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Compassionate Divorce Mediation Services

Divorce or separation can be one of the most difficult experiences that you and your family go through.

As your divorce mediation mediator, I'm here to help you keep your private lives out of court with divorce or parenting mediation. 

We will work together to find mutually agreeable solutions, including the division of all assets and debts, as well as a parenting plan and support agreement if needed.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a neutral process that allows you and your spouse (or co-parent) to keep your separation process and family outside of the court. Your mediator helps you and your spouse reach agreements on all issues, including divisions of all assets and debts, a parenting plan (if you have minor children), as well as any potential support agreements, such as child support or spousal maintenance. Your process in mediation is lower conflict and cost, with a shorter timeline, than going through litigation in court.

Why Mediate?

Self-Determination

Mediation allows you and your partner to reach mutually beneficial agreements rather than a judge making decisions for you.

Lower Cost

Lower cost process, with one flat fee rather than retainer+hourly fees with attorneys.  Mediation is typically 85% less expensive than hiring attorneys.

Out of Court & Confidential

Mediation protects families from the conflict of litigation (going to court).  It prevents you from having to go to court at all and keeps your process confidential / private.

Shorter Process

In Arizona, a divorce in court typically takes 8 months to over a year.  In mediation, your process is typically 3-5 months in length.  You have more control over your timeline.

Personalized

Personalized to your family's needs rather than a general "cookie-cutter" agreement.  Your family is unique and your agreements should be too.

Accessible

Mediation can occur in-person or online.  It allows you to reach your agreements from the comfort of your home via Zoom or in my office, rather than in a courtroom.

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Our Divorce Mediation Process

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Divorce How-To Guide

Better understand your divorce process and options, logistics of filing, professionals to add to your divorce team, and more.

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Divorce Quiz

Which divorce process (litigation, mediation, document preparation) is right for you?

Mediation is an affordable and low-conflict way to bring this chapter of your life to a close.

