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Why might a man be asked to submit to DNA testing?

Presumptions govern many of the parental commitments that men take on. This is because while maternity can be proven when a child is born, it is not always as clear to determine what man was responsible for the child's conception before birth. However, in situations where a Phoenix man is happily married to his wife, it is generally presumed that he is the father of the child that she delivers.

What is included in a child support order?

Ensuring that a child has adequate support to live their best possible life is a difficult job for Arizona parents. When those parents choose to separate or to go through divorces, their job becomes even more difficult as they must balance their own needs and work together to properly care for their shared children. In some cases, parents may need to turn to the courts to work out child support orders that will dictate how they will each work to support their kids.

Don't forget: tax changes are coming for divorcing parties

It is common for American couples to decide to divorce at the start of the New Year. This is because many people wish to make changes to the ways that they live their lives as the calendar changes over from one year to the next. However, Arizona residents should be aware that there may be benefits to finalizing some aspects of their divorces in 2018, rather than waiting until after the start of January.

Celebrity custody battle offers lessons to Arizona parents

Once the partners to one of Hollywood's most powerful couples, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have since divorced and gone to war over how they will raise their six children. The pair has sparred over the important topic of child custody before, and recently, it has been announced that they will return to court in December to once again address how they will manage their responsibilities to their children.

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.

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