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Non-physical ways abusers can violate a restraining order

After enduring the time with your abusive spouse, you finally have an Order of Protection to hopefully prevent anymore incidents with your ex. Thanks to this document, your ex is not allowed to come near you or make any attempts to contact you, otherwise they will be in violation of the law.

However, it may not stop your ex from finding other means to try to reach you. Whether it is indirect or direct, you should be aware of the methods your ex may take to potentially verbally harass you and what you can do about it.

Approaching divorce as a victim of domestic violence

Divorce can be difficult for any person, but if you are the victim of domestic violence or abuse, you could be particularly fearful about the process. Will you be safe? Will you have to sit in a room with your spouse and have to negotiate a settlement? How will you be able to support yourself when your spouse controls the finances?

These are just a few questions victims of violence need answered if they are ready to end a marriage. And while every case is different, there are some general things that people in this situation should know about divorcing as a victim of domestic violence.

How does property division work in an Arizona divorce?

One of the top concerns people have during a divorce is how their assets will be divided. Spouses can be angry and distrustful; many feel scared about what their financial situation will look like after divorce. As such, the division of assets can be one of the most difficult and contentious elements of an Arizona divorce.

To alleviate some of the concerns surrounding property division, it can be crucial to know the basics of how the process works. This can give people a better understanding of what they can expect in terms of their post-divorce financial situation. 

Don't forget to take these 4 digital precautions during divorce

Divorce can be a highly complex, confusing process. Even the most amicable and seemingly simple divorces have numerous elements that demand resolution. And in fact, the amount of details and decisions that go into a divorce can be surprising -- and overwhelming.

As such, it is not uncommon for people to overlook certain elements that may not seem to directly affect the divorce process. For instance, you may not be thinking about things like your virtual security and privacy, but you should.

Dos and don'ts of creating a solid parenting plan

Parents who are divorced or broken up should expect to discuss child custody matters. Often, this means figuring out a way to share legal decision-making authority and parenting, though sometimes one parent retains sole custody.

If you share custody (or plan to share custody), then you will have a parenting plan in place to set guidelines, establish schedules and provide direction to parents. In order to create a plan that is helpful and solid, there are some things Arizona parents should do and things they should avoid.

International abductions require special procedures

Parental kidnapping is a real threat that is magnified if the abductor manages to leave the United States. Although this type of custody interference is frequently seen in situations where one parent is a foreign national, parental abductions where the child is taken to other countries sometimes occur even when both parents are American citizens.

Sometimes there may be signs that parents are planning to abduct their own kids. The other parent may see packed bags stashed in the trunk or discover that passports or birth certificates are missing. They could learn of airline ticket purchases or see other signs of potential abduction.

Wedding photographers notice divorce red flags

Wedding photographers are in a unique position to observe the interactions between brides and grooms during wedding photo shoots. As such, below are some common red flags these professional shutterbugs have noticed often lead to broken marriages.

The couple lacks chemistry

Many myths surround domestic violence

Many myths surround domestic violence despite it occurring across all economic and cultural backgrounds. A quarter of all women experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetimes. This fails to account for the millions more who endure severe verbal and emotional abuse.

Below are some of the misconceptions associated with domestic violence.

Take the complexity out of shared expenses in child custody

Many aspects of child custody are difficult for parents to deal with. The shared expenses for the child are one of the issues that is going to continue plague your parenting relationship if you don't work with your ex to set up a clear plan for handling them.

These costs come in a variety of forms, including medical and school expenses. Your child custody agreement should clearly define what constitutes a shared expense so that you can plan for these. Here are some points to remember about handling these situations:

Can Arizona dads win custody of their kids?

Fathers of past generations used to be at a disadvantage when pursuing child custody cases against the mothers of their children. While the pendulum has begun to swing in the other direction, giving fathers a better chance at justice in Maricopa County family law courts, dads still sometimes wind up shortchanged of time with their children.

If you're an Arizona father seeking custody of your kids, the below tips may be helpful.

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