The Importance of Grandparent Visitation in Arizona

Grandparents play a vital role in your child’s development. Divorce can affect this relationship. When the children have the opportunity to spend time with their grandparents, it can create bonds that last a lifetime. When this doesn’t happen, it can create divisions that never truly heal. Whenever possible, it is usually in the best interests […]

What It Means to Have “Legal Custody” of a Child in Arizona

Arizona law recognizes both physical and legal custody. It is essential to understand what these mean and how they will affect you and your children. As you prepare for the divorce proceedings, it’s advisable to learn as much as you can about these definitions. The more you know, the better it will be for you […]

Divorce With Kids: What Parents Can Do to Help Children Cope

Divorce is something your children are probably familiar with from school or family. They likely have a friend or cousin whose parents have already divorced. However, that doesn’t make it easier to go from “I know someone whose parents are divorced,” to “It’s my parents getting divorced.” Parents have a responsibility to help their children […]

Understanding Tax Consequences of Alimony vs Child Support

One of the first things anyone in the middle of a divorce should do is meet with their accountant. Understanding the tax consequences of alimony, child support, retirement distributions, etc. can help prepare you for the effects of the divorce on your finances. Among the things you will want to discuss with your accountant and […]

Child Visitation When Mom & Dad Are Unmarried

Roughly 50% of all births in Arizona occur in unmarried couples. This creates unique challenges when the couple goes their separate ways. However, in the eyes of the law, both parents retain the same custody rights as married couples. Establishing Paternity When a couple is unmarried, and there is not a court order that establishes […]

How to Prepare for a Contentious Custody Agreement

Divorces can turn ugly without warning. What may start as an amicable separation can end in an all-out war as spouses battle over everything from wedding rings to furniture. It is unfortunate, but this acrimony can spill into the process of reaching a child custody agreement. When the winds start to rise, and the storm […]

Protecting Your Pension in a Divorce

Divorce creates significant ripples in your finances. These include the loss of a second income, the need to maintain a separate home, coupled with alimony and child support payments. It also involves the division of marital assets, including retirement accounts and pension plans. A family attorney in Arizona can help you protect these assets as […]

Can You Modify Spousal Support in Arizona?

It may be possible to modify your spousal support obligations. While you can’t modify a non-modifiable agreement, it is possible to adjust a modifiable agreement. You can request a modification if there is a significant change in circumstances. For instance, if your ex-spouse remarries, if you suffer a severe financial setback, or if there are […]

How Do I Prepare for a Custody Evaluation?

It is not uncommon for the custody of children to be the most contentious issue of a divorce. When parents can’t come together to create a custody agreement and parenting plan, the judge will order a custody evaluation. The judge will then consider the information within the evaluation to assign primary custody. The process is […]

What Are the Rules of Long-Distance Parenting in Arizona?

Long-distance parenting is becoming increasingly common, and it is essential to understand how this will affect your parenting time in Arizona. Long-distance parenting rules apply when children move more than 100 miles away from the other parent. The rules also apply when the distance is less but includes travel across state lines. Whenever possible, you […]