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Setting a suitable parenting schedule

When parents in Arizona decide to get divorced, their children can get understandably upset. Children can be uncomfortable with drastic life changes, especially if these changes mean that they'll get to spend less time with the people they love the most. One of the better ways to ease children into this transition is for parents to set up a solid parenting schedule that accommodates the children's needs.

Introduction to the child's best interest standard

Nearly all courts in Arizona base their child custody decisions on the best interests of the children involved. Many factors are used to determine which living situation caters to those interests, including parenting ability, consistency, the age of children and safety. When going into court, it's crucial for parents who want custody to show that they are involved in their children's lives and are willing to do what's necessary to promote their well-being.

The rich take a different approach to divorce

Jeff Bezos and his wife had assets worth about $137 billion at the time that they announced their divorce. Therefore, their divorce is going to look different than the ones most Arizona residents might go through. The most important question that will need to be answered is how the couple will divide their joint assets. In Washington, they are divided 50/50, which means that each would walk away with about $65 billion.

Will my ex or I be allowed to relocate with my child?

Most parents want whatever is best for their children, ahead of their own needs. However, if you're a parent who decides to divorce or to end your relationship, your definition of what is best for your kids may differ from your ex's. You might even find it difficult to put your own personal issues with your ex aside.

Parents should remove emotions when it comes to custody disputes

Couples who have children together but are splitting up may have to deal with the stresses of a child custody battle. In Arizona, this can be among the most trying parts of a divorce case. Even if the couple was never married, child custody and child support may have to be determined by a family court. Ideally, the parties involved will work together to develop a co-parenting plan that works for them and for the children.

National laws regulate states' handling of child custody matters

Parents in Arizona who are divorced from or were never married to the other parent of their child may wonder how child custody matters are handled when they live in different states. Across the country, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, or UCCJEA, is used to determine which state's courts have jurisdiction over a particular custody issue. Previously, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act of 1968 was used to establish jurisdiction over custody matters. Forty-nine of 50 states have adopted the newer law although Massachusetts continues to debate whether the revisions should become state law.

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