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May 2019 Archives

What is a fair amount and length of spousal maintenance?

Spousal maintenance is probably one of the hardest areas to give advice in family law. Unlike child support, which can be mathematically calculated down to the penny, spousal maintenance is based on a number of factors and considerations, some certain and some subjective. The age of the parties, income differences, years of marriage, education, health of parties and lifestyle during marriage are some, but not all, of the factors that a judge would have to look at and consider.

Child Visitation Rights and Parent Custody

If the biological parents of a child are going through a divorce, they have the right to seek child custody, or parenting time, also called child visitation. The parents of a child can seek custody or visitation, regardless of the fact whether they were ever married or not when the child was born. When courts take a decision, that decision is taken based upon the best interest of a child. Usually, courts are required to take a decision in cases related to disputed child visitation, or custody cases where the parents were never married.

Joint Bank Accounts and Divorce in Arizona

We get a lot of questions from clients about what they should do with their bank accounts both before they file for divorce or legal separation and after they file. One of the concerns raised is whether the other spouse will clear out all of the money in a bank account. Some people want to know if they should clear out all of the money in the bank accounts before the other spouse does it.

Should You Change Your Last Name After Divorce?

In western society, either party can take the other's last name when they marry, take a new name or hyphenate their names. Yet it is most common for women to take the last name of their husband. When marriage ends in divorce, many women wonder if they should change their last name back to their maiden name or not.

Enforcement of Spousal Support - Arizona Remedies

After reaping the effective services of a local Arizona spousal support attorney, you hold in hand a legitimate spousal maintenance order. But what happens when the passage of time renders the power of the order null and worthless. Monthly payments fail to arrive on time. Occasionally the funds fail to show up at all. Contacting the Arizona Division of Child Support (DCSS) offers no help. Unless a child support order is included in the spousal maintenance settlement, the DCSS has no authority to enforce spousal support. You are on your own.