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November 2018 Archives

Parallel parenting to reduce conflict after divorce

Arizona parents who are unable to co-parent effectively because there is too much conflict between them might consider an approach known as parallel parenting. These parents usually agree on major issues such as religion but are unable to be in regular communication. Children suffer most during and after a divorce by witnessing conflict between their parents, so the best approach for parents who cannot resolve this may be avoiding contact as much as possible while still maintaining a relationship with their children.

Parents look for innovative shared custody solutions

Parents in Arizona who are considering divorce may be particularly concerned about how post-marriage life will affect their children. Even if a divorce is amicable, kids can face a difficult transition when leaving the family home. An increasing number of families -- and family court judges -- prefer joint or shared custody, which keeps both parents active in the child's life on a roughly equal basis. However, this can still be disruptive as children move back and forth between their parents' homes on a weekly basis.

Handling the marital home during divorce

When people in Arizona decide to divorce, one of the most fraught issues can be how the marital home is dealt with. In some cases, both parties want to keep the home; in other cases, finances mean that it must be sold. There are a number of issues for people to consider when they decide how to handle the family home during a divorce. One of the first things to understand about the home is whether the couple has a large amount of equity already or only a small amount because it can help both parties determine their potential future legal and financial obligations.

Avoid these financial mistakes after divorce

Divorce is clearly a life-changing event for all concerned, but people have different ways to cope with the stress. Unfortunately, too many newly single Arizonans make impulsive or poorly thought-out decisions that can have negative consequences for years to come. Many of these ill-advised choices come in dealing with finances, an area that is particularly vulnerable due to the fact that two households must now be established where one stood previously.

5 divorce risk factors

It can be difficult to maintain a marriage, even when you and your spouse are highly compatible, but hard work and true love cannot save every relationship. There are some surprising risk factors that make it more likely for couples to call it quits. 

Living together before marriage and divorce risk

The risk of divorce for Arizona couples who live together before getting married may be higher over the long run than for couples who do not. A study that appeared in the September 2018 issue of Journal of Marriage and Family reported that couples who cohabited before they got married had a higher risk of their marriage coming to an end.

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