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The differences between custody and legal decision making rights

As your divorce comes near, you might be stressing out about what will happen with your children. This is a big concern, especially if you are unsure about the judgment and decision-making abilities of your soon-to-be-ex. 

Custody can be an even more confusing subject because of how Arizona laws are worded. If you are confused about the difference between custody, parenting time and legal decision-making rights, do yourself a favor and get a quick explanation. 

A brief overview of child custody in Arizona

Embarking on a divorce with young children in tow can add several layers of complication to what already tends to be a difficult process. Understanding the basic principles involved can set the stage for a more detailed discussion with your attorney about how best to meet the needs of your children.

Arizona law divides custody issues into two major components: legal decision-making and parenting time. Parents have several options in how they may divide both types of responsibilities.

How to get your finances together when filing for divorce

One of the first things you should do after deciding to divorce your partner is to get your finances in order. You may have ideas in mind about what you plan to receive in your settlement; however, until the court issues a decree for your situation, nothing is certain. 

It is important for you to consider the impact that divorce will have on your current and future situation. Here are some suggestions on how to get your finances in shape to improve your financial standing once you are legally single again. 

Tips for finding the right family law attorney

If you are going through an Arizona divorce, you may feel isolated and alone, and that is entirely normal. Divorce can make you feel alienated from not only your partner but also your friends and family members, and it can prove difficult to decide who truly has your best interests at heart.

When it comes to choosing a family lawyer to help you navigate through the complexities of the process, you want to be sure you find someone who is worth the investment. This means that, not only should you find someone you believe is knowledgeable and capable, but you should also rely on someone who is a good fit for you on a personal level. When searching for a divorce or family law attorney, consider utilizing these tips.

What happens to kids’ college funds in a divorce?

When you and your partner decide that divorce is the best option, there will naturally be a number of questions to consider that you may not have planned for. If you have children, you will likely be negotiating custody arrangements. Details involving property division—such as college funds—will affect children, too. Here is what you should know about protecting college savings in the midst of a separation.

Here is what you should know about protecting college savings in the midst of a separation

3 reasons to consider mediation

Nowadays, couples divorce for many different reasons, and your divorce is not necessarily an indication that you and your soon-to-be-ex can longer work together effectively. In some situations, love simply fades over time. In others, divorcing parents may be able to put their differences aside to do what is in the best interests of their shared children.

If your situation with your partner is not especially acrimonious, you may want to consider undergoing divorce mediation as an alternative to a traditional courtroom divorce. Typically, the process involves you and your partner sitting down with an impartial third party known as a mediator who can help you work through your issues and navigate matters of asset division, child custody and so on. Many divorcing couples find that mediation offers many benefits:

Understanding spousal maintenance in Arizona

Facing divorce may get you thinking about all of the uncertainties that might follow. When you join your life with somebody else’s, you also join your goals, schedules and expenses. The last of these is why financial negotiations are often such a looming part of a separation. If your spouse was the higher earner, your financial security after divorce is a particularly important factor that should be taken into consideration.

In Arizona, spousal maintenance can provide such security. This term — which is typically interchangeable with alimony — refers to the allowance you may be granted in a divorce in order to maintain your standard of living. Here are three things you should know about it.

Understanding no-fault divorce in Arizona

Blame is often a hovering presence in a divorce. It is rare that any spouse will accept responsibility without reservation, and it is more common for spouses to assign responsibility to the other. In some cases, however, both partners agree that neither party is to blame for the separation. This may facilitate a no-fault divorce for couples in Arizona.

There are a few things that both spouses should know, however, before filing. Whether you plan to seek alimony or separate with no further stipulations, the process of no-fault divorce is unique. Arizona residents need to be aware of the following factors that may affect filing.

How divorce mediation works in Arizona

Divorcing couples in Arizona may opt to participate in mediation as an alternative or supplement to litigating their case in court. Many courts encourage the use of mediation; if you have children, a Family Court judge is likely to order you to mediate some or all parenting issues.

During mediation, a trained mediator facilitates discussion of disputed issues with the aim of achieving an agreement. While a mediator may explain some general concepts or rules, he or she may not give legal advice. For this reason, many people prefer to attend mediation sessions with their own attorneys.

5 social media mistakes to avoid during divorce

Going through a divorce is often a difficult, frustrating time, full of a roller coaster of emotions. Whether there are kids involved, you have been married for two years or 20, or you have minimal assets or millions of dollars, your future is at stake. As you move through your divorce, there are certain things you must avoid to protect yourself.

Social media makes it easy to vent your frustrations and feelings, and get supportive feedback from those who understand you and support you. Unfortunately, social media can also affect your divorce proceedings if you make any of the following five mistakes.

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