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How does the mediator help resolve issues?

The mediator, in an impartial role, will help the parties define the issues, explain the legal process in the state of Arizona and then assist the parties in finding mutual agreements. The mediator’s job is to keep the parties conversing about the issues and help them move toward agreements. To accomplish this, the mediator engages … Continue reading How does the mediator help resolve issues?

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How does mediation work?

First, the parties must decide that they are able to discuss and consider their issues with each other through mediation. The parties may decide to initiate a free telephone consultation with one of your attorneys. Then, the parties make an appointment and come to our office here in Scottsdale. Be aware that the proceedings are … Continue reading How does mediation work?

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How does mediation compare to going to court?

A learned judge once said that no one wins in court. By this, he meant that the family loses control of decisions and that the expense is extreme. So, instead of spending money on two separate attorneys, mediation allows the parties to pay for one mediator to resolve all of the issues in the case. … Continue reading How does mediation compare to going to court?

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What is mediation like at Best Law Firm?

Mediation with Best Law Firm is designed to be a win-win solution for the parties involved. Parties do not require a retained attorney to represent their interests, but outside counsel is not discouraged. It is recommended that an attorney review any final legal documents before they are signed or filed with the court. In addition … Continue reading What is mediation like at Best Law Firm?

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What is mediation?

Family law mediation is a method of resolving issues and disputes during the difficult time of divorce by talking with a mediator to resolve your disagreements. Mediation is conducted in a relaxed, comfortable office atmosphere with the mediator and the parties. Family law mediation can also be used to help persons with other legal family … Continue reading What is mediation?

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Here in Arizona, what is a resolution management conference?

If either party is represented by an attorney, the court will set a Resolution Management Conference from one to four months from the date of service depending upon the court’s docket. Prior to the Resolution Management Conference, both parties will receive a written notification from the court that will include the date and time for … Continue reading Here in Arizona, what is a resolution management conference?

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In Arizona, what is an early resolution conference?

There are two different conferences that the court will schedule. The conference that the court schedules will be determined on whether you or your spouse is represented by counsel. If neither you nor your spouse is represented by counsel, the court will schedule an Early Resolution Conference. If either you or your spouse is represented … Continue reading In Arizona, what is an early resolution conference?

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What happens after the papers are served here in Arizona?

After the service of the petition other “clocks” begin ticking. For example, within forty (40) days after a party has been served with the initial documents, documentation concerning finances and property needs to be disclosed to the other party. This is mandated in Family Rule 49, which requires… Depending upon what you request in your … Continue reading What happens after the papers are served here in Arizona?

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What if I was the one served?

If your spouse/partner filed the action against you, you must file a responsive pleading. You have a time limit, so make sure you know what it is. If you were served in the state of Arizona, you have 20 days to respond, if you are out of state, you have 30 days. Your response should … Continue reading What if I was the one served?

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