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Tips for preparing to leave an abusive marriage

Living in a relationship that is abusive is dangerous. Not only is there a chance that you will suffer physical harm, there is a good chance that your are being emotionally and mentally damaged as time marches on. Many people claim that you should leave the relationship. However, this might be more difficult than they realize.

There are times when you might need to plan for the split. Of course, this isn't a good idea if the abuse has turned physical. If you think that you are going to be injured or killed, you need to leave right away. Here are some important considerations when you are thinking about leaving an abusive relationship:

Determining a child custody plan will require negotiations

The parenting plan between you and your ex governs what will happen with your children. The terms of the plan have to be tailored to the circumstances of your situation. You and your ex can come up with this plan by working together. This ensures that your child's interests are being considered.

There are many ways that you and your ex can come up with the terms. Here are a few points to remember as you try to work things out:

5 tips for documenting spousal abuse

You feel trapped in an abusive relationship, and you want out. You want to be safe. Ultimately, you want to get a divorce.

Abuse can have a massive impact on your case. For instance, if you have children, it could be the key to sole custody. The judge wants to keep your children out of danger. If there is clear evidence of physical danger from your ex, your kids should not stay in that environment.

Mediation has benefits and drawbacks for a divorce

There are a few different options that you can utilize when you are going through a divorce. Often, people opt to use mediation to resolve the matters that must be decided so that the divorce can be finalized. With this option, you and your ex have more control over what happens than you would have with litigation.

You and your ex need to consider a few factors before you move forward with mediation as your chosen method of resolution. Here are a few common questions and answers to help you understand this option a bit better:

Basic tips for asking your spouse for a divorce

Asking your spouse for a divorce is easier said than done, especially if the other person doesn't know how you are feeling.

This is sure to be an awkward conversation, but you can't let that stop you from pushing ahead. If you've come to the conclusion that divorce is the best thing for you, it's time to take action.

These co-parenting tips can change your life in a positive way

The thought of co-parenting can be every bit as scary as the divorce process. While you don't have any control over the other parent, there are things you can do to make the process less stressful on you and your child.

The first thing you need to remember is that co-parenting is an adjustment for both parents. You may not know exactly what you are doing at first, but it's your hope that things settle down as the days go by.

The finer points of high asset property division

The decision to get divorced is the first step in a long journey. While you might be excited to start your new life, you will have to bid adieu to your married life. From a social and emotional standpoint, you can take your time. From a legal standpoint, you have to get things done on the court's timeline. This can be difficult.

For people who have a high-asset case, the property division process can be complicated. There are several things to consider when everything is being divided. If you and your ex can work together to get this done, you might be able to finalize the divorce faster. Considering these points might help you with the division of assets and debts. If you can't come to an agreement, these are some of the things that the court will consider.

How do Colorado courts handle asset division in divorces?

One of the biggest questions a person considering divorce will seek an answer to is how the courts divide assets in Colorado. Every state has its own approach to asset division, based on both state law and legal precedent by previous divorces in the state. Not knowing the potential financial impact of your divorce can be nerve-wracking, especially if you expect and enjoy a certain standard of living.

Unless you have a prenuptial agreement on record, it's impossible to predict exactly how the courts will handle asset division. Every case is unique, which means that every asset division outcome is also unique. However, if you take the time to understand state laws in Colorado, you can probably estimate the broad overall outcome of the asset division process in your divorce.

Will a history of domestic abuse affect custody in CO divorces?

There are a number of reasons why couples may seek a divorce. One is abuse. Physical abuse by one spouse to the other, or to the couple's children, is a very valid reason to seek a divorce. However, if you plan to leave an abusive spouse, you are probably quite concerned about the potential outcome of your divorce and any custody proceedings.

The non-abusive parent may worry about the potential for the children ending up unsupervised in the care of the abusive parent. After all, even if all that rage has so far been directed at you, you will have no way of knowing when your ex might decide to take his or her frustrations out on your children.

A parenting agreement could save you from future stress

There is nothing worse than going through the divorce process, as this is going to change your life in many ways. If you have at least one child with your former spouse, you know that even more challenges await in the future.

This is why you need to think long and hard about how to create the perfect parenting agreement. It may not be as simple as it sounds, as you need to work through details with the other individual, but in the long run it's something you need.

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