Of all of the issues that can arise in a divorce in Arizona, child custody has the potential to become the most contentious of all. No matter how irretrievably a marriage breaks down, when children are involved one thing is usually clear: both soon-to-be ex-spouses love their children very much and want to be there for them. While this is obviously highly admirable, nonetheless life after divorce will be very different, both for the spouses and for the children.
Not all children who are born in Arizona are born to a husband and wife. In fact, recent statistics have shown that the number of children who are being born outside the bounds of marriage has increased quite a bit over the last several years. When a child is born to a married husband and wife, there is a presumption that the husband is the father of the child. However, when a child is born to a couple who are not married, it may be necessary to establish the paternity of the child.
Most of our readers probably know the broad strokes involved in a divorce, but what they may not realize is that each state has their own specific state laws governing this type of legal scenario. Arizona, particularly, has a set of divorce laws that is somewhat different from the vast majority of other states in America. Arizona is what is known as a "community property" state, and that comes with some unique potential for complications.
There have been previous assumptions in Arizona that in the court of law with regards to child custody, the mother was assumed to have a stronger role with regards to being a child's caregiver, and therefore would be more likely to gain child custody during divorce proceedings. The courts, however, have always followed the protocol that there is no discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation or race.
The end of a marriage may be one of the most stressful and daunting life changes one may ever face. Along with potentially being an emotional rollercoaster, there are numerous aspects involved in the process, such as property division, that can have a significant impact on your financial future.