We believe in helping our clients maintain financial stability.
We believe in helping our clients maintain financial stability. Our divorce mediation process is better for families. Without court dates, your mediation process can move quickly. Our cases settle 4x faster than litigated cases. We work at your pace. Voted “Best Of Our Valley” for “Best Family Law” Never step foot in a courtroom Getting a divorce does not require engaging in war. Divorce mediation offers a positive alternative to fighting it out through aggressive divorce lawyers who charge massive legal fees. In divorce mediation, you—not a judge—control your divorce terms, empowering you in every step. Our neutral mediators guide a respectful process so you can reach your best agreements on all issues of divorce, including: Mediate when and where you want You set the pace you and your family need. The average case takes only 2 to 4 months from our initial consultation to the final consent decree. We can complete your entire process by meeting you online or in-person in one of our conveniently located offices around the Valley.
No Court Dates
Arizona Foothills Magazine, for 6 consecutive years, 2016-2021
We believe in helping our clients maintain financial stability.
Our divorce mediation process is better for families.
Without court dates, your mediation process can move quickly. Our cases settle 4x faster than litigated cases. We work at your pace.
Voted “Best Of Our Valley” for “Best Family Law”
Never step foot in a courtroom
Getting a divorce does not require engaging in war. Divorce mediation offers a positive alternative to fighting it out through aggressive divorce lawyers who charge massive legal fees.
In divorce mediation, you—not a judge—control your divorce terms, empowering you in every step. Our neutral mediators guide a respectful process so you can reach your best agreements on all issues of divorce, including:
Mediate when and where you want
You set the pace you and your family need. The average case takes only 2 to 4 months from our initial consultation to the final consent decree.
We can complete your entire process by meeting you online or in-person in one of our conveniently located offices around the Valley.
“I’m so glad we went the mediation route.”
“Well-organized, supportive, compassionate and effective: I’m so glad we went the mediation route. I was completely satisfied with the Aurit Center.
Their level of skill and compassion surpassed what I expected during the difficult process of divorce.”
”The process made me feel like I was in control of the outcome”
“I feel fortunate to have found Michael and Karen Aurit to guide me through my divorce mediation. They explained everything at a comfortable level, and the process made me feel like I was in control of the outcome. Michael was always professional as well as compassionate toward our feelings. Of course, divorce is difficult to go through, but I could not have imagined it happening any other way!
Thank you, Michael and Karen Aurit!”
“They made a not-so-easy process seem almost effortless.”
“Michael and Karen are amazing! They made a not-so-easy process seem almost effortless. Not only is it their knowledge of the process, but it’s the way they made me feel during the whole thing. I don’t wish this situation on anyone, but if I know someone who may find themselves in need of this type of service, I will definitely recommend that they reach out to Michael and Karen.”
“Being a chaplain and ordained pastor, I’m aware of the deep hurts of divorce .”
“I can’t thank you enough for your assistance with this. Some issues came up that could have been additional strain and damage, but you kept us on course. Thanks first to God and secondly to you for guiding us in working this out. I am certain that both my ex-wife and I are in a much better situation today not having gone through our divorce with attorneys in the court system.
I am very thankful and grateful to you for making this process easier to handle.
Blessings, Proverbs 15:1”
“He knew when to jump in, and when to stay out of the way”
“Michael is a great mediator. He has a high level of skill, and he used a consistent and logical process. More importantly, Michael displayed excellent situational awareness — he knew when to jump in and when to stay out of the way. Also, the entire Aurit team was professional and respectful. They made a difficult circumstance easier to bear.”
“I’m happy to have worked with you and your team.”
“Thank you for all your help as we worked through this process.
It went as smoothly as it could. I’m glad to be on the other side, and think we are both glad to have avoided the emotional turbulence associated with the normal divorce process. I’m very happy to have worked with you and your team.”
“Michael is encouraging that there is life after divorce.”
“My experience with the Aurit Center was truly amazing. Michael made a difficult situation easier to process. He was caring and informative. If I had a question, he would take the time to provide all the information requested. Although I dislike divorce, Michael made the experience easier to navigate, and I am thankful. I would recommend The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation to anyone who has to go through divorce. Michael is encouraging that there is life after divorce.
The Aurit Center truly helps!”
“It was a load off … to know everything was taken care of.”
“It was as good an experience as it could be, considering the circumstances. Michael was extremely calming and did a great job diffusing tense situations. It’s painful to deal with paperwork and decrees and signings, etc., etc., so it was a load off the mind and the emotions to know everything was taken care of.”
