Any Arizona parent who has ever gone through a divorce can attest to the fact that the process is seldom easy and most always stressful in one way or another. Depending on how long you were married, it might feel like life as you know it has come to a complete halt and you are having to start all over again. Nowadays, the divorce process is a lot different in some aspects than it used to be.
For many people, the marital home is an important piece of property. Buying a home is a major investment. It also has sentimental value for some. It may be where you raised your kids, celebrated holidays with loved ones and made other fond memories.
Under Arizona law, various actions can be taken against parents for failure to pay child support. A certain process, however, is required to enforce a child support order. One method of enforcement is an income withholding order which may withhold current and back child support payments through the paying parent's employer. In addition, both state and federal tax refunds can be held when the recipient has unpaid child support obligations. Lottery winnings may also be withheld.
Divorcing parents likely have a number of concerns to consider including what type of child custody arrangement will be best for their children. The family law court focuses on achieving what is in the best interests of the child in all circumstances related to child custody and when children are part of a divorce. Parents may wonder if it is best for the children to remain with their mother or share time equally with both parents.
It’s a misconception to think that divorce involves only legal strategy. Our Arizona law firm recommends viewing divorce as a transition requiring both short-term and long-term planning. Accordingly, after filing a petition for divorce, we advise our clients to assess their lifestyle requirements while the case is pending.
Divorce negotiations seem to focus first on issues like alimony, child support and child custody. If and when the discussion turns to property division, bigger items like the family house and personal property might dominate. Although specific legal procedures apply to the division of retirement assets, it seems that this type of asset often gets second billing.