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What Does a Preliminary Injunction Do for Spouses in a Divorce?

Arizona is a community property state, which means that all property acquired during a marriage is deemed to belong to both spouses equally and, upon divorce, is divided equally between them. When you file for divorce, you may be concerned that your spouse will spend or otherwise dispose of money in bank accounts and other […]

How Do Arizona Divorce Courts Determine Spousal Maintenance?

Either spouse in a divorce proceeding may seek spousal maintenance, better known as alimony, based on financial need. If a spouse lacks sufficient resources to provide for his or her reasonable expenses or is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment, that spouse may be awarded support. A court deciding on spousal maintenance also looks […]

Keeping in Compliance with Parenting Time Orders During COVID-19

Co-parenting has been difficult for many Arizonans during the coronavirus pandemic. Work schedule changes, school cancellations and business closures have made it difficult for divorced or separated parents to follow court-ordered plans. The crisis shows no signs of abating, with Arizona experiencing record levels of exposure cases and related deaths. While court officials are sympathetic, […]

Who Has the Final Say in Joint Legal Child Custody in Arizona?

In Arizona, when parents have joint legal custody, final say resides with “both” parents to agree on major decisions regarding their children. Only when one parent is given sole authority can they make decisions without the other parent. Arizona law provides for two types of legal custody of children after a divorce. One parent may […]

What Happens to Support Arrears Once Your Kids Are Grown?

It’s well known that child support obligations generally come to an end once the child is no longer a minor. However, child support arrears may have a much longer lifespan. Child support, or maintenance, is determined according to Arizona Child Support Guidelines, which are based on a child’s age at the time the child support […]

What Is Reasonable Parenting Time for a Non-Custodial Parent?

In Arizona, non-custodial parents have the right to reasonable parenting time, formerly known as visitation. The law defines “reasonable” as sufficient to ensure that a child has frequent and continuing contact with the parent, but parenting time can be significantly limited or even denied for the sake of the child’s best interests. So what does […]

Divorce and Kids: When Is It Time to See a Therapist?

Divorce is hard on everyone involved, and often more so on children. During and after divorce, children are dealing with a lot of upheaval and, like you, probably have a mix of feelings, including anger, sadness, guilt and confusion. Parents may think they are benefiting their children a service by avoiding discussion of the disagreements […]

What Happens to a Parent Who Fails to Pay Child Support?

Not making child support payments can result in harsh consequences, including fines and, in certain cases, prison time. Whether you forgot to pay or are unable to pay due to a financial hardship, the penalties are often the same. The longer you wait, the more arrears accrue and the harsher the punishment. In the worst […]

Pros and Cons of Prenuptial Agreements

For every article in popular media that focuses on the negative aspects of prenuptial agreements, another one is published that theorizes they make marriages stronger. Still others say prenups are a sign that you and your spouse-to-be simply don’t have enough trust to survive a long marriage. Whether or not a prenuptial agreement is to […]

How to Obtain the Most Parenting Time Possible After Divorce

Divorce is often hardest on the parent who is not awarded primary custody. Child parenting time can ease the painful separation, but in order to be meaningful, it should be sufficient to provide frequent and continuing parent-child contact. You can work toward maximizing time with your children in a number of ways: Negotiate parenting time […]

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