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Child Custody FAQs Part 3

  How does custody affect child support? The physical custody arrangement is one factor considered in the worksheet (see Chapter 5.) The more time you have your child, the more expensive it is. We have not been to court yet and there are no orders. Who gets the kids right now? It is basically a…

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Child Custody FAQs Part 2

  My husband smokes pot almost daily. Should he have parenting time with the children? Not unless it is supervised. Drug use will preclude him from having unsupervised parenting time. You should ask the court to have him drug tested at TASC (Treatment Assessment Screening Center). Their website is: www.tascaz.org. You might want to consult…

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Child Custody FAQs Part 1

  Do the courts favor mothers? There is no such preference. There are many factors that the court considers, but courts do not favor mothers over fathers. How does the court decide custody? (A.R.S. ?25-403) The court looks at the following factors: 1. The wishes of the child?s parent or parents as to custody. 2….

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What Happens To The Children In A Divorce?

Our guess is that you are very concerned about how your divorce will affect your children, which is why you are reading this book, to figure out how to be part of an uncontested divorce. Perhaps all you need to know can be clarified with this story: I was a mediator in a case not…

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Nash v. Nash

What did Nash v. Nash recently rule? The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled on three main topics (1) child support calculations; (2) the use of social media to disparage another party; and (3) disclosure of materials related to the litigation. ?First, the court held that a family law court cannot limit child support to meet…

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Should I Get A Divorce Or Legal Separation?

A common question spouses have is whether they should get a legal separation instead of a divorce. The answer depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you want some financial protection or you want to continue your health insurance, a legal separation will likely accomplish both. If you want to get remarried, you…

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Who Will take Care of the Children and Where Will They Live?

Where will your children live and who will make decisions about them? These are the two major issues that you and the other parent must decide. This will depend on how far apart you live from each other, how old your children are, school hours, work hours, the care provider situation, the family support system…

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Parenting Time

  Joint Physical Custody As described in Chapter 1, joint physical custody means that the physical residence of the child is shared by both parents almost equally. Where the child lives primarily with one parent and has visitation (now called parenting time) with the other, generally, the parent with whom the child primarily lives will…

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What About Other Child Expenses That Are Not Included in the Child Support Worksheet?

One parent will be required to maintain health insurance for the children, and it there are any medical/dental/vision/orthodontia expenses not covered by insurance, the parties will often divide those expenses in proportion to their incomes.

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Can Child Support be Modified?

Child support is modifiable if there is a change in circumstances that would result in a fifteen (15) percent change in the support amount; moreover, the support terminates upon the emancipation of the child. In Arizona, emancipation occurs at age 18 or high school graduation, whichever occurs later, but not later than age 19.

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