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How to Have a Mindful Divorce

We’ve all heard the divorce horror stories. The ones where a spouse drained the couple’s bank account, racked up the credit cards, alienated the children, or drove the couple into bankruptcy. These types of stores abound, but that doesn’t mean that all divorces have a bad ending, or that your divorce story has to end the same way. “Is it possible to achieve a mindful divorce?” Absolutely, but to have a mindful divorce, the spouses must be respectful...

Is it Better to File Bankruptcy Before or After Divorce?

Adultery and financial problems are two leading causes of divorce, but for the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus on the latter and the issue of bankruptcy. As you can imagine, money problems often lead to divorce and ultimately bankruptcy. And because divorce and bankruptcy are often interconnected, we’re frequently asked, “Should I file bankruptcy or divorce first?” and “Does it matter?” Yes, the timing definitely matters but there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach to...

Should I Divorce After the Holidays?

Each year between the months of October and December, our clients ask us, “Should I wait to divorce until after the holidays?” The answer, “It depends on your circumstances.” Is domestic violence an issue? Is one spouse verbally abusive and controlling? Is one spouse currently having an affair? Are there minor children involved? In the absence of domestic violence, it’s not uncommon for couples with children in the home to hold off on their divorce until after the...

Rights of Stay-At-Home Parents in Divorce

In the face of divorce, stay-at-home moms and dads face unique challenges. Usually, they have been financially dependent on their breadwinner spouse and they may not have any income sources of their own. So, an impending divorce can cause them to wonder, “Will my spouse get the kids because I’m unemployed? Is alimony (spousal maintenance) guaranteed since I’ve been out of work?” Whether you’ve been a stay-at-home parent or if you’re unemployed at the moment, you...

When Does Alimony End in Colorado?

Colorado refers to alimony as “spousal maintenance.” In a Colorado divorce case, a judge may order the higher-earning spouse to pay the lower-earning spouse maintenance while the case proceeds through the court. This is often called “pendent lite maintenance.” Once the divorce is finalized, the judge may also order short or long-term maintenance. Usually, such payments are paid on a biweekly or monthly basis for a specified length of time. Permanent alimony on the other hand, has...

Best Parenting Advice for Divorcing Spouses January 11, 2018

When parents decide to divorce, they know they’ll have to deal with child custody and support and have those matters worked out before the divorce can be finalized. While child support and child custody can be stressful, they don’t usually strike fear in the hearts of parents the way fear of parental alienation does, or a damaged relationship with their children because of the divorce. If you’re heading towards divorce, you’ve probably heard horror stories of friends or family whose lives were damaged...

Protecting Your Credit in a Divorce

Most adults have heard horror stories from people who claim that their divorce ruined their credit. While many of these stories are true, it doesn’t mean it has to happen to you. If you’re on the brink of ending your marriage, don’t let money matters take a backseat while you’re navigating the divorce. Here are our tips for safeguarding your credit during a divorce: 1. Close joint accounts. Joint accounts are those that are in both spouses’ names....

Taxes & Divorce: What You Need to Know

Divorce is a highly-involved process; it addresses child custody, child support, property and debt division, and selling or dividing marital assets, such as the family home and vacation properties. If you’re getting a divorce, you have a lot of things to take care of. Taxes may not be one of your main concerns, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored during the divorce process. When you get a divorce, it affects your taxes in more ways than...

Legal Separation vs. Divorce in Colorado

Legal Separation in Colorado A lot of divorcing spouses will casually say, “We are legally separated,” but that is not the case. In reality, the married couple either split up and are living apart (or in separate bedrooms), or one of them hired an attorney, who filed the divorce papers in court. Living apart or filing for divorce is NOT the same as a “legal separation” under Colorado law. In Colorado, married couples who no...

Should a Parent Move Out Before the Divorce is Final?

Often, when a married couple decides to divorce, it can be extremely difficult for the spouses to live under the same roof. It’s not uncommon for such couples to argue constantly, and for there to be a lot of strain when the spouses are together in the same room. Sometimes, living together is so unbearable, the couple feels it would be best if one of the spouses moves out. If the couple does not have...

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