Family Law Mediation
Do you want to save time and money in your family law case? Do you want to have some control in your case? Try family law mediation.
McMurdie Law & Mediation has more than two decades of experience to help you achieve legal resolution and stay out of court through mediation or really artful negotiation.
In family law mediation, the task of finding a solution lies with the involved parties, not with the court. By avoiding court, mediation participants save time, money, energy, stress, and paperwork. Since one of the main reasons for conflict is miscommunication, McMurdie Mediation allows you to get straight to the heart of the matter and deal with the issues with a professional facilitator/mediator.
Mediation is possible on all types of family law matters including legal separation, divorce, annulment, maternity and paternity establishment, post-divorce modifications, child support and spousal maintenance, parenting time, grandparent rights, step-parent rights, and relocation. In Maricopa County, the court has finally begun to order parties to attend private mediation in an attempt to settle their matter. You can have private mediation without being ordered by the court and never have to step a foot inside the courtroom. At McMurdie Law & Mediation we provide one day or multiple day mediation as needed and customized for your case.
Mediation examines underlying causes of conflict, moving past the initial breakdown to what is really at the source of those feelings. When each party is encouraged to share his or her unique viewpoint on the situation, the other participant is afforded a higher level of understanding, which leads to a more open and honest dialogue. Mediation is usually faster than going to court—which can drag on for years and, it can often be a more cost-effective solution in family law matters.
Cristi McMurdie brings together decades of expertise as a practicing family law attorney, twenty-five years of family law mediation experience, years of collaborative law practice, and 15-years as a professional business and life coach. Cristi provides hands-on assistance to customize what you need in your case, whether it is to work faster towards a resolution or to slow things down while you plan and execute the steps of the divorce process, such as selling your home or starting a new job. All of this leads to a higher level of satisfaction and better, stronger, more long lasting resolutions for you and your family.
Sue, Buckeye, AZ – Mediation – MARCH 2019
We used Ms. McMurdie’s expert mediation skills to help my husband and I come to an agreement with my adult son over money he thought he was owed. She settled things down, got us to focus and we were able to agree with each other after 1-hour session. Cristi made us feel comfortable with each other so we could talk things through. She is a great listener, intuitive, and very personable. Thank you again for making this so much easier that I thought it would be.
Scott in Carefree, AZ – November 2018
Divorce and Relocation Successful Using WHYMediate Thanks again for your help. [My ex-spouse] and I both feel as though we are in a good place and can work together amicably to deal with issues as they arise. However, if we do find ourselves at an impasse and agree we need your help, we will certainly call you. We both really appreciate all you’ve done for us!
Jacob in Scottsdale – August 2018
WHYMediate Mediation Services Two months after Mediation: Our family is doing great. The plan is working out. Both of us still work together as a team and with no doubt will continue to as we raise our kids. Our schedules are nicely coordinated. The divorce was ideal in how everything was worked out.
Susan X, Mediation Client – June 2018
I am very thankful to Ms. McMurdie for her amazing Mediation Services regarding my case. In my opinion she is a miracle worker! Prior to mediation my husband and I had very little communication and our attorneys were unable to help us to clearly communicate on the issues and to come to agreements. Ms. McMurdie was able to get us to the table and discuss these difficult issues and come to resolution. She was skilled and tenacious and she never gave up through extremely difficult circumstances. Her services saved us a ton of money, time and frustration. If you are… in the middle of a difficult court case I highly recommend WHY Mediate Mediation with Cristi McMurdie. Read more “Susan X, Mediation Client – June 2018”
John P. – February 2017
I highly recommend Cristi for her mediation services. My ex-wife and I sought her help for our divorce. She helped make a very difficult time in our lives much more tolerable. Christi is a very thorough and competent professional who always had both of our best interests in mind. She always made us feel like we were being advised correctly. She also has a very calm demeanor that was a blessing for us as we tried to resolve our differences. Cristi’s strong sense of organization helped us to feel like our case would be handled competently and expeditiously, and her… tutelage brought us to a fair and amicable settlement. My ex-wife and I remain good friends today in great part due to Cristi’s intercession. Read more “John P. – February 2017”
Missy R – July 2015
High quality service, honest and caring Cristi McMurdie is extremely knowledgeable in many facets of the law. My experience with her has been that she truly cares about the people that come to her for help and she strives to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties in mediation. She helped us finalize our divorce at a fraction of the cost of attorneys, and got the job done in a much shorter time frame. I wish we both had begun working with her much sooner, it would have saved us so much time and frustration. Even if you and… your spouse have a hard time being in the same room together, I would highly encourage you to give Cristi a shot at helping…she is truly talented at what she does. Read more “Missy R – July 2015”
Mary C – April 2015
I highly recommend Cristi and the WHY?Mediate method for mediation in any personal or family matters that may be difficult to resolve without assistance. Cristi and her staff helped me through a very difficult and emotional life-changing event, skillfully and professionally guiding me through the divorce process. Cristi did an excellent job of keeping the discussions focused while allowing both parties to air their respective grievances. She did this with class, compassion, fairness and a great understanding of the law. Her expert understanding and management of the mediation process provided a safe and comfortable environment that encouraged an efficient and… equitable resolution for both parties. As a result, high legal fees and court appearances were avoided. Cristi’s staff is stellar!! Communication was timely and information was always provided with clear instructions with regard to every phase of the process, including a timeline of each step, what forms were required to complete and how to prepare for submission to the court. They always worked with our schedule, making the process move quickly through the system. I am eternally grateful for both Cristi and her staff….priceless! Read more “Mary C – April 2015”