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New child custody legislation favors co-parenting

When a marriage ends, it's common for parents to worry about the impacts that a divorce can have on children. Children typically need both parents, and their well-being may suffer when a parent is suddenly taken out of their lives. Likewise, parents can have a great deal of anxiety when it comes to post-divorce custody arrangements. However, child custody arrangements in Arizona and across the country these days have shifted from a winner-take-all situation to shared 50/50 parenting.

One state recently passed legislation saying that both parents, if fit, will split time equally with children. Traditionally, mothers were commonly awarded sole custody of children. However, recent research has shown that children fair much better post-divorce when both parents are present in their lives.

Several arrested for negligent child support payments

A top priority in the lives of Arizona parents should be the well-being of their children. For a number of reasons, parents may decide to split. In today's world, it often takes financial support from both parents to meet the needs of children, and single parents often struggle financially to support their children, regardless of income. For this reason, child support laws have been established across the country. Those that break these laws and neglect to pay child support can face hefty fines and even jail time.

In an attempt to collect unpaid child support, a county in another state recently served several arrest warrants and conducted a roundup of parents who have neglected their child support payments. According to reports, 18 total people were arrested. To locate those whom had arrest warrants, officers often contacted the parents of the offenders. One officer said that the parents were more than willing to help.

Special challenges await women amid late life divorce

According to recent statistics, the rate of divorce for couples ages 50 and older in the United States has almost doubled in the last 15 to 20 years. In what is commonly referred to as gray divorce, couples in Arizona and across the country are deciding to split later in life after decades of marriage. Being single and over the age of 50 can present unique financial challenges, especially for women.

Traditionally, women in the baby boomer generation left major financial decisions up to husbands. Things like investing and retirement planning were shouldered by spouses, so when marriages end late in life women often find themselves in a bit of a present and future financial conundrum. According to a recent survey, almost 60 percent of divorcees did not participate in long-term financial planning while they were married and expressed regret in not doing so.

Avoid costly mistakes in your property division settlement

It is all too easy to focus on the emotional aspects of a divorce and forget about some of the more logical points. This can be financially devastating. Even if you don't immediately notice the impact, you might realize it a year or more down the road.

For anyone who is going through a divorce, making sure that you protect your financial interests is imperative. When you are working on the property division settlement, avoid making these critical mistakes so that you can start your single life off on the best footing possible.

Famous actor and ex-wife come to new child support agreement

When parents end a marriage they may no longer obligated to each other, but they still have an obligation to support their children. Child support laws were enacted in Arizona and across the United States to ensure that children get the financial support they need. Even celebrities must abide by these laws. Actor Jeremy Renner recently made headlines when he and his ex-wife reached a new child support agreement.

According to records, Renner and his ex-wife split in 2015 and agreed to share custody of their now 5-year-old daughter. Records indicate that, in the original agreement, Renner was paying $13,000 per month and an additional 5 percent if he makes over $2.3 million a year. Sources say that Renner's current income is around $11.4 million which means he would have to pay an additional $292,000 this year.

Those going through divorce need support

The breakup of a marriage is a an emotional event that can have psychological impacts, ranging from relief to severe depression. However, the latter seems to be more common. Recent studies involving recent divorces in Arizona and the United States have shown that the emotional and psychological effects of divorce are not unlike the effects of some diseases. Those going through a divorce can experience just as much pain as someone suffering from a physical affliction. They also need just as much help and support in order to recover.

For those that are struggling in a marriage, it is recommended to get help sooner rather than later. Instead of planning for the end, try to remedy the current situation. If saving the marriage is out of the question, then make an attempt to come to a mutual understanding.

Child custody battle involving NBA player recently settled

When Arizona parents decide to split, one of the most common areas of dispute is the custody of the children. In some scenarios, both parents may want primary custody of the children. Unfortunately, this can trigger a child custody battle. It is important for parents to have the best interests of the children in mind and work together to come to an agreement regarding custody.

Fortunately, a custody battle involving NBA player Bryan Forbes and an ex-girlfriend was recently settled. The couple has two young sons together, ages 4 and 1. After the couple split, they both filed for full custody of the children, records say. According to reports, the parents came to an agreement to give Forbes full custody of the children.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's divorce could be complicated

When couples in Arizona decide to end a marriage, things can get messy rather quickly. The word divorce in itself is enough to bring about a myriad of mixed emotions. Its common knowledge that people will change over time, and marriages have to adapt or the marriage will be doomed to fail. A high-profile celebrity couple recently made headlines as they announced their separation.

According to reports, actor Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan have decided to end their marriage. The couple has a 4-year-old daughter and were married almost nine years. Questions remain as to what comes next after the couple has decided to split. A prenuptial agreement, or lack thereof, will determine the complexities of the separation. Legal experts agree that, either way, the high-income levels and celebrity status of the couple will most likely make for a complicated divorce.

Shared parenting: Tips to make the arrangement easier

Working with your ex to raise the children you share can be challenging. Even when there are good days, you might be wondering when things will turn sour again. The type of parenting relationship the two of you have has a big impact on how you will be able to handle trying times.

For those who are in a shared parenting arrangement, having a close relationship with your ex can work in your favor. Obviously, you and your ex both want what is best for the child and are willing to work to make that happen. Even then, you might still find yourself facing some challenges. Here are some tips to help you work through the challenges and prevent future issues:

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