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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.

Navigating divorce in the age of social media

Social media is an easy, popular way to stay in touch with others, meet new people, post pictures and much more. For many people, Facebook and other platforms are an important part of their social lives, which can add an extra layer of complication during divorce. For people who have significant portions of their lives online, it can be emotionally and technically challenging to divorce on social media as well.

For some people, divorce in real life means unfriending people, taking down photos and taking other steps to extricate the online lives of the two partners. This can be emotionally difficult during an already complex legal and financial process. This is especially true for Arizona millennials going through divorce.

Family law: Understand guardianships

Families throughout Arizona and elsewhere encounter different scenarios in which it is necessary to have someone to care for and make important decisions on behalf of a minor child or incapacitated adult. In these situations, the court will appoint a guardian to facilitate this role. Guardianships are an important part of family law; however, some readers may be unsure of exactly what this role entails.

In simple terms, a guardian is an individual who is responsible for making personal decisions and providing care for an incapacitated adult or for a minor child, each of whom is called the ward. In cases involving children, courts will appoint guardians for minors when those children can no longer live with their parents for whatever reason. The court will always keep the best interests of the child in mind when making these appointments, and the individual seeking a guardianship must be a competent adult who can provide information about his or her background, including any criminal history and any previous experience with being a guardian.

Military divorce and depression

Arizona families might have a family member or friend who has served honorably in the military. Some of the brave men and women who have volunteered to lay their lives on the line to protect the United States have actually been called upon to do so. Many of these people, though fortunate enough to survive, can face lasting injury and emotional trauma, and in cases of military divorce, a veteran may suffer more than a civilian counterpart. 

One veteran has come forward to share his story about how returning home after a combat tour was nearly as difficult as being injured in war. The man found himself in the pits of despair after losing his legs in a battle in which he also witnessed the deaths of comrades. Upon his return home, he found himself a struggling amputee, going through a divorce. 

Gray divorces place many in financial distress

A long and happy marriage may have been your dream on your wedding day. You may have looked forward with joy to having children, helping them grow and sending them off into the world. The retirement years are those that many couples anticipate most because they can see the fulfillment of all their years of hard work together.

After years of being married, raising children and building a home, some spouses begin to have a change of heart, and the thought of spending those retirement years together is no longer a pleasant one. Perhaps this describes your situation. If you or your spouse has decided to end your marriage later in life, there are many factors to weigh carefully to avoid years of struggle.

Family law attorneys help reach New Year's goals

Husband and wife smiling at each other while the children pose with them in front of a beautiful holiday setting. This is often what the Arizona resident sees when he or she checks social media or opens the mail during the holiday season. Then, to add fuel to the fire, visits with friends and family make one believe that all is well in each of these relationships and struggles are few and far between. These are just a few of the reasons that family law attorneys often see a spike in new divorce cases as the new year begins.

As one looks at social media posts, it is easy to believe that everyone else is in love and happy. But, to be honest, that is what most people want others to believe. It is rare for a friend or family member to post a picture that shows his or her family's reality – the one that includes heated discussions related to finances or infidelity. The simple fact is that even those posting the wonderful family pictures are most likely facing their own struggles.

A parent's poor choices result in loss of child custody

Arizona parents typically do everything in their power to make certain their children are raised in a supportive and loving environment. Nevertheless, parents are human beings, and human beings are occasionally prone to make poor choices. Sometimes the actions of a parent can directly lead to a loss of child custody

This time of year, many families take the opportunity to take a quick vacation and unwind for a few days. One mother decided to take her children to an Arizona resort for a few days of relaxation. Unfortunately, she had a bit too much to drink, and the vacation quickly turned into trouble. 

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