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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 […]

How to be Effective Co-Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 cases, which here in Arizona peaked in mid-summer before being brought under relative control, are back on the rise in frightening numbers. For parents, this means co-parenting will continue to be a challenge as working from home, business closures, home schooling and other responses to the pandemic remain in play. As experienced Scottsdale child […]

Can Third Parties Be Awarded Child Custody or Visitation in Arizona?

In Arizona child custody cases, the law creates a rebuttable presumption that awarding legal decision-making authority to one or both of the parents best serves the child’s physical, psychological and emotional needs. This is a difficult presumption to overcome. But there are certain circumstances where the law allows a third party, such as a grandparent, […]

Understanding the Benefits and Limits of a Prenuptial Agreement

Nobody likes to think about divorce when starting a marriage, but it is a realistic possibility that must be considered. Many couples marry later in life after having accumulated some wealth and after having children from a prior marriage. Entering into a prenuptial agreement is a way to plan for an orderly disposition of property […]

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