Once the kids are out of school for the summer, fighting with your spouse about where and when you take your children on vacation over the summer is sure to occur. Here are some tips to be certain your plans for vacation don’t get ruined. Plan a vacation schedule. Meet with your ex-spouse to talk about your vacation schedules. This makes it possible for each person to declare their plans and gives the other a chance to voice concerns. Once you have made a plan, don’t waiver from it. Use open communication. If your vacation plans do change, be sure [...]
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When a same-sex couple was unable to get approval from their doctor stating they were suitable for raising a child, they decided to use Craigslist to receive sperm. William Marotta, from Topeka, Kansas, thought he was being helpful when he responded to the ad for the sperm donation. He signed a contract that renounced any parental rights as well as any repayment. The same-sex couple was able to get pregnant, but separated a year later. One of the women filed for health insurance soon after the split. Since Kansas doesn’t practice gay marriages, the state also did not adhere to [...]
U.S. Census data from 2007 is showing a slow, but gradual increase in the amount of women who are paying child support. According to the Census data, 87 percent of child support payments are made to women, while 13 percent of child support payments are made to men. The Census data from ten years ago shows that 90 percent of all child support payments were made to women and 10 percent were made to men. Child support payments are usually given to the parent who has main custody of their child. This means that more males are gaining custody over [...]
How Child Support Works in Arizona In the state of Arizona, a court is the only way to establish a child support amount. The court looks at both parents’ incomes to determine how much the noncustodial parent will pay per month in child support. Custody of the children must be determined before a child support amount can be created. After a child support amount has been determined in Arizona, a court order will be signed by a judicial officer and issued to the court. The court order will specify how much the child support payments will be, who is responsible [...]
Going through a divorce is stressful, no matter what your situation is. Whether your decision to split was sudden or long over-due, the emotions of a divorce can be painful and overwhelming. Aside from the heartbreak you may be dealing with, you must also consider the short and long-term financial consequences of your divorce. You may be asking yourself questions like, “Are we going to sell our house?” “How much alimony will I get?” “Will my taxes be affected?” or “Can I support the children on my own?” While these are all very legitimate concerns, there are people who can [...]
Most people are already aware that the fees that come with a divorce settlement can be costly; attorney fees and other basic legal expenses are enough to stress someone with an average income. But it’s when unexpected things occur to escalate those fees, can divorce ruin someone’s finances. Many people going through a divorce are not focused on the financial changes they will face once they are single; they are focused on escaping from a marriage that they no longer want to be in. Both parties may be clouded by their hateful emotions and can’t see past their anger to make good decisions. But anyone dealing with a divorce must know that making good financial decisions is probably the most important job they have.
It’s not easy to find the ‘magic’ dollar amount of child support that makes both divorcing spouses happy. In most Arizona divorce cases, the parent with primary child custody feels short-changed on child support payments. At the other end of the spectrum, it is common for the noncustodial parent to feel as though they are constantly being hounded for more and more money. This constant struggle can lead to feelings of resentment and anger – two emotions that can prevent spouses from achieving the fresh start that they deserve.
Anyone can experience financial difficulties when their monthly income takes a dive, even sports stars. Just ask former Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Terrell Owens about his child support payment issues. Recently, CBSsports.com reported that Owens has asked a judge to consider lowering the amount of his child support payments since he’s jobless and isn’t bringing in as much money as he once was.
As a general rule no, past due support cannot be modified in Arizona. Any amount that may have accrued as past due support (child support arrearages) before the date of filing the motion to modify child support, cannot be modified. Child support amounts ordered by the court are due on the date ordered, and if unpaid, are considered arrearages, which accrue interest at the current statutory rate. Any currently existing unpaid balance due plus interest cannot be modified. If you have further questions about past due child support in mesa az, AZ family law attorney Tim Durkin can assist you [...]
There are many factors that the courts in Arizona may consider when determining child support modification, and whether or not a change is “substantial and continuing,” such as: A raise or cut in either parents salary or other regular income; A change in the custody of a child or change in parenting time; Addition of health insurance or a change in the availability of health insurance coverage; Obligation of either parent to support other children; Additional unexpected medical or educational expenses; Additional expenses for special needs of gifted or handicapped children; Additional expenses for court-ordered supervised visitation or supervised exchanges; [...]
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