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Can you make parallel parenting work for your Arizona family?

Divorce is often hardest for the youngest members of the family. Children can go through a difficult time when their parents separate or divorce, and you may be looking for ways that you can reduce the negative impact that this process will have. One of the ways you may look to do this is choosing a parenting arrangement that allows your children to have regular access to both parents.

One way that you may be able to accomplish this is by opting for a parallel parenting plan. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to parenting plans after divorce, and you will want to find a way that suits the best needs of your children above all else. It will also be useful to consider what will work best for your family long-term. A sustainable plan offers everyone security and stability for years to come.

Do grandparents ever have the right to custody or visitation?

When parents go through a divorce, it is not just the parents and the children who experience changes because of this decision. The impacts of this decision can reverberate throughout an entire extended family, also affecting the relationship a kid has with his or her grandparents. This may leave some grandparents wondering if they have grounds to pursue custody or visitation. 

In some specific circumstances, grandparents may be able to seek visitation with their grandkids. In other cases, it may be appropriate for this extended family member to seek custody. If you are a grandparent and are wondering if Arizona laws provide you with the opportunity to preserve the relationship you have with your kids, you may want to seek experienced guidance to help you navigate this complex situation.

How to approach the topic of divorce with your kids

Having children is often the highlight of many Arizona residents' lives. Though you and most other parents would avoid having anything hurt your child in any way, you know that some upsets are unavoidable. For instance, you and the other parent have decided to end your marriage, and you know that your children may feel distraught over this turn of events.

Of course, you and the other parent can do your best to help your children through the process from the beginning. You may want to start by finding the best way to tell your kids that a divorce is going to happen.

Ways you can make co-parenting with a difficult ex-spouse work

While you cannot control how other people react to things or what they do, you can take steps that will ensure you are not contributing to conflict. This may be an important thing for you to remember, especially if you will be co-parenting with a difficult former spouse. You may not be the source of the issues, but you can do things that will diffuse tension. 

Co-parenting with a toxic former spouse is difficult, and it can take a toll on your kids as well. This is why it can be helpful for you to find ways to reduce conflict and build mutual respect in any way possible. The finalization of your divorce will not magically end the difficult interpersonal issues between you and your former husband or wife, but it is for the best interests of the children that the both of you find ways to work together peacefully.

Is your ex planning to relocate with the kids?

As difficult as it may have been to go through a breakup and subsequent custody dispute, you may have had hopes that you and your ex would eventually fall into a parenting routine that would become a natural part of your lives. Perhaps you even had a year or more of relatively conflict-free custody arrangements, and you felt you and your ex were making the best of an imperfect situation.

If you have recently learned that your ex intends to move with the children more than 100 miles from where you live or even out of Arizona altogether, you may be feeling many emotions. Your first order of business may be to review your custody agreement to see if it grants your ex the right to relocate with the children without your consent. If it does not, you would be wise to seek sound legal advice about your options.

Is it possible to file an uncontested divorce in Arizona?

When ready to end your marriage, wanting to get out of it quickly, with little drama and fair settlement terms, is understandable. Not everyone can do that, though, and that's okay. There are various pathways to divorce; you just have to decide what works best for your situation.

If you have an interest in skipping court, mediation or a long negotiations process and going straight to your divorce filing, an uncontested divorce may be for you. Under the right circumstances, yes, you can file this type of marital dissolution in Arizona. An uncontested divorce involves both parties being willing to come to settlement terms without going to court, or one party requesting the dissolution and the other party refusing to take part in the divorce proceedings.

Is your ex interfering with custody? Here is what you should know

Whether you negotiated an arrangement with an ex or a judge ordered it, your child custody agreement is rooted in your child's best interests. You know just how important it is to stick to that agreement. Unfortunately, not all parents feel the same way, including your ex. You need to take action if he or she is interfering with custody.

Custodial interference can be both on purpose and unintentional. This means that it is also possible for you to accidentally interfere with your own custody agreement without even realizing it. For your child's best interests, here are a few things you should know about the issue.

Is your art collection a concern during your divorce?

You may have always had a keen eye for art, and over the years, you have been fortunate enough to acquire an impressive art collection. You may enjoy looking at the pieces you have collected, and museums or galleries may have even approached you about loaning out certain pieces so they could display them. Your collection may be a point of pride for you.

Because you enjoy artwork so much, the idea of permanently losing ownership of a piece may not seem acceptable to you. However, the possibility may exist since you and your spouse are getting a divorce. Unless stipulated in a prenuptial or similar document, any artwork you acquired during your marriage could be up for division.

If you believe sole custody is best for your children, read this

You undoubtedly never expected that after more than 10 years of marriage, you'd be getting divorced. Many Arizona spouses have can relate to your situation; in fact, some have been completely blindsided by divorce. Regardless of the details that have caused the breakdown in your marriage, it is understandable that your highest priority now is to make sure proceedings focus on the best interests of your children.

Perhaps, you've been dealing with your spouse's substance abuse problem for quite some time. Maybe you have evidence that your spouse has been physically or emotionally abusive to your kids. These and other extenuating circumstances often prompt concerned parents to seek sole custody of their children in divorce. If you plan to do so, there are several things to keep in mind.

Do stay-at-home moms qualify for spousal support?

Ending an unhappy or even dysfunctional marriage is often the right choice. Unfortunately, some people feel like they do not have this option. You might be one of the many mothers in Arizona who do not file for divorce because you are worried about money. While your concerns are valid, you have options such as spousal support that can help.

There is no denying that divorce will have a financial impact on most people -- both men and women. This financial impact seems to affect women more for a variety of reasons. That does not mean that women regret their decisions, though. A study determined that 73% of women were much happier after divorce despite being in different financial situations.

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