“We realized that in court, a healthy divorce isn’t a choice, so we created The Aurit Center.”

— Karen Aurit and Michael Aurit, Co-Founders


We believe people have the ability to find solutions and make healthy choices.

When he was only 5 years old, Michael was already a mini-mediator. With his family, on the playground, at the mall—he’d take any opportunity to help people solve problems. Karen’s first books without pictures were about family psychology— She was a unique young girl fascinated by human emotions. Her wish-upon-a-star was to help people feel better. It felt natural when she finished her clinical psychology degree and Michael completed law school, that their visions would align.

We realized the legal system meant to help families and their children through conflict actually causes them conflict and harms them.

Our response to this devastating problem was to help families by finding a solution. Together, with our backgrounds in law and psychology, we designed a simple, caring, and strategic process that helps people focus on reaching their best agreements and making positive, healthy choices for their children. Along with our dedicated team, we are fully committed to helping people lower their conflict, understand their choices, and have a healthier divorce.

We’re here for you, and with you, every step of the way.

— Karen and Michael


Divorce mediation is all that we do

Our co-founders have carefully selected our team of professional family mediators whose expertise ranks among the best in the nation.

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Michael Aurit, JD, MDR

Founder and Director
Professional Mediator

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Karen Aurit, LAMFT

Founder and Director
Mediation Professional


Kristyn Carmichael, JD

Director of Mediation Services
Professional Mediator

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Max Markin, MS.Ed

Development Director
Professional Mediator


We help spouses have a healthy divorce

We believe in reducing stress for you and protecting your children from the harmful effects of conflict in litigation.

We start with a simple process with affordable flat fees. Our empathetic mediators guide you to reach the best possible agreement for you and your family without fighting in court.
Everything you say in mediation is confidential.



We simplify your process and ease the transitions of divorce.


We care about the health and well-being of you and your family.


We focus on helping you create your best possible agreement.


We support you with optimism, encouragement, and hope.


We respect you and guide you with genuineness and integrity.


We acknowledge and meet you where you are.



We are award-winning Arizona divorce experts

The Aurit Center has been voted Best of Our Valley for Best Family Law in Arizona Foothills Magazine for 6 consecutive years, 2016-2021.

Our mediators have been featured on NBC, CBS, and ABC News, and have been published by Parents Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Marie Claire, and Men’s Health.

We educate professional mediators from around the world, nation, and state, at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law and the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University.


Our experienced mediators genuinely care

We understand the legal, financial, and emotional challenges of divorce, so we guide and support you through the transitions.

How? We begin by offering you a complimentary consultation to provide the essential information you need and to answer all of your questions. You will get to know our dedicated mediation coordinators who will keep track of your legal process. We provide you with frequent updates and support when you need it the most.

Because we care, we believe in answering the phones the old-fashioned way, in person. Our goal is to provide you with a simple, comforting, and caring environment. Before, during, and after your divorce, we are here to help.

We also strongly believe in protecting children from the harm of litigation. Our process reduces stress for everyone involved.

How? We help parents create detailed, custom parenting plans. Our guidance is based on current research regarding the needs of children during divorce. We provide you with educational articles and access to therapeutic resources. We provide continued support with updating your agreements as your children grow.

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We believe in healthy divorce

Our neutral mediators help spouses personalize their fairest and best possible divorce agreements. We work to reduce stress for everyone involved, and believe in protecting children from the harm of litigation.

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