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Getting a protective order can help you leave abuse behind

Leaving an abusive marriage is a frightening prospect. Attempting to leave an abuser can often lead to an escalation in violence. Even if you believe you can leave without any issues, you may worry that you don't have anyone you can turn to. It is common for abuse victims to hide their issues from the people close to them. Abusers also often isolate their victims from their support networks.

Thankfully, there are laws in place in Arizona intended to protect the victims of domestic violence during dangerous transitions. If you intend to leave a spouse who has engaged in physical abuse against you or your children, securing an order of protection can be one way to help keep you safe.

When can a contested divorce be beneficial?

When going through a divorce, you will want to try and get the ordeal completed as quickly as possible, but at the same time, it will be vital that you get the agreement that you deserve. For example, you will want to make sure that you are satisfied with the decisions made regarding child support and visitation, and you will also need to reach a fair conclusion financially, in regard to asset division and alimony.

When divorcing spouses can agree on all of these details, they will likely be able to go through an uncontested divorce. This tends to be quicker and more economically efficient than contested divorces, because contested divorces require additional legal services and preparation.

What can prolong the divorce process in Arizona?

If you are considering filing for a divorce in the state of Arizona, you may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Embarking on the divorce process can feel overwhelming, especially because you will have only a limited idea of how long it will take.

This is why it is important to mentally plan your divorce before actually taking action. This will help you to manage your own expectations and understand the timeline accurately. No two divorces are the same in Arizona, so it is impossible to predict the course of divorces in general. However, certain details can lengthen the process.

Dealing with community property issues in Arizona

When going through a divorce, the laws of the state you reside in are very important to pay attention to when dividing property. While most states follow equitable distribution laws, the state of Arizona is one of nine states that follow community property laws.

When a state follows community property law, it essentially means that property held up in the marriage is considered legally as joint property, irrespective of which spouse acquired it. In addition, other factors, such as the attribution of blame for the breakdown of the marriage, are not taken into account when dividing assets.

Collaborative divorces can be beneficial in many ways

The process of divorce has the potential to take a toll on many aspects of your life. You may find that the stress of your relationship has made you more distant with your children, and that your friendships and career progression have been affected.

You may feel that your mental health is suffering, and that you no longer have the positive outlook on life that you prided yourself in.

How domestic violence can affect child custody rulings

Many people have the tendency to believe that when they have been accused of domestic violence by the other parent of their children, there is no hope to ever be able to gain custody. While accusations of domestic violence will always be taken very seriously by child custody courts and by law enforcement in general, a fair judgment will always be sought.

If you have been accused of domestic violence in the state of Arizona and want to be able to gain or maintain custody of your children, it is important that you take the time to understand how the law works. You should not lose hope of having visitation rights, since there are many ways to prove that you will not pose a threat to your children.

How long will it take for my divorce to be finalized?

When you first file for a divorce and start the process, it will likely feel that there is a long journey ahead of you. Depending on how long you have been married, whether there are children involved, and the amount of -- as well as the nature of -- assets that are to be divided, the divorce process could take a significant amount of time.

If you are starting to consider filing for a divorce in the state of Arizona, it is important that you understand all of the different steps that you will likely have to go through. This will enable you to form a picture of the financial and emotional implications that the divorce process will likely have on you and your family.

3 reasons not to compare your divorce to someone else's

You knew your divorce would be different than what others went through, but you thought that if you asked other people about their divorce process, it could help you prepare. Instead, it frustrated you, gave you different and conflicting information and has confused you more than before.

The reality is that every divorce is different for a number of reasons. Location, the year and even the actions of those involved in the relationship can have a major impact on the divorce itself. Here are three reasons you should focus on your own divorce and not compare it to someone else's.

How spousal maintenance works in Arizona

In many parts of the United States, to calculate alimony amounts, the courts use a formula. Here in Arizona, alimony is known as spousal maintenance. In addition to the name variation, there is no strict formula that divorcing spouses use to to calculate the amount of alimony they pay or receive. Understandably, this can lead to many disputes between divorcing spouses, as it can be difficult for them to agree on how much should be paid.

If you are considering a divorce here in Arizona, it's good to familiarize yourself with the way the law works regarding alimony. While permanent alimony is becoming increasingly rare, it is still possible for the court to award it, especially when the spouses are past retirement age. Temporary alimony is much more common, and is often awarded for months or years following the divorce.

Common ways to handle a house in an Arizona divorce

Facing an impending divorce can leave you with more questions than answers. If you and your spouse don't agree with one another about how to split up your assets or have a prenuptial agreement on record, the potential outcome of your divorce may be unclear. Each divorce is unique due to differing factors like the length of the marriage and the reason for divorce. That means that there's no accurate way to predict how the courts plan to divide your assets and debts.

You may not worry about minor possessions or your credit card bills as much as you worry about your marital home. It is a major possession that each spouse likely has an emotional attachment to after years of living there. Looking at Arizona's laws as well as the role of the home in your marriage can help you better understand the likely way the courts will handle your home.


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