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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.   

FINDING INCOME OF A SELF-EMPLOYED SPOUSE

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.

NEW TAX LAW CHANGES IMPACT SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE (ALIMONY)

If you signed a prenuptial agreement before you got married, and believe there is any chance you and your spouse may divorce in the future, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law on December 22, 2017 could seriously affect the agreement that was reached. One major change that occurred when that law was passed is that spousal maintenance (also known as alimony), will no longer be tax deductible after 2018 to the spouse who is paying it, and will no longer need to be claimed as income by the person receiving it. Under the new law, a separation agreement must be signed within the calendar year of 2018, or there needs to be a judgment of divorce signed in 2018 directing that spousal maintenance will be considered tax deductible in future years.

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation in Arizona

As it pertains to the law, mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), in which a neutral third party assists two or more parties in amicably negotiating a settlement. In recent time, more and more couples going through divorce have opted for the mediation route as opposed to the more traditional court setting.

Military parents have additional considerations for custody

If you serve in the Armed Forces, your country owes you a debt of gratitude. Your sacrifices help keep this country safe, but they also put an unusual type of strain on your marriage. Deployments, temporary duty assignments and frequent moves can lead to divorce.

If you have children, what happens to your role as a parent may be a primary concern for you as you negotiate a child custody agreement. You may know that in civilian divorces, a parent can't simply pick up and move with the children, so you wonder how a reassignment would affect your custody rights. Fortunately, military personnel are not restricted like civilian parents are. You just need to include certain provisions in your custody agreement regarding your military service.

8 THINGS SCIENCE SAYS PREDICT DIVORCE

No one can say with 100% certainty that a couple is heading for disaster. But social scientists have gotten pretty good at predicting who's most likely to wind up there. These couples share certain commonalities - in the way they fight and the way they describe their relationship, but also in their education level and employment status.

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