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The most important part of custody matters to the military

Serving in the U.S. Armed Forces is noble and often considered a calling. It comes with numerous sacrifices. The service member isn't the only one who makes them, however. Being part of a military family can result in a unique type of stress that civilian families may not have to endure.

Long days, deployments and training could keep the service member away from home. This could put a strain on the marital relationship to the point at which it results in divorce. As part of the proceedings, you will need to work out your child custody issues, but as a member of the military, you will have one more task to complete -- your family care plan.

Divorce and the age of social media

Social media has become a ubiquitous part of modern society. Certainly, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other popular online communities can make communication with friends and family easy and fun, but for persons going through a stressful situation, such as divorce, social media may create stress and feelings of failure. If an Arizona resident is considering divorce, he or she may want to think about how to handle social media during the process. 

Things people post on social media are often saved and shared, and once something is posted, there might not be anything that can be done to erase it forever. Many users have had social media accounts for many years, and since weddings are generally happy events to celebrate, it is not uncommon for people to have albums full of pictures or posts featuring a spouse or special song or memory. When a couple decides to end a marriage, announcing the split on social media may feel like admitting some sort of failure. 

Single parents and child custody

Being a parent is a difficult job, and single parents may struggle more than parents who have the help of a spouse, domestic partner or other family members around to help. For a single parent, maintaining employment may be a necessity to provide for one's children. Unfortunately, choosing work over the safety of a child can result in loss of child custody

Recently, an Arizona mother with two young twin boys was arrested. The trouble began when a neighbor reported that the boys, age 3, seemed unattended as they reached through a broken window to toss toys into the yard. When police arrived, they found that the children were indeed alone and wearing dirty diapers. 

Adopting a child through the foster care system

If you have always seen your future with children in it, you are likely someone with a generous heart. Raising a child is a challenge, but it also comes with immeasurable rewards. Whether you already have children of your own or you are ready for your first child, if you are open to adoption, you should know how many options you have. The sad fact is that many children do not have homes and are eager to be part of a family like yours.

One way in which children find their forever homes is through the Arizona Department of Child Safety. Through this agency, children find foster homes, but many are also eligible for adoption. You may discover that adopting through DCS can fulfill your dreams and provide hope and joy for a child.

Grandparents encouraged to plan ahead for child custody

Arizona families come in all shapes and sizes. Nationally, it is becoming more common for grandparents to file for child custody. There is a wide variety of reasons a grandparent may want to take such action on behalf of a grandchild, but if the biological parents are not up to the task, a grandparent might just save the day. 

Grandparents that pursue child custody want to make sure the grandchildren they love are well cared for and have access to a safe home, proper medical care, adequate nutrition and other factors that help a child grow up healthy and happy. If a biological parent has an issue that prevents the individual from raising a child, such as addiction, mental health issues or lack of a stable home environment, a child may end up in foster care or another form of state custody. To prevent this, grandparents and/or other relatives may step up and assume the task of raising the children. 

Skills for coping in an Arizona divorce

Every family is unique and most Arizona families encounter challenges in their daily lives that require coping skills to help them rise above and move forward. Divorce definitely falls under that category. In fact, it is often one of the most trying situations a family can experience.

How well a parent and children rebound after divorce depends on many factors, including what types of issues may have prompted the decision to sever ties. It is helpful to recognize that some days may be better than others and each person in the family may have a different reaction to the situation. Allowing everyone to navigate their natural emotions as they unfold is a healthy way of dealing with divorce

Projects try to reduce conflicts that leads to military divorce

According to statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, the divorce rate for military families has steadily increased since 2001. In contrast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the civilian divorce rate has shown a decline over recent years. In Arizona and elsewhere, stresses related to service duties can exert additional strain on a marriage and can play a central role in the decision to seek a military divorce.

In an effort to help military spouses reconnect after a deployment or active duty, several programs have been developed. These programs are intended to help spouses and their children find ways to interact outside of the normal stresses of everyday routines. One program involves families spending time in a cabin without distractions such as television to help facilitate communication and family togetherness. 

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and its role in divorce

As a member of the armed forces, you should know that there are legal protections available to you that are not available to civilians. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act exists so that you can get the legal help you need when you need it. The SCRA covers a lot; it even offers protections if you end up getting a divorce during the time you are on active duty.

What benefits does the SCRA offer military members living in Arizona? What protections does it provide? How exactly can it help when getting a divorce?

Protecting one's credit in divorce

Money is often an area of concern for many Arizona couples. When it comes to the decision to divorce, it can become even more of a concern. As expenses increase, income usually remains the same. In order to avoid problems, one will want to take specific steps to protect his or her credit.

One of the first things the individual will want to do is to obtain a copy of his or her credit report. The credit report will list all outstanding loans that are tied to the individual. This will include mortgages, car loans, bank notes and credit cards and will allow the individual to see exactly what is owed.

Parenting plan as a part of the child custody agreement

The decision to divorce can be difficult to make; this is especially true when children are involved. The concerned Arizona parent wants to ensure that the children are properly taken care of financially and emotionally. How the divorce will affect the children is often a primary consideration in the overall decision to divorce and the child custody arrangements that will follow.

Legal custody and physical custody are often what parents think of when it comes to child custody. In many instances, one parent will maintain physical custody with the other parent having visitation rights. Along with this arrangement, it is common for both parents to share legal custody where both parents are still responsible for making the major decisions regarding the child.

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