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What's Considered Community Property in Arizona?

Arizona is one of eight U.S. states that considers any property acquired during a marriage, except by gift or inheritance, to be community property. This means that almost all property acquired by either spouse during a marriage is supposed to be divided between the parties in the case of a divorce. Examples of community property in the state of Arizona, according to the Maricopa County Superior Court, include real estate, home furnishings, vehicles, bank accounts, investment accounts, credit card debts, student loans, car payments, and some retirement plans.

While the state of California views community property as being split 50/50, most states that have community property distribute it based on equitable distribution. Equitable distribution is the division of marital property that is just, valid, and equitable. Courts take each spouse's contribution to the acquisition and preservation of the property.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Promote Adoption

The famous celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been known for promoting healthy families and their philanthropic efforts. Most recently, FOX News reported that the couple donated $150,000 to SOS Children's Villages-USA, an international organization that describes themselves as the "world's largest charity dedicated to orphaned and abandoned children." The charity works to provide loving and stable homes for foster children.

Walter Munoz and Bianca Arce Arrested For Child Abuse

An Arizona mother will likely need help from a Phoenix family lawyer if she wants to keep custody of her two remaining children. KPHO News reports that Bianca Arce and her boyfriend Walter Munoz were both arrested earlier this month after Bianca Arce’s two-year-old son Daniel Resendiz died from a fatal beating that occurred in the couple’s West Phoenix home. The two are currently being held in jail in connection with the incident.

Maricopa County Expects 330 New Adoptions on National Adoption Day

This year, families across the country will be celebrating National Adoption Day on Saturday November 20. As stated through NationalAdoptionDay.org, this day is supposed to be a celebration for adoptive families and a day for family courts to open their doors and finalize their adoptions of children from foster care.

Since 2000, more than 30,000 children have reportedly had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day. KPHO News reports that Maricopa County currently ranks No. 1 in the nation for the number of adoptions that are finalized on National Adoption Day each year. On Saturday, the county is looking to break its previous record of 278 adoptions on National Adoption Day and have 330 adoptions finalized in court.

Steve Nash and Alejandra Amarilla File For Divorce

NBA Star Steve Nash, point guard for the Phoenix Suns, announced on Saturday that he would be divorcing his estranged wife Alejandra Amarilla after five years of marriage. According to The New York Daily News, the announcement of Steve Nash’s divorce came just hours after the birth of his third child Matteo Nash.

The Phoenix point guard reportedly said in a statement that he was excited to have a new son, but that him and Alejandra Amarilla would still be proceeding with the dissolution of marriage, as planned. The couple have been living separately for several months but claim that they’re both committed to raising their children. In addition to their new son Matteo, the couple also have two twin daughters that were born the year before they were married.

More Arizona Divorces Being Settled Through Mediation

If you’re seeking a dissolution of marriage, it could be a good idea for you and your spouse to consider divorcing through mediation. Mediation allows couples to negotiate the terms of their divorce without going to court, including the negotiation of issues related to division of assets, allocation of debt, child support, child custody and spousal maintenance.

The Arizona Republic reports that the option of settling a divorce through mediation has become increasingly popular. The Arizona mediation firm Out of Court Solutions reportedly saw a 55 percent increase in the number of divorces being settled by its mediators from 2009 to 2010. Perhaps this is because in such tough economic times, divorcing through mediation can save couples a great deal of time and money.

Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock Files For Divorce

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Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock announced on Thursday that he has filed the paperwork to end his marriage of 28 years. The decision to divorce came after his wife Susan Brock allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old boy. The boy said that their sexual relationship had started when he was just 14 years of age.

ABC News reports that 48-year-old Susan Brock was arrested on charges of child molestation last month and now the Pinal County Attorney’s Office plans to prosecute the case against Susan Brock.

Five Movies to Watch When You're Going Through a Phoenix Divorce

The divorce process can be emotional for most people, especially when there are kids involved in the marriage. A Phoenix family law attorney can often help clients with not only the legal aspects of a divorce but can also help clients deal with the anxiety of a divorce may bring. Perhaps a fun way to deal with a divorce can be to watch a movie about fictional characters that are going through similar struggles

Celebrating National Adoption Month in Phoenix

Did you know that the month of November is National Adoption Month? So if you're thinking about adopting a child, now is the perfect time of year to contact a Phoenix family law attorney and learn more about the legal steps that are involved in the adoption process.

Each year the focus of National Adoption Month changes. This year, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services reports that the purpose of National Adoption Month in 2010 is to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. President Barack Obama wrote in his proclamation for National Adoption Month that there are currently thousands of children in the United States that are in foster care awaiting adoption.

When You're Most Likely To End A Relationship

At what time of year is your relationship most likely to end? Nerve.com reports that a study based on the changes in relationship statuses on Facebook shows that couples are most likely to end their relationship around "Spring Break" and also about two weeks before Christmas. Most people also announced the end of their relationship on a Monday, according to the study that had a sample size of 10,000 people. The study states that the lowest day throughout the whole year for a breakup is on Christmas Day.

Slash Changes His Mind About Divorce

We reported in an earlier blog post that Saul Hudson, also known as Slash from the rock band Guns 'N' Roses, filed for a divorce after nine years of marriage to his wife Perla Ferrar. The couple cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split in their divorce papers. However, it seems that the rock legend had a sudden change of heart about his relationship.

The Toronto Sun reports that Slash is now calling off the divorce, so it looks like he'll no longer need to seek joint physical and legal custody  of his two children. Slash reportedly filed for a dismissal of the dissolution of marriage that was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, which will officially terminate the divorce process.

Learn About Adoption Through "Match"

Who says that you can't learn about the law by watching television? Playbill.com reports that actor Taye Diggs is set to co-produce the television series "Match" on ABC. The drama will reportedly focus on the world of adoption and feature characters that are lawyers, doctors, and caseworkers that strive to make adoptions happen smoothly.

The ABC series is also supposed to feature some of the ethical complexities and dilemmas that are associated with the adoption process. The drama is likely to capture the attention of many Phoenix family lawyers and prospective parents looking to go through the adoption process. While lawyers often criticize television shows that are based on legal issues for not being realistic, this show seems like it might play more toward people's emotions and even become popular in the legal world.