Saturday, November 29, 2014

Divorce laws that vary around the world

The Herald recently published an article about how different divorce law are around the world.  An Arab Muslim man, for example, who wants to divorce his wife merely assembles two witnesses and his wife and tells her, “I divorce thee.” He then keeps the children, because he owns them, and can remarry almost as soon as he has uttered those fateful three words.  The article puts our own divorce laws in perspective and how swiftly they can change.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tucson Arizona Child Support


How the Courts calculate child support is a mysterious dark hole to most people including some attorneys.  Courts in Tucson and all over Arizona use a formula that takes both parties' incomes, the number of children supported, and a slew of other factors into consideration before it spits out a number.  Things that can affect a child support obligation include who is paying for the child's health insurance and for how much; who is paying for daycare and for how much; whether either party has any other children they are supporting; and finally how many parenting days a year each party has.

The biggest factor in calculating child support are the parties' respective incomes and how many parenting days each party gets.  The Court assumes that when a party has parenting time with the child and/or children, they are spending money on the children during their parenting time.  Therefore, the more parenting time a person has, the less their obligation in most cases.

The best way to get a handle on what your child support obligation should be is to go to the Arizona Supreme Court website and plug in your individual numbers.  This can give you a good estimate of what you are looking at.

Your best option is to call Petersen Law Firm at 520-631-3286 or at the website to get personal advice on how to get the best outcome for your situation.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Less people are getting married and money may be a part of it.  Has our economic downturn also impacted the amount of people who decide to tie the knot?

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Same Sex Couples Who Cannot Divorce

Same sex couples who get married in a state where same sex marriage is legal may face problems if they decide to divorce in a state where same sex marriage is not recognized.  The same sex couples may find themselves in a sort of limbo in a state that does not recognize their marriage and therefore cannot void or divorce them.  This article shines some light on this new problem:

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Financial Preparation for a Divorcee

Divorce. Simply saying the word makes the breath catch in your throat. As a little girl, you dreamt of Prince Charming, and “Happily Ever After” never ended this way. Regardless of the circumstances, divorce opens the flood gates of emotion. Hurt, anger, disbelief, fear —- the list goes on. While divorce will certainly take a toll on your feelings, it can also attack your finances.

Keeping your head in spite of the turmoil can make a big difference in your financial future. If you think divorce may be ahead — or you are in the midst of negotiations — keep these planning tips in mind (Click on article link).
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pet Custody Battles in Divorces

Pets are increasingly becoming center stage in divorce battle.  Pets are even in addressed in pre-nuptial agreements known as "pre-pups."  Pets are starting to no longer be seen as strictly property but as living beings.  Courts are starting to split time with animals as they do with children.  Below the article addresses this issue:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Are you losing sleep over your Divorce?  You are not alone.  A study from our own University of Arizona shows that losing sleep during a highly stressful time such as a divorce can cause major health concerns.  The University of Arizona team gives advice in this article as to how to reclaim your sleep cycle.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New precedent set in Arizona by Arizona Appeals Court, "The ruling means that, in Arizona, transgender persons who have legally changed their birth certificates to reflect their new gender are afforded the same rights to get driver's licenses and marriage licenses as any other individuals."

Friday, March 28, 2014

Average Cost of Weddings Exceeds $30,000

The economy is improving therefore the average cost of a wedding has now exceeded $30,000. Many couples finance these costs themselves sending them into debt. This in turn can cause conflict. One of the top reasons for divorce is financial disagreements. The lesson to be learned here is do not send yourself into debt over a wedding you cannot afford!

Article from CNN Money on the Average Cost of Weddings Today

Monday, March 17, 2014

Why Spousal Maintenance Matters!

Great article on what can happen when you do not get spousal maintenance.  Make sure to get a knowledgeable attorney when significant assets are on the line.,0,1750060.story#axzz2wEbSUyg3

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Keeping your emotions in check during a divorce

Divorce can be extremely stressful and may wreck havoc on your emotions.  However, it is extremely important to control your emotions during a time when there is a magnifying glass on your every move.  I have had many clients negatively impact their divorce results by impulsively emailing or texting their soon to be ex-spouse with inappropriate or even threatening content.  This can be a death sentence for a divorce trial especially when there are children involved.

This recent blog on Huffington Post has very good tips on how to keep your emotions in check during a divorce: