A Comprehensive Look at Arizona Child Support Guidelines

A Comprehensive Look at Arizona Child Support Guidelines

When divorcing, most married spouses with children are familiar with the concept of child support but may not be familiar with the legal guidelines surrounding it, how the specific amount is calculated, whether or not it can change, and for how long it must be paid. Specific child support guidelines vary from state to state…

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Divorce in a Covenant Marriage

Divorce in a Covenant Marriage

If you live in Arizona, you may not even be aware that you live in one of only 3 states that allow covenant marriages.  Unfamiliar with what a covenant marriage is? Don’t worry, you are not alone.  According to the Arizona Supreme Court, a covenant marriage is defined as, “To enter into a covenant marriage,…

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Does Adultery Impact Spousal Maintenance?

Does Adultery Impact Spousal Maintenance?

People divorce for a multitude of reasons but one of the most common reasons is infidelity.  Finding out that your spouse has cheated elicits a lot of emotions including sadness, anger/rage, betrayal, jealousy, and more. Whether it happened long ago or recently, and regardless of your reaction, it is very common for the wronged spouse…

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Handling Verbal Abuse in Divorce Mediation

Handling Verbal Abuse in Divorce Mediation

It can be hard enough just to leave a spouse if they are verbally abusive but it adds a layer of complexity in divorce mediation that can be intimidating for anyone.  And, there are often spouses that do not even realize they have been experiencing verbal abuse because it often makes you doubt your own…

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Divorce Advice for Stay-At-Home Moms

Divorce Advice for Stay-At-Home Moms

Divorce can be very challenging both emotionally and financially. For a stay-at-home mom that has chosen to leave the traditional workforce and support her family at home, the prospect of divorce can be very scary. Not having an active and current resume, no matter how long you’ve been a stay-at-home mom, can cause challenges in…

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How Domestic Abuse is Handled in Divorce Mediation

How Domestic Abuse is Handled in Divorce Mediation

If you have experienced domestic abuse of any kind and are seeking legal separation or divorce you may think mediation is not a viable option. But, this is a common misconception and mediation can be successful and safe in many cases. Domestic abuse can take many forms including physical violence, verbal abuse, financial abuse, controlling…

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How to Tell Your Spouse That You Want a Divorce

How to Tell Your Spouse That You Want a Divorce

“I want a divorce” – Nobody ever expects to say the words but many people have to find a way to tell their spouse they want a divorce. And, regardless of the circumstances, telling your spouse you want a divorce is not an easy thing to do. You have probably thought about divorcing for some…

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When One Spouse Doesn’t Want Divorce

When One Spouse Doesn’t Want Divorce

Deciding to get a divorce is never an easy decision but it can be much harder when one spouse does not want a divorce. When one spouse does not want a divorce, they are often angry and scared. They may quickly hire an attorney because they are angry and sad or they may refuse to…

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How You Can Manage Grief with Divorce Mediation

How You Can Manage Grief with Divorce Mediation

Divorce happens for a wide variety of reasons but, regardless of the reason, most people will experience grief during a divorce. Even if you cannot wait for your divorce to be finalized, you may feel conflicting feelings of grief that leave you emotionally drained and confused.  Many things can trigger grief including negotiating the division…

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Intro to Alimony

Intro to Alimony

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a component of divorce that many people fear negotiating.  Because marriage is a contract, it means that there are financial regulations and rules about dissolving your contract.  Whichever spouse earned more money in a year is typically responsible for providing financial support and that amount is determined by…

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What if I Need to Modify My Child Support Agreement?

What if I Need to Modify My Child Support Agreement?

The goal of any divorce settlement is that everyone would be happy and satisfied with the conditions of their settlement and that there would never need to be any future modifications.  But, unfortunately, we do not live in a utopia and, for various reasons, many individuals find that circumstances have changed and a child support…

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Debt Management in Divorce Mediation

Debt Management in Divorce Mediation

Divorce is complicated enough but if you have individual or mutual debt, it must be determined who is responsible for the debt or how it will be divided.  The laws on how debt is handled in divorce vary from state to state but in Arizona, for example, any debt incurred during a marriage will be…

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Protecting Financial Interests During Divorce Mediation

Protecting Financial Interests During Divorce Mediation

Whether a divorce is amicable or contentious, everyone wants to protect their own financial interests.  If you have an existing prenuptial agreement, some things may already be decided but even with a prenup, some things may need to be negotiated and things may have significantly changed since you first drafted the prenuptial agreement, necessitating a…

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Caring for Your Mental Health During Divorce

Caring for Your Mental Health During Divorce

Even in the best of circumstances, divorce is mentally and emotionally challenging.  Divorce affects everyone differently and one of the most important things you can do is take care of your mental health throughout the entire divorce process.  But, we know that for many people, taking care of your mental health is easier said than…

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Structuring a Co-Parenting Schedule

Structuring a Co-Parenting Schedule

One of the hardest things to navigate in a divorce is determining how you will fairly and effectively co-parent your children.  What is always most important is finding a schedule and plan that is best for your children, first and foremost. Structuring a co-parenting schedule requires a fair amount of negotiation and with heightened emotions…

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3 Ideal Candidates for Divorce Mediation

3 Ideal Candidates for Divorce Mediation

Litigating a divorce in a courtroom may be common but that doesn’t mean it is easy or best. Though we believe almost any couple would be better off with divorce mediation rather than litigation, you may be wondering if you and your spouse would be successful in divorce mediation. An experienced divorce mediator can assist…

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2 Tips for Surviving and Thriving During Divorce Mediation

2 Tips for Surviving and Thriving During Divorce Mediation

Once you have decided to divorce, the next step is to begin the legal process. Often, people assume they must hire separate lawyers and spend months in court discussing personal and private details and going through the emotionally-draining divorce process. However, there is a much better alternative that can save you time, money, and emotional…

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Should Your Hire a Private Investigator When Divorcing?

Should Your Hire a Private Investigator When Divorcing?

If you are considering divorce or even if the divorce process has already begun, you may feel it would be beneficial to hire a private investigator.  People are private and there are secrets even in the most healthy of relationships.  Secrets and privacy are important and ok, depending on what they are and whether or…

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Stopping Gaslighting in Divorce Mediation

Stopping Gaslighting in Divorce Mediation

Gaslighting – a term you may be familiar with but may not even realize is happening to you. When it comes to divorce, gaslighting is a common occurrence, particularly if it is something that also occurred during the marriage. But, when you work with a divorce mediator, gaslighting is something that is simply unacceptable and,…

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