation of debts, child and/or spousal support, and parenting arrangements for minor children.

Benefits Of
Legal Separation Mediation

What are my options and how do they compare?


Mediated Divorce

Attorney Divorce

You maintain control Yes No
You make the final decisions Yes Sometimes
It‘s totally private and confidential Yes No
It‘s cost efficient (saves you money) Yes No
It‘s time efficient (can be done quickly) Yes No
The process guarantees safe and respecful communications and negotiations Yes No
It reduces your fear, stress & hostility Yes No
It helps you create long-lasting, practical agreements Yes Sometimes
It addresses the emotional psychological aspects of disputes. Yes No
It equalizes power and information imbalances Yes No
It has the highest post-agreement compliance rate (both parties honor their decisions) Yes No

What Does the Mediator Do?

Mediators have different backgrounds and experience. Our mediator at Out-of-Court Solutions is experienced in law, psychology, and business, and makes sure that legally separating couples fully understand all of the legal, financial, parenting, and other issues involved in their situation. Our mediator also help couples effectively communicate and negotiate, explore alternative ways of resolving disagreements, and deal with the anger, sadness and other emotions common to separation and divorce. After the couple has decided everything, our mediator prepares a comprehensive and legally binding settlement agreement.

Customers FAQs

Legal Separation
Frequencely Asked Questions

Q: How Does Mediation Differ From Court-Based Legal Separation?

In mediation, separating couples do not surrender control to attorneys or a judge. Our mediator provide the legal, financial, parenting, and other information needed to make fully informed decisions – and the separating couple decides what is best for them based on their particular relationship, needs, and standards. Mediation takes place in a safe, collaborative environment, and is significantly less stressful than adversarial, win-lose, court-based proceedings.

Q: How Much Does Mediation Cost?

Legally separating couples typically spend less than $3200 for everything from start to finish. This is very inexpensive compared to using two separate lawyers, who require retainers of no less than $3500 to $5000 from each spouse (or together $7000 to $10,000) just to get started — and according to The Wall Street Journal usually winds up costing couples $27,000 or more.

Q: How does Mediation Benefit Children?

With their education and experience in counseling psychology, as well as law, our mediator is dedicated to helping parents focus on the best interests of their children. Mediation through Out-of-Court Solutions reduces parental anger, increases parental communication, and produces durable parenting arrangements.

Q: Are There Times When It’s Not Appropriate to Mediate?

When one spouse is in physical danger, or is unwilling to participate in good faith, mediation would be inappropriate.

Q: What if We Already Agree on Lots of Issues?

These agreements often serve as a foundation for resolution of other issues and overall agreement, expediting the mediation, further reducing the cost.

Q: How Long Does The Court Take to Finalize the Legal Separation Documents?

We can get your Legal Separation paperwork through the court within 90 days!

Step 1: Begins when we prepare your first set of legal documents, and ends when these documents are filed with the court and returned to our office – all usually within 5 days or less.

Because Arizona is a “no-fault” divorce state, there is absolutely no legal significance as to which spouse is the “Petitioner” (the one who initiates the divorce or legal separation) versus the “Respondent” (the one who responds to the Petition).

Step 2: Arizona’s 60-day mandatory waiting period begins when the Respondent signs an Acceptance of Service form, and ends 60 days thereafter.

Because of Arizona’s 60-day mandatory waiting period, many of our clients begin the court process near the beginning of mediation.

Step 3: Begins when we prepare and file your second and final set of legal documents with the court and ends when a Judge signs a Consent Decree for legal separation by agreement – all usually within 20 days.

Because we prepare an all-inclusive settlement agreement (request a divorce settlement agreement sample), we guarantee that the Judge will approve your legal separation!

Q: What are the Chances for Success?

We are very proud of our success rate: over 95% of the couples who mediate with Out-of-Court Solutions reach full agreement; the few that do not are protected because under Arizona law anything said or prepared for mediation is strictly confidential and barred from use in court.

Q: How do I Get Other Questions Answered?

Arrange for a Free Consultation by calling (480) 315-8882 | (520) 829-5077
Contact us by email at admin@outofcourtsolutions.com or schedule your free consultation online.

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