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More Arizona Divorces Being Settled Through Mediation

If you’re seeking a dissolution of marriage, it could be a good idea for you and your spouse to consider divorcing through mediation. Mediation allows couples to negotiate the terms of their divorce without going to court, including the negotiation of issues related to division of assets, allocation of debt, child support, child custody and spousal maintenance.

The Arizona Republic reports that the option of settling a divorce through mediation has become increasingly popular. The Arizona mediation firm Out of Court Solutions reportedly saw a 55 percent increase in the number of divorces being settled by its mediators from 2009 to 2010. Perhaps this is because in such tough economic times, divorcing through mediation can save couples a great deal of time and money.

Certified Family-law Specialist John Zarzynski told the Arizona Republic that divorces in Maricopa County often take a year to settle. However, divorce through mediation can reportedly be settled within 90 days. The mediator in a divorce case can be a Phoenix family law attorney, but can also be a former judge, health professional, accountant or other third party.

FindLaw states that the mediator is supposed to help spouses communicate and negotiate, but doesn’t make any decisions for them. If there are still disputes after going through mediation and a settlement cannot be reached, the spouses will often turn to litigation and have a judge make a final decision on their case. More information about the divorce mediation process can be found through our Related Resource pages.

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