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Changes in employment? You can modify your child support order

Child support payments are an essential part of providing for Arizona children after divorce. As a non-custodial parent, you probably began making child support payments during or soon after the finalization of your divorce. While these payments are essential for the overall stability of your child, your personal financial situation might have changed.

Life in Arizona is not static, and changes in employment can have huge financial implications that are not always for the better. Whether you've seen your working hours reduced, you switched jobs or you lost your employment, any of these things could impact your child support payments.

Sharing parenting duties equally after divorce

When you're standing face to face with your soon-to-be spouse and saying your wedding vows, the last thing likely on your radar is the possibility of heading down the road to divorce. There are times, though, when the old adage, "nothing lasts forever" may apply to your marriage vows.

Perhaps your marriage has been unraveling for a while. If you and your partner are thinking it may be time to part ways and you have children, most of your concerns probably lie with how well they will handle the changes about to happen in their lives.

Child support can be a source of conflict during divorce

Some parents who are going through divorce believe that child support is supposed to cover only their children's bare necessities. However, this financial support addresses a wide range of expenses.

Child support remains one of the biggest areas of contention during divorce proceedings in Arizona. In addressing child support disputes, the court will consider several factors, such as a parent's ability to pay, his or her income, the child's financial needs and how much support is necessary for helping a child maintain his or her current standard of living.

Spousal maintenance helps you to maintain standard of living

Getting divorced can be life changing, but it can be especially earth shattering for a spouse who may not be used to supporting himself or herself financially. Perhaps this individual decided to stay home to take care of the children while the other party served as the sole breadwinner.

In this situation, the spouse who stayed home may be eligible for spousal maintenance. The court in Arizona considers several factors when determining whether you or your future ex should receive spousal support or alimony.

Not every marital split-up has to feel like going to war

Bracing for the dissolution of a marriage can be challenging, both emotionally and financially. Even the most amicable of divorces can be stressful, so divorce proceedings where both parties are in a court battle over the house or the children can be especially overwhelming.

Fortunately, not every marital split in Arizona has to involve going to trial. Resolving divorce-related issues through informal negotiations can make navigating this type of family law proceeding easier.

Ready for a vacation? Learn more about child custody and travel.

With summer in full swing, many people are planning family trips. If you are a divorced parent sharing custody of your children, you may want to take your kids on a vacation.

Before you finalize plans, it is important to know how your child custody agreement could affect your travel arrangements.

Protecting assets in a divorce

When couples get married, they never expect to one day get divorced. Unfortunately, not every relationship lasts forever. If a marriage does end, the best case scenario is to have an amicable split, where both sides come to a mutual agreement.

However, you also want to make sure you have the necessary assets to live your new life as a single person. Arizona is a community property state, which means everything acquired during the marriage is considered property of the couple and will be divided between the two parties. However, it isn’t always as simple as a 50/50 split.

Protecting the rights of fathers in child custody

The assumption used to be that the mother would get sole or primary custody of children in a divorce. This old way of thinking is eroding.

While mothers may have an easier time in custody battles, whether for biological reasons or simply a “that’s the way it is” mentality, father’s have rights. If you want a relationship with your children, it is important to establish a child custody arrangement that works for you.


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