While no family is perfect, some families in Arizona and elsewhere deal with more complex matters than others. Take divorce for example. When parents part ways, this may be beneficial for the spouses because the marriage is no longer working. However, this can be a major and even traumatic life event for the children involved. Thus, it is imperative that divorcing parents consider the family law issues at hand and how best to resolve them and move forward.
Like other states, Arizona allows couples to enter into premarital agreements prior to getting married. These agreements are sometimes referred to as "prenuptial agreements" or simply as "prenups."
Many residents of Phoenix have probably heard about prenuptial agreements and may have even learned about them from previous posts here. For many people, including those who have no plans of divorcing or separating, these agreements can be an important legal document which they may need to strongly consider negotiating with their future spouse and signing.
The ones most affected by a troubled marriage are the children of the estranged couple. In order to provide those children with stability in their tender years, it is often the grandparents who step in to help. However, grandparents can have access to those children only after establishing visitation rights. Laws in Arizona recognize a grandparent's right to visitation and have statutes in place to enable that. For the knowledge of Maricopa County residents, the following is a brief on grandparents' rights in the state.
Arizona is a community property state, which means that all marital property is divided equally between the spouses in the event of a divorce. However, it is important to remember that not all the assets that were acquired by an individual during the course of the marriage are considered community property. Article 25 Section 213 of Title 25 of Arizona Revised Statutes clearly states what separate property is.
Children who grow up in wealthy and even middle-class families have educational advantages that poorer children don't. Even if their parents don't have a great deal of money, if the marriage is stable and there's little family dysfunction in the home, kids typically fare better in school than their peers who grow up in homes filled with conflict.
Not all divorced parents share custody of their children. For a variety of reasons, your co-parent may have little or no contact with your child. Perhaps there were issues with drugs, alcohol or violence that have made it unsafe and unhealthy for your child to be around them. Your co-parent may have moved far away and chosen not to be part of your child's life other than to provide court-ordered financial support.