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Types of prenuptial agreements

Though you hope your marriage will last for the long run, there is a chance it may not. In that instance, a proper prenuptial agreement can be helpful in creating an amicable split.

Some individuals may not be aware there are different types of prenuptial agreements to choose from. Take some time to review the options so you may select the best one for you and your special someone.

Can you say no to field sobriety testing?

You may not realize it, but it is possible for you to get charged with DUI even if you are not driving your car. If an officer walks up to you while you are sitting behind the wheel in your vehicle and smells alcohol on your breath, she or he has the right to detain you based on suspicion of intoxicated driving.

At this point, the officer will ask you to perform some field sobriety tests so he or she can determine your level of intoxication. 

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.

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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.


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