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New tax changes could ignite alimony battles during divorce

Most people know that ending a marriage can be an expensive process. However, tax reform could make divorce even more expensive in Arizona and across the country. The new tax laws have to do with alimony payments. Alimony, often called spousal support, is a court-ordered payment from a higher-earning spouse to a dependent spouse following a divorce. A change in the way alimony is taxed could make divorce negotiations more challenging.

Current tax laws give a tax break for those that pay alimony. Payers can subtract money paid out to a former spouse from his or her taxable income. However, new tax laws include a provision that does away with this tax break. This controversial provision could spark battles between divorcing couples since those that pay alimony will lack incentive to be more generous toward a former spouse.

Divorcing Couples May Clash Over Bitcoin

Divorcing couples are being warned to disclose all their assets amid fears that some may use digital currencies such as Bitcoin to hide their wealth.

Knowing and understanding child custody arrangments

When spouses choose to end a marriage, one of the biggest concerns is the custody of their children. Although custody laws vary from state to state, all child custody laws were put in place to protect and meet the needs of children. In Arizona, custody laws have been updated to better meet the needs of children. All parents would benefit by knowing the different types of custody.

Legally, there are two main types of child custody: physical and legal. However, many alternative custody types exist. The two types of custody that most people are familiar with are sole and joint custody. In sole custody, one parent has legal and physical custody. Joint custody can sometimes mean equal custody, but in other cases children may spend more time with one parent who is considered to have primary physical custody.

Unique challenges face those who divorce young

Statistics suggest that separation is inevitable for a lot of Arizona couples. Stereotypes dictate that divorce only happens to middle-aged couples that have been married for years. However, some couples decide to marry young, and divorce can happen to young couples as well. Unique challenges can arise for those who divorce while in their 20s.

When young couples marry, they never think about the end of the marriage. Any person who experiences a divorce may seek guidance and emotional support from peers. However, those who divorce in their 20s typically do not have many friends that can relate to their situation since most of their peers may not be married, much less divorced. This can often lead to a feeling of isolation.

Carefully plan your property division tactics

The property division process during a divorce can get very sticky. You may think that determining the fate of the marital home will be the most difficult aspect of the divorce. You might be surprised to find that other assets and pieces of property pose even more of a challenge.

You need to have a plan going into the property division process. It requires finesse, patience, a clear vision and effective communication skills. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind.

Preparation brings resiliancy during divorce

In Arizona and across the United States, ending a marriage is a costly experience. Divorce can have far-reaching impacts, not only emotionally and psychologically, but especially financially. Fortunately, there is financial and emotional advice available for those that have recently decided to separate from a spouse.

A good piece of advice to help those that are newly divorced is to focus energy on saving money and rebuilding finances instead of using up energy unnecessarily by panicking. Worrying wastes precious energy and time. A balanced budget can be very helpful to track where money is spent and can provide a better understanding of where to rebuild. It is also helpful to do inventory of any shared accounts that existed with a former spouse and make sure to set those accounts up correctly, especially retirement accounts.

Representing yourself in family proceedings?

Navigating the legal process on your own can seem daunting to say the least. The law can be complicated and there are nuances which are indiscernible to the untrained eye. But for many, securing legal advice from the start to the finish of your case is simply unaffordable. Having a guide to hand which can explain in simple terms both the law and procedure as well as the practical points of what will happen at court could therefore be an invaluable resource. In this blog, Family Law in Partnership associate Carla Ditz reviews 'The Family Courts for Litigants in Person. A Handbook for Litigants in Person' by Lucy Reed, Barrister at St Johns Chambers, Bristol.

Actress and ex-spouse reach child custody agreement

Parents can part ways for a number of reasons, but one common concern that both parents usually have is the well-being of their children. In Arizona, child custody laws are in place to serve the needs of both parents and children. It is common for newly divorced parents to have differing opinions, and both parents may want sole custody of the children. A child custody battle may ensue when parents have disputes and cannot agree on a custody arrangement.

A child custody battle involving actress Morena Baccarin recently made headlines, as she and her former spouse came to an agreement. Reports say that Baccarin spent most of the past year in a custody battle with former spouse Austin Chick over their 4-year-old son. Baccarin had been staying in New York while filming a new show, and Chick wanted the child to stay with him in Los Angeles.

Millennials & Marriage: Amending The Rules Of Matrimony

shutterstock_186336611.jpg-550x0.jpgMarriage without marriage? Is cohabitation the millennial trend?

Millennials do marriage differently than Generation X and Baby Boomers.

The percentage of millennials who get married is lower than for previous generations, and millennials are waiting until they are considerably older to wed. Still, a good number of millennials-about 27 percent, according to Gallup-have walked down the aisle.

But millennial love isn't necessarily till "death do us part."

Like marriage, millennials have unique expectations and perspectives when it comes to divorce. But that's for those who actually make it down the aisle. More and more, millennials are skipping the aisle and, instead, are choosing to simply live together.

Advice to help navigate the uncertainty of divorce

Ending a marriage is never an easy thing to experience. Divorce is emotional and can be a very delicate transition for all parties involved. Those going through a split will experience a myriad of emotions, and these emotions can be scarring and not easily forgotten. The following tips can help those in Arizona navigate through the rough waters of divorce.

Taking the right advice not only applies to divorce but to life in general. However, during divorce, many people can get overwhelmed with the excess information available today. A separation from a spouse is a personal thing to experience, so taking advice from strangers is not always the best choice. It is also important to set realistic expectations and confront the reality of the situation. Always be careful to not let emotions get in the way of rationality.

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