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How alimony is determined and collected in Arizona

There are many divorces in Arizona every year. Anytime people get divorced there are a number of issues that need to be resolved prior to the divorce becoming final. These issues include division of the couple's property, assets and debt, child support and child custody if the couple had children, and alimony or spousal maintenance, among other issues. While the couple can come to an agreement on some of these issues, a judge will ultimately have to make the determination for them if they cannot agree.

Alimony is a somewhat tricky issue in a divorce and one that may be misunderstood by the couple. The goal of alimony is to ensure that both spouses have enough means to support themselves after a divorce. It commonly becomes an issue in marriages where only one spouse works and the other parent stays home to raise the children. The idea is that even though only one spouse brought home a paycheck, both contributed to the marriage and thus both helped earn the money.

How is child support calculated in Arizona?

Many parents in Arizona either have to pay child support or receive child support. Any time parents get divorced and have minor children, or unmarried parents part ways, child support becomes an issue. Child support is required to ensure that a child's financial needs are being met by both parents. These needs include housing, clothes, food, child care and medical needs. While most parents know that they may have to pay child support or should be receiving it, many do not know how much their child support will be.

The amount of child support is determined by the child support calculator. To use the calculator one inputs certain financial information such as the gross income of each parent, the amount one parent pays for health and dental insurance for the children, the amount of spousal maintenance paid or received by each parent, the amount of child support each parent pays for non-joint children, others costs related to the child and the amount of parenting time each parent has with the child.

Establishing paternity and fathers' rights in Arizona

There are many children born in Arizona every year. Some are born into and raised by married parents. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes the child's parents are never married. Other times, the parents get divorced while the children are still minors. In these situations, child support and child custody become issues. These can be highly emotional situations and each situation is unique. However, in general, men may be treated a little differently under the law.

One way the father is treated differently than the mother is that paternity must be established before an unmarried father is considered to be the legal father of the child. This must be established to protect a father's right to custody and visitation with his child. Paternity also must be established to protect the child's rights to child support from the father. Married fathers, even though they do not need to establish paternity, also may feel they are fighting an uphill battle in a divorce as they try to establish custody and visitation rights.

Actors David Duchovny and Tea Leoni divorce

Arizona fans of actors David Duchovny and Tea Leoni may be surprised to learn that the couple has officially decided to end their marriage. The couple has separated a couple of times before, but this time it seems to be officially over as the couple filed for divorce in June. They have now reportedly worked out the terms of the divorce. The couple will have joint custody of their two children, with Leoni having primary custody. Duchovny will pay Leoni $8,333 per month in child support and $40,000 per month in alimony.

Many people in Arizona get divorced every year. Each divorce is different and very fact specific though. Couples going through a divorce that involves children will need to make custody and visitation decisions, as well as child support determinations. The divorce may involve alimony or spousal maintenance as well. Also, while almost every divorce will include some asset division, the extent of that division depends on the amount of assets a couple owns. A high net worth divorce can be complicated, as the couple has a large amount of assets to divide, such as Duchovny and Leoni's divorce.

Determining the best interests of the child in Arizona

Many parents in Arizona have dealt with child custody issues. These can arise any time parents get divorced and have minor children or in situations where the parents were never married to each other. Child custody decisions can be very difficult and emotional for the parents. Many times each parent wants to have a meaningful relationship with their children and wants as much time as possible with them. Ultimately the decision is not based on what the parents want though and is instead based on the best interests of the children.

In order to determine the best interests of the child, the court considers many different factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the relationship between the child and parent; the child's interaction with the parents, siblings and other people who have a significant relationship with the child; the child's adjustment to school and the community; the child's wishes if they are old enough and mature enough; the mental and physical health of the child and parents; if the parent is likely to ensure the child will maintain contact with the other parent; whether there has been any domestic abuse or child abuse; and others.

How is alimony determined in a divorce?

There are many people in Arizona going through a divorce. As they have probably figured out, there are many issues that must be sorted out during the process. One of the more contentious issues may be alimony, or spousal maintenance, as it is often called. Many people do not want to pay it because they may feel that now that they are living separate lives from their ex-spouse they should not be responsible for supporting their ex financially.

Alimony is not a guarantee in a divorce though. The determination of the amount can also be confusing for many people. When determining child support, for instance, there is a calculator that is used and all a person has to do is input certain numbers, such as the parties' respective income, among others, and then the amount they will pay in child support is calculated for them.

Arizona recognizes August as child support awareness month

Many parents in Arizona have had children and are now divorced or were never married to the child's other parent in the first place. These people have most likely had to deal with issues related to child custody and/or child support. Child custody orders govern who will care for the child on a daily basis and when the other parent will have visitation. Child support orders calculate the amount that the non-custodial parent will pay to the other parent in order to ensure the child's financial needs are being met.

The county in which a person lives also may become involved in enforcing a child support obligation to ensure that the parent is making the correct payments. In Arizona, August is Child Support Awareness Month. One Arizona county is recognizing the work that the Division of Child Support Services does in collecting child support and providing services for those either receiving or paying child support. The Division of Child Support Services has collected over $1 million to help support 1,076 children in the past year.

Fathers' rights: study shows fathers just as caring as mothers

There are many custody disputes in Arizona every year. Sometimes, these disputes start as a part of a divorce and others start between unwed couples who had a child together. For years, the general presumption was that the woman would receive custody of the children, especially when the children are younger. Women are generally seen as the caregivers in the family, and that they are more important for the child's upbringing than the fathers. However, recently there has been a push by men for fathers' rights in these disputes.

A recently published study strengthens fathers' push for more equality in custody determinations. The study analyzed brain activity of men and woman as they cared for their children. The study found that men who were raising children without a woman around had the same brain activity for caring for the children as women. The men also maintained the thinking, and planning brain activity that is found in men who take a secondary role to woman in the upbringing of their children. So, the study showed that men have the same capacity to care for their children as women.

Pamela Anderson files to divorce two-time husband once again

Arizona fans of Pamela Anderson may be interested to learn that the actress may be once again ending a marriage. This time she is reportedly splitting from her husband for a second time. The couple was married previously in 2007 and the marriage was annulled in 2008. This past January, Anderson revealed that the couple had secretly remarried. This marriage may have lasted about as long as the first though, as Anderson recently filed for divorce once again.

Many divorces occur every year in Arizona. Each divorce has various issues that must be sorted out between the parties. Some of these issues may include child custody and child support , alimony and asset division. Each issue has its own level of complexity depending on the circumstances of the relationship. For instance, asset division can range from the relatively easy, if the couple does not have many assets, to a long and very complex problem if it is a high net worth divorce, such as when celebrities like Anderson are divorced.

Link found between divorce and social network use

Marriage and divorce are both common events in Arizona. Divorce generally occurs when one or both spouses become unhappy with the other. The reasons why a person may become unhappy can vary quite a bit. Sometimes one spouse cheats on the other, sometimes there are alcohol or drug problems, domestic abuse or just because people change over time and no longer feel in love. Whatever the reason, there are a number of issues that must be resolved during the divorce from child custody to asset division.

While there are many reasons for divorce, a recent study found an interesting link to divorce rates. The study found that people who use Facebook at a higher rate tend to be more unhappy in their marriage. People who did not use social media were found to be 11 percent happier in their marriage. While the study did not find a direct link between social media use and divorce, the people who conducted the study reasoned that people who are in troubled marriages may turn to social media for support. They also thought people may be able find out more of what their spouse is doing through Facebook as well.

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