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Your prenuptial agreement can protect assets but must be fair

You may be someone who has always been financially conscious. As a result, you may have made a number of wise money-related moves throughout your life, chosen a lucrative career and done your best to protect your assets where possible. Of course, you likely did not want money to act as the sole focus of your life, and as a result, you pursued love just like numerous other Arizona residents.

Now that you have found the person you believe you could spend the rest of your life with, you may feel a great deal of excitement. However, you likely still want to remain financially conscious, and though you may not plan to divorce your betrothed, you understand that it is a possibility. As a result, you may want to create a prenuptial agreement.

Does divorce have you worried about your retirement security?

You may be someone who enjoys working hard but who is also looking forward to the day when you can retire. You likely have trips you want to take, sights you want to see and a number of other activities to which you look forward. Of course, you also know that having the retirement funds to cover these activities is vital.

You may have meticulously saved for retirement, and as you did so, you likely had your spouse in mind and his or her role in your retirement. However, you are now going through a divorce, and your well-built retirement security could face risks of taking hard hits as a result of the financial impacts of ending your marriage.

Arizona laws regarding divorce and frozen embryos

A couple heading toward divorce can expect to face many difficult decisions. Among the most common sources of contention between divorcing spouses are decisions about child custody and property division. When both spouses have strong opinions about the issues, negotiations can break down quickly.

Couples who have struggled with infertility may have another issue to deal with that falls between child custody and property division. If you and your spouse created embryos in hopes of having a child, you may be facing some legal conflict if you disagree about the fate of those embryos now that you are going through a divorce.

Telltale signs that your spouse might be involved in an affair

Have you ever had a sinking feeling about something but were unsure if you could confirm your suspicions? No one wants to go around accusing people of things when they have no evidence that such allegations are true. On the other hand, especially in a marriage, it's understandable that you want to act before things get out of hand.

It's no secret that infidelity is the leading cause in many cases of divorce in Arizona and throughout the nation. On occasion, a spouse may simply ask his or her partner whether he or she is having an affair and get a sad but truthful answer. However, more times than not, spouses try to hide their affairs, so it's critical to know how to recognize signs of infidelity.

Is a collaborative divorce right for my family?

Every year, numerous couples in Arizona choose to end their marriages. When they do, they have to figure out the best way to go about it. Traditional divorce is not for everyone. There are those who want to avoid the drama of a courtroom or avoid meeting with a mediator. For those individuals, collaborative divorce may be the way to go.

How is collaborative divorce different from other divorce methods? Is it really possible to achieve a fair divorce settlement this way, even if there are complex issues at play? What are the benefits of going this route?

What to do if you can't come to an agreement on property division

You gathered information regarding all of your assets, verified as best you could that your future ex-spouse wasn't hiding assets and you made some preliminary decisions regarding how you would like to divide the marital estate. You even agreed to negotiate a settlement outside of the courtroom.

Then, once you began the talks, they broke down. You attempted to get things back on track, but the two of you are simply too far apart to proceed without some help. You may wonder where to turn next.

Avoiding the courtroom could result in a better parenting plan

You and your future ex-spouse may not agree on much in the beginning of your divorce proceedings, but you may agree that, when it comes to your children, you need to figure out a way to work together. That may seem like an insurmountable task at this point, but both of you are steadfast in making it happen.

The problem is that the thought of sitting down together and working out an amicable agreement may cause stress, frustration and trepidation that you won't be able to come together to do it. Fortunately, you don't have to go it alone. Mediation may be the compromise you need.

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. 

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