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Divorce is for Adults

Posted on: June 6th, 2017 by Scott Law

Marriage……People meet, fall in love, get married, have children and often grow together from young adults into full-fledged grown-ups.  Whether the marriage is short or spans several decades, divorce is not something that anyone enters into a marriage anticipating.  When a marriage reaches a point where divorce is inevitable, emotions run high and mistakes are commonly made.  Divorce is for adults, and it is important to remember that adults make mistakes too and it is okay.  Some common mistakes attorneys see and hope parties can avoid are:

 

Bad Behavior on Social Media and Text

 

Your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media posts can be seen by your friends, family and oftentimes by others you are not even aware of.  So, before you post pictures of you and your friends out partying, remember that that the pictures could easily be screenshotted and provided as evidence in your case.  Any statements made on social media about the other party, your children, or anything relevant to your case can also be used.  If you want the court to take you seriously, to view you as a mature parent with good judgment, don’t post it.  If you do not want the court to know about it, don’t post it.  

 

Charge it!

 

I remember an episode from the Flintstones cartoon where Betty and Wilma go on a shopping spree racking up a huge credit card bill.  “Charge it!”  The two women were yelling.  This is definitely behavior to avoid.  Sometimes people think that they can create a huge debt just before the divorce is filed and cause the other party to have to pay.  What they don’t know is that the court can look at this behavior and the other party can allege waste and spending in contemplation of divorce.  It is highly possible that you will be stuck with all of those bills.  What is worse is that you are likely going to need the credit cards for divorce-related expenses like legal fees, moving expenses, and rent.  Be smart about your finances and utilize your accounts in a mature, adult way.  

 

Oops!

 

Mistakes are inevitable.  Adults are human and sometimes we do things we later wish we had not.  The problem arises when a party makes a mistake more than once.  A party who bad-mouths the other party over text will likely be admonished by their attorney.  They apologize and the matter is dealt with.  A party that fails to follow the advice of the attorney and continues to bad-mouth the other party over text, should not expect the same level of acceptance from their attorney or the court.  As an adult, when making a mistake, one should follow three simple rules:

  1. Own your mistake.
  2. Learn from your mistake.
  3. Move past your mistake.  

As an attorney, there is no better evidence in court than a party who is constantly repeating the same bad behavior.  A person who refuses to learn from their mistake shows instability and immaturity to the Court.  Remember, going through a divorce does not give you a free pass for making dumb mistakes.  The fact that you are going through a divorce gives you even more reason to be careful and on your best behavior.  Be the bigger person and go through your divorce as an adult.  

Collaborative Divorce – When Out of Court Settlement is Right

Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by Scott Law

Any divorce can end bitterly when the people involved build resentment and hatred towards each other. This only leads to stress, anxiety and numerous visits to the family court, where ultimately, the judge decides how you should share your property and even your kids. If this is something you want to avoid, a divorce settlement out of court is the best option.

When you are not sure what path you would like your divorce to take, ask yourself some questions. Do you want to go to court? Do you and your partner agree on how the property and debts should be divided and want to end the marriage amicably? Does the love that each of you have for your children motivate you and your ex-spouse to sit together in an attempt to decide how the children should be raised after the divorce, rather than let a judge decide?

A settlement of divorce out of court does not necessarily mean that you will not get a fair deal. In fact, out of court settlements give you the flexibility to compromise and make decisions that fit your children and the parents needs. Knowing that you have control over the final outcome of your case due to the settlement should greatly reduce any stress or anxiety you have experienced from the divorce. However, while divorce settlement is a very desirable option, it is important to understand the Arizona family law and your rights fully before making any decisions. An Anthem divorce lawyer, Phoenix divorce lawyer, Peoria divorce lawyer or lawyer in your area can assist you in reviewing the agreement you have reached, negotiating any outstanding items and drafting the necessary legal documents to finalize your divorce and protect your rights.

Divorce is not simple. It can be a frightening transition in your life, and a very stressful experience. Going to family court to fight against your partner is necessary in many cases, and can be the difference between having a future friendship with your ex-spouse or not. When parents have children together, those children will have many milestones in their lives that they would love to share with both parents without tension or worry. It places a great deal of stress on the child when they are forced to worry about how their parents will behave around eachother. An out of court settlement could be the difference between having a resentful relationship with your ex-spouse or one that is built on respect and healthy communication.

If you are interested in more information regarding divorce settlement, contact your Glendale divorce lawyers at Scott Law Offices to ensure you understand the law and are protecting your rights.

Factors That Guide Child Support Modifications

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by Scott Law

As a part of the divorce process, many states necessitate separate child support proceedings to ensure that the minor gets the same level of support that he or she would have enjoyed had the parents been together. During the court hearing, each parent is required to present evidence to support his/her ability to make the child support payments.

The parents may submit documents like pay stubs and tax returns as evidence in this matter. Depending on the evidence, the court specifies the amount that each parent is supposed to pay. Oftentimes, due to changes in personal circumstances, one of the parents may seek Arizona child support modifications.

