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Arizona ranks 14th on list of largest divorced populations

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A lot of people talk about the high rate of divorce. Yet, few consider what portion of the population is actually divorced. Bloomberg set out to remedy that shortfall by gathering information about the divorced and separated population in each state. Arizona ranks tied for 14th with Ohio, Missouri and Idaho in the largest percentage of its population that is divorced. According to the report, 12.5 percent of Arizonans are divorced while another two percent are separated. Nevada topped the list with 14.6 percent of its population divorced.

With such a high divorce rate, many Arizonans may find themselves asking what will happen to them if they decide to dissolve their marriage. There are many divorce legal issues that must be considered, and being prepared to handle them is key. Disputes may arise over property division, child custody, child support and alimony. At a time when emotions run on high and cloud the issues, it may be helpful to seek help from an experienced family law attorney who can help prepare one for the legal battles ahead.

A lawyer can help a divorcing individual attempt to negotiate a settlement with the other side. By doing this, the couple may avoid court and airing their dirty laundry before a judge. This process also allows the couple to reach a resolution that fits their best interests instead of leaving those decisions in the hands of a judge who does not know the parties.

Sometimes, though, reaching the end of a marriage is not so easy. When this is the case, a divorcing party's attorney will use strategy, persuasion and the law to aggressively fight for what is best for the party and his or her children. With strong advocacy, these individuals stand a chance of starting their new lives off on solid financial footing with a bright future ahead.

Source: Bloomberg, "Splitsville States: Most Divorced Residents," Suzanne Woolley, Feb. 19, 2014

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