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Category Archives: Divorce

Options for Scheduling Visits in a Parenting Plan

Woman Holding Child Writing Scheduled Child Visit On Calendar

Deciding how you’ll parent your minor children after a divorce can add more stress to an already trying situation. In Arizona, the courts require divorcing spouses granted joint child custody to agree to a detailed schedule controlling how much time children spend with each parent and when. But determining the parenting time schedule that best […]

The Perils of Opting for a Do-It-Yourself Divorce

Woman Holding Head Frustrated After Reviewing Divorce Paperwork

We live in an on-demand, do-it-yourself world, with access to loads of information at our fingertips that allow many things to be handled without expert help. However, one thing that’s very risky to attempt to do yourself is a divorce. Though you may think you’re saving money, a DIY divorce can create more trouble than […]

Why Choose Legal Separation Instead of Divorce?

Couple Discussing Legal Separation vs Divorce

Divorce is not the only option for married couples with irreconcilable differences. Another choice is legal separation, which allows for spouses to live apart under a court decree that governs their financial and parenting obligations. However, the spouses remain legally married in all other respects. There are varied reasons why some couples find this a […]

Dividing Retirement Benefits in an Arizona Divorce

How Retirement Benefits Are Divided In Divorce

For many Americans, retirement accounts — such as a pension, IRA or 401k — make up a significant portion of their assets and are vital to maintaining their standard of living in later years. If you are married, however, your retirement accounts are not necessarily yours alone. They may be considered as part of the […]

What Makes You Eligible for Alimony

Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, may be available in a divorce in Arizona. It is intended to be temporary — providing financial support for a spouse who requires time, education and/or training in order to become financially independent. Establishing eligibility for alimony requires showing a need on the part of one spouse as well […]

What Makes a Divorce Uncontested?

Like other states, Arizona authorizes uncontested divorce. Known as “divorce by consent decree,” it does not require proving either spouse is at fault for the breakdown of the marriage. There is no trial or litigation and the court’s only functions are to review the parties’ proposed agreements for fundamental fairness and issue a final decree. […]

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 […]

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