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Category Archives: Divorce

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Community Property Law Can Make One Spouse Liable for the Other’s Debts

When people talk about divorce, they usually understand that each former spouse is likely to walk away from the marriage with a share of the assets, whether it’s half or some other percentage. But what may not be discussed as much is the fact that the couple’s debts also go through the division process, so […]

Creating a Valid and Enforceable Prenuptial Agreement

When done correctly, a prenuptial agreement is an effective, proactive way for a couple to plan for various contingencies. These agreements can provide certainty amid normally uncertain events like divorce, disability or even a lottery win. By spelling out who gets what property when certain events occur, the possibility of conflict over assets is reduced. […]

Divorce During the Year of Coronavirus

The number of people looking for divorce spiked 34 percent between March and June, compared to a year earlier, and 20 percent of the people exploring divorce have been married five months or less, according to recent data. It appears that the stress of quarantine, job loss, homeschooling and other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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