Our affordable and all-inclusive flat fees are 80-90% less than the average cost of litigation with Arizona attorneys.
Our affordable and all-inclusive flat fees are 80-90% less than the average cost of litigation with Arizona attorneys.
Our respectful approach lowers family stress and is better for your children’s health and well-being.
Our cases are settled 4x faster, taking 2-4 months on average compared to 9-18 months in litigation with attorneys.
We offer 100% online mediation through video conference. Contact us for a free consultation to ensure that our services are right for you.
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Voted “Best Of Our Valley” for “Best Family Law”
Arizona Foothills Magazine, for 6 consecutive years, 2016-2021
Contact us to schedule your complimentary one-hour online consultation. You and your spouse will find out about how divorce mediation works and how it compares to litigation in court. We will answer all of your questions. All future mediation meetings can take place online or at our Tempe location.
The Aurit Center For Divorce Mediation – Tempe
60 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 900
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Phone: (480) 999-7399
We walk with you every step
Your mediator will explain our simple process and answer all your questions.
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 approval. If you want legal advice, we have options. Your divorce is final after your decree is filed with the court.
An Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparer will file your petition and consent decree; no one is ever “served,” and you avoid the stress of a court battle.
Divorce doesn’t have to be a war. The Aurit Center For Divorce Mediation in Tempe, Arizona helps spouses complete a simple and low cost divorce process. We are the leading divorce mediation experts in Arizona. Nationally, we are thought leaders in our field, often presenting best practices at The American Bar Association and Academy of Professional Family Mediators conferences.
We help you avoid a financially harmful and emotionally draining court battle. In divorce mediation your divorce will be finalized without you ever entering a courtroom. Mediation is a healthier choice for the well-being of children and better for the entire family.
Our services include divorce mediation, child custody mediation, child support modifications, post-divorce modifications, parenting mediation, legal separation mediation, and document preparation. We handle your divorce case from start to finish.
Litigation in court increases animosity between parents and in the end this hurts children most. Communication breakdowns and misunderstandings during litigation often cause child custody battles that devastate families. There is a much better way.
In mediation, parents respectfully communicate about all parenting issues and come to agreements on a parenting time schedule that meets the needs of both parents and the best interests of children. Parents also come to agreements on legal decision making issues, and on financial obligation issues including child support.
Agreements are customized based on the wants and needs of parents. Focus is placed on the best interests of children. You stay in control over your children’s future rather than a judge deciding the terms for you. This approach results in a healthier co-parenting relationship after divorce. Parents also tend to have stronger long-term relationships with their children.
Spouses never need to go to court when they choose divorce mediation in Arizona. When spouses fight out their divorce in court, both sides usually feel they have lost, mainly because they relinquished control of their future to a judge. The court process escalates fighting which causes high legal fees and emotional pain. Divorcing without court lowers stress, and prevents unnecessary conflict. Lower conflict means less time and far less costs to complete your divorce.
In mediation at The Aurit Center, a neutral mediator guides spouses toward settling all issues that a judge would otherwise decide—asset and debt division, support, and child custody, known in mediation as a “parenting plan.” Customized agreements are reached that meet everyone’s interests. This leads to high satisfaction with divorce mediation outcomes, compared the dissatisfaction with court ordered divorce terms.
In the end, your mediator will write your Divorce Decree with your agreements, instead of a Judge. You’ll never so much as enter a courthouse.
The Aurit Center For Divorce Mediation in the Tempe, Arizona is conveniently located on Rio Salado Parkway with beautiful views of Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park. Our office is private, modern and inviting.
The average cost of divorce Arizona is far too high and simply unnecessary. Divorcing spouses need financial stability, not added stress and financial strain. In the Tempe, Arizona area, an initial attorney retainer to begin a case ranges from $5,000 – $15,000. That is beginning for many cases, as an average moderately contested case can average $15,000 – $18,000 per spouse. Highly contested cases that proceed to trial can easily surpass $100,000 in total legal fees.