The Factors

Decreased income: The noncustodial parent may lose his/her job and find it tough to make the child support payments. On the other hand, if the parent with primary custody has lost their job, the noncustodial parent might be asked to contribute more towards child support.

Increase in requirements of the child: The child may need some medical treatments or could be participating in extracurricular activities that demand money. The custodial parent, in these cases, might seek child support modification Arizona to meet these financial obligations.

Large inheritance or considerably increased income: In such cases, the custodial parent may ask the court to reevaluate child support payments as the noncustodial parent may be able to afford more due to their new economic status.

Increased family responsibility: If a noncustodial parent remarries and has children out of that marriage, he or she can ask the court that child support responsibility be decreased as the parent would have to financially support additional children.

If you have questions regarding child support or child support modifications contact Scott Law Offices to learn about your options.

 

Divorce Mediation and Its Advantages

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by Scott Law

Divorce mediation is a way of finding solutions to issues like spousal support and child support payments. The mediation occurs out of the courtroom where both parties and their divorce attorneys in Arizona meet the court-appointed third-party who acts as the mediator. The mediator is a neutral person who assists the parties involved in reaching a settlement. The divorcing couple gets an opportunity to sort out issues and come to an agreement on various issues. The mediator can only offer an opinion during the process and cannot force an agreement on the parties.

Advantages of  Divorce Mediation

A successful divorce mediation saves both time and money. Through mediation, a couple can sidestep the long divorce court process saving their time as well as the family court’s time and resources. The fees paid to the lawyer would also be relatively less. Since the mediator is a third-party who has absolutely nothing to gain from the outcome of mediation, it is fair to all. Also, the objectivity with which the mediator views the issues enables him/her to come up with solutions that the divorcing couple often cannot.

The entire mediation process is confidential. There would be no court reporter recording everything that is said during the process. Essentially there would be no “airing dirty laundry” in public as this is a settlement of divorce out of court. If the entire process goes smoothly, you would hopefully be able to maintain a cordial relationship with your former spouse after divorce. Mediation also helps reduce the tension often involved in court proceedings.

Scott Law Offices is committed to working with clients to negotiate the best possible resolution in every case and is prepared to litigate to protect the rights of our clients.  Contact our office for a free consultation.

Child Support Guidelines in Arizona

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Scott Law

In Arizona, child support is continued until the child turns 18.  However, if the child has turned 18 and has not yet graduated from high school, child support will extend until graduation or the child’s 19th birthday, whichever comes first. There are several criteria that determine a child support order during a support hearing. To tackle this efficiently, you would need a professional Arizona child support attorney. Below are some of the elements that are considered when a judge determines child support.

Income

Courts in Arizona calculate child support payments on an income share model. In other words, the child support is calculated based on what the child would have been entitled to if the parents were not divorced. The court considers salaries, wages, commissions, severance, bonuses, pension, retirement funds, disability payments, and gifts when determining a parent’s income.

Income-based factors

Arizona courts also factor in certain things, which determine the support, like the total number of children the parties have, whether the parties have children from prior relationships that they support with or without a court order, whether one of the parties will be receiving spousal maintenance or alimony.  The court essentially considers the standard of living the child would have enjoyed with the joint income had the parents not separated.

Non-income-based factors

Apart from income-based child support, parents may also be asked to include the child in the medical, vision and dental plans, contribute to any out-of-pocket medical expenses, and share in any child care expenses. The court will also consider any costs that the parents may have for any special needs or gifts that a child has.

To ensure that your child support payments are no greater than they should be under the Arizona Child Support Guidelines, hire an experienced Phoenix child support attorney.  Scott Law Offices offers free consultations for all child support matters.

Understanding Family Law and Choosing Your Lawyer

Posted on: March 15th, 2013 by Scott Law

In the past, attorneys in the field of family law were called matrimonial or divorce lawyers. The primary focus was on marital relationships and nothing more. Most of the domestic cases were basically limited to setting spousal maintenance, dividing marital property, and establishing child support and custody. But over the last few decades, the scope of family law has changed drastically.

Family Law Today

A family law practitioner today must be knowledgeable about adoption, prenuptial agreements, interests of the child, child support responsibilities, parenting time and visitation rights, tax consequences etc. There is also Arizona family law that governs payment of family support obligations and domestic violence committed by parents. It is therefore not surprising that the field is now known as family law as it pertains to various aspects affecting families.

 Choosing a Family Law Practitioner

Prior to hiring an attorney for family law in Phoenix, you need to take time to interview the person thoroughly to be sure that your goals and working styles for the case are in alignment. Ensuring that the attorney you hire understands your goals and provides you with realistic expectations can be the key to a positive experience.

Another aspect that should be discussed beforehand is whether your Arizona family lawyers work on a retainer or flat rate. If they work on a retainer, you must discuss the attorney’s hourly rate and what happens when the retainer runs out.  A flat rate can make it simpler to financially plan for your family law case. Finally, keep the expectations from the family lawyer clear and understand what is expected from you as a client.

If you have family law questions contact Scott Law Offices today for your free consultation.