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What a Premarital Agreement Can and Cannot Do in Arizona

A premarital agreement — also known as a “prenup” — is a contract providing in advance for how property and debts will be distributed in case of a divorce. This type of agreement can save a couple a significant amount of time and money that would be spent on litigation. However, while there are many […]

How Child Care Expenses Can Be Divided in a Divorce

The costs of raising a child include not only paying for basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter , but also the expenses associated with child care, which can be substantial for working parents. In a divorce, the obligation for these costs must be fairly divided. Arizona law requires that both parents financially support […]

What Happens When a Child Refuses to Visit the Other Parent?

Arizona law favors custody arrangements that give children as much time as possible with both parents. Psychological research shows this is usually in the child’s best interests, as kids with a close relationship with mom and dad tend to thrive compared to peers who don’t get ample time with both parents. But what happens when […]

Deciding Who Gets the Pets in a Divorce

Many people regard their pets as members of the family. About 85 million American households own a dog or cat, and who gets the pets is frequently an issue in divorce cases. While some states have amended their laws to allow divorce courts to consider the best interests of the animal, Arizona and other states […]

How Does Loss of Income Due to COVID-19 Affect Your Child Support Obligation?

The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the economy since its outbreak in early 2020. Even if you’re not one of the 20 million Americans who have lost their jobs, you may have seen your wages or other income reduced. If so, this could impact your ability to meet your child support obligation. The question is, do […]

How Child Support is Enforced in Arizona

A parent who is subject to a child support order must make payments on time and in full until the obligation ends. In Arizona, that end point is usually when the child reaches 19 years of age. If the obligated parent fails to make support payments, the parent entitled to receive the payments on behalf […]

Obtaining Child Support from an Unemployed or Underemployed Spouse

When a couple with children gets divorced, their personal finances are crucial to determining how much child support should be paid. Typically, the calculation of child support is relatively straightforward. The judge analyzes each parent’s income and assets, applies the Arizona child support guidelines and enters an order specifying the amount the noncustodial parent should […]

How Community Property Law Can Make One Spouse Liable for the Other’s Debts

When people talk about divorce, they usually understand that each former spouse is likely to walk away from the marriage with a share of the assets, whether it’s half or some other percentage. But what may not be discussed as much is the fact that the couple’s debts also go through the division process, so […]

Creating a Valid and Enforceable Prenuptial Agreement

When done correctly, a prenuptial agreement is an effective, proactive way for a couple to plan for various contingencies. These agreements can provide certainty amid normally uncertain events like divorce, disability or even a lottery win. By spelling out who gets what property when certain events occur, the possibility of conflict over assets is reduced. […]

Divorce During the Year of Coronavirus

The number of people looking for divorce spiked 34 percent between March and June, compared to a year earlier, and 20 percent of the people exploring divorce have been married five months or less, according to recent data. It appears that the stress of quarantine, job loss, homeschooling and other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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