Georgia is a native of Phoenix and lifelong resident of the Valley.
She obtained her BA from Arizona State and her JD degree from ASU’s College of Law. Georgia is married to another of our mediator-attorneys, John Zarzynski, and have three children. She and John established their own family law practice over twenty years ago.
Georgia's practice focuses on Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and Appeals.
IF YOU HAVE RETIREMENT ASSETS TO DIVIDE, YOU’LL WANT TO READ THIS:
Georgia Wilder is one of only a handful of attorneys in Arizona who is experienced in dividing retirement assets in divorce cases and preparing your Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO (pronounced “QUAD-dro”). A QDRO is a court order separate from your divorce decree that is needed to divide retirement assets in compliance with federal tax law. The QDRO will enable the retirement plan administrator to pay the non-employee spouse’s share of the retirement benefit directly to him/her so that the person receiving the funds bears the taxes on the funds received and an early withdrawal penalty is avoided.
Sometimes, the retirement assets are one of the biggest assets a couple owns. Georgia can work with you to equalize those assets, or divide them as you agree, in the most efficient way possible to minimize the paperwork and fees involved. Retirement assets can often provide possibilities for creative ways to settle the financial part of your case if you are aware of the ways the funds can be transferred.
John is our lead mediator and has been a practicing lawyer in the Phoenix area since 1978. He has a practice that is limited to Family Law and he is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, having received that designation in 1996. He has been a Judge Pro Tem of the Maricopa County Superior Court since 1989 and he frequently lectures on divorce related topics to members of the State Bar of Arizona.
Raised in Wisconsin, John has lived in Arizona since 1975 and graduated from the Arizona State University College of Law. He has been involved in various committees through the State Bar including the Continuing Education Committee and the Family Law Certification Commission. Despite having tried hundreds of divorce cases in the Maricopa County Superior Court, John firmly believes that mediation gives husbands and wives their best opportunity to control their own destiny and to experience the process in a positive instead of a negative way.
Dale came to mediation two decades ago when he joined the Arizona Attorney General’s mediation program, working as a volunteer mediator to resolve cases for the Justice Courts and the office of the Registrar of Contractors. Dale has since completed training at the renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, the national leader in mediation training.
In addition to his mediation work, Dale writes newspaper columns nationally syndicated by King Features. He also does creativity training and coaching with organizations around the country, and has worked with Caterpillar, General Dynamics, NASA and many others, and brings that creative energy to his mediation work.
Dale is a member of ACR (Association for Conflict Resolution), holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Arizona State University, and did additional graduate work at Stanford University.