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May 2018 Archives

More women ordered to pay child and spousal support

When many people in Phoenix hear the term "alimony," they may think of an ex-wife receiving monthly support payments from her ex-husband. However, alimony or spousal support obligations have been gender-neutral since a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978. Instead of being dependent on the gender of the partner with the higher income, spousal support determinations are based on the economic and financial makeup of the marriage. This is especially true when one partner stays home to raise children or care for the house. While this has traditionally been a gender role ascribed to women, an increasing number of households across the country have a female breadwinner.

Protecting your children when you and your ex can’t agree in court

Losing something you care about is painful. Something that once filled you with joy now only leaves you with frustration and anger. Arguments and conflict are sometimes unavoidable in the divorce process, but if you’re finding yourself constantly in arguments and shouting matches, you may be embroiled in a high conflict divorce.

Making sense of child support data

On average, a single custodial parent in Arizona or elsewhere in the country is owed less than $500 per month in child support. This was one of the findings from the "January 2016 Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support" report. It is released by the U.S. Census Bureau using the most recent information available to come up with its findings.

Documentary highlights the inequities of child support

Advocacy groups have long claimed that child support systems in Arizona and around the country are disproportionately harsh on poor fathers, and these arguments are supported by research from the Urban Institute. According to the think tank, fathers who report no income or have earnings of less than $10,000 a year owe 70 percent of the nation's delinquent child support. Critics have also claimed that the way child support is awarded and collected in the U.S. is inherently racist.

Fathers can protect their rights to their children

Many fathers in Arizona fear being separated from their children if their current relationship comes to an end. While they may be more than satisfied to move on from a romantic relationship that is no longer working, the thought of being separated from their children can be painful and difficult and even keep people in troublesome relationships over the long term. Fathers who want to protect their legal rights to their children may find it important to officially establish paternity.

Arizona becomes first state to identify custody of frozen embryos

When the topic of divorce rears its ugly head, one of the first things to come up is invariably child custody. Wanting what’s best for your children is one of the most important values for a good parent to have. The custody and wellbeing of a child that has not yet been born, however, is a rare topic in divorce courts.

Why filing petitions for child custody is important

Some Arizona parents who are raising their children alone may not understand what it means to be a custodial parent in the eyes of the law. In situations in which one parent is willfully uninvolved and the other parent is raising the child by himself or herself, the courts might not consider the parent who is raising the child alone to be the custodial parent.

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