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How does property division work in an Arizona divorce?

Divorce is a complex process that can lead to difficult feelings, especially over issues pertaining to property division. If you are facing the prospect of a complex divorce process, it is beneficial to learn about how courts deal with the division of all marital property and debt when a couple decides to end their marriage. 

Arizona is a community property state, which means all property accumulated over the course of the marriage is subject to division. There can be sharp disputes over what is marital property and what is separate property. If you have concerns over your property rights or how to protect your interests, you may find it helpful to have experienced guidance on your side.

Do you know your child custody options?

For Arizona parents, child custody can be one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce. It is not easy to go from living with your child to sharing parenting time, but with patience and a clear understanding of your rights and options, it may be possible to secure a custody and visitation plan that allows you to retain a strong role in the life of your child. 

One of the ways that you can prepare yourself to pursue a strong and workable custody order is to learn about the types of child custody. Having all of the appropriate information can help you make beneficial decisions and pursue a future that works for every member of the family.

Should you collaborate instead of litigate?

For some Arizona couples, a complex and litigious divorce is not the only option. While the end of a marriage will certainly be difficult, there are ways by which you can bypass some complications and move on toward your post-divorce future in a more peaceful, productive manner. One of the ways you can do this is by choosing a collaborative divorce. 

Collaborative divorce is not the best option in every situation, but it could be what works best for your family. Through negotiations and discussions, a collaborative divorce could make the entire process and time of transition easier on every member of your household. There are many options available to you regarding your divorce, and it can be useful to fully explore your choices before you make any important decisions regarding your future.

Co-parenting begins with a mutual plan

Despite that your marriage is ending, you and your spouse have made the mature and practical decision to cooperate in forming a parenting plan that will benefit both of you as well as your children. Difficult as it may be to divide the time with your children, you understand how important it is for their well-being to have as much time with both of you as possible.

Negotiating a plan may be the first and best opportunity for you and your parenting partner to work together outside of your marriage. It may set the tone for future cooperation and create a positive atmosphere for your children.

What does it mean to live in a "community property" state?

You may have heard that Arizona is a community property state. What does that mean, however?  Living in a community property state is unlikely to impact your day-to-day routine. There are times, however, when living in a community property state will have a great bearing on your life. Divorce is one such time. Living in a community property state is likely to influence how your property is divided during divorce. Let's take a closer look at how property is divided in a community property state.

4 tips for talking to kids about divorce

It can be very hard to explain to your children that their parents are going to be separating. Some children act out in anger, sadness, confusion or, most often, a mix of many feelings. Older kids may even understand the situation and feel a sense of relief if there had been conflict between you and your spouse for a while.

Although the talk will always be difficult, the way that you break the news to your kids may stick with them for their entire lives. Here are 4 tips to help your children through the divorce talk.