“The process was … professional yet extremely compassionate”
“The process was completely professional yet extremely compassionate.
Michael provided a comfortable environment and helped navigate us through the rougher parts of negotiations with great sensitivity. It was largely due to his encouragement and guidance that we were able to come to a mutually acceptable agreement in a relatively short period of time.
Highly recommend The Aurit Center!”
“They kept us focused.”
“The best thing I can say about this experience is that you all made the process somewhat painless and kept us focused when we could have easily veered off course emotionally. If anyone I know ever has to go through such an experience, I would definitely recommend mediation from the Aurit Center, of course!”
“The Aurits and their excellent staff assist couples respectfully and constructively.”
“I highly recommend The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation.
The divorce process is a stressful and emotional life event, but the Aurits and their excellent staff assist couples respectfully and constructively to work through the entire process. They are available and responsive to any and all questions during the mediation. Michael Aurit is a wonderful mediator who truly cares about his clients.”
“I felt like family.”
“I’m so happy that I came to Aurit Mediation. The service from Michael and his staff was beyond what I expected. I felt like family, and the patience and kindness they gave me throughout the process made me feel at ease.
It was truly five-star service all the way.”
“They made a difficult time a much easier process.”
“Kristyn, Dina, and everyone at Aurit Center genuinely care and made a difficult time a much easier process, without all the drama of lawyers.
Thank you so much.”
“It was fair and fast and addresses all the issues.”
“Michael was great—exactly who I would want to handle a complex and difficult life event. His demeanor was always calm and rational. He walked us through each step thoughtfully and explained many of the options we had available to us as we worked toward our final settlement. In the end, I feel like we have an agreement that was fair and fast and addresses all the issues.”
“Kristyn was amazing … through difficult discussions, emotions, and legalese.”
“Kristyn was amazing—professional, knowledgeable, calm, and comforting. Through difficult discussions, emotions, and legalese, I always felt like I was in excellent hands. She made our process go much more smoothly and simply than I anticipated. The staff and the beautiful office environment with candy everywhere went a long way toward preventing me from ever dreading going there.
I couldn’t recommend Aurit more highly.”
“The process seemed fairly simple.”
“Since we didn’t have a very dramatic divorce the process seemed fairly simple.
The support and guidance we received, though, was extremely well thought out, prepared, and applied. I this makes an important difference in cases where there are more differences.”
“[The Aurit Center’s] communication was outstanding.”
“Going through a divorce is the hardest thing to do—no matter what the circumstances were to get there. Going through mediation takes a lot of the conflict out of a stressful situation, which is so important. Michael was patient and walked us through some tough decisions. He was kind and respectful, as was his staff. Everything was done timely, and the communication was outstanding.”
“[Mediation] saved our future relationship as friends.”
“Michael and his team were extremely professional and caring throughout the entire divorce process. Michael approached each topic in a calm manner, and was able to keep us on track and defuse any situation that became contentious. Not having to appear in court and battle with each other through attorneys saved our future relationship as friends.
Thanks to all of you for making this difficult time in our lives as pleasant as possible.”
“We put our children first!”
“Kristyn did a fantastic job guiding us through the process and keeping us on track. With her assistance, we were able to get through this quickly, remain civil, and put our children first!”
“They took away the stress”
“The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation is an amazing group of professional and compassionate and understanding individuals who made the process of divorce less painful. Divorce affects the whole family. Taking care of all the necessary paperwork and filing took away the stress and didn’t have to appear in court. In my case, I’m at peace and happy. I’m able to remain friends with my ex-husband. I can remember the good years and memories.
I certainly would recommend Aurit.”
We’re here to help you through, step by step.
Your mediator will explain our simple process and answer all your questions.
We file your petition; no one is ever “served,” and you avoid the stress and extended time of a court battle.
You, not the judge, remain in control of your terms. Your mediator will identify the issues, explain Arizona law, and help you reach your best possible agreement.
We draft your agreements for your review and signing. If you want legal advice, we have options. Your divorce is final after we submit your decree to the court.
Since we charge affordable flat fees, you never get surprised by additional costs,
and your finances remain stable.
Attorneys charge retainers and bill hourly.
They benefit financially when conflict increases and a case drags on.
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry and divorce. Same-sex partners now have equal legal rights and responsibilities regarding marriage and divorce—and they have the same protections under Arizona’s domestic relationship laws as their heterosexual couples.
