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Category Archives: Family Law

Pros and Cons of Prenuptial Agreements

For every article in popular media that focuses on the negative aspects of prenuptial agreements, another one is published that theorizes they make marriages stronger. Still others say prenups are a sign that you and your spouse-to-be simply don’t have enough trust to survive a long marriage. Whether or not a prenuptial agreement is to […]

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 […]

Your Child Support Payer Is in Arrears: Now What?

If you are a divorced parent receiving child support, you have factored the payments into your budget and rely on them every month. But now your child’s other parent has stopped paying. What recourse do you have to get the funds owed to you? In Arizona, child support payments generally go through the Support Payment […]

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, […]

How U.S. Tax Law Changes Affect Alimony in Arizona


Federal law revisions that took effect in 2018 change how income from alimony (known as spousal maintenance in Arizona) is treated for tax purposes. The revisions apply to all divorces and separations concluded after January 1, 2019. Under prior law, the person receiving alimony paid income tax on the income and the person paying alimony […]

The New Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure (ARFLP)

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“Big changes happened on January 1st, 2019 as The Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure (ARFLP) were updated and went into effect January 1st, 2019. The updated Rules are not on the internet yet, so anyone thinking about filing in family court needs to reference the New Rules. There are approximately 100 New Family Rule […]


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