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Advanced technology can help avoid divorce stress

When Arizona married couples decide to sever their ties, those who have children together often encounter challenges regarding future co-parenting plans. Divorce can be stressful enough as it is without worrying about all the potential problems that might arise as two former spouses try to peacefully work together to raise children from separate households. The good news is that many people say that taking advantage of advanced technology has helped them keep stress to a minimum in their post-divorce parenting lives.

There are numerous applications that parents can install on their cellphones or personal computers to help smooth out wrinkles in their co-parenting plans. For instance, there are digital calendar apps where parents can list information about all their children's activities, such as sporting events, dentist appointments or social gatherings like sleepovers. Many parents say this helps them avoid confusion and also allows them to organize their transportation plans in writing.

Military divorce raises complex child custody issues

Arizona members of the U.S. military understand when they sign up that they will be making many personal sacrifices. They spend months or years away from their loved ones and often feel out of place when they return. What they may not expect is that their service would affect child custody issues if their marriages end in military divorce.

Theoretically, one's status as a member of the armed forces should not result in the loss of custody of the children. However, because the standard for deciding custody issues is the best interests of the children, many factors must be considered when a court rules on a parenting schedule. While its intentions may be to provide a balance of time for the children to spend with each parent, the court may see deployment and relocation as a disruption to a child's life.

Understanding the spike in silver divorces

When they reach a certain age, many people begin to feel comfortable where they are even if their lives did not take the direction they expected. A couple past the age of 50 may assume they have a certain stability together that will carry them through the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

You may be among those spouses who are facing an event you never imagined at your age: divorce. Nevertheless, the rate of couples divorcing after the age of 50 is trending upward. While researchers and analysts have some speculation about why this is happening, you may have your personal opinions and concerns for your future.

Divorce can have an impact on one's credit

Financial stability is important to most Arizona families. Whenever divorce enters the picture, financial stability can become a concern. Most husbands and wives have joint credit accounts ,which may include mortgages, car notes, credit cards and more. While who is responsible for which debts will be addressed in the divorce decree, creditors will look to both individuals for repayment of the joint debt.

One step that can be taken to protect one's credit is to close joint credit accounts. If possible, the balance on the account can be paid off or transferred to an account solely in the name of the individual responsible for repayment. With larger accounts, such as a mortgage, it may be necessary for one individual to refinance the home in his or her name. Or, it may be better to sell the residence and use the proceeds to pay off outstanding debt.

What to do if you suspect your spouse is trying to hide assets

When Arizona spouses determine that their marriages are no longer sustainable, they typically choose from several options regarding how they plan to move forward in their relationships. Some seek professional counseling to provide guidance and support in troubled marriages. Others decide they would rather divorce than stay in an unhappy relationship.

There are numerous aspects to divorce, including property division proceedings. Arizona is a community property state, which means marital assets are typically split 50/50. Some spouses try to beat the system and gain the upper hand by attempting to hide assets. This is not only mean-spirited, but it's also illegal.

Family law: AZ Court of Appeals rules in frozen embryo case

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently ruled in a case regarding whether a divorced woman has the right to become pregnant using frozen embryos without the consent of her ex-husband. In what has become a contentious family law topic, this case actually helped spur changes to the state's laws regarding how viable embryos will be handled in the event of divorce. Motivated by this case, the state passed legislation last year to award embryos to the parent who wishes to have children, while rescinding the parental rights of the other party who does not wish to have children. However, the law does not apply to this particular situation because the law did not exist when the couple first took the matter to court several years ago.

The matter started in 2014 when the ex-wife received a diagnosis of bilateral breast cancer and her doctors told her she would not be able to conceive after chemotherapy. Purportedly, the couple decided to use frozen embryos to protect the woman's fertility due to her desire to have children. Apparently, the couple was dating at the time but eventually married and then divorced. The ex-husband had apparently reluctantly agreed to use his sperm only after his ex-wife stated she would use an ex-boyfriend as the donor.

Fighting back against a threat to your parental rights

When Arizona parents divorce, they are naturally concerned with how this choice will impact their children. You want nothing more than to shield your kids from undue harm and protect the relationship you have with them, but the other parent may make it hard for you to do this. If the other parent is uncooperative, hostile or unreasonable regarding custody arrangements, you have the right to fight back.

Even after a divorce is final, the hostility and hard feelings between parents may not go away. In fact, this hostility may carry over to how the other parent deals with your child, ultimately affecting your parental rights. This is parenting time interference. If you are experiencing this, there are options for legal recourse available to you.

Family house may be source of contention in divorce

Experiencing a marital breakup in Arizona can no doubt be emotionally challenging. However, it can also be financially difficult when a marital home is involved, as the two individuals getting divorced might not be in agreement with how to handle it. Here are two options for tackling the family's home when going through divorce.

First, one of the two spouses might decide to stay in the home while the other one purchases a new one. In this scenario, the person who chooses to stay put can simply buy out his or her future ex. The second and most commonly chosen option is for the two parties to put the home on the market. Then, when the house is sold, they can share the profit.

Your debt, your divorce and your financial future

Divorce will bring many financial changes to a person's life, and the implications of ending a marriage could affect you for years to come. If you are considering moving forward with this step, it is prudent to know what to expect and how to protect your interests. When you are prepared, you will be able to minimize complications and mitigate some of the financial stress associated with divorce.

One of the most common questions people have when considering divorce is about what will happen to their credit card debt. Will you still have to pay for your soon-to-be-ex-spouse's credit card debt? How can you fight to ensure you emerge from the process with a fair debt burden and stable financial future?

Successfully navigating child custody through co-parenting

The end of a marriage will bring significant changes to a person's life, including to changes to the relationship with his or her children. Arizona parents are naturally concerned with how their divorce will impact their kids, and one way to minimize the negative impact is to work for a smart and beneficial child custody plan. For many families, this means co-parenting.

Co-parenting means that parents will share responsibility for raising the children, and they will share relatively equitable parenting time as well. This allows the children to have strong relationships with both parents, but it takes hard work and consistency to make it work well. For any successful co-parenting relationship, consistency is key. This requires dedication and communication.

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