Arizona is a “community property” state. This means that all assets, income, and debts accrued during a marriage are generally divided equally between both spouses. The laws are designed to create a fair and equitable divorce process.
Since same-sex marriages are relatively new, legal precedents are still evolving. Divorces between same-sex couples may have unique concerns. For example, with regard to community property, assets many be distributed through the length of the actual marriage or through the length of the domestic partnership. Couples with children will address issues of parenting time, legal decision making authority, child support or paternity—the same issues that arise in heterosexual relationships.
Mediation offers a low conflict, affordable alternative to a traditional divorce in Arizona. In a mediation arrangement, spouses meet confidentially with a neutral third party—a divorce mediator—to discuss the distribution of assets and other considerations surrounding divorce. Any matter that the courts can decide—alimony, child custody, or child support—can be negotiated and agreed upon through mediation.
Partners in a marriage may grow apart and even resent one another at the point of divorce. They may believe their only option is to turn to the courts and litigation to ensure that they are getting what they deserve out of a divorce decree.
Unfortunately, litigation rarely produces winners. Courts are backlogged, and litigation can take a year or more. Attorneys charge large retainers and hourly fees for every email written and read, every phone call, and any time spent working on your case, which leads to sky-high legal fees.
Divorce mediation is a low-conflict, low-stress, private and affordable alternative for same-sex couples looking to divorce in Arizona. The mediation process creates win-win agreements because both parties maximize their chances of getting what they want and need. Instead of fighting over extreme positions, the mediator helps spouses meet their most important interests.
Divorce is never easy. While mediation can reduce the majority of stress involved with the divorce process, the challenges of emotionally processing divorce remain. However, choosing mediation prevents “doubling down” on the pain associated with divorce by engaging in a court battle. Spouse can reach agreements faster and without fighting—making it easier to move forward after divorce.
In mediation, the wants, needs, and interests of both parties’ can be creatively shaped into mutually beneficial agreements. Both voices are heard, understood, and ultimately incorporated into your divorce settlement. Rather than relinquishing control of divorce terms to a judge, spouses in mediation retain control over their own divorce terms.
Arizona law protects “mediation confidentiality.” What happens in mediation stays in mediation. This is contrasted with when divorce plays out in court and becomes a matter of public record. This invasion of privacy can create unnecessary stress for every member of your family, especially if you have children.
When you choose a mediator, you keep all communication during divorce, draft agreements, and sensitivity financial and personal information private. This degree of privacy is one reason celebrities have chosen mediation over a divorce war in court.
The stress of litigation can lead to escalation of conflict and destroy any respect and amicability that exists between parents. If children are involved, you and your partner will have to interact with one another after a divorce is finalized. The question is whether parents will become enemies or stay united as parents for the sake of children?
Unlike judges, mediators are committed to keeping the peace between both same-sex partners in a marriage. Mediation emphasizes respectful interaction and provides a solution that encourages an amicable separation. Children need parents to maintain a healthy co-parenting relationship after divorce in order to preserve their own developmental health and well-being.
Same-sex marriages present unique challenges for couples, such as determining the actual length of the union. The courts may not have the time or resources to address these nuances. What is fair to the parties, may not be the same sense of “fairness” handed down by a judge.
Mediation is a productive, less expensive, and more amicable solution to your same-sex divorce proceeding. To learn more about our same-sex divorce services, contact us today.
Litigation hurts families
We settle 98% of our cases are successfully settled out of court.
Mediation produces “win-win” agreements, compared to litigation where both spouses are typically unhappy with the results.
Online divorce mediation produces better agreements because spouses have less stress, less tension, and are more open to reaching agreements.
“The process made me feel like I was in control of the outcome. Divorce is difficult, but I could not have imagined it happening any other way.”- P.F.
“The Aurit Center was the perfect solution to get through our divorce. Our mediator was knowledgeable, caring, and responsive to our needs, and guided us flawlessly through the process.”- K.S.
“The Aurit Center is an amazing group of professional, compassionate, and understanding individuals who made the process of divorce less painful.”- L.P.
Our mediators win awards
The Aurit Center has been voted Best of Our Valley for Best Family Law in Arizona Foothills Magazine for 6 consecutive years, 2016-2021.
The Phoenix Business Journal named the Aurit Center to The List for Top Family-Owned Business in 2020.
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 Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law and the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University.