Phoenix Mediation Lawyer
Arizona Mediation Process: How It Works
Mediation may be an excellent alternative to assist you in resolving all or a portion of the issues in your divorce proceeding or other family law case. If you are interested in retaining a private mediator, we highly recommend that you retain a qualified family law attorney licensed in the State Of Arizona to serve as your mediator. Our office provides mediation services, and we will be happy to assist you with settling your case and avoiding lengthy and expensive litigation.
The mediator works for both parties (i.e. husband and wife / father and mother), and thus cannot later represent either party as his or her attorney in the event that the mediation is unsuccessful.
Is Mediation Right for You?
At Bishop Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys provide mediation services for family law and divorce clients in Arizona, including founding attorney, William D. Bishop. Mr. Bishop completed the prestigious Strauss Institute Mediation program of Pepperdine University. Mr. Bishop has mediated many cases and conducted a substantial number of alternate dispute resolution settlement conferences as a judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Arizona.
If you would like us to be your Phoenix divorce attorneys, we can attempt to settle your case as your attorneys. If we represent you already and you would like to attempt mediation, we can refer you to a good mediator for purposes of attempting to settle the issues. Our attorneys will be more than happy to discuss the different types of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) and help you decide if mediation is the right choice for your situation. Be advised, however, that attorneys cannot act as both your mediator and your individual attorney as this would be a conflict of interest. Our attorney(s) can provide professional mediation services for you and the other party, but once this is done, we would be unable to represent you if an agreement is not reached in mediation.
Hiring the Best Mediator for Your Case
Many “mediators” who claim that they can assist you are not licensed attorneys. You sometimes pay as much if not more for these unlicensed and unqualified services. Sometimes, the documents that they help draft can cause more harm than good.
Some mediators may be attorneys, but are not very experienced with complex family law issues. We always recommend that you retain an experienced attorney to mediate complex family law cases.
Some psychologists and counselors also serve as private mediators. They can often provide you with excellent services regarding custody and parenting issues, although most of them do not address child support, property and other financial issues.
It is important to realize that many mediators will attempt to settle your case but will not tell you whether the settlement is fair or advise you on what you should do to obtain a fair settlement. It is always smart to consult with an independent attorney even if you proceed with mediation.
How Much Time & Money Can You Save?
A conventional divorce in Arizona can cost in excess of $20,000 and often takes anywhere from one to five years to be completely resolved. On the other hand, mediation services for an Arizona divorce client averages between $1,000 to $3,500. Even more impressive is the speed with which mediation cases are resolved – the majority of divorce cases require only one or two sessions, each lasting a few hours. To learn more about our mediation services, contact us at (602) 749-8500.