Mediation is the process whereby an impartial third person helps disputing
parties resolve their differences in a private and confidential setting.
Mediation is a low cost, flexible, fast, efficient and completely
confidential method of resolving disputes and is increasingly encouraged by
Arizona courts. While mediation is neither therapy nor counseling, it is a
process whereby both parties are able to explore various settlement options,
make informed decisions and realize a positive outcome. Mediation has proven
highly successful in many types of disputes, including assisting families in
the resolution of disputes arising from divorce, as well as the ongoing
issues associated with co-parenting children after the divorce is over.
In Pima County, the Family Center of Conciliation Court (FCCC) provides free
mediation of custody and visitation disputes regarding minor children for
parents going through a divorce, legal separation, paternity or child support
action in the Superior Court. FCCC mediation is mandatory in almost every case
involving a disagreement involving custody and parenting time. Although parents
are required to attend, neither party is required to come to an agreement during
Unlike private mediation, FCCC mediators will not discuss property or debt
issues or the enforcement of custody or parenting time orders.
FCCC services are available in Spanish, as well as other languages as needed.
If you are interested in mediating your divorce settlement, we highly recommend
the services of Marie Mendelson Piccarreta, of Old Pueblo Mediation Services.
Marie is a past chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the
State Bar of Arizona. She is also an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Family
Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, a national organization for
professional divorce mediation practitioners which grants membership to
mediators who have satisfied its training, experience and educational
requirements; as well as a past President of the Mediation Association of
Southern Arizona and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona
Dispute Resolution Association. Ms. Piccarreta has received extensive and
ongoing training in dispute resolution techniques and has been specifically
trained as a divorce mediator both locally and by nationally recognized
mediators. She has successfully mediated family disputes for the last fourteen
years, including disputes arising from marital dissolution, property division,
child custody, visitation, child support and spousal maintenance. Ms. Piccarreta
has served as a Pima County Superior Court Pro-Tem Settlement Judge, as well as
a mediator for the Arizona Attorney General's Office, Civil Rights Division, the
Tucson Association of Realtors, the State Bar of Arizona and the Tucson
Community Mediation Program.
145 South Sixth Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Telephone: (520) 881-2021
Telefax: (520) 881-2142
3919 East Cooper St.
Tucson, Arizona 85711
Web site: www.oldpueblomediationservices.com