Divorced parents often put a lot of work into negotiating a child custody arrangement and parenting plan. Once they have a child custody order in place, they have a framework in which to manage issues like visitation, drop-offs and pickups, coordinating schedules and communication about education and health care, not to mention child support.
It takes a lot of time and money to raise a child, and that fact does not change when you and your ex get divorced. In fact, it arguably costs your family more to support the children after a divorce, since they will have two of many of their possessions, including beds and other necessities, and you and your ex will each need to maintain a home with space for them.
Colorado has a no-fault divorce law, which means that a person seeking a divorce does not have to prove that their spouse did anything wrong. As long as they meet the residence requirements, and both parties agree that the marriage is "irretrievably broken," the court will almost always grant the request to legally dissolve the marriage.
When you're going through divorce, it's natural to feel angry or resentful toward your ex. A divorce can intensify these feelings. In court, each party argues over every detail and tries to convince a court that it is right and the other side is wrong. Even when the two sides negotiate a settlement out of court, each side has incentives to fight harder for every issue.
Amid the celebrations for last month's annual Pride festival, there was a lot of disagreement over the status of the gay rights movement in Colorado and nationwide.