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How does parenting time effect child support payments?

There are many fathers in Arizona who have children and are not currently married or are no longer in a relationship with the mother. In many of these situations, the father has a custody order and a child support payment each month. In addition to the custody situation, the father may have parenting time with the child. This is the amount of time the child is with the father.

Fathers' rights can sometimes be a touchy issue. However, it is important to understand that parenting time is crucial for both the children and the father. This is the time that the father and the children are able to build their relationship. The parenting time can also have an effect on how much child support the father will pay each month.

Asset division during high net worth divorce in Arizona

Any divorce in Arizona can be complicated. There are many issues that need to be figured out. These include child custody, child support, spousal maintenance and asset division. Child custody can be complicated for anyone, no matter how much money they have, as custody deals with who will make the decisions regarding the children and how much time each parent will have the children.

However, the financial aspects of the divorce for couples with a high net worth can be much more complicated than most. The issues of the divorce that deal with the finances of the couple are child support, spousal maintenance and asset division.

Clint Eastwood's divorce is now official

Many fans in Arizona of the actor/director Clint Eastwood know that he and his wife Dina have been going through a divorce since 2013. Well the divorce has been finalized as the parties came to an agreement and filed it with the court. The couple has a teenage daughter and apparently the custody of her and alimony were two of the issues that caused the divorce to take as long as it did to finalize. Eastwood also is a very wealthy man and asset division may have also taken some time.

There are many issues that must be resolved in any divorce in Arizona. Just like Eastwood's divorce, couples will have to make decisions regarding custody of the children, child support, asset division and alimony, or spousal support as it is commonly called. Every divorce is different though and each of those issues are handled differently depending on circumstances of the particular marriage.

How does one modify a child custody order?

As children in Arizona grow up, many circumstances can change in their life as well as the lives of their parents. If the parents are together, these changes are generally dealt with by the parents together. However, there are many parents who are no longer together and have custody orders regarding legal-decision making and parenting time. When the changes occur in these types of situations, it can be a little more difficult to deal with depending on what the order states and the parent's relationship with one another.

To address the changes one of the parents may feel that the order should be modified to reflect the new circumstances. In order to do this, the parent seeking a modification must file a petition and affidavit with the court stating the reasons why they feel the current order should be modified. The petition and affidavit must be served on the other party as well.

Enforcing a child support order from another state in Arizona

Society in general has become much more mobile and as a result, more and more people move to different states to live. Many people living in Arizona were not born here and moved here for one reason or another. This could be because of a job, to be closer to loved ones or a number of different reasons. Whatever the reason for moving, previous obligations may follow people to new states.

One of these obligations is child support. If a person is ordered to pay child support, that obligation does not cease just because they moved out of state. However, enforcing the child support order may be a little more difficult. Many times the state where child support is ordered collects the child support. Once the person no longer lives in the state, though, that state's jurisdiction does not allow them to collect automatically from another state.

Why is establishing paternity important for servicemembers?

There are many Arizona fathers serving in the military. Servicemembers have a very different life than civilians. They can be stationed in various locations and therefore have to move frequently. Also, they may be deployed for lengthy periods of time overseas. During these deployments they are separated from their family and managing family affairs is difficult. Family law issues such as paternity, child custody or child support may prove especially difficult.

Paternity often becomes an issue when a father has a child while not being married to the mother. In these situations paternity must be established. This can be done voluntarily by both parents signing an acknowledgement of paternity. However, if there is a dispute it can be determined through genetic testing, which the parents can agree to or one parent can ask a judge to order the other parent to undergo genetic testing.

Disclosure of financial statements and property in a divorce

Couples of all types of financial backgrounds get divorced each year. Some do not have many assets and others possess significant assets. In either situation, the couple will have to divide their marital assets. If the couple has only been married a short time or do not have many assets this may be a relatively easy process. However, for those with many assets or those who have been married for a long time, asset division can be a very difficult process.

To help ensure that the process is fair and that each spouse receives an equitable amount of the marital assets, Arizona requires that each spouse disclose all of their financial assets and property. In a high net worth divorce, this process can be somewhat complicated.

Protecting parental rights in child custody disputes

When parents in Arizona decide to end their relationship, one of the most important issues is child custody and visitation. This issue is relevant whether the parents were married or not. At the end of the relationship, both parents are still the child's parents and will continue to be so for the child's entire life. Thus, which parent will have child custody can be a very contentious issue between them.

Often both parents want to be a part of their child's life as much as possible. Parents should know, however, that there are two different aspects to child custody. The first aspect is the legal decision-making regarding the child's life. The other aspect is parenting time and visitation rights, which concerns when each parent will have the child. Each aspect is handled separately, and therefore parents who do not have physical custody still often have a right to parenting time with their child.

CEO of energy giant must pay nearly a billion in alimony

When people are divorced in Arizona, many are concerned about how much money they will have to pay to their ex-spouse. This could be in child support, alimony or property division. One of the more contentious issues involving money can be alimony or spousal maintenance. Understandably, some are reluctant to pay their former spouse due to lingering conflict from the divorce. Whatever their opinion, though, the law states that a person may need to pay their ex-spouse monthly alimony.

Recently the CEO of Continental Resources, Inc., an energy giant in Oklahoma, was ordered to pay his ex-wife $995.4 million in property division alimony. He is to pay over $320 million directly to his ex-wife during the remainder of 2014, and then pay $7 million a month starting in 2015 until the rest has been paid off. The ex-wife also received three different properties that have an estimated combined value of $22.8 million. The CEO himself did receive over $2 billion worth of assets, however.

Penalties for not paying child support in Arizona

In Arizona, child support orders generally remain in place until the child is at least 18 years old. Under some circumstances they can last longer than that. An order put in place when the child is young could last well over ten years. Over that amount of time there can be many changes in the parents' lives.

These changes can include the loss of a job or a major injury or illness which requires extensive medical treatment. These events can have a major impact on a parent's financial situation and their ability to meet child support obligations. However, simply not paying violates the order and there are serious consequences if a person falls behind in those payments.

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