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Category Archives: Divorce

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 […]

What Does a Preliminary Injunction Do for Spouses in a Divorce?

Arizona is a community property state, which means that all property acquired during a marriage is deemed to belong to both spouses equally and, upon divorce, is divided equally between them. When you file for divorce, you may be concerned that your spouse will spend or otherwise dispose of money in bank accounts and other […]

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 […]

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