  • 4. What are the benefits of these services?
    Our legal document preparation services benefit in a lot of ways, like Affordable and simple approach to finalizing your divorce or parenting plan agreements without hiring an expensive attorney. Simple forms to complete online, at your own pace, and draft all the necessary paperwork for the court. Unlimited email communication and revision of your documents. Easy to follow directions for completing your filing with the court. Convenience package that assists with signing, notarization, and filing of your documents.
  • 2. How long does your preparation service take?
    There is no specific duration for our document preparation services, although the shortest your divorce can be in Arizona is 60 days. Typically, once all necessary forms are completed, drafting court documents usually takes approximately one week. However, timelines can vary based on case complexity and the availability of our document preparer. For a more accurate estimate of time and cost, we recommend scheduling a complimentary consultation with us.
  • 1. Who handles legal document preparation?
    Kristyn Carmichael, the owner of Couples Solutions Center, also serves as a professional mediator and certified divorce financial analyst. As the designated legal doc preparer, she takes charge of preparing and filing all necessary legal documents for cases within Arizona. However, divorces outside of Arizona require assistance from another qualified professional.
  • 3. Can I make changes to filed documents after submission?
    Once your documents are filed with the court, making changes typically requires filing a motion or an amendment. We strongly advise you to thoroughly review your documents before filing to ensure they accurately reflect your agreements. If you have any queries or concerns, feel free to contact us.
  • 1. What are the qualifications and credentials of your mediator?
    Kristyn Carmichael, an experienced relationship mediator in Phoenix, Licensed Arizona attorney and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Is certified by the Academy of Professional Family Mediators after completing mediation training programs. Specializes in pre-marital, divorce, and parenting mediation services. Offers divorce financial coaching and document preparation. Is an expert in helping couples navigate various stages of their relationship through effective mediation strategies. Training Director for the Lodestar Dispute Resolutions Center at Arizona State University College of Law Learn more here.
  • 2. How long do the mediation sessions last?
    Our mediation sessions are 1 to 2 hours long each, depending on your schedule and the complexity of the issues needed to be discussed. The number of sessions depends on the needs and goals of the couple. We offer a free consultation for both fiancés to meet the couple's mediator in Phoenix and learn about the process.
  • 4. What are the benefits of your mediation service?
    Pre-marital mediation services: Allow couples to communicate constructively and respectfully about their expectations, values, and goals for their relationship. Help couples address potential areas of conflict, such as finances, beliefs, parenting, household responsibilities, and intimacy, and to find mutually beneficial solutions. Strengthen the bond and trust between partners by fostering a collaborative and supportive environment. Protect both partners’ interests and assets by creating a premarital (prenuptial) agreement that reflects their needs and preferences. Reduce the risk of divorce or separation by enhancing the couple’s skills and confidence in handling challenges and changes in their marriage.
  • 3. How much does couples mediation cost?
    Our mediation services offer a flat fee structure tailored to the complexity of your case and the number of required meetings. This approach typically results in costs that are approximately 85% lower than hiring attorneys. We do not disclose the exact fee on our website, but we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about our pricing.
  • 3. How long does the mediation take at Couples Solutions Center?
    The duration of our divorce mediation service depends on several factors, such as: Level of cooperation and communication between you and your spouse Number and complexity of the issues to be resolved Availability of both parties and the mediator In general, it takes 3 to 5 months, compared to 8 months to over a year for a divorce in court. You have more control over your timeline and can schedule your mediation sessions online or in-person for 2 hours at a time.
  • 1. Who is the mediator at Couples Solutions Center?
    The divorce mediation mediator at Couples Solutions Center is Kristyn Carmichael. She is an experienced family mediator and certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA®). She has helped hundreds of clients find solutions for themselves and their families.
  • 2. How much does the mediation cost?
    We offer a flat fee for divorce mediation in Phoenix, which includes All the mediation sessions, The preparation of a comprehensive mediated settlement agreement, and The drafting and filing of all the necessary court documents. The flat fee varies depending on the complexity of your case and the number of issues to be resolved, but it is typically 85% less expensive than hiring attorneys. Schedule a complimentary consultation with us to get a quote for your specific situation.
  • 4. What are the benefits of mediation?
    Divorce mediation at Couples Solutions Center help You and your spouse have the power to make your own decisions, rather than a judge imposing a one-size-fits-all solution on you. You protect your privacy and confidentiality, as mediation is not a public record and does not involve airing your personal issues in a courtroom. You reduce the stress and conflict that often accompany litigation, and preserve a respectful relationship with your spouse, especially if you have children together. You save time and money, as mediation is faster and cheaper than going to court. You tailor your agreements to your family’s unique needs and goals, rather than following a standard formula.
  • 3. How long are the coaching sessions?
    Our coaching sessions are tailored to the individual or couple’s needs and goals. We do not have a fixed duration or frequency for the sessions, but we do offer a free divorce how-to guide and a complimentary consultation to get started.
  • 2. How much do your financial coaching services cost?
    Our divorce financial coaching does not have a one-size-fits-all price. The cost depends on several factors, including: The type of coaching you need The length of your coaching engagement The complexity of your financial situation However, we do offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation to discuss your specific needs and give you a personalized quote. Schedule your consultation by clicking here or by calling us at (480) 573-3317.
  • 4. What are its benefits?
    Our divorce financial coaching and financial neutral services: Help clients understand their current financial situation and future needs, as well as the tax and legal implications of various settlement options Provide unbiased and objective advice that is tailored to each client’s goals and values Work collaboratively with the clients and their attorneys or mediators to find creative and fair solutions that minimize conflict and maximize satisfaction Save clients time and money by reducing the need for multiple experts and avoiding costly mistakes
  • 1. What credentials do you hold for your services?
    Kristyn Carmichael is a divorce financial coach who has the following qualifications: Licensed Arizona attorney and a professional family mediator. Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) who can help clients understand the implications of their financial separation and find creative solutions that address their financial goals. Lodestar Dispute Resolution Training Director at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Conference Committee Chair of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) and a former board member and secretary of the same organization.
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