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529 Plans and Divorce

Posted on December 22nd, 2021 by ownerAM

If you have a 529 plan for your children and are going through a divorce, you may have some questions. In Arizona, the laws surrounding 529 plans might be different from other states, so it’s important to know your state’s specific laws. In this post, we’ll answer some of the biggest questions people have regarding [...]

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Understanding Spousal Maintenance in Arizona

Posted on November 29th, 2021 by ownerAM

Spousal maintenance can be a confusing concept to understand. Unfortunately, you may receive misleading advice from lawyers or friends. What most people don’t realize is that spousal maintenance in Arizona is very random.  There is only a vague, subjective statute (law) with very little guidance.  The other big secret is that most couples never have […]

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Thankful for Online Shopping

Posted on November 18th, 2021 by ownerAM

This year I decided to query my 10-year old twins about what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season.  Twin 1 immediately responded “Family, Friends……and Shopping Online!” Twin 2 snored (guess I should have asked BEFORE bedtime) At first, I was thinking, “well, at least she put family and friends first.” But, then, it hit […]

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Who Gets (stuck with) the Timeshare in Divorce?

Posted on May 20th, 2021 by ownerAM

A lot of my mediation clients have timeshares and want to know their options when it comes to handling them in their divorce.   There are different types of timeshares, some have a real property interest, some do not.  Either way, they can be considered a community asset and/or liability and need to be addressed […]

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Can I Get Divorced if I Have a Covenant Marriage?

Posted on April 12th, 2021 by ownerAM

Although not common, as a Phoenix divorce mediator, I am sometimes asked to assist with a divorce for couples who have a covenant marriage.  Some couples do not even know if they have a covenant marriage.  So, what is it? In Arizona, a couple may enter into a covenant marriage.  In contrast to a standard […]

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Spring Renewal, Blooms, and Divorce

Posted on March 20th, 2021 by ownerAM

I’m seeing more and more couples and families reframe their divorce from the negative connotations of the past to a more positive transition.  Some are committed to the friendliest divorce possible.  Others want to handle things perfectly equalized and as fair as possible.  Many voice that their divorce is a chance at renewal and hope. […]

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How Divorce is Like Football (But Only if You Litigate)

Posted on February 4th, 2021 by ownerAM

As my husband gears up for Superbowl LV, I have the “privilege” of a constant soundtrack of sports talk shows, live games and SportsCenter in my home/office.  So, by osmosis, I’ve picked up a few terms that seem appropriate in a divorce scenario. Playbooks Coaches have game plans the teams review and generally follow before [...]

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Spousal Social Security Benefits and Divorce: What You Need To Know

Posted on October 29th, 2020 by ownerAM

Social Security is an important part of most Americans’ retirement plans. A unique aspect of the program is the ability to take spousal security benefits for spouses that have been married for at least ten years. With spousal benefits, instead of taking Social Security benefits from your own earning record, you get a portion of […]

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Mediators Do More Than Moderators Of Presidential Debates

Posted on October 8th, 2020 by StuTech

Does communication with your spouse feel like a recent 2020 Presidential Debate?  From watching recent presidential and vice-presidential debates, do you feel like a mediator couldn’t do much better than a moderator? Unlike a moderator who tries, sometimes unsuccessfully, to keep discussions on track and have presidential candidates follow the rules, divorce mediators actually manage […]

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What You Need to Know About a Pre-Nup

Posted on September 24th, 2020 by StuTech

What on earth does a prenuptial agreement have to do with a couple’s engagement? There’s romance and laughter, caring and love. It’s the most romantic time in a couple’s life; “We’re Engaged!”. What a time of celebration and joy! But, as counselors have long advised, it is also the time to discuss the important things […]

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