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Why Choose Legal Separation Instead of 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 […]

What Are the Grounds for Modifying Child Support?

When child support orders are issued by a court, the terms of payment cannot be changed without court involvement. A parent can ask the court to modify a child support order only by demonstrating that a “substantial and continuing change” has occurred related to the parents’ respective incomes, child-rearing costs, parenting time or family situations. […]

How to Modify Parenting Time in Arizona

Parenting time, also known as visitation, is a privilege granted to divorced or separated parents who do not have sole custody of their children. A parenting plan is approved by the court based on the family’s situation at the time of the divorce. However, as children grow and as parents’ circumstances change, the parenting plan […]

Moving Out of State While Under a Child Custody Order

People may choose to relocate for any number of reasons after a divorce— such as to get a better job, to further their education or to be close to loved ones. However, a divorced parent with custody of minor children cannot make a long-distance move without satisfying certain legal requirements. In Arizona, court permission is […]

What Happens When a Child Refuses to Visit the Other Parent?

Arizona law favors custody arrangements that give children as much time as possible with both parents. Psychological research shows this is usually in the child’s best interests, as kids with a close relationship with mom and dad tend to thrive compared to peers who don’t get ample time with both parents. But what happens when […]

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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