In Colorado and across the nation, there is an ingrained and anecdotal assumption that when a couple decides to divorce, it is the male in the relationship who will pay alimony to the female. This is largely based on old-school gender roles from years past in which the man was the breadwinner and the woman the homemaker. Of course, as the definition of a family has changed, relationships and finances have also adapted with many women earning more money than their husbands. With that has come a rising number of women who are ordered to pay maintenance to their former husbands. A survey has indicated that this is happening more frequently. For those who are divorcing and have concerns about maintenance, a legal professional is essential.
It is not uncommon in a Colorado divorce for there to be contentious disagreements about the case. This can be over many issues. One of the most difficult matters to navigate is child custody. Dealing with children is emotional and parents will frequently want to have the bulk of the responsibility and time with the child. However, the parents' interests are secondary to the child's best interests. Understanding how state law addresses parental responsibility, shared responsibility, joint custody and any other child-related issue that comes up is critical to a case.
Coloradans who decide to end their marriage and get a divorce will often have many issues that they must navigate to settle the matter. It is unusual for divorces to be completed quickly and without some level of rancor. The disagreements can stem from many issues including children, support and property division. While in the greater context the property aspect might seem secondary, it is the foundation for many couples doing battle and having extended disputes as to who gets what. Knowing how Colorado state law handles marital property can provide the basis of handling the case for each side.
When a Colorado parent has been ordered to pay child support, it is his or her parental responsibility to make the payments as required. For many reasons, some supporting parents shun that shared responsibility and do not make the payments in full or do not make the payments at all. For the parent who is supposed to be receiving child support, this can be a problem. The supporting parent can face various penalties for delinquent child support. The state can use income related enforcement to get what is owed by simply taking it from various sources.
Most people understand that divorce in a family with children will impact those children. Children can develop social, educational and emotional issues in the wake of a divorce. Feelings of anxiety, abandonment or fear about the loss of love are all common responses.
Residents who are in the middle of a divorce might be overwhelmed with everything coming down on them at once. The entire process can be personally and emotionally exhausting with a seemingly endless number of issues in dispute. For those who have significant property, major assets, have children, are concerned about how they are going to make ends meet and more, it is imperative to have legal assistance from an attorney who is experienced in all areas of divorce.