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What do I do if I can't get my spouse to agree to a divorce?

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.

Skilled in litigation and alternative dispute resolution

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.

Is it possible to negotiate maintenance calmly?

There are a number of family law issues that arise when a couple is going through a divorce and each one is often more contentious than the last. Spousal support, maintenance, or alimony, can become especially contentious as one party struggles to get what they need to regain financial footing after a divorce and the other party resists these efforts.

It is possible to settle family law issues in a divorce amicably

Many people do not fully comprehend the far-reaching consequences of a divorce. Colorado residents are more focused on ending their marriages and moving on with their lives without realizing that the decisions made in the process not only influence their financial stability, but also their relationship with their children. Oftentimes marriage dissolution even affects where an individual is going to live after moving out of their house. Divorce can affect almost every aspect of a divorcing individual's life, which is why understanding the long-term consequences prior to addressing pertinent divorce legal issues is very important.

The changing face of marriage and divorce

Given that many young adults in Colorado are the products of divorced marriages, it may come as no surprise that they are taking their time to settle down and get married. Not only are "millennials" driving the divorce rate down, they are also helping bring the marriage rate down. There are a number of ways that they are changing the face of traditional marriages,

What are the benefits of divorce mediation?

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.

What are some types of alimony?

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.

What is 'nesting' when it comes to child custody?

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.

Who gets custody of pets in a 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.

What child custody options are there after a divorce?

As many Colorado residents can attest to, life after divorce is drastically different from that before it. For divorcing couples with children, it can be even more altered, as parents go from seeing their children daily to seeing them based on a pre-determined schedule. While it may take time to adjust to this new reality, it is important to know that child custody can take different forms depending on the agreement the parents make, based on their individual circumstances. Familiarizing oneself with the terms commonly used during custody proceedings can be very helpful.

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