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Legal advocates for fathers and their parental rights

Becoming a parent is a wonderful, terrifying and life-changing experience. No matter how much a Phoenix resident attempts to prepare for the day their child is born into the world, they cannot anticipate the many questions, concerns and other issues that they will face when their baby is finally in their arms. Many of the problems that new parents run into are universal and experienced by individuals across the world. Some, however, are unique and require distinctive experience and support to resolve.

One of those issues is paternity. While it is generally straightforward to identify a child's mother as she is the individual who gives birth to the baby, identifying the child's father may be considerably more complicated. A father may know in his heart that he is the biological parent to a child, but depending upon circumstances related to him, his relationship with the child's mother and her intentions, he may be left off of the child's birth certificate.

Alimony awards factor in unique circumstances of the parties

The divorce of two Maricopa County residents may cause stress and strain their lives. As they work to untangle their lives and find stability in their new legal statuses as single, they may begin to assess how they will manage financially as they move into the future. For some, ending a marriage with no strings attached may be a priority, but for others economic realities may keep exes tied together past the date that their divorce is finalized.

Alimony is a legal relationship that joins two formerly married people. Alimony is awarded by a court when one of the parties to a divorce will be financially disadvantaged without the support of their soon-to-be ex-spouse. As a financial obligation, alimony may be paid in a number of different ways, but many individuals who are bound to pay alimony to their exes do so every month on a set schedule.

High asset divorces do not have to be high stress events

Most Arizona residents know the name, Jeff Bezos. In the last year, he was named the richest man in the world, due, in large part, to his role in making Amazon a staple in households around the world. However, Bezos is also a husband and father, and, despite his dramatic wealth, he is a person who must deal with everyday problems.

One common problem that Bezos confronted recently is the end of his marriage. He and his wife decided to end their more than two decade-long relationship in order to live their lives separately. With more than an estimated $150 billion at stake in their divorce, one may expect that Bezos and his wife would be set-up for a stressful and antagonistic experience.

What happens if a parent misses a child support payment?

Child support obligations are generally created through the execution of agreements or the issuing of judicial orders. An Arizona parent may be required to provide their child with monthly payments of support, and those payments may be directed to the child's custodial parent for use. When a noncustodial parent fails to make a child support payment, they may become subject to enforcement efforts to remedy their delinquency.

A child support order or agreement will state when and how a parent is to provide support to their child. If a parent misses their payment deadline, but is able to remedy it quickly, they may avoid the penalties that may attach if the delinquency lasted for a longer duration of time. Multiple missed payments or habitually late payments may violate child support governing documents and cause a parent to have action taken against them.

An alternative to standard alimony payments

Alimony is an important legal obligation that may begin when two Phoenix residents decide to divorce each other. The obligation binds one of the parties to provide the other with financial support, and in many cases that support is paid out each month as a regular and unchanging sum. For example, a court may order one party to a divorce to pay the other $1,000 every month until such time as the obligation may come to its legal end.

While this form of alimony is often well-suited to payers who are able to allocate a portion of their income each month to the support of their ex-spouse, there is an alternative manner of paying alimony. It is important that readers speak with their attorneys about the availability of this option to them as different divorce cases may rely on different kinds of information. As such what may work for one divorce may not work for another.

Will I be awarded legal custody of my child?

One of the toughest jobs that Phoenix parents may face when they decide to divorce is finding a way to help their children adjust to their new lives. Children often thrive in stable environments, and the stress of a divorce can throw their lives into chaos. Parents who support the best interests of their kids and who make reasonable decisions about their futures can often foster supportive transitions for their children as their families go through divorces.

Child custody is the legal process of establishing the care and support of children who will no longer live with both of their parents in a single home. It involves deciding where the kids will live, if and when they will transition between their parents' residences and which parent or parents will have the right to make decisions about their care. While physical custody concerns where a child will live, legal custody concerns how and who may make decisions about the kids' lives

Know what factors may impact a child support award

Children should not be made to suffer when their parents elect to end their marriages in divorce. Courts therefore take special care when they make decisions about where children should live, who may have contact with them, and how they will be financially supported once their parents' relationships are over. In Arizona, certain factors can be important to a court's determination of how child support should be paid.

Approach divorce with confident legal representation

When an Arizona resident decides that it is time to end their marriage, they quickly realize just how much is at stake. Not only must they choose to dissolve the legal relationship that exists between them and their spouse, but they must also accept new realities regarding their parenting, property and finances. A divorce involves many important legal processes that individually can be stressful and complex to manage.

Will the tender years doctrine apply in my custody case?

The way that parents choose to tackle the challenging job of raising kids looks different from household to household. While some Arizona parents may choose to divide and conquer the responsibilities by having one parent work out of the home and the other manage the household, others may elect to have both parents work out of the home to better provide for their families. When divorce affects a family, though, raising children gets even more complicated.

Failure to pay alimony may result in finding of contempt

Being held in contempt of court is a serious legal situation. However, many Arizona residents may not know that there are two forms of contempt that they may face in the judicial system: criminal and civil. While criminal contempt generally relates to creating disturbances in a courtroom, civil contempt relates to failing to follow an order issued by a court.

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