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Same-Sex Divorce Mediation

Although divorce is usually sad, with mediation it isn’t financially and emotionally devastating.

Same-Sex Divorce Mediation FAQs

Q: How can I get my questions answered?

During your free consultation, our Mediator will answer your questions and explain how our time-tested mediation and court document preparation services work.

Q: How much do your services cost?

Every situation is different. That’s why our Mediator will give you a written cost estimate after learning about your particular situation and determining which of our Low Cost programs best serves your needs.

Q: Can I come to the consultation alone?

It’s usually best for both you and your spouse to get information about our services at the same time.

Q: What happens at a free consultation?

Our mediator will answer your questions, make sure he understands your situation, and because everyone’s circumstances are different give you a written time and cost estimate.

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Q: Can we still mediate if one of us has already filed for divorce or legal separation, and/or retained an attorney?

Yes, it never too late to avoid the hostility, stress, and substantial cost involved in using separate adversarial lawyers and court system.

Q: What if one of us doesn’t live in Arizona?

Not a problem. Under Arizona law, only one spouse must have resided here for 90 days or more, and we can mediate your situation by email, teleconference, and/or videoconference.

Q: What if one or both of us wants help from an independent attorney?

With us, employing an independent attorney is an option but not a requirement. In fact, we provide all of our clients with a list of attorneys who are expert in divorce matters, do not charge any upfront retainer fees, and act as consultants rather than combatants.

Same-Sex Divorce Mediation

Today same-sex married couples have the same legal rights and responsibilities as heterosexual couples. This means that Arizona’s community property laws apply to same-sex divorce – for dividing property, allocating responsibility for debts, devising a parenting plan for minor children, and determining any spousal maintenance (“alimony”) support and/or child support amounts.

Once the decision to divorce has been made, same-sex couples must decide how to go about it. Do they hire separate lawyers? Can they afford the substantial fees charged by lawyers? Do they have the fortitude to battle things out for months if not years? Can they cope with the hostility and stress generated by adversarial court-based tactics and procedures? If there are any minor children, what way to divorce is in their best interest?

Is divorce mediation the best way to go about it?

Divorce mediation is a process in which divorcing couples hire a professional and impartial mediator to help them negotiate and communicate effectively, explore different options and alternative for settlement, and understand the legal, financial, tax and other information relevant to their situation. The mediator addresses the divorcing couples’ particular concerns and goals about their property, debts, and any support and parenting matters. Everything in mediation occurs privately, not open to the public as with court-based proceedings.

When the divorcing couple has decided the details of everything, the mediator incorporates these decisions in a personalized and legally-binding settlement agreement and prepares all requited court documents. Couples who mediate their divorce always stay in control instead of surrendering it to lawyers and a judge, and never have to go to court.

Mediation costs a small fraction of the fees charged by lawyers and takes much less time than court-based proceedings. A professional mediator, especially one with backgrounds in law and psychology, helps divorcing couples reduce the anger, sadness and other frequently intense emotions common to divorce. And, if there are minor children, reduced parental hostility and stress boosts their sense of security, safety and stability. Divorce with lawyers, however, will more than likely intensify these emotions.

And so, although divorce is usually sad, with mediation it isn’t financially and emotionally devastating.

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