Many marriages in Colorado and throughout the U.S. end in divorce. What might be a surprise is how many of the divorces that are happening are not of relatively short-term marriages involving younger people, but the so-called "gray divorce" when older people who have been together for an extended period or got married later in life choose to end their marriage and part ways. While this might seem like a freeing experience for some, there are issues that must be considered when getting a gray divorce.
Colorado couples who share a child are expected to act in the child's best interests have shared responsibility. Part of that is for the supporting parent to make all the necessary payments for child support on time and in full. Sometimes, however, the supporting parent fails to do that and, after a certain amount of time has passed without progress in getting the payments, the custodial parent must seek other remedies. Understanding how the state can step in and what it can do to compel the supporting parent to pay is essential to getting those payments.
Some Colorado couples decide to take steps to have protection if the union ends in divorce and will have a premarital agreement. In layman terms, this is also referred to as a prenuptial agreement or a "prenup." This document is designed to shield one or both parties from losing substantial assets if the marriage does not work out. However, there are important factors to remember with a premarital agreement and this can play a major role in whether it is enforceable or not if the couple divorces.
When parents part ways as a couple and circumstances force them to come to grips with their new reality and deal with custody and support issues, it can be a tumultuous time. There are numerous factors that will go into the visitation schedule, allocation of parental responsibility and custody. Understanding the foundational aspects is the building block to a strong relationship with the children and an amicable, working relationship with the other parent.
You were in love with your spouse when you decided to get married in college. You knew you weren't done with school, and you were well aware that there were other "fish in the sea," but you couldn't imagine your life without the person you love.