When most Arizona parents find themselves before a court of law to discuss financial support, the matter is fairly straightforward. The custodial parent is usually seeking child support payments from the non-custodial parent, to assist with the costs of raising a shared child. There are certainly variations to these matters, such as when a parent seeks the help of the court in forcing compliance with an existing child support order or when one parent is asking for a modification in the amount of the payments.
For many spouses, the divorce process is unfamiliar territory. It can be difficult to know which decisions are best during what can be a tumultuous time. That said, the financial decisions made during the divorce process can have lasting ramifications, so spouses should make every effort to structure a smart property division strategy. For those in Arizona who expect to receive child support or alimony as part of their divorce settlement, there are a number of considerations involved.
When Arizona parents are moving toward divorce, the top priority is usually how to structure a custody arrangement that is best for their shared children. This can be a challenge, because while parents have access to a huge body of research on various child custody options, there is no consensus among social scientists as to which choice is best for kids. An example lies in the debate surrounding whether children fare better when they divide time equally between both parents, versus a more traditional every-other-weekend visitation schedule.
Arizona parents who are seeking a divorce may be interested in the results of a study which looked at post-divorce stress in children. The researchers' conclusions may go against the common wisdom in child custody disputes.
Arizona parents may be interested to learn that there are some critics of laws that send people to jail for not paying child support. While it might be appropriate punishment in some cases where parents simply refuse to honor their obligations, some are just too poor to pay child support. When this is the case, they can fall behind and the amount they owe can quickly grow.
Arizona residents may have been aware of an interesting divorce case that took place in Manhattan recently. A woman legally served her husband divorce "papers" through social media, triggering a spate of stories in the news. However, the specific circumstances made it possible, and the situation may not be easily replicable.
When Arizona residents divorce, they often do so with the intention of not leaving any of their assets to their former spouses upon their deaths. In order to prevent a former spouse from receiving such things as the proceeds of retirement accounts or life insurance policies, it is important that people carefully review and change their beneficiary designations on those accounts and policies accordingly.
Qualified domestic relations orders play an important role in many Arizona divorces, but most divorcing couples have little idea what they are, at least until they are deep into the case. Generally speaking, a QDRO is a type of domestic relations order that deals with retirement plan benefits.
Some Arizona residents contemplating divorce may be interested in the way remarriage or divorce affects benefits from Social Security. Several factors influence whether an ex-spouse may collect retirement and survivor benefits after divorce. In addition, remarriage may have a substantial effect on benefits.
According to researchers at two Midwestern universities, couples are more likely to get divorced when the wife is suffering from a serious illness, while this result is not true in cases where the husband is seriously ill. Researchers could only speculate on why this is the case, but the study shows that couples in Arizona should take good care of their health not only for their personal well-being, but also the sake of their marriages.