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How can a protective order affect a divorce?

If you are going through a divorce and you have been a victim of domestic violence, it is important that you take action to protect yourself and your children. The best course of action if you want to seek relief from harassment or abuse from your divorcing spouse is to seek an order of protection, otherwise known as a restraining order.

A restraining order gives you legal protection from harassment and abuse by ordering your spouse to keep a distance from you and your children, both physically and through communication such as texting and calling. This will help you to feel safe with the knowledge that your divorcing spouse will be subject to prosecution if they break these rules.

Factors that influence spousal support

In the state of Colorado, spousal support is typically mandated because the dissolution of a marriage can leave one spouse financially disadvantaged or even destitute. In light of the fact that spouses often unite their financial lives, it is difficult to determine exactly how much each party contributed to the family finances. Spousal support is supposed to at least partially redress the severe financial harm that can occur to one party during the dissolution of a marriage.

Colorado's legal authorities consider a number of different factors when deciding the amount of spousal support to order. These factors include the amount of each spouse's total annual income, commonly owned marital property and all other relevant financial resources possessed by either party.

What to do when behind on child support payments

Parents in Colorado who can't afford their child support payments might have ways to get them reduced. However, this may only be true in cases where their circumstances have changed, such as if a child becomes more expensive to care for or if a parent experiences a loss of income or a period of unemployment. Unexpected medical expenses may also qualify as a change in circumstances that could result in a child support order being modified.

To file a motion to have a child support order modified, parents should contact the Child Support Enforcement Office in the appropriate state. The motion should specifically state the change in circumstance that caused it to be filed. It is important to get in touch with this office as soon as possible as failing to make payments without notification could result in significant negative penalties.

Paying for college even after a divorce

Colorado parents who are ending their marriages have many things to negotiate and worry about. One of those issues can be how to pay for their children's college expenses when there are two households to maintain. Before sacrificing a child's college education, however, parents can try to reach an agreement on how to handle this matter.

Because states differ in the way they handle college education costs when it comes to divorce settlements, there might be confusion as to how the parents should proceed. Additionally, even if college costs are included in the settlement, they usually do not go beyond five years of payments, though they do become the thing that ties the ex-spouses together longest. In the face of a divorce, parents will have to revisit their financial plan for covering college tuition and consider things such as scholarships, loans and other options.

Parenting middle and high school students through a divorce

Consistent expectations and clear rules are imperative for the success of any child. They need structure to understand the world around them, as well as their role within it. This is particularly true as children move into adolescence and their teenage years. During this trying time, young adults and adolescents often test limits and boundaries.

They may not adequately understand the consequences of the decisions that they make, but they do often feel compelled to take both physical and social risks. It is a difficult age for parents in any circumstance, but parenting adolescents and teenagers is particularly hard for parents going through a divorce or who have already divorced.

Understanding the ramifications of protection orders

Many family law concerns in Colorado are difficult, but these cases can be exponentially more complicated when orders of protection need to be applied. An order of protection, sometimes referred to as a restraining order, is a legal document that is signed by a judge to keep parties apart on a temporary or permanent basis. In family law cases, these documents may be necessary if acts of violence, abuse, neglect or other harmful behavior are being carried out.

Protection orders may include provisions that require certain parties in a dispute to abide by specific terms. For example, a protection order may require one or both parties to attend counseling for anger management before the order will be considered for revision. Likewise, a restraining order may disallow one party from contacting the other party or from physically coming within a certain distance.

What divorce is like for rich people

Colorado residents who get a divorce may only have retirement accounts or other modest assets to divide when their marriages end. However, people like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos have complicated assets like stock and stock options that can be tricky to value. They could also have assets like paintings or offshore bank accounts that may be harder to divide in a divorce.

It was rumored that Jeff Bezos was having an affair prior to getting divorced, but that may not have an impact in his case unless there is evidence that he was using marital assets to carry on the affair. What could be more important in a case involving the owner of a large corporation is how much a judge thinks each person did to create the marital wealth. Of course, a judge's opinion could be rendered moot in the event that the parties involved in a divorce case settle on their own.

The definition of a common law marriage in Colorado

Sometimes, a couple can be recognized as married under the law when they have not actually gone through a formal ceremony. This means that people who have been in a serious relationship for a significant amount of time can benefit from the security of joint assets and inheritance rights if they were to split up or if one of them should pass away.

However, many couples wrongly assume that they are recognized as married under common law, when, in fact, they are not. This is why it is important that couples in the state of Colorado understand how common law marriage works and that they know whether they are deemed to be in a common law marriage.

How Colorado fathers can secure parenting rights

Society recognizes that a dad's importance in a child's life is just as relevant as the mom's. In fact, most state court systems acknowledge this too. Still, many more children today live primarily with their mothers rather than with their fathers. Custody arrangements can be difficult for divorcing couples to work out, but the final decisions should be based on the children's best interests.

There are many ways that dads can advocate for themselves in preserving their parental rights. For starters, they should commit to specific and regular parenting time that works with everyone's schedule. It is important for a dad to create adequate space in his home for the children to stay when they are with him. Furthermore, it should not be up to someone else to care for the children when they are supposed to be spending time in dad's custody.

This is how to co-parent successfully

So, you have decided to get divorced. You have made the first decision in a long procession of complicated choices. For instance, you now need to decide what to do with your Denver home, how to fairly divide your other marital assets and even who gets to keep the dog.

In addition, you will have to make some major decisions concerning the children, the first being how to tell them you and your spouse are splitting up. You and your soon-to-be ex will then have to figure out how to continue being parents after the divorce. For many couples, this means working out a co-parenting plan.

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