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Couple ends custody battle after one child disappeared years ago

Many people in Arizona get divorced with children or have a child with a person they are not married to at the time. In either situation the couple will have to determine who will have custody of the child. Child custody determinations can be very difficult especially when both parents want what they believe is best for the child, but do not believe the other parent can provide it for them. In addition to the custody determination, parents also must decide on parenting time, which can raise a whole new set of issues.

Divorce may be tougher to get in the future

Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, like almost every other states in America. That means that in order to get divorced, a couple does not need to prove the other spouse did something wrong. They can get divorced simply because they are no longer happy together. This is true whether the couple has children or not. A no-fault divorce does not mean that the process of dividing assets or child custody will be easy, it only means that the divorce will eventually be granted, even if one spouse does not want the divorce.

Proposed legislation impacts parents' ability to move children

Many parents in Arizona have children with an ex-spouse. These parents most likely have a court order, which governs their relationship with their children. These orders generally state who is able to make the decisions regarding the children's education, religion, medical needs and other aspects of the children's lives. These orders also state which parent the children will reside with and where they can live or move with the children. The orders also govern when each parent will have the children -- known as parenting time. As many former spouses do not always see eye to eye on things, parenting time disputes can arise from time to time.

Physicist attempts to solve child custody problem through science

Many parents in Arizona have child custody and parenting time arrangements after a divorce. Sometimes these arrangements were agreed to and sometimes a judge decided what the arrangement would be. Either way the parents must abide by the order. However, as the parent's lives change and children get older the orders are not always as convenient anymore. This becomes even more complicated if a person has children with multiple ex-spouses, or a new spouse has children from a previous relationship. In those situations, parenting time disputes can be common.

International law takes over in some child custody cases

In many situations, Arizona parents facing issues of child custody do so in local terms - sharing visitation or parenting time from separate homes, for example, in the Phoenix area. However, not every set of parents stay close to each other, which can complicate things - particularly when a parental relocation sees one parent move out of state or out of the country.

Joint custody is growing in popularity

Married couples in Arizona, who are going through a divorce with children have to deal with the complex and often times contentious aspects of determining child custody. Trying to decide who will be making legal decisions for the children, where the child will be living and determining the visitation schedule can be very difficult. It can be even more difficult when both parents show a strong interest in wanting custody and parenting time with the children and are unable to come to a decision amicably.

More children born to single parents in Arizona

There are many unwed parents in Arizona who have children. In any situation where unwed parents have children, child custody becomes an issue-- whether the child has divorced parents or parents who were never married. Generally for a divorced couple, child custody is decided at the time of the divorce and unless modified will remain in place until the children turn 18. However, it becomes a little bit more complicated when the parents are not married when the child is born.

Delays in 3-year custody dispute lead to lawsuit against judge

Many people in Arizona are currently going through a child custody dispute or have gone through one in the past. For most people involved in a child custody dispute, it can be a stressful time. Often, there are also delays that occur adding to the stress. Sometimes the delays are because of scheduling conflicts with the various people involved in the case. Other times it is because one side is being difficult and not responding to various requests for information. Despite these delays, most child custody disputes are still resolved relatively quickly.

Reality TV personality Pauly D seeks custody of daughter

Arizona fans of MTV's Jersey Shore, may be interested to learn that Pauly D recently found out that he fathered a child in 2012. He has not yet met his daughter but is reportedly seeking full custody of the child. The reality TV personality states that he is excited, ready to be a father and that his daughter his "no. 1 focus." A child custody determination has not yet been made but the mother of the child stated that Pauly D is welcome to visit and bond with the child any time he wants. The mother also stated that she believes the situation can be resolved if the parties speak with one another.

Musician, actress agree to joint custody of children in divorce

Arizona music fans may be interested to learn that musician Ben Harper and his wife, actress Laura Dern, finalized their divorce recently. Harper originally served Dern with divorce papers in 2010. However, before finalizing the divorce, the couple made one final effort at reconciliation. As the couple delayed the divorce to attempt reconciliation, child custody issues seemed to be one reason for the delay.

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