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Avoiding Parental Alienation

Divorce is hard, but it’s much more challenging when the spouses are constantly at war before, during and after the divorce process. As a general rule, when we hear about children of divorce who are traumatized by the experience it’s because their parents did not split amicably. Unfortunately, contentious divorces can have long-lasting effects and some of the most devastating are those that affect the couple’s children and their relationship with one or both parents. In...

Finding a Missing Parent for Child Support

Are you a parent whose former spouse has gone MIA and is not paying child support? Or, perhaps you were never married to your child’s other parent, but you have custody and he or she has not paid child support in a long time. Either way, you haven’t heard from him or her in some time and you haven’t received child support in months, if not years. What can you do? Is all hope lost? Unfortunately, noncustodial parents, the...

Can a Father Win Sole Custody in Colorado?

Thirty years ago, mothers almost always ended up with custody of the children in a divorce. This wasn’t just the case here in Colorado, that was the case nationwide. But fast-forward to today, and a lot has changed. Fathers are now getting equal consideration in child custody cases. Why the shift? One of the major reasons the family courts have changed their attitudes towards fathers is the number of women who are in the workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor,...

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...

Parental Relocations: What You Need to Know

After a couple divorces, circumstances are going to change – it’s inevitable. Often, such changes include a remarriage, a new house, new schools, new friends, new jobs, and even a relocation. Sometimes, the custodial parent (the parent who has the children most of the time and receives child support) wants to move to another county or another state, and this can have a significant impact on the existing child custody arrangement. If a custodial parent wishes to relocate, the...

Can Taking Antidepressants Hurt My Child Custody Case?

If you are in an unhappy marriage, perhaps aspects of the relationship have caused you to feel angry, hopeless, or even depressed. It is not uncommon for people in hollow marriages to experience situational depression, or in more chronic cases, feelings of sadness may progress into full-blown clinical depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder.” If you’ve experienced depression personally,...

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...

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