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Determining whether parents should have sole or joint custody

While children are minors, parents in Arizona are responsible for providing for the child. This not only includes providing for their food, clothing and shelter, but also making certain decisions for the children. Parents must decide where the children will go to school, make calls about medical treatment, make religious decisions and others. While parents are together, they make many of these decisions together, but if the parents divorce or separate, making these decisions can become more difficult.

Despite the difficulties these decisions must still be made. That is why a judge must make child custody determinations during a divorce or custody proceeding. Custody simply means decision making and is a separate decision from parenting time, which determines when the child will be with each parent.

Tax implications for paying and receiving alimony

When couples are married in Arizona, they generally have one life and they pay for the costs of that life together. Sometimes, this means that one spouse will work and earn the money, while the other stays at home with the children. Other times, both spouses earn income and provide to the financial resources of the family. This could be that both earn the same amount or many other different percentages of the overall income.

However, if the couple gets divorced, then all of a sudden, they will have to pay for two separate lives. If both earned about the same amount, then most likely, they will both have resources to pay for a separate life. But, if one spouse earned all the income or much more than the other one, the spouse who did not work could have significant troubles in financing his or her own life.

Brad Pitt focused on his children during the divorce process

Many people in Arizona are probably aware of the fact that actress, Angelina Jolie, recently filed for divorce from her husband, Brad Pitt. The divorce got ugly quickly, with Jolie accusing Pitt of abusing one of their children. Apparently, Pitt was crushed by the divorce, but has been focusing on his children and will do what he needs to do to see them. The couple did agree to joint physical custody temporarily, but the children will be staying with Jolie. Pitt has agreed to do drug testing and go to therapy with the children.

This divorce may be long from over, and it sounds like the children will be the focus for both parties. Pitt finds himself in a position that many fathers in Arizona have probably found themselves in during a divorce or custody proceeding. They feel that they are fighting an uphill battle and have to jump through hoops to see their children. Despite the difficulties, many continue to fight for fathers' rights to see their children and want to have a good relationship with them.

When can one deviate from the child support guidelines?

As many parents in Arizona know, raising a child can be expensive. Children rely on their parents to provide not only the necessities in life, but also many extras as well. This does not change if the parents split up though. However, how the expenses are paid for certain changes. There are no longer joint accounts, and there are generally two different households and separate monthly bills. So, to ensure both parents are still contributing their share, most of the time, the parents will have a child support order.

The amount of child support is based on the child support guidelines in Arizona. This is generally based on the parents' incomes and other factors that generate a monthly amount that one parent will pay the other. But, sometimes, the guidelines do not generate an appropriate amount for a specific family.

NFL quarterback, Robert Griffin, III, files for divorce

Many football fans in Arizona may know about quarterback, Robert Griffin, III, who is currently playing for the Cleveland Browns. Griffin apparently wanted a fresh start in his personal life, in addition to his professional one.

He filed for divorce from his wife at the beginning of September. The couple was separated for a while, prior to the filing. The couple has a young child together, and people expect this to be a messy divorce.

How to start a child custody proceeding in Arizona

Children born out of wedlock is a common occurrence in Arizona. Sometimes, the parents will still live together and be in a committed relationship. They most likely will also share in raising their children together. However, this is normally not the case, and many parents in this type of situation live separately. This does not make them any less of parents to the children, but it does change the legal rights the parents have to the children.

Even if the father is the biological father, paternity has been established and the father pays child support, it does not give the father any legal child custody rights to the child. In order to establish custody rights to the child, the father must start a custody proceeding.

What are the requirements for seeking alimony in a divorce?

There are many divorces in Arizona each year. Each divorce is unique though. But, there are certain issues that are common to most divorces, such as property division, child support and child custody, if there are minor children involved, and alimony or spousal maintenance as it is commonly called. However, how each of these issues are dealt with will be different in each divorce depending on the unique circumstances of each marriage.

Nonetheless, not all of these issues will be present in each divorce. If there are no minor children, then the couple will not have to deal with child custody and child support. And, not all divorces will have to make determinations regarding alimony either.

Helping fathers protect their relationship with their children

There are many fathers in Arizona. Some fathers are still in a relationship with the mother of the children. However, many others are either divorced or never married the mother of their children. Many fathers in this situation still want to have a good relationship with their children, though. It can be more difficult since they are no longer living with the children. They may also feel like they are fighting an uphill battle to see their children.

But, a child's relationship with their father is also very important, and the courts understand the importance of fathers' rights to see their children. It is no longer a foregone conclusion that the children will end up with the mother.

How child support changes when one child is emancipated

There are many people who have children in Arizona who are no longer with the other parent. In these cases, generally, the non-custodial parent will end up paying child support to the other parent. This is a monthly payment from one parent to the other to ensure that the child's financial needs are met. The amount is based on the child support guidelines in Arizona.

These guidelines take into account a number of factors about the parents' financial situation and the financial needs of the child. Once ordered, the monthly obligation continues until the child is emancipated, which is when the child turns 18, graduates from high school or turns 19, whichever occurs first.

Disclosing financial assets in a high asset divorce

A divorce is generally not an easy process for people in Arizona. Trying to separate a life that was lived as one into two separate lives can be very complicated. Also, while a couple is dividing many aspects of their lives, many times they are not happy with the other one and emotions can affect the decision making process. However, despite the complications and difficulties couples must do this during the divorce.

There are many decisions that must be made regarding the separation. The couple may need to make decisions about child custody and child support if they have children. They may also need to make decisions regarding alimony. However, every couple will need to divide their assets. If it is a high asset divorce this can be a very time consuming and complicated process.

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