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How to prepare for child custody mediation

Arizona residents in the process of divorcing are likely aware of how much is involved. In the absence of a prenuptial agreement, matters such as property division and alimony often must be settled in court. What's more, with children involved, it can become all the more complicated. Oftentimes, child support arrangements must be settled, along with child custody. These issues can be a source of great stress for parents.

What if parents have no formal child custody agreement?

Arizona parents going through a divorce may be interested in hearing about a man in another state facing criminal charges for alleged custodial interference. Supposedly, the man kept his two-year-old daughter from her mother and took their child to another state, without consent. As the man took his daughter across state lines, the charge is federal custodial interference, which carries a potential sentence of up to five years in prison.

Child custody agreements and modifications in Arizona

The saga continues. Last week, we learned that celebrity Bethenny Frankel refused her estranged husband's request for a lump sum of $10 million to settle their divorce. After 15 months, the two have still not finalized their divorce case. One of the issues is Jason Hoppy's claim that he helped Ms. Frankel build her Skinnygirl Cocktails company, a business she reportedly sold for $100 million in 2011. He wants a portion of the proceeds.

Arizona child custody bill voted down in state legislature

Recently, a bill in the Arizona legislature affecting divorced parents wishing to move was voted down in the House. Currently, when the custodial parent, often the parent with the children most of the time, wants to move out of Arizona or more than 100 miles away, she or he is required to notify the other parent, called the non-custodial parent. Sometimes, court approval is necessary prior to moving. The proposed bill sought to shorten the geographical distance, so that a move more than 10 miles away would require the custodial parent to give a 45-day notice to the non-custodial parent. As with current law, the bill includes instances where court approval would also be necessary.

When Arizona child custody issues involve international laws

Those Arizona couples facing a divorce understand how challenging the process can be, financially, emotionally and legally. Child custody aspects of a divorce add another layer of complexity, particularly when one parent wishes to, or simply does, move a child to another country. In such instances, international laws come into play and are applied in U.S. courts.

Advocates pushing for changes in child custody laws

A growing number of states across the union have recently begun reconsidering child custody laws as the traditional family makeup is changing from two-parent households to a variety of types of families. The role parents take when it comes to child care also has changed dramatically over time. Advocates are pushing for changes in many states that would create equal custody for divorcing parents.

Divorce can be tough on kids during the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a wonderful and enchanting time of the year for children. However, the reality of troubled marriages may lead to parents splitting up during what is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” Children inevitably get caught in the crossfire between warring parents, and they may experience an inordinate amount of stress because of it.

How to talk to children during child custody struggles

When Arizona parents decide to bring their marriage to an end, their top priority is ensuring that their shared children will handle the transitions with relative ease. In fact, concern over how children will take the news of a split keeps many couples together for long beyond the point of no return. However, with the proper level of care, parents can make divorce and child custody changes easier for their kids to accept.

Major same-sex child custody battle moves toward a conclusion

The landscape of the American family has changed significantly over the last few generations. Only a few decades ago, it wasn't ordinary for mothers to work outside the home; now, two-income households are entirely common. Additionally, several states have approved same-sex marriage and other states are moving in that direction. These changes, of course, have had a major impact on family law.

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