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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.

Thinking ahead with a prenuptial agreement may be beneficial

As someone recently engaged, you find yourself sometimes thinking ahead with excitement to the wedding day and life together as newlyweds. It's an exciting time, but you also need to think about other important things other than the flavor of the wedding cake and the type of flowers you may have. You may also want to consider your long-term financial interests. 

You may never imagine that your marriage could one day end in divorce, but the reality is that many Arizona marriages do. It's smart to think ahead, plan for this possibility and consider the benefits of a prenuptial agreement. This is a legal agreement that can protect your interests and shield your finances in the event of a divorce. With this type of agreement in place, you can look to the future with confidence.

It's time to talk about your holiday custody schedule

The holidays might feel as if they are still far away, but soon enough you and your family will be decorating and enjoying the last few months of the year. If you are divorced or are currently in the process, you need to address your holiday custody schedule before those big days roll around. Even if you have a current custody plan that addresses holidays, it is a good idea to discuss the plan again to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

If you are thinking of waiting to see how things play out before deciding where your child will spend certain holidays, you may end up dealing with a difficult situation. For example, what happens if you and your ex both decide that you would like to take your child to visit extended family members at the same time? If you have not already decided how to split custody over the holidays then this will probably lead to a serious conflict.

Before remarrying your ex, think about the future

Divorce is not an easy process, and yours may have been emotional and painful, especially if you still had feelings for your spouse when the court finalized your split. Whether you always hoped you would get back together or were surprised by the sudden reunion, remarriage is in your future. With your history, however, it may be smart to look realistically at your situation. Remarriages do not have good track records, and you already know what you are getting into.

This is not to discourage you from taking this important step to renew your relationship with your former spouse. However, it is wise to take a critical look at the situation and determine if there are ways you can be proactive about protecting your future.

Assessing the details in a high-asset divorce is wise

Going through divorce can have its challenges for any couple. However, some couples have financial details that could make their cases even more complicated. When there is a substantial amount of wealth and complex assets involved in the property division proceedings, it is not uncommon for divorces to see conflict.

You may wonder how your divorce case will turn out and undoubtedly want to reach the best outcomes possible. As a result, you may need to make a close assessment of the details involved in your case and determine where you could make the best arguments for the outcomes you desire.

Managing the roles of police officer and parent after divorce

Working in law enforcement takes a certain type of personality. You need to be authoritative, confident and professional. At the same time, you work under the constant stress of often seeing people at the worst moments of their lives while making sure that you make it home safely after the end of each shift.

Leaving all of this at work in order to go home and enter into the role of parent isn't always easy. During your marriage, you at least had the other parent in the house to help shield your children from your job. Now that you are divorcing, you will need to find a way to manage each side of your life in order to enjoy your time with your children. This is only one aspect of the transitions you will go through during the divorce, since creating a child custody plan that takes into account all of the unique aspects of your job presents a challenge.

Working to find hidden assets during a divorce

When you got married, you likely trusted your spouse to a fault. You may never have expected that he or she would lie to you or hide information from you, but over the years, you may have become more suspicious of his or her behavior. Unfortunately, the lies may have even led to your decision to end the marriage.

Because you no longer feel any trust for your future ex-spouse, you may worry that you will not get all of the information you need from him or her to conduct the legal proceedings properly, especially when it comes to property division. It is possible that your spouse may have hidden assets during the marriage, but fortunately, you can take steps to uncover any hidden accounts.

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