Cindy Best
Advantages of Mediation

  Best Interests of the Children: Mediation is designed to help parents focus on the best interests of the children. The mediation process helps the parties remain aware that despite their differences that brought them to the mediation process, they must continue to communicate for the sake of their child. The mediation process will preserve…

Cindy Best
Mediation: A step-by-step process

  How Mediation Works 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 our attorneys. Then, the parties make an appointment and come to our office. Be aware that the proceedings…

Cindy Best
Mediation Hypothetical: Post-Decree

Jackson and Jenna have three children, ages 8, 10, and 15. ?They have been divorced for four years and share joint legal custody, which allows both parents to be involved in major decisions of their children’s lives. ?Jack has a new job in Nebraska and is going to relocate. ?What happens to the parenting schedule…

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Mediation Hypothetical Divorce or Dissolution

Hypothetically, let’s discuss the situation with David and Christina, who have been married for 12 years and have two children, DJ, age 10, and Eliza, age 6. ?David has been employed as a computer technician for most of the marriage and Christina is a teacher who has her summers off. ?They bought a house eight…

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What are the obligations of the parties and the role of the mediator in mediation?

The Parties’ Obligations: Desire to compromise and find a resolution Act in good faith Listen calmly to the other party, even if you disagree with their statements Stay professional and considerate of the other parties’ statements Conduct good communication with the other party and the mediator Have an active role in the decision-making process Full…

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Can the mediation reach a custom tailored agreement for me and my spouse?

The relaxed atmosphere of mediation allows for creative settlements that are tailored to the parties’ individualized circumstances. Mediation permits the parties, rather than the court, to control the outcome of their case. The tailored agreements typically result from both parties’ determination of how they will share their children, how they will make major decisions concerning…

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What are the advantages of mediation for my family?

Mediation is designed to help parents focus on the best interests of the children. The mediation process helps the parties remain aware that despite their differences that brought them to the mediation process, they must continue to communicate for the sake of their child. The mediation process will preserve the parties’ relationship, which will benefit…

Cindy Best
How does mediation help us reach agreements?

There is no coercion, and both parties must be in accord in order for there to be any agreements. Often, more than one conference may be needed to resolve all the issues. Family issues invoke a great deal of emotion, and sometimes people need time to think about the process and the decisions that need…

Cindy Best
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…

Cindy Best
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…

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