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.
Arizona is one of only nine community property states. In a community property jurisdiction, most property acquired during the marriage, excluding separate property, is owned jointly by both parties in the marriage and divided evenly upon divorce, annulment, or death. Under community property laws, all property is automatically presumed to be joint community property absent specific evidence proving otherwise. If property is deemed separate property, then the owner of said property will retain sole possession over it. However, if the property is categorized as community property, then it is divided among both parties equally. Some common examples of separate and community property are as follows:
Couples choose to end their relationships for a variety of reasons. One common reason that American romantic relationships end is that high-conflict individuals tend to either break off relationships or inspire their partners to do so. After all, it can be truly difficult to enjoy life when your partner is consistently itching for a fight. Fortunately, an individual who does not crave conflict can choose to leave a partner who does. Unfortunately, splitting up does not always mean that you can leave your high-conflict partner behind.
Teens are biologically programmed to rebel against their parents. Between childhood and adulthood, teens must push boundaries and explore ways that they are distinct from their parents until they learn how to safely stand on their own feet. However, acts of teenage rebellion and angst are not often welcome contributions to a complex custody situation. In fact, an understandably rebellious teen may make child custody disputes even more complicated than they already are.
A complex divorce is one in which there are many issues to resolve and the Husband and Wife cannot resolve this issues without a good deal of outside help from attorneys and/or mediators. Complex divorces can involve high asset divorce cases, spouses with numerous real estate properties, tax issues, a privately held corporation or several closely held businesses, marital assets in several states, trust assets, commingled assets (community property vs. sole and separate property), split siblings or special needs children, assets or businesses that need valuations, and supplemental issues including vocational studies, custody battles, an unfit parent, off-shore bank accounts and the like. Complex divorces can also include bad behavior including adultery and the dissipation or waste of marital assets due to outside relationships, gambling, drug or alcohol use or uncontrollable shopping or other mental health issues.