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What can divorce do (and not do) for Colorado couples? (Part 1)

The end of a marriage is a time of change, often one of the most significant changes in the lives of El Paso County couples. Typically, many difficult and unpleasant steps will have to be taken to get through the process. It can be frightening, as well, to trade one's well-known and established life -- no matter how unhappy -- for the unknown of what life will be like after a divorce.

It is important for spouses considering divorce to ask: what will a divorce do? And what are the limitations -- that is, what are the things that a divorce cannot do? We will spend some time here on our blog taking a look at possible answers to these questions, with the understanding that the information is intended to be general in nature only, not specific legal advice.

First of all, what a divorce can do. It can definitely help answer the questions of who should get what. Colorado state law is that assets be divided equitably, which does not necessarily mean split 50/50 between spouses. Divorce will also help establish whether a partner will need to pay child support or spousal support (or both), and how much. And for partners with children, part of the divorce process will be creating a plan for child custody as well as visitation.

Although divorce is good at accomplishing these things, it is true that they may not always go the way they want. That is why it is still helpful to have a family law professional representing the interests throughout the divorce process.

Source: Findlaw.com, "What Is Divorce Good For?," accessed on Jan. 26, 2018

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