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Sex offenders and child custody decisions in Arizona

Many people in Arizona have children and are no longer in a relationship with the other parent. Generally, in these situations, child custody and visitation must be determined in court. These decisions are based on what is in the best interest of the child. Often, that means that the parents will have joint custody and both will have significant time with the child. However, there are many situations where it is not in the best interest of the child to have this type of arrangement.

One of these situations is when one of the parents is a registered sex offender. If this is the case, the court will not grant that parent custody unless it makes specific findings as to why the individual is not a threat to the child. The court will also refuse to grant that parent unsupervised parenting time. This does not mean that the parent will not be able to see the child at all, however. The parent could still see the child, but their time with the child would have to be supervised by a third party.

Child support and split child custody arrangements in Arizona

Many families in Arizona have child custody arrangements. Each of these child custody arrangements may be different depending on the specific circumstances within each family. Ultimately, the custody determination is based on what is in the best interest of the child. Each child custody arrangement also has an effect on the child support determination, so child support determinations are unique.

A common visitation schedule involves all the children being with one parent or the other. However, this does not need to be the case. Sometimes, it is better for one child to reside primarily with one parent while another child is better off with the other parent. These types of situations are not generally difficult when determining a visitation schedule, but they can complicate the child support calculation.

Penalties for violating a parenting time schedule

Many fathers in Arizona are no longer in a relationship with the mother of their children. They may feel like they are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to their children. While fathers are increasingly receiving more time with their children, in many instances, the mother still has the children more often. Therefore, fathers' rights with their children are very important.

However, from time to time, the father may be refused his parenting time by the mother. This can be very detrimental for both the father and child. The father may also feel powerless to do anything, but if there is a court order granting him parenting time, he can go to the court to rectify the situation. At a hearing, if the court finds that the mother denied the father parenting time without good cause, then it can impose a number of penalties on the mother.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce their divorce

Fans of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner may be surprised to learn that the couple is getting a divorce. The couple has been married for almost ten years, but recently, there have been rumors that they were separating. They have three children and have been sharing their home while going through the divorce process. They have also been using mediation to divide their large amount of assets.

There are many people in Arizona who are divorced each year. Many of them also have children and will have to make custody and visitation decisions regarding those children. However, most couples in Arizona do not have the amount of money and assets that the actors have together. High asset divorces can present a number of issues not associated with lower asset divorces.

Obtaining financial information for alimony payments in Arizona

In divorces in Arizona, there are generally two main categories of decisions that need to be made. One is decisions regarding the minor children. These generally include custody and visitation issues. The other main category is the financial decisions. Three main issues within this category are asset division, alimony and child support. Each of these decisions present certain challenges and can be very complicated depending on the circumstances of the marriage.

When making the financial decisions, it is important that each party knows the amount and types of marital assets each party has in their possession. In many marriages, each spouse may not know all of the assets the other spouse has in their possession or how much is in certain accounts. Some accounts are funded directly from a spouse's pay check and the other spouse may never see that money. In other instances, spouses will purposely hide assets in accounts that they set up in their name alone.

Investigations in child custody determinations in Arizona

Child custody determinations can be very difficult decisions. In many situations both parents want to spend significant amounts of time with their children and be a part of making decisions regarding their well-being. Also, the two parents may disagree as to the proper parenting style and neither one may be necessarily wrong. So, the parents may not agree to child custody and a parenting time schedule.

When the parents cannot reach an agreement, then ultimately the court must make the decision for them. However, these are not easy decisions for a judge to make. They are very fact specific and for the most part the only people who truly knows what happens within the family on a day to day basis are the parents. So, when they state two very different things, it can make the judge's decision hard.

Deviating from the child support guidelines in Arizona

Any parent in Arizona knows that children can be very expensive. They rely on their parents for all their financial needs. These expenses include the basics such as food, shelter and clothing, but include many other expenses besides the basics. When parents are married or living together, these expenses are covered by the parents. However, if parents are divorced or never married in the first place, then it is often times necessary for one parent to pay child support to the other for these expenses.

The amount of child support a parent pays is determined by the child support guidelines. These guidelines take into account each parent's adjusted gross income, medical costs and parenting time. Based on the numbers, the guidelines state how much the total child support obligation is and each parent is responsible for a portion of the total child support amount, based on the percentage of the total income they earn.

Fathers' rights to information regarding their children

Many couples in Arizona have children, but are no longer together. This could be because the couple is divorced or they never were married. In either situation, the parents most likely will have to determine who has custody of the children, as well as the visitation schedule for each parent.

Custody decisions are based on what is in the best interests of the child. Traditionally, mothers received custody with fathers receiving fairly minimal visitation. This trend is changing and parents are increasingly receiving joint custody of their children. However, there are still many fathers in Arizona who do not have custody of their children. This limits the father's rights to make decisions regarding their children.

Dividing unvested stock options in a divorce in Arizona

Divorces in Arizona vary in length and complexity. High asset divorces can take longer than most divorces. Not only are there many different assets to divide, but valuing each asset can be complicated and take time to complete. People may have to value multiple properties, businesses, investments, stock options, retirement accounts and many other assets. After the assets have been valued, the parties can then start dividing them.

One example relates to dividing unvested stock options. It is necessary to calculate the value of the unvested stock options that is subject to division during the divorce as community property. The parties first must determine if the unvested stock options were given for past or future work. This may involve testimony or evidence from the spouse's employer as to why the stock options were given to the employee. After that fact has been determined, one of two formulas apply to the division of the stock options..

How alimony affects consumer credit reports in Arizona

Many people are divorced every year in Arizona. During the divorce, there are many issues that must be resolved. If the couple has minor children, then there will have to be a child custody and visitation arrangement. Child support will also likely be an issue. The couple will have to divide their assets and determine whether one spouse will pay the other alimony, or spousal maintenance, as it is commonly called.

Once all of these determinations are either agreed to by the parties or decided by a judge, the parties then need to live with the orders. They will need to follow the visitation schedule and ensure that the property is actually divided. They will also need to actually make the payments that they are ordered to make, such as child support and alimony.

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