Making the Most Out of Supervised Visitation (Part 1)

child custody attorney ArizonaUnder certain circumstances, a non-custodial parent will receive visitation and parenting time with their child, but often this visitation is supervised under court order. Common reasons for supervised visits include fear of potential abuse, or to monitor the supervision if there has been a long gap since the parent and child have seen each other.

For many involved in the situation of supervised mediation, it can be constraining. But if you are a non-custodial parent with supervised visitation with your child, there are ways you can make the most of it.

In supervised visitation, someone is present during all of your visiting hours with your child. While this may seem restricting and uncomfortable at times, it means that someone is there to testify your good parenting skills and the bond you are forming with the children. These testimonials could show the court that you are not a danger to your children to establish your credibility in court.

One of the ways you can improve the outcomes of your parenting time is to be 15-20 minutes early for every visit. This proves that you have made your child a priority in your life and want to spend the maximum time available with your children. If transportation is an issue with getting to your visits, make sure you schedule all of this way ahead of time to be prepared.

Just as important as showing up early is attending every single visit. Sometimes, life happens and it may be impossible for you to attend a visitation. But don’t miss too many, as it looks bad on your part. Attending every visit shows that the child is your priority.

Use your visitations to correct any bad behaviors that may be presumed of your from the court’s concerns. If the court felt that alcohol abuse was a concern, show up sober and well-kept to every visitation. If you are taking prescription medication, make sure the supervisor is aware of this. If your temper was a concern during your child custody discussions with the court, keep your calm and do not get a temper with your children, the supervisor or the other parent.

Continued in Part 2

Things to Consider If Divorcing After 50

Phoenix, Arizona divorce attorneyStudies show that about 1 in 4 divorces involve couples older than 50 years old. When it comes to older couples divorcing, especially if they have been married for many, many years, there are several financial considerations they should acknowledge when going through the divorce process.

If you and/or your soon-to-be-ex-spouse are close to retiring at the time of the divorce, it can be difficult to rebuild your retirement investments after it is finalized. Before signing the final papers, get some things in order:

–          Make sure to identify all retirement assets that were earned during the marriage from all of your former and current jobs. Evaluate all individual retirement accounts or other annuities and research the benefits that each plan will provide.

–          Look at if you or your spouse is able to earn any additional retirement assets. The party who earns less should receive more retirement or other assets in the divorce.

Real Estate
If you no longer have any kids living at home, it may seem like a good idea to sell the family home. Research if the equity for the property can be split, which can be an important discussion especially if you are ready to retire and move somewhere else.

Spousal Maintenance
Many couple over 50 years old may still be working, but in some cases one spouse may not have worked for a while and instead was responsible for home and childcare. If you are the spouse that has been supporting your other half for a long period of time, you can expect to have to pay spousal maintenance. These payments may be permanent or may end once you retire.

It’s important that each spouse has medical insurance after the divorce. If one spouse received the insurance from the other, it is possible that they continue their coverage through a senior benefits program. Another option is to look into coverage via the Affordable Care Act.

It’s likely that older couples may have children in college, so it is important to determine the responsibilities of each parent when it comes to paying college costs. Look at the assets of yourself and the child. An issue for older children could also be which parent is responsible for paying for a wedding, which is not covered by any divorce statute.

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