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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

Note: 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 turned into an unending roller coaster ride. But that ride did end, and 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.

Can you create a healthy relationship with the other parent?

It may seem like a pipe dream to consider having a healthy relationship with your ex. After all, if you got along, you wouldn't be getting divorced, right?

The truth is that it may be a long road to get to a place where you do have a healthy, if not friendly, relationship with your former spouse. That's why it's crucial to focus on having a healthy, if not friendly, relationship with your children's other parent.

Not crazy about divorce litigation? Try collaborative divorce

The divorce process can be confusing and difficult, both emotionally and financially. However, just because you are preparing for divorce doesn't mean the process has to feel like a war with your spouse.

You and your spouse might have varying views regarding the best method for addressing matters such as property division, child custody and child support. If you and your future ex-spouse are willing to find common ground, you may benefit from using the procedure of collaborative divorce versus traditional divorce litigation in Arizona.

Could you benefit from a prenuptial agreement?

When an Arizona couple is preparing to get married, it is a time of excitement and joy. Planning for your wedding day is wonderful, but it can also be beneficial to plan ahead to the future beyond the wedding itself. It can be practical and smart to consider the benefits of also drafting a prenuptial agreement before you walk down the aisle.

Many people mistakenly believe that prenuptial agreements are only necessary for people who make a lot of money or who have substantial and valuable assets they need to protect. In reality, this simple legal protection can provide security for couples of all income levels. You would be prudent to learn more about how this step could benefit you.

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