Michael Aurit, JD, MDR
Founder and Director of Professional Mediation
Michael Aurit, JD, MDR, is a nationally recognized professional divorce and family mediator, Arizona attorney, and Co-Founder of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has mediated thousands of divorce mediations over his career. Michael is a Professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, where he teaches family mediation. Michael is currently President of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM). He has achieved the prominent status of Advanced Practitioner with APFM. He holds his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law.
Under Michael’s leadership, The Aurit Center has been voted “Best of our Valley” for Family Law in Arizona Foothills Magazine for the past four consecutive years, 2016 – 2019. Michael is a Certified Member of the Maricopa County Superior Court Mediation Roster. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Ethics Chair of the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators. Michael is a former American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Fellow. He has served as faculty and presented mediation trainings and workshops at numerous national conferences. His work has been published by prominent local and national media outlets. Michael is certified by the Supreme Court of Arizona as a licensed document preparer.
He is a contributor to The Huffington Post, NBC 12 News, ABC 15 News, and FOX 10 News in Phoenix, Arizona as an expert on divorce mediation and co-parenting solutions.
Michael is passionate about his work as a divorce mediator. He dedicates 100% of his practice to divorce mediation. He believes in helping both spouses find healthier divorce solutions out of court. He is an expert professional mediator for high-conflict divorce, known for resolving difficult cases involving child custody, spousal support, and high net worth asset division. He is particularly dedicated to helping parents in conflict create parenting plans that allow healthy co-parenting after divorce.
A Message From Michael
If you are considering mediation, you are one step closer to resolving your divorce, or family related issue while avoiding the high costs, stress, and unnecessary destruction that litigation causes.
If you haven’t yet, read The Advantages of Mediation Over Litigation section on our site. It explains one of the best-kept secrets that millions of people around the country have taken advantage of in order to settle their divorce or legal issue: You do not need to go to court. The court process is far more expensive and time-consuming. The all-out war of litigation damages everyone in the end.
As your mediator I will not decide who is right or who is wrong. I won’t impose the terms of your settlement or make decisions for you. Instead, I will take a more effective approach to guide you toward an agreement. We will identify options, advance critical dialogue, solve problems and negotiate terms that all involved agree upon. My goal is to create opportunities in the room that will lead to you walking away with a signed, legally binding, mutually acceptable settlement agreement rather than having a judge determine the terms for you.
Simply put: when faced with choice, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by mediating your result rather than going to court.
In me, you have a mediator that empathizes with the difficulties of family conflict. The journey that brings you to mediation is unique to you. I’m there with you every step of the way.