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Author Archives: Clark & Schloss Family Law, P.C.

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 […]

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 […]

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