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Remarriage Can Affect Alimony

By Kelly Shaffer | October 22, 2020

Alimony, also called maintenance, is one of several financial obligations that an individual may be required to pay to their former spouse after a divorce occurs. While this amount is almost always awarded to the wife in the divorce, it can stop under a few exceptional circumstances these days. You should think of  “spousal maintenance” …

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Top 4 Reasons Why Couples Divorce

By Kelly Shaffer | October 12, 2020

Divorce is quite common in the United States – almost half of all marriages end in divorce or permanent separation. For some couples, commitment is a common factor in why some couples stay together. But there are some circumstances when divorce is necessary. Infidelity Cheating is at the top of the list of reasons couples …

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Can a Lawyer Help Domestic Violence Cases?

By Kelly Shaffer | October 5, 2020

Some people can go through their marriage with no issues, no disagreements, and no voices or hands raised. Unfortunately, for most people, that isn’t always the case. Every marriage experiences its highs and lows, and when people aren’t able to deal with the challenges of life in the right way, they often lash out in …

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Essential Divorce Documents

By Kelly Shaffer | September 29, 2020

As your marriage ends, there is no wrong way to feel. However, you do need to remain cautious about staying focused during the entire process. Particularly during the beginning of the process, you might miss out on critical items that can ensure future financial stability. One of the most significant things you can do is …

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Here’s What Your Lawyer May Ask You

By Kelly Shaffer | September 18, 2020

Heading into an initial divorce consultation, you might be wondering what types of questions the attorney will ask you. During that first meeting, the consulting lawyer is bound to ask you a few important things about your current situation and your wishes. You should be prepared for any meeting with a legal advisor and having …

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Divorce vs. Separation vs. Annulment

By Kelly Shaffer | September 12, 2020

At Shaffer Family Law, our goal is to help you understand the process and make decisions that will benefit you. We believe that mediation and negotiated settlements are almost always better alternatives to courtroom litigation. If legal action is necessary, we will fight to protect your rights. Here are a few things to keep in …

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High Conflict Family Court Cases in Chandler

By Kelly Shaffer | August 28, 2020

Identifying whether your case is “high conflict” can be surprisingly difficult. In most cases, there is some level of conflict in a divorce or parenting dispute. The question is whether a case has an abnormally high amount of conflict. Some examples of high conflict cases involve domestic violence, serious substance abuse, mental illness of a …

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Is Your Child Refusing to Visit Their Other Parent?

By Kelly Shaffer | August 26, 2020

Child custody is a difficult and emotional part of a divorce. And those issues do not necessarily end once you reach a child custody agreement. Problems may occasionally arise after a divorce, typically involving children. A common issue parents face is their child refusing to visit the other parent. If your child insists on not …

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Emotional Toll of Divorce on Your Child

By Kelly Shaffer | August 22, 2020

Divorcing parents have a lot to consider and they must handle legal matters along with dealing with child custody and support. On top of everything, they want to preserve the well-being, health, and happiness of their child. You need to understand how divorce can affect children.  Shaffer Family Law examines how divorce impacts children on …

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Divorcing with a Special Needs Child

By Kelly Shaffer | August 18, 2020

Divorce is hard enough when you have children, but if you are someone who is going through a divorce and has a child with special needs. When it comes to this, you may have additional matters to work through as you separate your life from your ex’s and plan for your child’s future. Even if …

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Common Financial Mistakes to Avoid During Your Divorce

By Kelly Shaffer | August 5, 2020

During your marriage, you and your ex more than likely have funds and budgets together. These are sound marital practices, but divorce puts you in a position that requires an in-depth review of the income, expenses, and assets that you and your ex brought to the marriage and forces you to make essential decisions with …

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Divorcing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Kelly Shaffer | July 28, 2020

At Shaffer Family Law, we know you are struggling to cope with everything surrounding COVID-19. Whether you’re an essential worker who has been risking your life every day that you go to work or got laid off because your company had to shut down, we are all out here trying to keep our sanity. We …

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Can an Attorney Help with Child Support Cases?

By Kelly Shaffer | July 21, 2020

When couples with children divorce, it typically means that the father is granted some visitation rights or custody, though they must pay the mother child support. This payment approach can be reversed in certain situations. A family court judge can help make a decision based on the wellbeing of the children but will also consider …

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What to do When Your Child Doesn’t Want to See Their Parent

By Kelly Shaffer | July 9, 2020

You have primary custody of your child, and your co-parent legally has visitation rights detailed in your custody and visitation agreement. However, there may be a time when your child is supposed to their parents’ home, but they refuse to or throw a tantrum. This may cause your co-parent to believe that you caused your …

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Domestic Violence in Divorce Cases

By Kelly Shaffer | June 10, 2020

Domestic violence is a problem that can influence every part of your life. If you are a victim, it is common to feel isolated from your friends and family. And when we feel alone and scared, it’s even harder to leave an abuser and start a new life. The situation becomes even harder if you …

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Divorcing at an Older Age

By Kelly Shaffer | June 10, 2020

While the divorce rate has declined in the population, there has actually been an increased rate for people over the age of fifty to get divorced. The phenomenon is being referred to as a ‘gray divorce’ and surprisingly enough, a divorce after age 50 is different from getting divorced in your 30s or 40s. While …

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4 Types of Child Custody Arrangements

By Kelly Shaffer | June 10, 2020

Child custody is the term legal used to define the relationship between a child and their parents or legal guardians. It’s mainly used within the context of divorce and separation to describe how both parents should care for and visit with their children. There are a few custody arrangements, so it is helpful for parents …

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Text Messages Increasingly Used as Divorce Evidence

By Kelly Shaffer | June 10, 2020

In family courts across the country, text messages and other forms of electronic communications have been used as evidence in divorce proceedings. In today’s technologically advanced world, texting has become the go-to method of communication. While we think that our personal text and phone messages are confidential, the truth is, once you send a text …

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Divorce Advice for Stay at Home Moms

By Kelly Shaffer | April 27, 2020

During divorce, can you think of anyone one more at a disadvantage than stay-at-home moms. Since many of these women have been away from the workforce for a while, they are less likely going to be able to finance their newly single status, especially with children. This disadvantage is evident as soon as the divorce …

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Domestic Violence in Divorce Cases

By Kelly Shaffer | April 20, 2020

Domestic violence is a problem that can influence every part of your life. If you are a victim, it is common to feel isolated from your friends and family. And when we feel alone and afraid, it becomes very difficult to leave an abuser and start a new life without them. The situation becomes even …

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