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Should the home be kept or sold amid divorce?

When couples in Arizona and across the United States decide that divorce is inevitable, a bevy of problems and potential disagreements can arise. With couples that own a home, a big question is what to do with the home amid a separation. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not always black and white. Whether to keep or sell a home after a divorce can depend on a number of factors.

For couples with children, an option would be to keep the house or sell later. Holding off on selling the home is a good suggestion for many families with children and can help reintroduce stability. Going through a divorce can be a burden, and a task like selling a house could add unnecessary stress to the situation. It may be easier to sell the home after the separation is finalized and both parties are acclimated to their new lifestyles.

Financial planning during divorce

Couples in the state of Arizona going through a separation can experience a roller coaster of stress and emotions. On top of this, both parties may feel added stress when thinking about finances during and after a divorce. Fortunately, there are certain steps couples can take to better prepare and protect themselves financially when they decide to end their marriage.

A key first step when planning finances during divorce is to gather all financial information. This will help both parties determine assets and liabilities. A vital part of the planning process also involves creating a post-divorce budget so that debts continue to be paid. If children are involved, things like college expenses will also need to be factored into the budget.

Child support in high-end divorce can be complicated

From the time you have spent in checkout lines, you know that child support settlements can be very costly to entertainers and pro athletes.

Here is a listing of some well-known figures and their reported monthly child support amounts:

Tips for getting through a divorce

It's no secret that the end of a marriage can be exhausting, confusing and have many negative impacts on both parties. The life changes and legal aspects that accompany a divorce can be emotionally and physically exhausting. After being married for a significant amount of time, Arizona couples that have recently split may find themselves struggling to adjust to a new solitary lifestyle. There are certain things that can be done to ease the suffering and quiet the mind of those that are dealing with a divorce.

Reading is a good way to unwind and escape reality for a few moments. Those experiencing divorce need a sanctuary for the mind, and reading a good book would suit this need perfectly. Talking with others who have experienced divorce is also helpful and could provide vital knowledge to help deal with the situation. Writing down thoughts and experiences is a great way to express thoughts and unbottle complex emotions that come with experiencing this dramatic lifestyle change.

New child custody study supports shared custody

One of the biggest questions for Arizona parents after divorce is the custody of their children. When it comes to post-divorce child custody, statistics show that mothers are awarded full custody in almost 80 percent of cases. One reason for this is the belief that conflict between parents may cause the greatest amounts of stress for children. Historically, children have often placed in the mother's home for stability while allowing the father visitation rights. However, new research suggests that parental conflict plays a much smaller role than previously thought when it comes to the health and happiness of children.

According to research, the role conflict between parents should not be the determining factor of child custody. Studies have shown that conflict is often exaggerated and is not reliable because parents may sometimes fabricate conflict to win custody. However, when it comes to the well-being of children, new findings say that the quality of the parent-child relationship with both parents matters more than the parents' actual relationship with each other.

Scarlett Johansson and former spouse settle child custody battle

In Arizona, custody laws exist to facilitate the needs of both parents and children. When couples with children decide to split, both parents must understand that the well-being of the child should remain the top priority. Unfortunately, when parents can't see eye to eye and are at odds in a child custody battle, it is the children who suffer the most. Recently, a custody battle involving the daughter of famous actress Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac made headlines.

According to reports, Johansson and Dauriac recently finalized their divorce and settled an ongoing child custody battle. Johansson sued Dauriac have a 3-year-old daughter together. Reports say earlier this year, Johansson sued Dauriac for primary custody of their daughter.

Advice for a successful divorce

Contrary to popular belief, ending a marriage doesn't have to be a messy, drawn-out process. Divorce these days is a common-enough occurrence that sometimes can be the best course of action for couples struggling with their marriage. Although divorce can be a tumultuous and emotional experience, it can also be a time of rediscovery and renewed optimism as new life begins. When a couple in Arizona decide to end their marriage, there are steps they can take to better prepare and protect themselves.

Couples should know their debts and assets. It is important to make copies of financial documents and statements such as W-2s, 401(k), pensions and IRAs. Couples should also engage in separating nonmarital assets, or property that they will not be dividing during a divorce proceeding. These can be things like gifts given to one party or items owned before the marriage.

Dividing debts and assets amid the turmoil of divorce

The end of a marriage does not have to shrouded in divisiveness or cause financial problems for those involved. In the state of Arizona, divorce can definitely be an expensive experience. Fortunately, there is help available and there are certain ways couples can divide money and assets to minimize financial turmoil amid a divorce. As always, complications will arise. However, if couples are willing to work together, they can make wise decisions so that both parties can come through a divorce without financially damaging themselves and their estates.

In some divorces, couples will split debt, and with others there are assets to divide. Although couples may initially try to be fair when dividing assets, as the process continues, each party may have differing opinions when it comes to what's fair or important to them. When dividing debt and/or assets, the first step should be to list all debts and assets.

Protecting children during divorce

When couples decide to end a marriage, things can get messy in a hurry. Just hearing the word divorce can be cringeworthy and may bring about a myriad of emotions for couples in Arizona and across the country. Any divorce is traumatic enough, but when children are caught in the middle of a split, the experience can be life-altering and extremely stressful for both parents and children. Fortunately, there are certain steps that parents can take that may help children through this difficult time.

First and foremost, parents should let children know that they are loved and will not be abandoned. Providing a sense of security will not only allow children to grow through a divorce, but in all stages of life. It is also important for children to know that it is OK to enjoy time with both parents. Children should know that spending some time with one parent will not be held against them.

Cultural acceptance of divorce

Statistics will never tell the whole story, but looking at divorce trends as a whole, it shows that divorce is a constant element in modern life—one that’s gaining more acceptance by the year. Divorce rates famously grew during the 1980s and 1990s, but have dropped in recent years. In 2015, the rate was its lowest in almost 40 years. Figures have remained relatively stable in recent years.

As divorce rates hover near 50 percent, one cultural change is acceptance of the act. In a review of Gallup data that looks back to 1954, acceptance is on a clear incline. In 1954, 43 percent of Americans did not “believe” in divorce. In 2001, Gallup data began directly addressing the morality of divorce. That year, 59 percent of those polled found divorce morally okay. In 2015, the number topped 70 percent, including among those who are married themselves—a group traditionally more opposed to divorce.

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