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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.

5 steps to avoid jeopardizing post-divorce financial stability

Divorce is typically an emotional affair, and you may be one of those who is so overwhelmed by your emotions that you struggle to focus on the aspects that will determine your post-divorce financial stability. Divorces nationwide, including here in Arizona, can come with many financial challenges, but, with careful navigation, you can dodge many financial obstacles and move on to a new chapter of your life.

January: Popular month for divorce

Were you one of the many people in Tucson who made the mad rush to your favorite department stores on Black Friday? What about Small Business Saturday? That has become more popular in recent years as well. Here's one you might not have heard of yet: Divorce Monday. Studies show so many people file for divorce on the first Monday of a new year that the day has been dubbed as such. In fact, the entire month of January apparently fills family courts like no other month in the year.

Preparing for a gray divorce? Protect your finances.

Divorce happens at any age. But if you're over 50 when you decide to split, you may reasonably worry how the change will affect your ability to retire. There are ways to protect your assets when going through a "gray divorce" so you will still be able to enjoy your retirement and thrive in the future.

Does a husband's unemployment predict divorce?

According to Harvard researchers, there is evidence pointing to a husband's lack of full-time work predicting whether or not the marriage will last. While there are numerous reasons that lead to divorce, a husband's unemployment or lack of full-time work seems to predict divorce above several other factors.

What are the risks?

The study interviewed 6,300 married couples. It concluded that they were at a 32 percent higher risk of a divorce if the husband wasn't working compared to marriages where the husband was an active contributor financially with full-time employment. The reason for this may be because a man's sense of identity is tied to being the provider and to his job. If this identity is jeopardized, the long-term health of the marriage could also become jeopardized.

When can you modify child support?

When a marriage is dissolved, state law requires the non-custodial parent to contribute child support. This financial support can be decided by the parents or by court order, depending on the disputed issues and the nature of the divorce.

The financial circumstances of the family and statutory guidelines will help determine how much the non-custodial parent will need to pay in child support. Child support can be modified after the fact if circumstances change.

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