Posted by Cindy Best on March 8, 2022

Who can we help with Divorce Mediation?

You might be wondering if mediation is right for you and your spouse? For starters, a mediator is a third party neutral person who can help solve disputes and resolve issues. Our mediation is focused on helping people and families going through divorce. Almost no matter your situation, we can help. No matter what, we can help. 1….

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Posted by Cindy Best on February 25, 2022

Why Is It Important For My Mediator To Be An Attorney?

We believe that it is more beneficial for your decision making, solutions, and strategies in mediation if your mediator is an attorney. Our experienced mediators are all licensed attorneys who have practiced family law. Arizona attorneys know the law, know what judges are deciding and know the creative differences between what you can expect in…

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Posted by Cindy Best on February 22, 2022

Would You Jump On A Runaway Train?

I have heard that litigation can sometimes feel like you have jumped on a runaway train and you cannot get off. Litigation is hard, it is stressful, it takes a great deal of time and sometimes no one is happy about the outcome. So why am I talking about litigation instead of mediation? Because litigation…

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Posted by Cindy Best on February 15, 2022

Can I Get Divorced in Less Than 90 Days?

In Arizona,  the short answer is yes. How do you do it? One way is to use our mediation services to decide and divide all your assets and debts and how to parent your children. Once those issues are resolved, with the help of a mediator, you can then co-file a Summary Consent Decree. This allows…

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Posted by Cindy Best on February 9, 2022

What is a Win-Win?

A win-win is where both parties get what they want.  In mediation, there is actually such a way to decide some issues where both parties get what they need and get what is most important to them. About 20 years ago during one of my first divorce mediations I had my first win win. The spouses and…

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Posted by Cindy Best on February 2, 2022

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Sale?

I have talked with people going through divorce with one person who wants to mediate and one person who does not. I would explain it this way: before you put $5,000 or $10,000 or more into the fireplace and throw in a match…wouldn’t you like to just consider another way to resolve these disputes? Sometimes…

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Posted by Cindy Best on February 2, 2022

Don’t Say I Told You So.

Don’t you just hate it when you know you made a decision and wish you hadn’t? It just happens in life. One of those decisions should be whether you try mediation to resolve your divorce. After all, what is the harm? See if this makes sense: you give it a go and it does not work….

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Posted by Cindy Best on December 30, 2021

Do You Want To Buy Your Attorney a New Car?

If you would like to buy your attorney a new car, fight about every single issue, stop talking to your spouse, hire an attorney who loves to fight, make sure your lawyer does not return your phone calls or respond to the other attorney with settlement offers, argue with your spouse with your lawyers as…

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Posted by Cindy Best on October 29, 2021

The Lone Ranger

Sometimes you might feel like the Lone Ranger as you go through your divorce and you wonder how you can do it alone. After all, it took the two of you to get married and as you can imagine, it takes two of you (usually) to participate to get divorced. What if you want to…

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Posted by Cindy Best on July 14, 2021

Mediation is Just A Way to Find Agreements

There is nothing difficult about you and your spouse deciding to go to mediation to solve your issues in a divorce. An experienced mediator will help you come to agreements about all the decisions that have to be made in a divorce. Some decisions you might obviously know you need to make but some decisions…

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Posted by Cindy Best on July 14, 2020

Tag Up

I used to coach Little League Baseball. I remember this one little guy who just never seemed to follow instructions every time we practiced and I told him to “tag up.” As soon as the batter hit the fly ball, the little guy would take off from first base. When he was tagged out and…

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Posted by Cindy Best on June 23, 2020

Give It A Whirl

The other day I was chatting with an old friend about photography and he said “hey, let’s give it a whirl.” I laughed out loud and he had no idea what was so funny. Little did he know that that was one of my mom’s most memorable sayings. I never thought too much about it…

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Posted by Cindy Best on June 23, 2020

Does It Take Two To Tango?

The last time I recall being on the dance floor some people were dancing in groups, some were dancing in couples, and one or two people were seemingly off in their own universe dancing alone. But some dances certainly take two people doing the same steps at the same time, such as the tango. So,…

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Posted by Cindy Best on June 2, 2020

Just a Cup of Coffee

Just so you know, the divorce process is set up by the state with statutes, procedures, rules, case law, courts, and judges. They are all involved when you file for a divorce and start the litigation process. The work flow from this list is long and costly. Every single argument is decided by a “referee”/judge…

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Posted by Cindy Best on May 19, 2020

We Just Want an Express Divorce

Let’s be honest. Divorce takes a long time because if you go the traditional litigation route there are steps and procedures you must follow to the letter of the law. It is really structured to be adversarial. In fact, one spouse actually has to “sue” the other spouse to begin the divorce process. That sets up fighting,…

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Posted by Cindy Best on May 15, 2020

Is There A Shortcut To Flagstaff?

If I were going to plan a trip to Flagstaff, I would want to get there by the shortest, safest route possible. What if you could drive to Flagstaff through Tucson and then back to Goodyear and then up to Kingman and then hit I-40 and go east to Flagstaff. You will eventually get there…eventually….

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Posted by Cindy Best on May 12, 2020

How Does My Divorce Get Resolved If We Cannot Agree on Anything, including going to mediation?

This is a great question. Sometimes I hear clients or their spouses say cute things they heard on TV like: “see you in court.” What does that really mean? Well, it means that your attorney is going to be paid quite a bit of money to get ready for a trial (up to $20,000 or…

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Posted by Cindy Best on May 5, 2020

Who is the Boss of Me?

If you have children, you might have heard this statement more than once as you asked your child to pick up their toys. And, as an adult you might have used that statement when someone tries to bully your or boss you around. In fact, believe it or not; some people feel bossed around or even…

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Posted by Cindy Best on April 28, 2020

Real Life Example of a Mediation

Jenny wanted to get a divorce after 15 years of marriage. Her husband, Ben, just wasn’t the guy she married and she no longer wanted to be with him. Jenny was a nurse and Ben was a golf pro who worked at a local resort. So…what does Jenny do? She saw all the scary numbers about…

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Posted by Cindy Best on April 25, 2020

Mediation and the Safari Guide

Have you ever been to Africa? it is one of the coolest places on earth with elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, and rhinos. But you might not really want to go to Africa and see wildlife for the first time without a guide…you might get eaten. So, you make the decision to go, you hire a…

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Posted by Cindy Best on April 23, 2020

Is A Mediator a Referee?

A referee actually calls the rules of the game and sets up the playing field according to regulations and starts and ends the game. But a real referee actually blows a whistle when there is a foul. I am pretty sure that your mediator will not blow a whistle anytime during the mediation process but…

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Posted by Cindy Best on April 20, 2020

What is Mediation?

If you are going through a tough time and thinking about divorce you might be concerned about time, price, and stress. We think that going through a divorce without going to court might be your solution. So, what is mediation? Divorce mediation is a process for settling all the issues that come up during a divorce….

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