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Controversy has become synonymous with social media. Not only do ordinary people lose their jobs or reputations off what is posted online- your divorce proceedings could be affected as well. Taking pictures of you and your friends after a night of partying is definitely not going to enforce the idea that you are a responsible parent, neither do your, "What happened last night?" status updates.
With years-long conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, military marriages are often under tremendous strain. For an increasing number, the strain proves to be too great. Last year, there were over 13,000 military divorces, up from 2007. The divorce rate among active-duty soldiers in 2008 was 3.5 percent, up from 3.3 percent a year earlier. Among Marines, the rate was 3.7 percent, up from 3.3 percent.
Lawyers often receive inquiries about the legalities of recording phone or other conversations in Arizona. In particular, the issue frequently arises in family law cases where child custody is at issue. Related to the recording issue is the bugging issue.
n Arizona family law, an uncontested divorce, one in which the parties agree on all aspects of the divorce, usually takes about 90 to 120 days. Arizona has a 60-day waiting period following the filing and service of the initial dissolution documents.
Expedited Services is a department of the Family Support Services for Maricopa County that helps parties and judges find solutions to child support issues, including enforcement and calculations. Expedited Services also deals with spousal maintenance enforcement and visitation issues, often without the long waiting period associated with getting a hearing date with a judge.
Dissolution is the court process to determine all of the very important issues involved when a couple have decided to end their marriage. Every divorce is different, but they generally all include similar issues: the division of property and debts, custody and visitation of children, support of children and support of a spouse (spousal maintenance).
Legal separation is a court process to determine some of the important rights and relationships between spouses who have decided to separate, but not divorce. Thus, when the process is over, the spouses are still married.
Annulment is a court process to declare that the parties were never legally married to begin with, because at the time of the marriage something was wrong so that no legal relationship could be established by marriage.
Paternity is the court process to establish the fatherhood of a child and both parents rights and responsibilities with regard to children born outside of marriage. Both parents of a child owe an obligation of support for a child.
Arizona, like many states, "dissolves" marriages rather than divorcing the parties. This results in a dissolution of the marriage meaning that the relationship of husband and wife ceases to exist, as opposed to an annulment which declares that a legal marriage never occurred in the first place.
Arizona has residency requirements which state that one of the spouses must live in the state at least 90 days before filing for a dissolution, which must be done in the county in which the petitioner resides. After service of process, there is also a 60-day waiting period.
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