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Phoenix Divorce Law Blog

Child support may continue into early adulthood

Are you negotiating your divorce? Are you a parent who shares children with your soon-to-be ex? Then it is likely that you are trying to determine the details of financially supporting your children going forward.

Will you be the custodial parent or will you share custody with the other parent? Any child support agreement will touch upon these basic issues. One issue that many individuals may not immediately think of is post-secondary support of the child after he or she turns 18 years of age.

How do you cope with a divorce during the holiday season?

While most people in Arizona are getting into the "holiday spirit," there are some people who may be having a more difficult time than others - those who are going through a divorce during the holiday season. A recent article, acknowledging the difficulty that some people may experience at this time, attempted to help those individuals with a specific question: How do you cope with a divorce during the holiday season?

Well, for starters, couples who have children and who are going through a divorce may be able to cope by focusing even more attention on their children than they ever did while they were together with their soon-to-be ex-spouse. Sure, the children may be shuttling back and forth between the spouses at a time when most families are coming together, but the holidays offer a unique time to re-connect with your children: they are off school for a while, and you may have some vacation time to spend together with your children doing some of your favorite activities.

Modification of child support may help to ease your mind

Sometimes, a child support arrangement achieved in the past is no longer viable in light of current circumstances. For example, a life event such as a job loss or serious injury may lead to the need to obtain a child support modification.

If you are the one paying child support and need your payments to be lower, you and the recipient parent have to agree on the change. A few tips may help you seek the modification of child support effectively.

The basics of a property division agreement

Previous posts here have mentioned how the divorce process can be much easier for couples in Arizona when they are able to reach agreements about certain aspects of the legal process. For instance, some divorces are agreed to mutually - both partners realize that it is best for each of them to move on from the marriage. Couples like this who are going through a divorce in Arizona may be able to work out many different parts of the divorce process, such as one of the biggest issues: property division.

A property division agreement will usually need to address both assets and debts and how each will be divided. And, there will need to be some parts of the agreement that address the state of affairs in the divorce. For example, one part of the agreement will need to state that the parties have fully and completely disclosed all assets owned, and that they understand their legal rights in the divorce process.

Potential tax reform could have significant impact on divorce

In a divorce, there are many different concerns for Arizona residents. The focus in divorces that involve children will rightfully be on child custody, support and visitation, while all divorces will include concerns about property division. But, one aspect of divorce that may be an afterthought is how the divorce will impact a person's tax situation.

Our readers have probably seen the news about tax reform efforts that are currently underway in Washington, D.C. A recent article noted that some of the potential reforms may have a significant impact on divorce.

Divorce and bankruptcy together: what to expect

Divorce is a naturally challenging process due to the emotional and financial factors involved. Making the dissolution of a marriage more complicated is the fact that you and/or your spouse also plan to file for bankruptcy.

Divorce and bankruptcy have major effects on each other when it comes to your personal finances and property. A few tips may help you to navigate both a divorce and bankruptcy filing prudently in Arizona.  

Child custody decision affects your relationship with your kids

When a married couple makes the decision to begin a family and have children, it is a huge step. The family dynamics will change forever, and family finances will be significantly impacted as well. So, logic dictates that when a divorce occurs, issues regarding the children will be some of the most important topics to address. That includes the child custody arrangement.

The ultimate decision that is made regarding child custody in the divorce process can put a framework in place that will last for years. Not only will the child custody plans determine where the children will live, who will make important decisions about their lives and what types of visitation schedules the parents will adhere to, these plans will - perhaps most importantly - impact the parents' relationship with the children.

Why is "community property" an important term in Arizona?

Couples in Arizona who are going through the divorce process are likely to encounter certain terms that are unfamiliar to them. After all, for many people their interactions with divorce court are the first time that they have ever had contact with the judicial system. So-called "legalese" can seem pervasive. One important term that will come up in any divorce in Arizona is "community property."

So, why is the term "community property" an important term to know when it comes to divorces in Arizona? Well, the biggest reason is that this term plays a major role in the property division aspect of a divorce. In essence, every divorce will result in the categorization of property and assets into two different categories: separate property and community property. Community property is also known as "marital property."

The basics of child custody in Arizona

You are getting ready to file for divorce, but you have children to consider and have concerns about how parenting time will end up working out. That is okay. Worrying about child custody is certainly normal for any parent in Arizona or elsewhere who is in your exact same shoes.

You'd like to think that putting together a child custody arrangement would be fairly simple, but that is not always the case. There are couples who cannot agree on what really is the best living arrangement for their children. This is why the state has specific laws regarding this topic, which can help steer parents in the right direction, or at least give the courts a leg to stand on when it is left up to them to decide.

Can science predict who will get a divorce?

Studying a social compact as significant as marriage has long been a favorite pastime of sociologists and psychologists. The intimate, personal relationship between a husband and wife can be fertile ground for getting a read on how the human mind works. But, can science predict which married couples will ultimately get a divorce? According to the data compiled by various researchers, the answer may be "yes."

A recent article noted some of the factors that could foretell a troubled marriage. Some seem logical, while others seem somewhat random. For instance, the recent article indicated that there may be a prime age range to get married. The data reportedly shows that marriages that begin when the newlyweds are in their teens or over the age of 32 are more likely to end in divorce. So, apparently the 20's are the right time to get married and stay that way, according to scientific analysis of the data.

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