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What Does Family Law Look Like in Arizona?

What Does Family Law Look Like in Arizona?

Sometimes, even when you try your hardest, your marriage just doesn't make it. For whatever reason, you and your spouse cannot reconcile your differences. Divorce involves so much more than a separation. There may be child custody and support issues along with spousal support and asset and debt distribution.

One of the major issues that divorcing couples face is child support. If you and your spouse cannot settle this issue before you get to court, the judge will always look out for the best interests of the children. The court will decide which parent must pay the support, how much he or she will pay, how often the payments will be made and who receives the support payments. The Division of Child Support Services gets involved and will help the non-custodial parent with things like establishing paternity, if needed, and will enforce the means of collection of support.

Another issue that family law touches is on child custody. Arizona has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act that has been put into action in most states. If you are a parent outside the state of Arizona, this is a good thing because it protects your interests and will ensure that you get ample time with your children. Being able to make decisions on behalf of your kids may be important to you. Depending on the type of custody you and your spouse have, you may or may not be able to do this.

It is so vital that you have a legal professional by your side so that you don't have to fret about what will happen in the divorce. This is for your attorney to do while you focus on the important things like ensuring that your kids are well taken care of.

Getting a divorce is difficult at the best of times. Putting the needs and desires of your children can be a lot easier if you have an individual involved who knows the laws of the state of Arizona and can use them to your advantage. An attorney will be able to tell your side of the story while also working to get your children into the best situation possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Arizona family laws" accessed Mar. 01, 2015

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