At least on their wedding day, most couples who get married believe they'll be together forever, but unfortunately, that isn't reality. Many couples will live long and happy lives together. Other married couples will bask in the limelight of marital bliss for a few decades before life takes its toll on their relationship.
If you're divorcing with children, you may have a disagreement with your divorcing spouse about how to share parenting time with the kids. If you can't agree, each of you will have to develop a proposed parenting plan to submit to the court. Then a judge will decide which plan provides for each parent's legal decision-making authority over the child and maximizes each parent's parenting time.
If you are considering divorce, you may wonder what happens to the records produced by a divorce trial. Are they public records like most court cases? Is there a way to keep things private?
In any divorce with shared children, you will need to determine whether both parents will have legal decision-making authority and how much parenting time each will have. In general, you can negotiate this instead of going to court, although whatever agreement you reach must accord with Arizona law. If you do go to court, the court will make these determinations based on the children's best interest.
Divorce can be a challenge for anyone, but especially for people who operate a shared business or professional practice. How is this divided in an Arizona divorce?
Whether this is your first marriage or a subsequent one, there can be good reasons to consider divorcing over 50. Over the past few decades, "gray divorce" has become something of a trend. In fact, whereas the overall rate of divorce is declining in the United States, the divorce rate for people 50 and over has been rising.
In Arizona, the family courts encourage the use of mediation to resolve disputes, including the issues of divorce. Any issue can be voluntarily mediated, either by the parties' consent or a court order.
If you are getting a divorce in Arizona, you may be wondering why we're known as a "community property state." This is because we're one of only a few states that have organized marital property this way. Most states use an "equitable distribution" model.
When you think about the term "co-parenting," it assumes you'll be cooperating and coordinating with your children's other parent. That may be the ideal but, in reality, it can be a lot harder than just agreeing to stick to a schedule. Each parent has their own parenting philosophy, and they can be quite different.
When people with children consider divorce, it is always with some hesitation. After all, so many sources have told us that divorce can be emotionally devastating for children.