Healthy Arizona Divorce

Divorce in Arizona
doesn’t have to be a battle

Our process supports fairness, respect, and confidentiality.

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Flat Fees

Our flat fees are predictable— you know the full cost upfront.

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Less time

Complete your entire divorce process in as little as eight weeks.

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Less Conflict

Our caring approach protects the wellness of your family.

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Voted “Best Of Our Valley” for “Best Family Law”
Arizona Foothills Magazine, for 6 consecutive years, 2016-2021

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AVOID COURT AND LOWER CONFLICT

Stay in control of your divorce terms

Divorce mediation keeps you in control of your future, rather than a judge ordering your divorce terms in litigation. Our respectful and fair process guides you to reach your best possible agreements.

Save money on expensive divorce attorneys, whose profit increases as your conflict with your spouse increases. Instead, we offer flat-fee pricing so that our shared goal is a low-conflict, low-stress process.

We help you identify issues, explore options and reach agreements. We prepare all of your legal documents and file them with the court on your behalf. In mediation, we will address:

  • Division of Property
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time Schedules
  • Legal Decision-Making Authority regarding children
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PEACE OF MIND

We are Arizona’s Divorce Experts

From beginning to end — Petition filing to final Consent Decree — we handle your entire divorce so that you never set foot in a courtroom.

Our mediators are all Arizona attorneys and among the most experienced divorce professionals in Arizona. We provide a simple, affordable, less stressful divorce alternative to litigation. We help you control your own future and personalize your own divorce terms.

Online or in-person

We are with you all the way

We tailor our services to meet your unique needs. We respect the personal nature of divorce and offer all services online to help you be as comfortable as possible during your mediation meetings.

We serve the entire state of Arizona via online services. If you prefer in-person meetings, we have offices throughout the valley.

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“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 results.

Their level of skill and compassion surpassed what I expected during the difficult process of divorce.”

-A.P.

michael aurit
Founder, Professional Mediator

Michael Aurit, JD, MDR

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D.)
  • The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law (M.D.R.)
  • The Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee College (B.F.A.)

Experience

  • Nationally recognized divorce and family mediator
  • President, The Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM)
  • Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law, The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Professor, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, The Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center
  • Ethics Chair, Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators
  • “10 Best” Arizona Family Law Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Arizona Supreme Court, Certified Legal Document Preparer
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Founder, Director

Karen Aurit, LAMFT

Education

  • Antioch University, Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis, Mindfulness Theory Specialization (M.A.)
  • The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, Mediation Certification (Cert.)
  • Arizona State University, Psychology (B.A.)

Experience

  • Nationally recognized conflict resolution system designer
  • Co-Chair, Town Hall Committee, Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM)
  • Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law, The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Professor, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, The Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center
  • Co-Chair, Conference Committee, Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
HOW IT WORKS

Our simple, four-step process

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Free Consultation

Hear about our straight-forward Arizona divorce process, have all your questions answered, and learn about the next steps.

02

We File the Petition

You will avoid the often hurtful process of “being served.” Instead, we file your divorce Petition without conflict and your process moves forward.

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We Help You Reach Agreements

Our expert mediators are licensed Arizona attorneys who provide you with the legal information you need to make informed agreements on every divorce issue.

Our mediation coordinators provide you with frequent updates and answer your questions anytime. Our goal is to make your process as simple and easy as possible.

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We File the Consent Decree

Your divorce is finalized when we file your consent decree with the court, without ever going to court.

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation

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Affordable Client-Friendly Flat Fees

The cost of divorce in Arizona is staggering. Attorneys estimate that the average divorce in litigation costs $15,000 – $20,000 per spouse, or about $40,000 total for a moderately contested case that does not go to trial. Attorneys bill by the hour and require a retainer. Moreover, legal fees increase when conflict increases.

Divorce mediation at The Aurit Center costs 80 – 90% less than the average attorney’s fees for divorce. We offer affordable, client-friendly flat fees that provide peace of mind throughout your process.

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Private and Confidential

We believe sensitive family matters should remain private. In divorce mediation, everything said is confidential and protected by Arizona law. Your divorce process will not become part of the public record.

Studies show that people are far more likely to comply with their personalized divorce terms than orders handed down by a judge. In addition, adherence to agreements results in more trusting and more respectful co-parenting. As the needs of your family change, we are here to help you make any necessary agreement modifications.

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Less Time, Lower Conflict

Most conflict in divorce can be avoided. Conflict results in long divorce cases, which cause high legal fees. Divorce in court commonly takes 9 months to more than 2 years, producing extended, high-stress levels for spouses and children.

In mediation, the entire divorce process takes an average of 2 – 4 months. We lower conflict, avoid misunderstandings and help reduce your stress. You stay in control of the timeframe for your divorce.

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Choose a healthier divorce process

We believe in protecting you and your family from the harm of a litigated divorce. Less conflict allows you to recover and focus on what is most important in your life.

Be a superhero to your children

When parents fight, their children suffer. Litigation with attorneys causes conflict that can damage your child’s development and cause long-term severe emotional problems. Choosing divorce mediation for your Arizona divorce instead of an ugly court battle is one of the best decisions a parent can ever make. Have mediation meetings instead of court battles.

Our mediators educate you about how to help your children adjust. They can explain how children frequently respond to their parent’s separation and identify signs that they may need extra support. We will guide you toward professional assistance for them if needed.

Divorcing parents: you can be a superhero to your children.

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cathi jensen
“Mediation is the far better choice that divorcing parents can make for the sake of their children. Michael is a compassionate mediator. I would trust him with my thoughts and feelings knowing that he would lead me to the best solution for my situation.”

Cathi Jensen Searles

Elementary School Teacher, Paradise Valley Unified School District (30+ years)

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“Michael is an exceptional lawyer and mediator. His intelligence, skills, and personal qualities have allowed him to master the art and science of dispute resolution. He is creative, patient, positive, flexible, empathetic and trustworthy. His listening and communications skills are simply excellent. ”

Nancy MacLean Davidson, Esq.

Fitzgibbons Law Offices P.L.C.

josh nunez
“Michael is known for his creative legal mind. His reputation for fairness and excellence has a positive bearing on his outcomes with clients. His intellect helps generate thoughtful and practical solutions under difficult circumstances. Cool, calm, and collected – that’s classic Michael Aurit.”

Josh Nunez, Esq.

The Nunez Law Firm, Phoenix, Arizona

THE BIG PICTURE

Avoid a harmful
court battle

You don’t have to fight through your divorce.

We can help you get through this in the best way possible.

Schedule your complimentary consultation