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Category Archives: Divorce

How Do Arizona Divorce Courts Determine Spousal Maintenance?

Either spouse in a divorce proceeding may seek spousal maintenance, better known as alimony, based on financial need. If a spouse lacks sufficient resources to provide for his or her reasonable expenses or is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment, that spouse may be awarded support. A court deciding on spousal maintenance also looks […]

What Is Reasonable Parenting Time for a Non-Custodial Parent?

In Arizona, non-custodial parents have the right to reasonable parenting time, formerly known as visitation. The law defines “reasonable” as sufficient to ensure that a child has frequent and continuing contact with the parent, but parenting time can be significantly limited or even denied for the sake of the child’s best interests. So what does […]

Divorce and Kids: When Is It Time to See a Therapist?

Divorce is hard on everyone involved, and often more so on children. During and after divorce, children are dealing with a lot of upheaval and, like you, probably have a mix of feelings, including anger, sadness, guilt and confusion. Parents may think they are benefiting their children a service by avoiding discussion of the disagreements […]

How to Obtain the Most Parenting Time Possible After Divorce

Divorce is often hardest on the parent who is not awarded primary custody. Child parenting time can ease the painful separation, but in order to be meaningful, it should be sufficient to provide frequent and continuing parent-child contact. You can work toward maximizing time with your children in a number of ways: Negotiate parenting time […]

How to Make Divorce Easier on Kids

Going through a divorce can be so all-consuming that it’s easy to lose perspective on how kids suffer when their parents break up. While you can’t take away all their pain, you can cushion it by following a few recommended practices. A key component in helping children cope with divorce is communication. For younger kids, […]

How Retirement Benefits Are Divided in a Divorce

  Arizona is a community property state, where all assets acquired during a marriage are generally considered the joint property of both spouses, to be divided equally upon divorce. That concept may seem pretty straightforward, but some assets present troublesome wrinkles. Retirement and pension accounts, for example, are properties for which mishandled division can have […]

Organize Your Finances for a Simpler Divorce

Even amicable divorces can run into unexpected snags, commonly over financial issues. Among the major tasks in any divorce is determining what property is part of the marital estate and assessing its value. Sometimes disputes are unavoidable, but there are things you can do to help smooth the process at the onset. Discovery of assets […]

Do You Have a Right to Visit Your Grandchildren After Divorce?

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For children, divorce doesn’t just mean no longer living with both parents under one roof. It also means the end of familiar routines, including visits to see extended family. For grandparents of children of divorce, parental custody arrangements and visitation schedules can disrupt the time normally spent with grandchildren. Traditional weekend excursions to a paternal […]

What a Prenuptial Agreement Means for Marriage and Divorce

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A prenuptial agreement may seem antithetical to what marriage is supposed to be about: love and commitment. But having an agreement in place serves a salutary purpose: deciding in advance how the couple’s financial affairs will be settled should the marriage end in divorce. A prenuptial agreement is a contract between parties intending marriage, outlining […]

Arizona Parenting Plans and Why You Need to Have One

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If you are a parent contemplating or going through a divorce, you may be wondering about what your child’s new living arrangement will be and how you and your co-parent will make decisions on behalf of your child. Arizona law requires that divorcing couples seeking joint custody of their children develop a written parenting plan, […]

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