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Tips for men dealing with the stigmas surrounding divorce

According to recent statistics, nearly half of all married couples in Arizona and across the United States ultimately decide to separate. Divorce is extremely common these days, so one would think that modern society has learned to accept it. This is not the case as there are still stigmas associated with divorce, especially for men, who are often seen as the bad guys when marriages end. Here are some tips for men on how to deal with the criticism that comes with divorce.

For many divorces, egos play a part in the breakup. However, managing egos after a divorce is key to avoid unwanted and unnecessary drama. When a marriage ends, the stereotype is for ex-spouses to be angry or passive aggressive. Learn to avoid letting these emotions take control.

What parents need to consider regarding child support

When parents split up, the process can quickly get very complicated. Parents only want the best for their children, so things like child support and custody arrangements are usually high on the list of priorities. Each state has differing guidelines regarding which parent pays child support and the amount to be paid. There's never a one-size-fits-all situation so, when appropriate, courts in Arizona are allowed deviate from these guidelines. Here are a few things to consider when going through this experience.

To calculate child support, courts take into account the number of children, each parent's income as well as how much time each parent spends with the children. However, circumstances may change a few months or years down the road. It is important to keep in mind that child support can be modified, and parents are allowed to return to court if child support needs to be amended.

Tips for financial stability during a divorce

Without question, ending a marriage is extremely hard on a person psychologically and emotionally. However, divorce can be equally as hard on finances. It's no secret that divorce is expensive and can create great financial instability. Here are a few tips to help those in Arizona protect themselves financially during a divorce.

Ending a marriage means there will be a financial learning curve. Going from two incomes down to one will often require some adjusting, and basic money management skills may need to be relearned. Workplaces or local community centers will sometimes offer financial classes or seminars. Enrolling in these classes can be great ways to learn money management skills.

Encouraging progress for fathers seeking shared child custody

In previous decades, fathers who wanted custody of their children after a divorce were out of luck. Traditionally, custody of children was typically awarded to the mother. In recent years, however, courts in Arizona and across the nation have encouraged more shared parenting child custody agreements.

When it comes to child custody, there are basically two types: physical custody and legal custody. Those who are granted legal custody have control over decisions that affect a child's well-being, like health care and education. Physical or residential custody focuses on where the child resides. These days, courts begin with a presumption of joint legal custody between parents, but courts are becoming more open to shared physical custody arrangements.

Fate of the family business during a divorce

Going through a divorce is a challenging situation in just about all cases. However, it gets markedly more difficult when you have a small business. You have to worry about your personal life but you also have to think about the business and the employees who depend on the company for an income. Balancing this can take a lot of work.

There are a few things you need to think about with respect to your business during a divorce. Your spouse's involvement, any prenuptial agreement and similar points should all come into the picture.

Family law agreements often include pets these days

The complicated issues involved in the end of a marriage often include child custody, property division and support payments. However, it seems that fewer millennials are buying homes or having children, so these are not necessarily the family law issues that cause conflict during divorce. In fact, arguing over the fate of the family pet is becoming a more common and often fierce battle between Arizona spouses who are ending their marriages.

Attorneys are noticing the uptick in divorces that bog down when the question of who gets the pet arises. Some speculate that because couples in their 20s and 30s are choosing to remain childless, their pets are substitutes for children and therefore of great importance to them. While only a few states have laws considering the welfare of pets during divorce, most courts treat pets as property.

Child custody battles are unfortunately common

Ideally, when Arizona parents separate they should put their differences aside and work together to find a custody arrangement that creates a stable environment for their children. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Child custody battles are common these days, including among celebrities. Parents often think they're helping children by sparking these disputes, but the children only suffer from these battles.

A custody battle reality television star Bethenny Frankel and her former spouse Jason Hoppy recently made headlines. According to reports, Frankel is seeking full custody of their 8-year-old daughter. Reportedly, the couple established a joint custody agreement about five years ago and agreed to equal parenting time, but Frankel wants the arrangement changed. According to Frankel, she wants to change the arrangement because Hoppy has been uncooperative and decision-making has been difficult.

Tips to reduce the financial impact of gray divorce

These days, more and more couples are deciding to end marriages later in life. In the last 30 years, the divorce rate for couples age 50 or older has more than doubled. Known as gray divorce, this late-life separation presents unique challenges for senior adults who find themselves suddenly single. Ending a marriage so close to retirement age can have a devastating financial impact. The following advice may be helpful for those in Arizona who find themselves in this situation.

One of the first things to do is to crunch the numbers and figure out how much cash is coming in and how much cash is flowing out. Doing this will enable individuals to see if they need to cut spending or increase income. This is also a good time to recalculate retirement savings. Update retirement savings goals and determine how much to save in order to reach goals. Without question, divorce can wreak havoc on finances so it may also be necessary to delay retirement.

Award-winning singer files for divorce

No one marries with the end in mind but, unfortunately, not all marriages work. These days in Arizona and across America, half of all married couples end up divorcing. Marriages end for a myriad of reasons, but regardless of reasons, separating from a long-time spouse can be incredibly difficult. Celebrities are constantly under the spotlight and are often held to a higher standard. However, they too suffer the pitfalls of divorce.

Recently, Grammy award-winning singer Monica made headlines when she reportedly filed for divorce from her husband. Monica has been married to former NBA player Shannon Brown since November 2010. According to reports, Monica has submitted the necessary paperwork for the split, but Brown has been unable to seal the divorce papers.

Parents can learn to embrace co-parenting roles

Parents who fight for sole custody of their kids in a divorce often do both themselves and their children a disservice by attempting to limit the other parent's access to the children. While there certainly can be legitimate reasons to restrict parental access, e.g., substance abuse, domestic violence or neglect, for the most part, children thrive when they spend quality time with both of their parents.

Still, it can be hard to trim those apron strings and wave good-bye as the kids head out to spend the week with their other parent. If you are struggling with the co-parenting arrangement in your divorce, the following tips might be helpful.

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