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Determining a child support case's outcome can be complex

You and your spouse have decided to break up, and you are both worried about how to handle child support. Who will end up paying child support, and will he or she be able to afford it? Also, who will receive support, and will the amount received be enough?

As a general rule of thumb, parents who do not receive custody of their children must make support payments to the other party -- the custodial parent. Here is a look at what you can expect to occur during a child support case in Arizona.

Divorce process starts with filing a petition with the court

You look forward to the moment when your divorce is final and you can finally feel free to live your own life. Of course, before you can finalize a divorce, you actually have to start the divorce process.

If you are ready to move forward with divorce, you must first file your petition for divorce in court. Let's take an in-depth look at what this process involves in Arizona.

Alimony may give you the financial boost you need post divorce

Going through divorce in Arizona can be a bittersweet ordeal. You may look forward to reclaiming your independence in terms of your living situation. However, at the same time, you may be far from being financially independent.

Fortunately, you may be eligible for spousal support from your future ex-spouse. Here is a look at how spousal support works and what your rights are when it comes to pursuing these types of payments.

Marital dissolution process involves responding to petition

You have just received your spouse's divorce petition. Although you knew that the petition would be coming at some point, you still find yourself struggling to come to terms with the reality of it in this very moment.

Getting a divorce in Arizona can certainly be complicated and overwhelming emotionally. However, it is critical that you move forward with the marital dissolution process in the most forward-thinking and logical manner possible. Here is a rundown of what you need to do as soon as your soon-to-be ex-spouse has delivered his or her divorce petition to you.

Lump sum payments: The monthly alimony alternative

For many individuals considering divorce, including those who may need to settle a high-asset divorce, the issue of spousal support payments may come up. Traditional alimony payments are spread out as monthly payments over several months or years. If the prospect of maintaining a relationship with your ex for that long doesn't appeal to you, you may be wondering about other options.

For some, there is an alternative to monthly alimony checks -- the lump sum payment. The lump sum payment still allows you to receive fair treatment for your role in the marriage but limits the amount of time that you need to maintain contact with your spouse after the divorce is final. A lump sum payment also comes with its own set of specific benefits.

Arizona divorce process is multifaceted

Going through the divorce process can be confusing and emotionally overwhelming. However, sometimes couples have no choice but to end their marriages due to irreconcilable differences.

Every state has its own requirements for completing the divorce process. Here is a look at what the divorce process looks like in the state of Arizona.

Understanding sole custody, and if it may be applicable for you

The dissolution of a marriage can understandably be overwhelming both financially and emotionally. This is often the case for many couples getting divorced, but it can be especially true for parents who are going through a divorce.

If you and your spouse are headed to divorce court and have young children, one of your biggest concerns may be child custody. Here is a look at what you need to know about child custody -- specifically sole custody -- in Arizona.

Alimony may be the financial bridge you need following divorce

You are beyond ready to get divorced and move on with your life. However, you are nervous about the financial aspect of splitting up with your spouse, as your spouse has been the primary breadwinner for years.

Fortunately, this is where alimony comes in. Alimony is designed to provide the lower-earning or non-earning spouse with a financial bridge that helps him or her to transition more easily to life after divorce. Here is a look at how alimony works for those getting divorced in Arizona.

Inheritance money can quickly complicate a divorce proceeding

During the divorce process, it is not uncommon for two spouses to question whether one spouse's inheritance belongs to the other spouse, too. For instance, perhaps a relative passes away and leaves you assets in her last will and testament, not mentioning your spouse, even though she realized that you had gotten married.

The assets that your relative has left you are an inheritance that you acquired while married. How you handle these assets might influence whether you will have to give a portion of them to your spouse as part of the divorce proceeding.    

Child custody doesn't have to be a battle

If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce and you have children, your divorce decree will spell out your children's living situation. For instance, will your children live with you, and if so, under what circumstances will your future ex be able to visit with your children?

One of the most common setups when it comes to child custody in Arizona is joint custody, which may be in the form of true joint custody or joint legal custody. Here is a look at what joint custody entails in Arizona.


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