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How divorce laws around the country differ

Divorces in Arizona and around the country are regulated by state rather than federal laws, and matters such as property division and spousal support can be treated very differently depending on where a couple lives. Most states divide marital property under the doctrine of equitable distribution, which is derived from English common law, but Arizona is one of nine states with community property laws, which are based on Spanish law.

Common problems that interfere with parenting plans

Arizona parents who are ending their marriages typically agree to some form of joint custody of their children or a visitation schedule that allows the noncustodial parent regular access to children. Like any agreement, a certain amount of cooperation is necessary among the parties involved. When legal disputes about parental visitation occur, they usually arise from hostile feelings between the parents, failure to follow the schedule or alienation of the child.

Ways to divorce with less hassle

Divorce is sometimes the best option for estranged Arizona couples, but this does not mean that dissolving a marriage is always easy or cheap. There are some tips that might allow people to avoid some of the financial and emotional burdens that a divorce could cause.

Establishing paternity and enforcing child support payments

Arizona parents should know some facts about child support. One is that if the parents are not married to one another and the father does not voluntarily acknowledge paternity, it may be necessary to establish it. This allows the mother to start getting child support from the father and also makes it possible for the child to receive death benefits in the event of the father's demise.


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