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More states moving toward shared parenting

Arizona parents who are going through a divorce often find the process of determining who will have primary physical and legal custody of their children to be contentious. Historically, courts have usually deferred to the mother as the party who should end up with the children, and statistics bear this out. Census data shows that more than 80 percent of custodial parents are mothers, and in a study conducted by the Nebraska court system, it was found that in custody cases in that state between 2002 and 2010, nearly 75 percent of the noncustodial fathers were only able to see their children an average of 5.5 days per month.

How do fathers offer financial support?

Arizona residents might be interested in a recent study that shows that many fathers who do not make their child support payments partially or in full are still offering other types of financial support to their children. Even more interesting is that the percentage of non-custodial mothers and non-custodial fathers who do make their full child support payments is about the same,a according to 2011 census data. However, public perception seems to focus on the idea of deadbeat dads, or fathers who do not financially support their children at all, while only considering the court-mandated child support.

Study finds that most people feel child support laws are unfair

Arizona parents whose marriages are ending may want to learn about the findings of a recent study dealing with how the public views the way that courts calculate child support. Researchers from Arizona State University presented hypothetical child support scenarios to study participants in both Arizona and England and asked them how much they would have awarded in each case. The researchers concluded that most people feel that the law is often out of step with generally held concepts of fairness.

Common financial mistakes made during a divorce

When Arizona couples go through a divorce, negotiations over money are often the most contentious part of the process. Discussions over matters such as property division and spousal support can cast a long shadow, and emotions frequently run high. Family law attorneys may advise divorcing spouses to remain dispassionate if at all possible during these negotiations as anger or resentment frequently lead to costly financial mistakes.


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