The months leading up to a wedding can be a hectic time. The list of to-do items seems to grow longer each day, and Arizona couples are often balancing the responsibilities of their "normal" lives with wedding planning, financial planning and juggling the expectations of both extended families. For those who have children from a previous union and are walking down the aisle for the second time, an additional set of family law needs is placed upon this already heavy load.
For many Arizona spouses, the end of a marriage may be the first time that an individual has taken control over their own finances. Women in particular suffer from a lack of financial savvy, as many wives allow their husbands to assume control over the family's finances. Once divorce is on the table, spouses who have not played an active role in their own financial health must take steps to learn financial management skills.
As many in Arizona know, the summer of 2015 seems to have been a particularly rough time for many celebrity couples. It seems as though every week brings a new divorce announcement for a high-profile couple in the world of movies, television and music. While most celebrity divorce cases have very little in common with the divorce experience of the "average" couple, there are a number of lessons to be learned from the manner in which celebrities approach divorce.
Divorce can be a hectic time in the life of an Arizona resident. There are a multitude of decisions that must be made within a short period of time, and those choices are often weighed in the midst of emotional turmoil and uncertainty about the future. For spouses who receive a job offer during divorce, the decision to take the job or pass on the offer can become complicated.
A case that is currently underway in one West Coast state will likely set legal precedent in how the courts address certain issues related to reproductive technology. The rights of two parties who both contributed genetic material that leads to the creation of an embryo are at the center of the matter. When a pregnancy and the birth of a child results, the process is deemed successful. When the parties divorce before an embryo is implanted, the issue becomes far more complicated, in Arizona and across the nation.
Married couples will go through periods of contention within their marriage. When two lives are joined, there will be issues that require debate. That said, the manner in which an Arizona couple chooses to resolve these everyday conflicts can be a strong predictor of whether the union will end in divorce. One psychologist has identified two specific patterns of behavior that he believes most often lead to divorce.
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.
Grandparents who have visitation with a grandchild may face situations where a parent is trying to limit access. In most cases, the first step will likely be to go to mediation to see if some agreement can be reached prior to taking the case to court. A mediator is a third party who goes between both parties to try to work out terms that are agreeable to everyone. In most family law cases, one mediator is used, but parties can also choose to each hire their own mediator and have a third neutral mediator help work out the issues.
In some Arizona cases, individuals may want to consult with a licensed lawyer while they are representing themselves. The State Bar of Arizona has released an ethics opinion addressing the scope of representation under such an arrangement, including the requirements of disclosure and confidentiality and the possibility of coaching the client.
Arizona residents who raise their grandchildren are not alone. U.S. census figures from 2010 show that 4.9 million children are raised by their grandparents. Agencies and communities have come up with ways to help older citizens who are taking care of minors when circumstances no longer allow children to live with their parents.