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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 […]

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 […]

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