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Properly calculating child support from a military service member

It is a parent's duty to provide for her or his children. The military takes this responsibility quite seriously, which is why it requires service members to adhere to strict child support policies.

If you are divorcing from your spouse and either of you is a service member, it is important to understand how to determine how much child support you will receive or have to pay. A few different factors establish the proper payment amount.

The basics of Arizona property division

Property division often ranks among top concerns for divorcing couples. Whether you are trying to come to an amicable agreement or heading into a court battle, having the right information can help you protect yourself.

The first thing you should understand is that Arizona courts approach the issue of property division with several assumptions in place.

Do the child custody terms of your divorce need revision?

Modifying a divorce agreement is a fairly common undertaking. Circumstances change in life, and you may find that your original agreement no longer works because a new situation has developed.

The court would likely be open to approving a change in your divorce agreement if the request involves a modification to child custody. If you and your ex are in tune on the change, so much the better.

What to do if co-parenting is not an option for your family

More family courts are encouraging divorced parents work together to raise a child. This type of plan is often called co-parenting.

In a high-conflict divorce, co-parenting might not be possible. However, it is important for children to have relationships with both parents. In a case where parents cannot communicate with each other, it might be better to look into establishing a parallel parenting plan.

There is a fine line between civil and criminal penalties

When you receive a traffic ticket in Arizona, it will probably be classed as a civil penalty, for which you will either pay a fine or make a court appearance. If you fail to respond, however, a warrant could be issued for your arrest, and the court could suspend your driver’s license.

Criminal penalties, on the other hand, are categorized as either misdemeanors or felonies. If the state charges you with either, it is time to seek the services of a criminal defense attorney.

Facing a traffic offense? Guidance may be your ticket to freedom

When a person thinks about traffic violations, his or her first thought may defer to tickets for speeding or running a red light. However, there are numerous forms in which these violations can occur, and each of which could potentially have devastating consequences with regards to your future. Misdemeanor and felony traffic offenses are severe in nature, and often carry similar penalties in comparison to other crimes.

Perhaps you were out driving and left your identification at home, or you recently lost it and have yet to have it replaced. Maybe you had a family-related or medical emergency which forced you to drive far too fast. If you are involved in a traffic stop during this time, you could be facing severe criminal charges.

Ways to resolve child custody dispute with minimal conflict

Parents who are involved in high-conflict divorces in Phoenix often tend to end up with custody disputes. Whether these disagreements are the result of one parent wanting to exert control over the other parent or because they really do not see eye-to-eye, the lingering consequences can be toxic to their children’s health and well-being. To protect the best interests of their children, divorcing spouses should learn how to resolve child custody disputes with minimal conflict.

Establish boundaries

Staying connected to your children after your divorce

There are a lot of fears and worries that can surface when going through a divorce. For parents, the top concerns usually focus on the children - and how the noncustodial parent is going to connect post-divorce. According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, 83 percent of noncustodial parents are dads, but active involvement in the child's life correlated to better performance in schools, healthier behavior and reduced disciplinary problems.

Do I need an attorney for a DUI?

For many people, a DUI stop and arrest is many things: It is terrifying (it is often a first encounter with law enforcement), it is stressful and it can also be deeply embarrassing.

Because of this, many people simply want to get through the process as quickly as possible. In many cases, people choose not to hire an attorney, and simply plead guilty to the DUI charge. Make no mistake: Here in Arizona, a DUI arrest is extremely serious. If you do not talk to a lawyer about your rights and options, you could face serious consequences.

Social media, the double edged sword in your custody battle

Appearances can be deceiving, but sometimes what you see is what you get on social media. Your online presence is a double edged sword, particularly sharp when it comes to seeking custody of your children.

What is published on social media sites, in particular Facebook, is public information, and it can be used against you during a divorce or custody proceeding. But, it might also be used for you.


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