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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.

Keep relatives in mind when you negotiate holiday time in divorce

One of the biggest changes in your family life after divorce may be the way you spend your holidays. If you and your former spouse grew used to going all out and hosting large gatherings for your friends and family in Arizona, your first years of Christmas and other major holidays following divorce may take a bit of getting used to. Especially where your children are concerned, it's important to remember that you are the one who got divorced, not them.

If your kids look forward to seeing their cousins, grandparents and other relatives during the holidays, they will likely hope you and their other parent allow them to keep doing so even though you're no longer married. Good intentions and bringing a plan to fruition, however, are two entirely different things. If your former spouse is not willing to cooperate and compromise, incorporating holidays into your custody plan may be quite challenging.

Who ever thought you'd share a house with your former spouse?

From the get go, your children's best interests were the highest priority for you when you began discussing divorce. You knew there would be challenges, and you wanted to make certain that everyone involved would be willing to cooperate and compromise so your kids would have the least amount of stress possible, given the situation. You thought everything was going fine, that is, until your children began lamenting that they did not want to have to move to a different house.

This got you thinking whether there might be options available so they wouldn't have to do so. One night, while you were out with some friends at your favorite Arizona restaurant, you shared your concerns and one of them gave you an idea that worked in a similar situation: Bird nesting in divorce. You had never heard of this type of parenting plan but went home wanting to learn more.

Three benefits of a joint custody arrangement

During a divorce, couples are more likely to fight over custody and money-related issues than any other issue. What will happen to your kids is one of your main concerns during the divorce process, and you will understandably seek an outcome that protects their best interests above all else.

The custody arrangement that is best for your Arizona family depends on the unique nature of your individual situation. There is no one-size fits all custody plan, but many families find that they are able to work well with a joint custody arrangement. Any decision made during a divorce will impact your family for years to come, and it is useful to fully understand your custody options before you make a final decision.

4 benefits of utilizing mediation as a method for divorce

Though many Arizona residents may feel that their marriages can no longer stand the test of time, they may feel uncertain about how to approach divorce. If you find yourself in this type of situation, you may immediately think that dissolving your marriage will require courtroom litigation, losing a substantial amount of your assets or having to deal with a variety of other unseemly situations. However, divorce does not always have to turn into a stress-filled drama.

Alternative divorce resolution methods exist that could help you and your spouse come to terms more amicably. Mediation comes in as the most commonly heard of option, and it can offer a number of benefits for individuals willing to consider this approach.

Joint custody: working together for a strong post-divorce future

Divorce is difficult, and the decision to end a marriage will affect every member of the family, especially the children. In order to minimize the negative impact of a divorce and provide more stability in the future, some Arizona parents choose to parent cooperatively after a divorce through a joint custody plan.

Joint custody offers many benefits for both the children and the parents, but it is not always the best choice for every family. Before you make any important decisions, you would be wise to discuss all custody options with an experienced family law attorney.

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