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8 Tips for Men Getting a Divorce

Divorce is extremely hard on everyone involved, but it can be especially challenging for those men who do not typically express their emotions. However, you want a support system in place, just like any other major life change. The more you know about what to expect when getting a divorce, the easier the process can be. Here are some key do's and don'ts for men getting a divorce:

Visitation Rights for Non-Parents

Many wonder if they are not a biological or adopted parent (legal parent) of a child, otherwise referred to as non-parents, do they have any rights to have court ordered visitation with a child with whom they share a close bond. The answer is yes. Arizona Revised Statutes Section 25-409 provides for the rights of third parties or non-parents regarding visitation.

Does child custody favor mothers?

The role of fatherhood looks much different than it did even just 10 years ago. Like other men, you are probably more involved in your children's lives than your own father might have been. While this certainly benefits both you and your children, not all family law courts recognize the value in your parental relationship. Even if you are an outstanding and involved father, you could still end up with less parenting time in your child custody agreement.

This is an extremely frustrating situation in which to be. You know that you are a competent father and that being actively involved is in your child's best interest. Unfortunately, 53% of adults in America still think that women are better at caring for kids, however. Only 1% believe that fathers could do a better job.

Child Custody Cases: Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Substance abuse by a parent is one of the leading causes of divorce and post-divorce child custody modification proceedings. The effects of drug and alcohol abuse can be devastating to a family, especially the children, who have often times been exposed, neglected and abused due to a parent's addiction. As a result, courts take substance abuse allegations very seriously.

Divorce vs. Legal Separation: What is the Difference?

First, a legal separation is less common. There are many reasons why people choose legal separation instead of a divorce. In some cases, it may make more sense for a couple to become legally separated while in others, it may be better to file for divorce. Before deciding which you want to choose, it is important that you understand the differences between legal separation and divorce and the potential benefits and drawbacks of each.

CUSTODY WHEN SAME SEX PARENT'S AREN'T MARRIED

When the U.S. Supreme Court made its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, many people rejoiced as this effectively made same-sex marriage legal in the United States. Unfortunately, the process of writing laws doesn't happen overnight in our country.

Divorce and Children With Special Needs

There are few challenges more difficult than going through a divorce and having a child with special needs (divorce and special needs). The burden of future planning, well-being and protection fall squarely on your shoulders as a custodial parent.

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.

VISITATION ISSUES? HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH A DIFFICUT EX

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.

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