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After divorce, the value of time with kids goes up

Spending time with your children is one of the most important things that you can do. Even if you don't accomplish anything -- a major way that adults gauge how valuable their time was -- it still shows the children that you care and that you love them. Committing to spending time with them can help them mature, adjust and form relationships outside of the home -- and, one day, with their own children.

Understanding child custody and temporary guardianships

Every child custody case in Arizona is different with its own unique challenges. The key is to ensure the child's best interests are served. In some instances, the child will be turned over to a temporary guardian. Understanding temporary guardianship is key.

Negotiating a parenting plan after divorce

People in Arizona who decide to divorce may struggle more with reaching a child custody agreement than with other important parts of the end of a marriage, including negotiating property division and spousal support. Many parents fear that they will lose their close connection with their children after a divorce and are troubled by their thoughts of co-parenting with their former spouse. However, parents know that handling the divorce sensitively is important to protect their kids' emotional well-being. There are a number of successful parenting schedules that people can use to share custody after the divorce is finalized.

How mothers lose custody disputes

Many people believe that an inherent gender bias exists in the family court system and that mothers are heavily favored in custody disputes. While some states' practices seem to support this belief, Arizona has taken efforts to prevent gender bias. Courts in Arizona are actually legally prohibited from considering gender in parental disputes.

The different ways to establish paternity

If a child is born to parents who are married, the mother's husband is assumed to be the father. However, if a child's parents are not married when a child is born, no such assumption is made. Instead, the father may sign a form acknowledging his paternity. By signing the form, a man is entitled to all the rights that a normal father would have. He also assumes all of the obligations that come with being a child's legal parent.

The basis for determining a parent unfit to raise a child

Most parents in Arizona and throughout the country are fit to raise their children. However, if a parent is deemed to be unfit, he or she could be denied custody or other rights to a son or daughter. In some cases, those rights may be terminated completely, and in the event that both of a child's parents are seen as unfit, he or she could be adopted by another family.

How old calendars can be helpful in child custody cases

For many Arizona parents of young children, the new year means purchasing a new calendar and throwing out the one from the previous year. However, before they do so, they may want to think twice. It could be helpful if their marriage is coming to an end.

How international custody disputes are handled

Globalization as well as the opportunity to work and study in other countries and have led to more "international" marriages. If two people from different countries separate after having children, custody issues could be quite complex. Individuals in Arizona may wonder how situations are handled when international custody disputes materialize.

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