It's often said that children are the glue that keeps marriage together, especially when spouses have spent several decades together and have evolved into very different people from whom they were when they first got married. For many people, perhaps including some in Arizona, this amounts to having nothing left in common except the parenting aspect of a relationship. Many say this is a main reason senior divorce is on the rise throughout the nation.
If you're one of many parents in Arizona preparing for divorce, you likely want to learn as much as you can about current laws that may affect the outcome of your case. Several years ago, Arizona removed the word custody from its statutes, which created a bit of confusion for some regarding post-divorce parenting situations. There's a difference between child custody and legal decision making, which is how state law now words things. The statutes also mentions parenting time rather than custody.
When you and your ex share parenting time of your kids, you will have some interaction with each other. For many people, these interactions are brief, polite and limited to the context of custody exchanges.
Baby boomers in Arizona and elsewhere are known for being free spirits who make life-changing decisions based on their own emotions and goals rather than prescribed notions or the so-called rules society sets for them. After all, they're the original "make love not war" generation. It shouldn't be surprising then, that many members of this same generation are now filing for senior divorce, meaning severing marital ties after age 50.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision earlier this week concerning how some military benefits ought to be divided (or not) in divorce.