No matter how you cut it, divorce introduces change into lives of couples seeking to split up. Families that once relied on the contributions -- financial and otherwise -- of two adults are split in two. This can obviously create financial challenges, particularly if one spouse has a higher income than the other.
As we've discussed, technology has made its way into divorce courts as it's become a part of everyday life. In a recent blog post, we discussed an Arizona lawmaker's attempt to block her soon-to-be ex-husband's attempt to obtain text message records. She claimed that this was part of an effort to damage her credibility.
Let's continue the discussion of procedures used in Arizona for courts to get input from others when making custody decisions.
Arizona family court judges do not have to make child custody decisions in a vacuum.
There are many children in Arizona and the rest of the country who are raised by people other than their parents. In some cases, if a child's parents cannot care for the child, the maternal or paternal grandparents will step in.
Arizona -- like most other states -- follow no-fault divorce laws. That means a couple does not need a reason to file for divorce. Instead, just one spouse needs to assert that the marriage is "irretrievably broken." (Unless it involves a covenant marriage, which is a topic for another day.)
Let's pick up the thread of the discussion we began last week on student loan debt and divorce.
In the film "Catch Me If You Can," Leonardo DiCaprio plays a 16-year-old boy who is given an agonizing choice. His parents are getting a divorce - and ask him to decide which one of them he will live with.