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Child Support Issues

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by Scott Law

Divorce can be a difficult process for all parties involved. From splitting up marital assets, selling or redistributing property, to deciding who gets certain sentimental items, the financial ramifications of ending a marriage can be manifold. If children are involved, this becomes an even more difficult process. One of the main issues that can cause disagreement between divorcing couples is child support. If you find yourself in the position of negotiating child support, here are a few issues to consider:

  • Who is paying child support and who is receiving it? Usually there is one parent who has custody of the children more often or who makes less money. This parent will receive child support based on the income of the other parent. The amount should be decided upon in advance and put into a written agreement.
  • How long will the support last? In Arizona, it is required to pay child support until a child turns 18. If at that time the child is still in high school or an equivalent program, the support must continue until the child graduates or turns 19, whichever happens first. After that point, there is no more legal guarantee of support. If you and your spouse want the support to continue into college, make sure that you spell this out in your custody agreement.
  • How often will the child support agreement be re-visited? Jobs change, incomes change, and so should child support agreements. It is best if you decided in advance how often you will review the agreement so it does not become a source of tension and disagreement. Of course, if there are any drastic or unexpected changes, either parent can request that the agreement be reviewed at any point.
  • What will happen if the agreement is broken? It is a sad fact that in some cases, child support agreements are not honored by both parties. If this happens it is important to consider what you will do and how you will rectify the child support contract.

At Scott Law Firm, we strive to be the child support lawyer Peoria Arizona residents trust. We will be here to talk you through all parts of this difficult process and ensure that you and your children are getting what they need from a support agreement. Call our offices today to schedule your consultation.

Divorce Care

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by Scott Law

Divorce can be hard not only on the individuals directly involved, but especially on the children and even sometimes on the extended family involved in the relationship. It’s important to go through a difficult time like divorce with the help of caring friends, family, and professionals who will advocate for you and offer the emotional support that you need.

Court proceedings can often continue long after a divorce is finalized, and the Scott Law Firm knows that when you need an attorney, Peoria Arizona residents, you need the best the Valley has to offer. Make sure you have a good attorney so that when additional proceedings or issues like child support adjustments become a source of conflict, you have someone backing you up who knows the law and has your best interest at heart.

Additionally, it can be quite cathartic to talk to other people who are in the same situation. Your sister may be tired of hearing about your situation, whereas a support group can offer the support of others who realize how important it is to talk about how you’re feeling and work out some of the anger and resentment that may be left over from the experience. Benefitting from others who have been where you are can both add hope and perspective to an otherwise difficult period in your life.

By surrounding yourself with people who are dedicated to helping you through what may be the most difficult time in your life, you are taking the steps necessary to heal and move forward. Don’t waste another minute – take steps now.

Divorce Linked to Academic and Social Struggles in Children

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by Scott Law

A 2011 study published by the American Sociological Association found that children of divorced parents struggle in math and with social skills. The study followed about 3,500 children from Kindergarten to 5th grade. The researchers compared the academic and social abilities of children from divorced families versus children from families with parents who were still married.

The study concluded that children from divorced homes tended to perform more poorly in the area of math on standardized tests. They also tend to display more anxiety and sadness than their peers. Children of divorced parents have a harder time making friends and are more likely to feel lonely. These issues peak at the point that divorce proceedings are initiated.

Since it is evident that divorce negatively impacts children, it is important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of a separation. It may be better for children in the long term, but it is a hard transition for children to make. To help minimize the impact of divorce, it is important that parents shelter their children from parental arguments. Conflict is hard for children and intense discussions should be tabled until they are asleep or not home.

Once the decision to divorce has been made, it is important to keep proceedings and interactions civil. Contact us for our services for family law, Glendale residents, and  to retain a knowledgeable divorce lawyer. Your lawyer can handle the majority of interactions with your former spouse to ensure your children are not exposed to parental conflict. Our lawyers will also help work out custody arrangements that are as consistent as possible. Consistency will help ease the transition for your children and minimize the impacts of your separation.

It is also advisable to seek therapy for your children to help process their emotions. By being open and having an outlet for their feelings, it will make it less likely for them to internalize conflict and feelings of uncertainty.

Divorce is not fun for anyone, but we are here to make it as easy for you and your children as possible. Call us when you are ready to take the next step.

Bullying and Divorce

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by Scott Law

Bullying is something that we don’t always associate with adults. However, a common complaint that we hear in the divorce or custody context is that one party is threatening, intimidating or bullying the other. Bullying tactics are typically used in an attempt to persuade the other party to agree to certain terms. Sometimes, they are used to try to force a party out of a shared residence. They can even occur in circumstances where one party does not want to proceed with a divorce or legal separation at all.

Regardless of the reason for the bullying, bullying is something that should be taken very seriously by everyone involved. Any acts of violence between the parties in a family court case will likely be considered domestic violence and may require police intervention. Bullying tactics are also acts in direct violation of the Preliminary Injunction that is often in place in family court cases.

Remedies exist within the family court to prevent further bullying and to sanction a person for their violations of the courts orders. Options like Orders of Protection and Temporary Orders give a party an avenue to put a stop to the bullying that has occurred. The court may order no contact, may give one party exclusive use of the residence and may even issue orders for one party to pay the other’s attorney’s fees and costs.

Hiring an attorney who can assist you with this difficult situation may alleviate some of the bullying behavior. An attorney can deal directly with the party and limit the amount of contact that the individuals have with one another. Scott Law Offices is experienced in representing clients in high conflict cases involving bullying and domestic violence.