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Some observations on Arizona divorce parenting plans

It's obviously far from unusual for a divorcing Arizona spouse to be figuratively juggling a lot of balls at the same time.

That is, there is a lot to think about and get in place pursuant to getting that divorce decree finalized. For many decoupling parties, there is a supreme focus on finances. A family home may be in play. Various investment vehicles and company-sponsored savings plans might need to be equitably distributed. An ongoing business might command central attention.

And if there are kids, well ... .

Without question, a divorcing couple with children will be thinking closely about their young loved ones. And in doing so, they will need to duly heed Arizona law requiring their studied input on a parenting time plan. That document must serve as a blueprint for co-parenting arrangements that will be in the best interests of their kids.

We note on our family law website at the Law Office of Katherine Kraus in Peoria that crafting a parenting plan can be a relatively simple task for some couples. In happy cases, a strong and effective outcome can be readily secured by splitting couples who "are in complete agreement and [share ideas] that both can embrace."

Candidly, though, how many divorcing couples are in harmony across the board regarding every important child-linked factor that will weigh heavily following marital dissolution? What is the likelihood of being in perfect agreement all -- or even most -- of the time on things like schooling, health care, extracurricular activities, vacations, discipline, religious instruction, relocation and other matters?

We underscore on our website the "enormous emotion" that can surround the discussion and attempted implementation of a solid and duly flexible parenting plan following divorce. We will take a look in our next blog post at one new tool that seeks to help divorcing spouses with the challenge.

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