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The complex process of seeking the right to relocate

Divorce is seldom easy, and yours may have had its rough moments, especially when you and your spouse were making decisions about child custody. With all the stress of the process behind you, you may be realizing how many opportunities lay before you. Perhaps you are ready to make some big changes in your life.

If one of those changes involves moving with your children to a new part of Arizona or out of state completely, you should know that it's not as easy as packing up and transferring your kids to a new school. If you and your spouse share custody in any way, there are legal steps you must follow to avoid violating the custody order from the court.

How do caucuses play a role in divorce mediation?

Ending your marriage is for the best. Both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse feel this way about the situation. As a result, you both also want to avoid the courtroom if possible and are interested in possibly moving forward with mediation as you learned about this method's pros and cons.

Of course, mediation involves many different facets. While you may already know that you and your current spouse will work with a mediator to come to terms for your divorce settlement, you may also want to know that smaller meetings, known as caucuses, will also play an important part in your mediation process.

Considering mediation for divorce? Benefits versus downsides

Arizona is home to many married couples who will divorce this year or at some time in the future. In fact, divorce has become so common in the United States that you would likely consider it far rarer to not know someone who has been through divorce than to know two, three or more people who have. Your personal priorities regarding your upcoming divorce may or may not be similar to someone else you know who has navigated the process. 

If one or more people have suggested that you try mediation rather than litigating your divorce, you'll want to research the potential advantages and disadvantages of this alternative negotiation method before determining if it's a viable option for your situation. Friends and family members who have used mediation to settle their divorces are among many valuable resources you can tap into for experienced guidance and support. 

How to prepare for your first meeting with a divorce lawyer

Now that you have overcome the shock from hearing your spouse's request for a divorce, you know you have to put your emotions aside and begin making some plans. Among the first decisions to make is who will be your legal representative. You likely obtained recommendations from friends and co-workers, and you may have researched the credentials and experience of your top choices before making your decision.

Choosing a divorce attorney is not always easy. You may be feeling emotionally vulnerable, and while you want to work with someone who will have appropriate compassion, you also know you need an experienced representative who will be objective and keep matters on track. Once you have found an attorney who fits your personality, the next step is to prepare for your initial consultation.

Decade Old Tucson Divorce Kidnapping Story Finally Told

tucson-divorce-kidnapping.jpgNote: Names have been changed to protect the privacy of this family. It has taken nearly a decade for one of the parents to come forward and finally talk about one of the strangest divorce kidnapping cases in Tucson history.

My marriage started the same as most - happy, hopeful, and full of excitement. There had been problems later in the relationship, but we also had a young, amazing daughter together. And more than anything, we wanted to be a happy family. Besides, every relationship has its ups and downs. You don't want to quit because you hit a small bump in the road. But into the marriage, the small bumps became an unending roller coaster ride. And that ride did eventually end, but unfortunately in chaos, despair, and a national kidnapping case.

The challenges of stepparent adoption

When you and your spouse married, you knew you were entering a complicated union. Your love was not limited to your spouse because he or she also had a child from a previous relationship. It may not have been your ideal situation, but the more time you spent together as a family, the more you wondered about the possibility of adopting your spouse's child as your own.

Aside from the emotional aspect of solidifying your relationship with the child, there are legal reasons for wanting to adopt a stepchild. For example, if anything should happen to your spouse, you would probably have no legal right to make decisions for his or her child. Your stepchild also has no automatic right to inherit from your estate. With these and other benefits in mind, adoption may seem like the most reasonable decision.

Keep summertime stress low after divorce

Now that your divorce is final, you likely feel ready to move on in life, get a fresh start and begin building new, happy memories with your kids. You've talked with them about how life changes, but that doesn't necessarily mean change always makes things worse. Each of your kids may have reacted to your divorce differently. You understand there may be challenges along the way, but you're determined to have a good summer and future together.  

Keeping your stress levels as low as possible regarding your co-parenting situation with your ex may be a major factor toward having a fun summer. If this is your first summer as a single parent, it might take some doing to develop a routine that works for all involved. The good thing is that there are plenty of support resources available in Arizona to help you and your kids overcome any obstacles that arise.  

When are grandparents granted custody or visitation rights?

Arizona grandparents may have serious concerns over what will happen to their relationship with their children in the event that the marriage ends or there are disputes over extended family visitation. Grandparents have an important role in the life of their grandkids, and it is a relationship worth protecting.

There are cases in which it is possible for a grandparent to seek and receive visitation rights. In rarer cases, it might be possible for a grandparent to receive custody rights of their grandkids. If you want to know how to maintain access to your grandkids and keep a strong relationship with them, it is helpful to seek a full understanding of your legal rights.

Addressing common concerns about custody and visitation

The end of your marriage will bring many significant changes to your life, as well as the life of your child. Arizona parents have understandable concerns regarding the well-being of their children during this process, seeking a final order that is beneficial and sustainable long into the future.

Addressing child custody can be a complex issue for some families. Concerns over your child's safety and welfare may affect your custody and visitation order, yet as the parent, you always have the right to protect your kids. Before you agree to an arrangement or make any important decisions that could affect your family for years to come, it can be helpful learn more about the factors that could affect visitation schedules.

Painless asset division during divorce

In Arizona and family courts around the world, it is becoming increasingly evident that decisions made during the divorce process are more likely to succeed when couples work through the process together. Negotiations and agreements settled outside a courtroom often have more relevance to the couple's unique situation, and spouses are more likely to abide by them if they had a hand in preparing them.

If you and your spouse are planning to divorce, you may have special concerns about the division of property. Arizona divides community property equally, but you and your spouse may have definite ideas about how you want to split what is yours. Courts encourage couples to take this step before coming to court, and you may benefit from some suggestions for achieving success in your negotiations.

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