Mediation can offer many benefits.
When dealing with a divorce case mediation can be intimidating if the two parties aren’t able to even be in the same room together. In the long run it is beneficial if there is, at minimum, an attempt to mediate and resolve as many issues as possible before going to court. This white paper reviews the benefits that mediation can offer including saving time, money and stress.
Marlene A. Pontrelli
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Marlene A. Pontrelli is a member and Domestic Relations & Family Law Practice Group Co-Chair in the Phoenix office of Dickinson Wright. She is a certified specialist in family law. Her practice focuses on all aspects of family law including dissolution and legal separation of marriage, business valuations, division of property, spousal support, post-dissolution modifications, premarital and post-marital agreements, paternity, child custody, parenting time, and child support matters. She is admitted to practice in California and Arizona. She also acts as a private mediator for parties wishing to settle outside the traditional court process.
Ms. Pontrelli is an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law where she teaches the family law class. She has extensive trial and appellate experience including appearing before the Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Pontrelli has written several books, including Divorce in Arizona, Daily Meditations for Healing from Divorce, and the recently published Family Law in Focus, She is a frequent lecturer in the area of family law and has conducted workshops throughout the country on time management and balancing work and personal life.
Robert L. Schwartz
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Robert L. Schwartz is a member and Domestic Relations & Family Law Practice Group Chair in the Phoenix office of Dickinson Wright. He has been practicing law for over 40 years, specializing in family law. He is a member of the American, Arizona and Maricopa County Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the federal courts of New York, Arizona, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Schwartz is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and past president of the Arizona chapter. He serves as a judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Maricopa County in family court matters. He is a certified family law specialist by the State Bar of Arizona; is a frequent lecturer on family law and related matters; and, former member of the State Bar Family Law Advisory Commission. Mr. Schwartz has tried numerous complex business valuation cases as well as complex custody cases. He has testified as an expert in family law matters.
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