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Sherri Shepherd may need to pay additional child support

People in Arizona who watch the television show "The View" may be aware that Sherri Shepherd recently went through a divorce and legal battle regarding her child. Shephard was eventually ordered to pay child support to her ex-husband. Her ex-husband is now requesting that the court increase the monthly child support obligation based on a belief that Shephard now makes approximately $1.8 million more per year than she did when the original child support order was issued. He is also asking that Shephard be ordered to pay his attorneys' fees and costs.

Consequences for violating a parenting time plan in Arizona

Children have different relationships with each of their parents. However, this does not necessarily mean that one parent's relationship with the child is more important than the other. When the parents are together, it can be much easier to facilitate and nurture each relationship. However, if parents divorce, it can be much more difficult for their children to maintain relationships with both parents.

What is considered separate property in a high-asset divorce?

When people get married in Arizona, two lives become one. Couples begin living a common life and share everything. This is true whether they think they are sharing everything or not. Arizona is known as a community property state, which means that almost anything earned or acquired by one spouse is the equal property of both spouses. So, if the couple divorces they must equitably split the community property since they both have equal interest in it.

Determining whether alimony is at issue in a divorce

While there are similarities between different marriages in Arizona, each marriage is unique. How much money each spouse earns varies, how many children a couple has varies, how many assets and debts they have vary. Just as each marriage differs, each divorce differs as well based on the circumstances of the marriage. In most divorces with children, the couple will have to determine child custody and child support and pretty much every divorce will have to deal with asset division. However, one issue that is not always an issue in a divorce is alimony or spousal maintenance as it is commonly called.

How paternity affects Arizona parents

There are many parents in Arizona. Many of these parents had their children with their spouse, while many others had children with people to whom they are not married. If a man is not married to the mother of his child, the law does not immediately recognize him as the father. In order to be legally recognized, paternity must be established.

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