The Aurit Center provides predictable, client-friendly flat fees for divorce mediation. We believe this is a better way than the “attorney model” of hourly billing for every email and phone call. Our flat fees cover the entire divorce process from filing to finalization and give spouses financial relief. Spouses reach better agreements because of reduced stress. Divorce Mediation at The Aurit Center costs 85 – 95% less than average total divorce legal fees in Arizona. During your free one-hour consultation, you will learn your flat fee for divorce mediation. What happens in mediation, stays in mediation.
Family matters should remain private. The sensitive and personal nature of divorce requires a process that keeps all communications and activities confidential. Arizona law protects mediation confidentiality. Unlike open court proceedings that place financial information and highly personal information on public record, what happens in mediation stays in mediation.
Spouses are routinely advised by their attorneys to stop all direct communication with one another about divorce issues once legal representation begins. As a result, miscommunications occur, conflict often escalates, and simple solutions to problems can become complicated and expensive. Spouses report feeling like they have “lost control” over their divorce.
In mediation, an impartial mediator helps spouses communicate, so that nothing gets lost in translation. This is highly effective, even for spouses with high conflict in their relationship. Focused problem solving in mediation leads to finding common ground and agreements that benefit both spouses. Staying in control over personalized terms accounts for such high satisfaction.
“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.”
“Everyone at Aurit Center genuinely cares 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.”
“Through difficult discussions, emotions, and legalese.”
“Through difficult discussions, emotions, and legalese, I always felt like I was in excellent hands. They made our process go much more smoothly and simply than I anticipated.
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!”
“They did a fantastic job guiding us through the process and keeping us on track. With their 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.”
Litigation can be an all-consuming, confrontational process that increases stress and diminishes your and your family’s physical and mental health and overall well-being.
Our mediators guide you through our creative, focused, and thoughtful problem-solving approach to reach all agreements. Since mediation lowers conflict, it reduces stress for you and your family.
Mediation is cost-effective: 80% to 90% less expensive than litigation. Arizona attorneys typically charge an initial retainer of $5,000 to $15,000, and an average court case can cost more than $40,000.
At the Aurit Center, we never charge a retainer or bill by the hour. We provide affordable, all-inclusive, flat fees that keep you in control of your costs.
Most of our clients complete their mediation process within 2 to 4 months. That’s much sooner than the average litigated divorce, which can take anywhere from 10 months to 2 years—or more.
Instead of a long, emotionally- and financially-draining litigated divorce process, our efficient, focused approach creates relief for you and your family.
Couples who complete their process in divorce mediation are more likely to comply with the terms of their divorce. You maintain control as we help you customize your agreement to meet your family’s specific needs through a more respectful divorce process. That results in more respect for the final terms, compared to a judge-ordered divorce where parents lose all control of the outcome.
What happens in mediation stays in mediation, which can be a comforting thought when personal details are being revealed. Arizona law guarantees that anything said during mediation is private and confidential. In litigation, anything said or written is a matter of public record which anyone can access.
In mediation, you stay in control of your future. Your mediator guides you in reaching an agreement by objectively listening and incorporating as much as possible of what is important to each of you.
Courts lack the time and resources to consider or understand your needs thoughtfully. Litigating means giving control to a judge who will make all decisions based on the limited information they receive from attorneys.
Legal battles of any magnitude harm children. Child specialists agree that continued fighting during and after divorce can severely damage child development and cause long-term emotional and psychological harm.
Mediation puts your kids first by protecting their physical and mental health and overall well-being. Our mediators, who specialize in the needs of children during divorce, set you up for the healthiest co-parenting relationship possible.
Research shows that children whose parents cooperate during and after divorce are more resilient and maintain normal long-term emotional well-being. Continued fighting between their parents during and after the divorce is a top reason for children’s severe long-term emotional problems around their parents’ divorce.
By reducing conflict and creating a plan, mediation helps parents adjust to co-parenting after divorce. The better the parents adjust, the better the kids adjust.
Research shows that parents who resolve their divorce through mediation have more meaningful long-term relationships with their children.
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