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Using the year’s calendar in a divorce case

| Jan 6, 2020 | Child Custody |

Arizona parents who are going through a divorce may struggle to remember important details about child-related expenses. This is such a stressful time that it can affect some people’s ability to answer questions about the child’s health care, activities and other events accurately. A calendar can help provide information as well as evidence if there is a dispute.

For example, it is not uncommon for children to attend many birthday parties, and this can mean that gifts represent a significant expense that parents often overlook. Also frequently forgotten are costs related to out-of-town sports events the children participate in. If the child has visited a doctor or therapist during the year, this might be on the calendar too. The calendar is also useful for getting a sense of the time parents spend with the children. This could be a significant piece of evidence in determining custody and support.

Support payments to both children and ex-spouses are supposed to help them maintain a lifestyle similar to the one they had before the divorce. A calendar can help establish details about this lifestyle. While people usually remember major vacations, they might forget smaller family day trips or how often they ate out at restaurants.

When determining custody, parents should keep in mind that legal custody and physical custody are separate. They might agree to share legal custody even if they do not share physical custody. Legal custody pertains to who has the right to make decisions about the child’s religion, health care and other major issues. Physical custody has to do with where the child lives. Even if one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent usually has visitation rights. With joint physical custody, the child splits time roughly equally between households. A parent who has questions about custody issues could reach out to a family law attorney for support.

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