Not all divorces in Colorado end up in family court. it is possible to resolve family law issues such as child custody, child support and property division without airing one's dirty laundry in court. Out-of-court alternative dispute resolution is one way to resolve one's issues out of court. Mediation, collaboration and arbitration can be valuable tools for ending a marriage as efficiently and quickly as possible.
So, you've been married for decades but neither of you is happy anymore. You find yourself thinking about divorce, but you also feel worried about what divorce could mean for your financial future or your retirement.
While a Colorado couple is married, they often fall into a routine that they are comfortable in, including the lifestyle they maintain. When their marriage comes to an end, one of the decisions a court makes is how to help spouses maintain this standard of living. To do so, the court may award one party to pay alimony. Alimony is simply a pre-determined, periodic payment a higher-earning spouse pays to the lower-earning spouse.
Most parents want to make decisions that are in the best interests of their family, even if it means getting a divorce. Even where parting ways is the best option for Colorado parents, there is no doubt that children have a difficult time when their parents are no longer in a relationship with one another. One of the most important ways to ensure children have as smooth a transition as possible from a two-parent household to a one-parent one is to keep the split amicable and low-conflict as possible. Some parents are beginning to think "nesting" is one way to achieve an amicable divorce.
When a person in Colorado divorces, their life is set to change in many ways. These individuals often turn to their pets for comfort to get through this difficult time. However, as with most family law issues in a divorce, who gets custody of the pets is most likely also going to have to be divided in court.
Just like heterosexual couples have the option to form families in different ways, so do LGBTQ couples and single individuals. The law has changed to reflect the evolving landscape in the country, and LGBTQ couples and single parents can adopt children in the same manner heterosexual couples can. As per Colorado law, any individual over the age of 21 can petition for adoption. While the language of the law itself has not been updated recently, it does account for same-sex couples in civil unions and includes same-sex spouses.