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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.

New law helps Arizona parents in custody battles

When a child is abducted by a noncustodial parent and taken to a foreign country, it can be difficult to get that child back home. From a diplomatic standpoint, putting too much pressure on another government to return an American citizen could strain relations between the two nations. Furthermore, it can be difficult for the custodial parent to go back and forth between the two countries throughout the legal process.

Considerations for Arizona child custody

Many Arizona parents who divorce have some sort of joint legal and physical custody of their children. This usually presents itself as the children spending roughly equal amounts of time with both parents, with both parents also entitled to make decision about their children's lives. However, in some cases joint custody may not be desirable or practical for reasons of safety, such as child or spousal abuse. In these cases, Arizona law provides for temporary physical custody and decision-making rights to fall exclusively to one parent until the matter is resolved.

Medical professions show lower divorce rate than other jobs

According to a recently published study, medical professionals in Arizona and throughout the country are less likely to get divorced than the general public. The study indicated that among those medical professionals, doctors have one of the lowest divorce rates of all. Slightly more than one-third of people who do not work in health care are divorced, but the same is true for only 24 percent of doctors.

Protecting a person's credit during divorce

If an Arizona couple decides it may be time for a divorce, it is always important that financial matters be at the top of the list when they are attempting to resolve issues. If a person does not take the steps to ensure that their finances are secure, they could find themselves stuck with their ex-spouse's debt or poor credit.

Divorcing couples can save money

Arizona couples considering divorce could learn from a New Jersey couple that acrimoniously divorced after 20 years of marriage. The husband fought paying spousal support for a year, even though the wife reportedly earned 40 percent less than him. At the end, legal costs amount to roughly $300,000. Although this example is extreme, there are ways to keep costs down for a divorce.

Divorce in Arizona

Some Arizona residents contemplating divorce may be interested in knowing what the proper procedure is. Divorce is legally referred to as a dissolution in Arizona, and one spouse is able to file and claim that the marriage is irretrievably broken. The petitioner must be a resident of the state for a minimum of 90 days.

Virtual visitation and Arizona child custody

Arizona parents embroiled in child custody disputes may have another avenue available to ensure visitation. Known as virtual visitation, this kind of arrangement is a catch-all term encompassing the use of telephones and Internet resources, such as email, video chat and instant messaging, to allow children to stay in touch with a non-custodial parent when they cannot be present. While Arizona has no formalized law concerning virtual visitation, it is nevertheless considered a viable option for enhanced visitation.

When parents do not exercise their visitation rights

Nothing can be more frustrating to an Arizona custodial parent than when the other parent doesn't show up to pick up their child for his or her scheduled visitation. The custodial parent may have to scramble to find child care and the child may be upset, feeling rejected. Parents may wonder if there is anything they can do about this failure to exercise parenting time.

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