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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.

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.

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