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Celebrity divorces takes years to resolve

Though the notoriety and financial benefits of celebrity may appeal to some Phoenix residents, few individuals would actually like to live under the spotlight of Hollywood fame. Celebrities are subjected to a level of scrutiny that may cause some to flee for more normal existences, so they don't have to see every misstep of their lives played out in the news. One former celebrity couple has made the news for years as they have attempted to end their highly publicized marriage.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married in 2014 but Jolie filed for divorce just two years later. The partners share six children, and each has accumulated significant wealth over the span of their Hollywood careers. As of the new year, Pitt and Jolie had still not finalized their divorce and remained technically married; this changed just recently when a judge bifurcated their legal dilemma.

Custody, emergencies, and parents' rights

Child custody is a complicated legal issue that can be treated very differently depending upon the needs and circumstances of an Arizona family's situation. Because of this, it is important that individuals discuss their independent custody questions with their family law attorneys.

Past posts on this blog have discussed the differences between joint and sole custody, as well as legal and physical custody. Parents may share custody of their kids, but that does not mean that each will see their children each and every day. In fact, based upon a schedule that works for them, parents may have their kids several days per week, while their former spouse has them the other days.

Can a spouse really claim half of their ex's wealth in a divorce?

Property questions that arise during divorces in Arizona can be tricky and their outcomes can be influenced based on how couples acquired and maintained their property and wealth. For this reason, individuals who have questions about how their assets will be divided during their divorce should talk directly with their attorneys.

Arizona is a community property state. This means that most of the property that individuals acquire after their marriage will be considered jointly owned by both spouses. For example, if after five years of marriage a couple buys a new car, that car will be considered the property of both of the partners in a 50/50 arrangement.

Legal representation for child support disputes

There is no question that having a child is a major event in the life of an Arizona resident. From the moment that a person finds out they are going to have a baby, they may change the way they approach living their life. They may take fewer risks and make better choices. They may spend less money on themselves and begin investing in ways to build a solid life for their child.

Once a child is born, however, a parent must come to terms with the fact that they will have to share that wonderful little being with another person: their child's other parent. When parents are in stable relationships, this may not pose a problem. However, when parents end their relationships, many problems can arise with regard to how they will care for their kids.

Death and the end of an alimony award

Not every person who goes through a divorce will be able to achieve self-sufficiency once they are on their own. Those who require permanent, ongoing support may be disabled in some way, or may be of an age where they are unable to relearn a trade and find employment. As readers of this blog know, alimony can take on many different forms and can be subject to different terms based on the needs of the parties.

When permanent alimony is awarded, it is because the receiving spouse lacks the ability to provide for their own financial needs. While their alimony award may end if they remarry or if a significant change in circumstances improves their financial prospects, it will generally last until they die. This may be true even if their former spouse dies before them.

How can interference impact a father's rights to see his kids?

Ending a relationship can cause significant changes in the way that two parents choose to co-parent their children. Aside from the upheaval of having to live in separate homes and potentially shuttle their children from residence to residence to comply with the terms of their custody agreement or order, Arizona parents may have to overcome differences between them in order to serve their kids' needs. When parents choose to use their children to antagonize each other, parental interference may become an issue.

A father who has limited time with his child may suffer parental interference if his co-parent is intentionally late to drop off times or when the child transitions between the parents' homes. When one parent makes it more difficult for the other to effectively use the time that they have with their child, they may be in violation of their child custody plan and may be sanctioned for their actions.

Child support for extracurricular activities

While it is true that every child has different needs, in general, there are certain things that every child requires in order to live a healthy and happy life. Children of all backgrounds and interests need homes to live in and food to eat. They need to be educated and provided with medical care. In Arizona and other states throughout the nation, children need support and love to grow and thrive.

Parents who choose to live separately or to end their marital relationships must maintain their duties to their children even after their personal relationships have ended. This is often done through the implementation of custody and support plans that dictate where a child will live, when they will see their noncustodial parent and how much money that parent must pay for the care and support of their child.

Dividing up a business during an Arizona divorce

Ending a marriage is a difficult process that can be made more complicated when complex assets are involved in the division of the parties' property. For example, when one of the parties to a divorce owns and operates their own business, questions may arise regarding if that business should be viewed as separate or martial property. This post will address the benefits of having a contract in place that explains how a business should be divided during a divorce, but how the matter may also be handled if such an agreement does not exist.

Partners to marriages can address the ownership and disposition of businesses in premarital agreements and post-marital agreements. In such agreements, the parties can stipulate that a business shall remain the separate property of one of them, and they may also address how any earnings or gains should be divided. Having an agreement in place can reduce much of the confusion of how to deal with business divisions during divorces.

Arizona Child Support Guidelines put support of kids first

No matter how much money a Phoenix resident makes, they may find that there are countless costs and expenses that fight for their cash. A person may invest in a home and pay a mortgage. They may have car payments, costs associated with food and other basic necessities, and expenses that cover the things they want to do with their free time. These are only some of the many financial obligations and expenditures that they may take on in their lives.

Providing the financial support for a child is a heavy undertaking as well. Even if a child is healthy, thriving and attending a public school, that child's needs can rise into the thousands of dollars each and every year. Parents who are separated or divorced may be required to provide child support for their kids so that they can maintain their success and growth despite their parents' relationships.

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.

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