Divorce

Understanding Annulment in Arizona

When you no longer wish to be married to your spouse, there are two options: divorce and annulment. While many people are familiar with what is involved with divorce, people are often not familiar with the particulars of annulment. Annulment is a dissolution of marriage that removes your marriage from the official record – as…

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Managing Anger Through Mediation in Divorce is Essential

Divorce is never easy, regardless of circumstance,. Even the “best” divorces tend to involve some element of anger. Anger is a tricky thing because even if you are not experiencing it now, you never know when it could arise. And, if you have ever been angry, you know that it can be difficult to keep…

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3 Reasons to Choose Divorce Mediation Over Litigation

Every divorce is different – some have more conflict than others – but even in tense situations, divorce mediation is often preferable to going to court. Choosing meditation does not mean you are giving up too much control to your spouse or compromising on what is fair, it is a way to complete the divorce…

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5 Reasons to Consider Online Mediated Divorce

Once you have decided that you want a divorce from your spouse, the next thing you need to do is determine how you want to complete the divorce process. Some people may not even know there is an alternative to a lengthy courtroom battle that is expensive and filled with tension. Not only can you…

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Mediation is Best for Same Sex Divorce

Divorce is never an easy decision but once it has been made, you have to decide the type of divorce you want to have. Do you want a long battle in court, filled with tension and anger, or do you want to find the quickest and most peaceful path to divorce possible? Everyone’s situation is…

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Should You Get a Collaborative Divorce?

Though divorce is not new, every divorce is different and there are many different ways to complete your divorce. Which is best for your unique situation will depend on various factors including your relationship dynamic with your spouse, your location, how busy you are, what you budget is, and what your desire outcome is (beyond…

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The Psychodynamics of Divorce

Formally speaking, divorce is a legal dissolution of your marriage contract but as most people know, divorce is actually much more. It is the end of a relationship – the end of a life you had planned for, if children are involved it is the end of family life as they knew it (for better…

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Should You Legally Separate Before Divorce?

Should You Legally Separate Before Divorce?

When you have been considering ending your marriage, there may be various reasons holding you back from actually filing for divorce. Divorce is a long, draining, and costly undertaking but if you need to legally define upper relationship and/or family responsibilities, financial obligations, etc. in the interim – for however long that might be –…

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Who Gets the Pet In Divorce

Who Gets the Pet In Divorce

You and your spouse may be ready to divorce but when it comes time to split things up, who will get your shared pet? Your pet is like family and while they may not be human, many people love their pet like their own child. But, unlike child custody and family law, there are fewer…

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Have You Considered a Collaborative Divorce?

Have You Considered a Collaborative Divorce?

When it comes to divorce, most people don’t think of it as something that you collaborate on. Rather, most people view it as adversarial. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. The traditional divorce takes place in the courtroom; there are other ways to obtain the same end result while minimizing conflict and stress….

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Who Gets the Life Insurance in Divorce?

Who Gets the Life Insurance in Divorce?

There are so many things to think about when getting a divorce. With so many assets to divide it can to overlook life insurance, but it is important to know what is going to happen with your life insurance and/or your spouses life insurance policy after divorce. These specific type of life insurance, where you…

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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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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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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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