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When may supervised visitation be ordered?

For a parent who has been denied physical custody of their child, visitation rights is very important to ensure that they have opportunities to spend quality time with their child. Unlike custody, visitation does not give an Arizona parent the right to have their child live with them. Visitation does, however, ensure that a parent can see their child, though, restrictions may be placed on where and when their interactions may occur.

Managing alimony when a payer loses their job

There are certain expenses that Arizona residents just cannot avoid paying. For example, if they do not own their home outright, then they are generally bound to pay monthly rent or mortgage payments to keep rooves over their heads. Additionally, individuals usually cannot avoid paying for the purchases that they acquire through the use of their credit cards.

Legal help for the enforcement of child support orders

When an Arizona court issues an order regarding the actions the parties are to take following the conclusion of their hearing, the mandates included in that order are subject to particular enforcement efforts. For example, if a parent is ordered by a court to provide their child with financial support, then that parent may face sanctions if they do not follow through on their directive.

It is possible to challenge a claim of paternity

Parenthood is an honor for many people who hope and plan for the days that they will be able to bring their own kids into the world. However, not all Arizona residents desire to be responsible for children, and therefore, they may choose not to have kids or to become parents through adoption. Not having kids is a right that individuals may assert, but when a man is alleged to be a child's father and is caught in a paternity case, he may need to develop a deep understanding of paternity law.

What events can terminate a child support order?

Child support is an important obligation that a parent has with regard to their child. In Arizona, a parent may be ordered to pay child support to provide their child with their basic necessities and other requirements. Often, child support orders and agreements are created pursuant to divorces and parental separations.

Social demographics play a role in changing divorce rate

It is an often-noted statistic that around one out of every two American marriages ends in divorce. That is to say, about half of all couples who choose to marry will eventually end up in divorce court, sorting out the ends of their relationships. However, younger Americans may be changing this trend and individuals in Arizona and around the rest of the country may be witnessing social changes that have contributed to a dropping national divorce rate.

For example, research into the topic suggests that younger adults are making different decisions about marriage than their older family members did. They tend to wait longer to get married, often securing their careers before deciding to commit themselves to martial relationships. Additionally, more young people are choosing to simply not get married and instead live with their partners in co-habitational arrangements.

Fathers can fight for custody of their children

There is a historical presumption that children, in custody situations, will always be placed in the primary care of their mothers. This may have to do with traditional parenting roles that mothers and fathers took on in the past, which often involved fathers working outside of their homes to earn money while mothers stayed home to take care of the couples' children. Any Arizona parent in 2018 knows, though, that this somewhat outdated model is not the norm for all families.

It is growing more and more common for men to work from home or stay home when their wives seek employment and earn the incomes on which their families survive. Fathers can and do take on more active roles in the raising of their children and play an integral part in ensuring that those children become happy and productive adults.

Understanding the end of a spousal maintenance order

Although alimony may be ordered for the duration of the recipient's life, many Arizona spousal maintenance awards terminate long before the individual who receives their former spouse's money pass away. Exactly when an agreement or order for alimony will end will depend upon the terms of the document that controls the post-divorce relationship. They type of alimony ordered and the needs of the recipient party may be controlling with regard to when the obligation will end for the payer.

For example, a court may order one party to pay the other support for as long as it takes for the recipient to be prepared to enter the job force. That may involve paying spousal support to a party while they attend school or trainings to become ready for work; this type of alimony may be used to rehabilitate the recipient and their capacity to become self-supporting.

Why is only one parent usually ordered to pay child support?

Without the financial support of their parents, Arizona children would struggle to have their most basic needs met. They may go without enough food or may live without protective shelters around them. They may not have clothing or a means of getting to school to further their educations. In cases of divorce and situations where parents do not live with each other, child support can be a vital component of providing a child with what they require to survive.

In Arizona it is usually the case that one parent will be ordered to pay child support for the benefit of their child. Based on the state's guidelines that parent will be told how much child support they must pay and when it is due. Their order will inform them of where to send their child support payments as well as other information relevant to their specific family law case.

Building a strong case for alimony during an Arizona divorce

It is not uncommon for an Arizona resident to spend years of their life laboring away at important work that may never yield a paycheck. They may take a lead role in raising their children, and they may take on the heavy responsibility of managing a family home while their spouse works to support them and their dependents with an income. A person may give up opportunities to advance their career or increase their education because it is the best choice for their family as a whole.

Last week this divorce and family law blog discussed the factors that courts can consider when they decide if alimony should be awarded during divorce proceedings. Some of the most significant factors that can play into an alimony award are those just mentioned: the contributions that a person may make to their partner and family that do not necessarily reap financial benefits.

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