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May 2018 Archives

Youthful perceptions contributing to family law changes

There has always been a generation gap at work in America, given the technological, social and other changes that constantly evolve in a dynamic society. What was once commonplace and comfortable for grandparents was rebelled against by their children and is now once again being challenged in successive family generations.

Alimony planning is an example of new trends in the legal field

The citizens of Arizona should not be surprised to learn that when it comes to the law, keeping up with the latest trends is no mean feat; the consistent introduction of new laws forces lawyers to find novel ways to maneuver within this ever-changing labyrinth. What's more, failing to appreciate these complexities can be costly for both the lawyers and their clients.

Saving for a child's college education after divorce

Many Arizona parents are concerned about paying for a college education for their children, but those concerns may grow if they get a divorce. An Ameritrade study found that despite around 40 percent of marriages ending in divorce, only around one-third of couples have a financial plan in place in case of divorce or the death of one spouse.

High-tech tools can promote many agendas, including stalking

In the "old days," an individual with a grudge or related animosity against an ex-spouse or domestic partner might hire a detective to conduct behind-the-scenes surveillance on that party. Classic Hollywood fare features scores of movie scenes showing a "private eye" sneaking into a home to tap a phone or slouching in a car outside an apartment endlessly smoking cigarettes and with a camera in hand.

Meeting the needs of children in high-conflict divorces, Part 2

We last left off with Joan B. Kelly in our prior blog post, noting therein that the described "groundbreaking clinical psychologist and researcher" has a lot to say concerning the welfare of children in high-conflict divorces. That should hardly be surprising, given Kelly's half-century immersion in the subject matter.

Help your kids survive and thrive in the wake of divorce

You know what precious cargo means if you have children and are headed for an Arizona divorce. There is flatly nothing more important during the divorce process and thereafter than your focused attention - and that of your impending ex - on the best interests of your kids.

Focusing on finances during divorce

A divorce is rarely easy. Emotions run high, and there are many legal factors to consider. That's why a lawyer is an important and expected part of any divorce "team." However, many Arizona spouses are also adding financial planners to their divorce teams. When divorcing, it is important to be as prepared as possible and avoid making rushed or emotional decisions.

A spouse's Social Security benefits can sometimes be relevant

Although many of our Arizona family law posts apply equally to men and women, today's entry is decidedly a bit more geared toward the latter. The topic spotlights spousal claims on an ex's Social Security work benefits, and it has historically been the case that benefits claimants are most often females.

Ways to save a shaky marriage

Arizona marriages that begin by observing traditional gender roles could be disrupted if the wife eventually enters the workforce. This can be especially true if a married woman starts making as much or more than her husband. In some cases, the husband will feel threatened by his wife's newfound success.

How spousal maintenance works in Arizona

Spousal maintenance, which you may know by its more common name of alimony, can present some difficult issues for divorcing couples in Arizona. Understanding some basics can help you decide on your own goals as you discuss these matters with your attorney.

Understanding joint legal custody

There are different types of child custody arrangements Arizona parents can have when they decide to separate. Joint Legal Decisions Making (previously called "custody") is an arrangement in which both parents are given the legal right to make decisions regarding their child's religion, healthcare, education and any other significant issues. If there are issues with one parent involving drug or alcohol abuse or if there is a significant history of domestic violence un the relationship the Court may order sole legal decision making to one parent.

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