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How your children's ages influence their reaction to your divorce

If you were to gather all the parents in Arizona together and ask them to share some of the biggest challenges they have faced along their journeys, many of them might say that their toughest times occurred when they themselves were going through divorce. If you're recently divorced or are considering filing papers in the near future, you may relate to such feelings.

There is no way to predict how your children will react to your divorce. You can safely assume they will experience fluctuating emotions. The rest depends on many factors, including how old your children are at the time. Toddlers, middle-schoolers and teenagers each tend to react a bit differently from one another. Building a strong support system as soon as possible can go a long way to help them cope.

Preparing for Divorce Mediation

When preparing for divorce mediation, if both parties agree to mediate, you have already won when it comes to your divorce. This is especially true if you have children. While you and your spouse may disagree on many things and may be facing one of the most challenging times in your lives, you both have made the proactive choice to avoid the unnecessary devastation of going to court. contested divorce

Is your marriage headed for divorce?

Data shows as many as half of all Arizona marriages and others throughout the nation are at great risk for divorce. You may be sitting on the fence at this time, trying to determine if your marriage is fixable or if you've done all you can and now it's time to go your separate ways. If you're leaning toward the latter, then you may be one of many spouses will soon file a divorce petition in court.

No one can predict which marriages will last a lifetime and which won't. You can definitely tell when your relationship has gone off-course, however, and you might find that the issues causing problems are not isolated to your own relationship but that many other married couples have had similar experiences.


      This is a very common child custody question. Somewhere along the line, it became somewhat of an urban myth that children get to decide where they want to live once they reach a certain age. Many people express their belief that this age is somewhere around 12, 13 or 14 years of age. In Arizona, this is simply not true.

Joint Legal Decision Making: Can the Court Break a Tie?

Joint Legal Decision-Making child custody means that neither parent's position on medical, education and religious decisions trumps the other parent. So, in the event of a disagreement (public v. private school), which parent wins?

Keep this in mind when helping your kids cope with divorce

Like many in Arizona and beyond, when you got married, you likely had numerous dreams and goals regarding your future life with your spouse. Perhaps the two of you made plans to start a business together or wanted to try to have children right away to expand your family size. As the years went on, you no doubt lived through a wide range of experiences together, with some more memorable than others. 

One thing you might never have expected was that you would one day get divorced. However, since that has become a soon-to-be reality in your life, you want to leave the past behind and focus on keeping your children's best interests in mind as you move on in life together. By keeping a few useful ideas in mind, you can help them through their tough times and set the tone for a successful future.   


When determining spousal maintenance (alimony) and/or child support in a family court case, the income of each party must be determined. This is a fairly simple easy process for most people in which pay stubs, W2s, tax returns, and other financial information is examined. In some cases, it is much more complex when a spouse or parent is self-employed.

When is it possible to change a child support order?

Divorce will bring significant changes to your life, and in many cases, these changes do not stop once the process is final. You may find that your financial situation also continues to change, and sometimes, that can make it difficult to abide by the terms of your final child support orders.

If you find you are no longer able to abide by the terms of your support order as you were in the past, you may be able to seek a modification to the order. Seeking a modification to a child support order in Arizona is not always easy to achieve, but you may find that it is possible to get the changes you need with support and guidance.

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