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Options for Scheduling Visits in a Parenting Plan

Deciding how you’ll parent your minor children after a divorce can add more stress to an already trying situation. In Arizona, the courts require divorcing spouses granted joint child custody to agree to a detailed schedule controlling how much time children spend with each parent and when. But determining the parenting time schedule that best […]

The Perils of Opting for a Do-It-Yourself Divorce

We live in an on-demand, do-it-yourself world, with access to loads of information at our fingertips that allow many things to be handled without expert help. However, one thing that’s very risky to attempt to do yourself is a divorce. Though you may think you’re saving money, a DIY divorce can create more trouble than […]

Why Choose Legal Separation Instead of Divorce?

Divorce is not the only option for married couples with irreconcilable differences. Another choice is legal separation, which allows for spouses to live apart under a court decree that governs their financial and parenting obligations. However, the spouses remain legally married in all other respects. There are varied reasons why some couples find this a […]

What Are the Grounds for Modifying Child Support?

When child support orders are issued by a court, the terms of payment cannot be changed without court involvement. A parent can ask the court to modify a child support order only by demonstrating that a “substantial and continuing change” has occurred related to the parents’ respective incomes, child-rearing costs, parenting time or family situations. […]

Dividing Retirement Benefits in an Arizona Divorce

For many Americans, retirement accounts — such as a pension, IRA or 401k — make up a significant portion of their assets and are vital to maintaining their standard of living in later years. If you are married, however, your retirement accounts are not necessarily yours alone. They may be considered as part of the […]

What Makes You Eligible for Alimony

Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, may be available in a divorce in Arizona. It is intended to be temporary — providing financial support for a spouse who requires time, education and/or training in order to become financially independent. Establishing eligibility for alimony requires showing a need on the part of one spouse as well […]

When Can Grandparents and Other Relatives Get Awarded Visitation?

Arizona recognizes the rights of grandparents and certain other people to child visitation in certain circumstances. However, these rights are in no way automatic. The person seeking visitation must petition the state court and must meet certain legal prerequisites. To be eligible to file a visitation petition, a person must stand “in loco parentis” to […]

What Makes a Divorce Uncontested?

Like other states, Arizona authorizes uncontested divorce. Known as “divorce by consent decree,” it does not require proving either spouse is at fault for the breakdown of the marriage. There is no trial or litigation and the court’s only functions are to review the parties’ proposed agreements for fundamental fairness and issue a final decree. […]

How to Modify Parenting Time in Arizona

Parenting time, also known as visitation, is a privilege granted to divorced or separated parents who do not have sole custody of their children. A parenting plan is approved by the court based on the family’s situation at the time of the divorce. However, as children grow and as parents’ circumstances change, the parenting plan […]

Critical Concerns in a High Net Worth Divorce

While there is no precise definition, a high net worth divorce usually involves a couple with property having an equity value in excess of $1 million. Due to the size, variety and complexity of the assets and liabilities involved, high net worth divorces tend to take longer and be more problematic. Wealthy people tend to […]

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