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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.

Divided over division of assets? Know your rights

The divorce process can understandably be difficult emotionally and financially. During divorce, you and your spouse must essentially untangle your lives, which can be a stressful and confusing process.  

One of the most contentious areas of divorce is the division of assets. Understanding property division law in Arizona may help you to navigate this often-complicated aspect of dissolving a marriage.

Parenting agreement can be winning option in custody dispute

Going through a divorce can naturally be financially unsettling. However, it can also be emotionally challenging, particularly when children are involved.

Fortunately, in Arizona and elsewhere, one can resolve most cases involving child custody outside of court. This is possible through information negotiations or even mediation -- an alternative dispute process. Through these processes, you and your future ex-spouse can work toward creating a fair parenting agreement.

Is your spouse hiding assets to escape property division?

You may be the type of person on which others frequently comment about your good intuition skills or that you're very perceptive. Such attributes often come in handy in life but may also lead you to find out things about another person that you later wish you never had. For instance, if you file papers for divorce in Arizona and begin to think your spouse is trying to pull one over on you and the civil justice system in order to avoid property division, you may feel sad and mad.

You wouldn't be the first person to face problems associated with hidden assets in divorce and likely won't be the last either. The bottom line is that such behavior is illegal, so not only would your former spouse be doing something mean to you, personally, he or she would also be breaking the law. In such circumstances, quick and appropriate legal action is often the best means of rectification.

Mediation could be the start of amicable co-parenting

In the beginning of a divorce, it may be difficult to envision a time when you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse will get along. After all, if you were getting along, you wouldn't be getting divorced. Right? Not necessarily. Just because you come to the realization that your marriage no longer works doesn't mean that you can't have an amicable, or at least civil, relationship afterward.

Even if you can't see it now, if you have children, working toward it could make things easier on everyone now and in the future. One way to lay a foundation for a better relationship after the divorce is by mediating your child custody agreement and parenting plan.

Should you plan for divorce before you get married?

It's not romantic. It means that you don't think your marriage will last. Your future spouse will think you don't love him or her. These are just some of the statements that you may hear when you tell friends and family that you want a prenuptial agreement.

You may think these arguments have some merit, but in reality, pursuing a prenuptial agreement could make your relationship even stronger. Money matters are often a point of contention in marriages, but discussing the issue ahead of time allows each of you to gain an understanding of how the other views money matters. You may even find some common ground that other couples lack.

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.


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