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What can we learn from statistics of unmarried parents?

Changing societal norms are often a positive thing. As men and women's roles in the family continue to equalize, experts are seeing great benefits to children and both spouses. However, some statistics are making experts take note.

Recent findings from the Pew Research Center show that the number of children in the US who live with an unmarried parent has gone up over the past few decades. In 1968, only 13% of children lived with an unmarried parent. Contrast that with 2017, where 32% of children now fall into that category. For the time being, experts are not making sweeping judgments of how this may affect a child's upbringing, but if you're a concerned Arizona parent, other related statistics may give you a more complete picture.


It is not unusual to have difficulty communicating with an ex spouse regarding visitation/parenting time and custody issues. (shared custody). Often times, individuals have different ideas on how to parent, what is appropriate and what are desirable and undesirable parenting skills and decisions. However, this is the reality when parenting in two different households, and one must learn to deal with same for the best interests of the children.

Enforcement of Existing Family Court Orders

Many times a party may have difficulty holding up their end of a bargain or complying with court orders made by a Judge. There is a remedy (enforcement), but it requires you to go back to Court. If the other side is not doing what he or she is supposed to, such as defying custody orders (parenting time enforcement), not paying spousal maintenance (modification and enforcement) (alimony) or not paying child support (child support enforcement), you can file a Petition for Contempt and bring the non-complying party before the Judge.

Trying to Move Out of the City or State? Child Relocation

It is not uncommon after a divorce for one parent to desire to relocate to another city or state.  In legal terms, this is an issue regarding the child relocation laws. This could be due to a new job, a new spouse, family connections, or a chance to start a new life. Whatever the reason, one parent's move will have a major impact on child custody. If parents cannot agree on a relocation, then the decision will be left up to a judge. A judge will evaluate several legal factors to decide the custody arrangement best suited to the child's needs.  child relocation

Understanding Alimony (Spousal Maintenance) in Arizona

Alimony (Spousal Maintenance)is money that one spouse pays to the other for support either during or after a divorce (or both). In Arizona, alimony is called "spousal maintenance." When spouses separate, one person may be unable to pay for regular living expenses, in which case a judge may require the higher earner-whether that is the husband or the wife-to assist the lower earner financially for at least some period of time.

Arizona Complex Divorce: Dividing a Business

Business valuations and appraisals in an Arizona divorce case are necessary when one or both spouses have an ownership interest in a business. Business issues only arise in a small percentage of divorce cases due to the relatively limited number of business owners compared to the significantly larger number of employed individuals. That makes it important to work with a divorce attorney who has a lot of experience in dealing with how a business is divided and complex divorce. The court may not only divide the value of the business based upon its value but may also divide business profits earning while the divorce is pending.

Think your ex is hiding marital property? Take action quickly

You are ready to divide your marital assets, but something seems off. Maybe your bank account has fewer funds than you expected or you cannot find the paperwork documenting some of your investments. Are you becoming forgetful from all of the stress involved with a divorce? Unfortunately, it might be more likely that your ex-spouse is hiding marital property.

People often believe that hidden assets are only a problem in high-asset divorces. This common misconception can lead some people to second-guess their instincts. In reality, virtually any person in any type of divorce can hide assets.


If you have lost child custody, it means that a court has decided that your children would be better off with someone else. Maybe your ex-spouse got custody after your divorce, or child protective services removed them from your home for cause. No matter the reason, the best method of getting back custody of your children is to convince a judge that your home is now the best place for them.  See child custody 

High Conflict Divorce Cases

Identifying whether your case is a "high conflict" divorce can be surprisingly difficult. In most cases, there is some level of conflict in a divorce or parenting dispute. The question is whether a particular case has an abnormally high amount of conflict. Some examples of high conflict cases involve domestic violence, serious substance abuse, mental illness of a party, or a party that lives out of town or is seeking to relocate. On the opposite end of the spectrum are cases that are relatively amicable. Those can be resolved with little time, energy and expense.

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