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Tips for Long-Distance Parenting After a Relocation

Long Distance Parenting After Relocation

Arizona permits people with minor children to relocate far away from the other parent, subject to certain requirements and limitations. Or there may be situations where the non-custodial parent moves away, such as to pursue a job opportunity. In either case, the relocation puts pressure on parenting time. Long-distance parenting is not ideal but there […]

Making a Strong Case for Child Custody

Well Cared for Child Can Help Child Custody

Child custody cases are often emotionally charged and contentious. Custody disputes involve two issues — each parent’s decision-making authority and parenting time with the child. If the parties cannot come to an agreement on their own or through mediation, any disputed matter will have to be decided by a judge. In that scenario, a parent […]

Proposed Arizona Law Would Let Teens Select Which Parent They Want to Live With

Happy Teenager and Parent

Parents can argue over legal decision-making and visitation issues long after a divorce is finalized, and the children are sometimes drawn into the conflict. Naturally, infants and toddlers have no say in these matters, but as children mature, some gain the intelligence and are able to articulate themselves to decide and express their preferences on where […]

What to Do Before You File for Divorce in Arizona

Divorcing your spouse is a life-changing event and you shouldn’t go into it without careful thought and preparation. If you or your spouse are likely to file for divorce, taking certain positive actions ahead of time can make the process smoother, less stressful and more likely to have a satisfactory outcome. A productive course of […]

Tips for Resolving a High-Conflict Custody Battle

Divorce can be particularly difficult for a couple’s children. The stable home environment and loving relationships they have experienced are suddenly upended and the future seems uncertain. The effect on the children is even worse when they are put in the middle of a custody fight. If your spouse is being combative or unreasonable in […]

Making Good Use of Arizona’s “Cooling Off” Period in a Divorce

When your marriage breaks down, it might be tempting to rush through divorce in order to end the tensions and conflicts and start a new chapter in your life. In Arizona, however, there is a public policy of encouraging divorce litigants to stop and think before they dissolve the bonds of matrimony, in the hope […]

Choosing Legal Separation as an Alternative to Divorce

Divorce is not the only option for spouses whose marriage is at the breaking point. Arizona law also recognizes legal separation. Divorce and separation are both court proceedings in which a judge can make orders concerning child custody, child support, spousal support and other issues. The major difference is that divorce ends the marriage but […]

How is Arizona Child Support Adjusted for Parenting Time?

After a divorce, each parent’s obligation to support their children continues. Generally, child support is paid to the parent with whom the child lives, but if parenting time is shared, payments are calculated with that in mind. In Arizona, child support payments are apportioned based on — among other factors — how much time each […]

Moving Out of State While Under a Child Custody Order

People may choose to relocate for any number of reasons after a divorce— such as to get a better job, to further their education or to be close to loved ones. However, a divorced parent with custody of minor children cannot make a long-distance move without satisfying certain legal requirements. In Arizona, court permission is […]

Why You Need a Lawyer for an Uncontested Divorce in Arizona

If you and your spouse have reached a mutual decision to end your marriage — and there are no disputes concerning property division, child custody or support — you may be able to file for an uncontested divorce. Rather than letting a judge decide your case, you and your spouse can determine the outcome. An […]

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