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How Does Child Support Affect Your Taxes?

Those W-2s are rolling in, which means it's time to start thinking about filing your taxes. For those paying child support, that means an added layer of complexity.

Sure, April 15 is still a few months away, but waiting until the last minute isn't going to help you maximize your tax benefit.

You know what will? Understanding how child support will affect your tax burden. It's not exactly a tax deduction, but it's nothing to sneeze at either.

How to Modify a Child Custody Order in Arizona

Each state has its own rules on modifying child custody, and Arizona is no different. For divorced parents who want more time with their kids, it's important to go through the courts.

Maybe you have a great relationship with your ex and think you can sort out the details without appearing before a judge. But that might backfire if later things change in your relationship and you find yourself left out of important decisions for your child.

Without a court order, it's difficult to enforce verbal agreements about custody. Better to go through the steps with the court so you can set up a regular schedule with your child.

Does Your Wedding Plan Include a Prenup? It Should

There are lots of things to do during wedding planning, but sometime after getting engaged and before you get married you should schedule some time to write up a prenup.

Prenuptial agreements get a bad rap since usually they only hit the news when someone is getting divorced. But contrary to popular belief, most people don't write prenups because they already think the marriage is doomed.

Discussions about finances are some of the most difficult conversations to have in a marriage. Having a prenup can make those conversations much easier.

What started out as a burglary case ended up being a child abuse case, The Arizona Republic reports.

Police responded to a Chandler home on Tuesday about a possible burglary. They found 26-year-old Tyler Jeffrey Dotson at the location. While Dotson was cleared of any involvement in the burglary, he was hauled in for a different kind of offense: Dotson reportedly left his three-month-old baby home alone for at least an hour and a half, according to authorities.

Brenda Lipe and her husband Lancelot Lipe were arrested back in April after Maricopa County sheriff's deputies discovered two meth labs in the Sun City home the couple shared with their three children.

In November, Brenda pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse as part of a plea agreement. On Wednesday, she was sentenced to three months in jail and three years of probation, The Associated Press reports.

Former NFL star Jeremy Shockey's marriage to Daniela Cortazar Shockey lasted a grand total of eight months before the couple called it quits.

The 32-year-old free agent filed divorce papers late last year in Miami, stating that his marriage was "irretrievably broken," TMZ reports.

According to the filing, the couple signed a airtight prenup, ensuring Daniela will walk away from the marriage with nothing.