No one gets married in Colorado with the idea that the union will end, but this is a reality every couple must face, as the national rate still remains around 50 percent. And, when a couple becomes one of the 50 percent, it is important that divorcing spouses fully understand the process and what they can do to help ease this often challenging and emotional process.
The brave men and women who serve in our armed forces deserve praise for their bravery and commitment to our country. These individuals sacrifice a lot in their service to our country. While they often put their own safety in jeopardy, they also sometimes put their marriages on the line. Long-term deployments can cause couples to grow apart, and mental health issues related to active duty can make matters complicated. Sadly, these disruptions often lead to divorce.
When it comes to divorce and child custody disputes, women are often given preference as a child's custodial parent. Whether or not fair, this is simply the truth of matter. Oftentimes, fathers accept this reality and take a backseat in their children's lives. Little do these fathers know that their diminished role in their children's lives may have a profoundly negative impact.
Divorce is rarely an easy endeavor. After all, the marriage dissolution process can reshape not only your day-to-day life and your financial position, but it can also affect the relationship you have with your children. This latter issue is the reason why child custody and visitation is often hotly contested in divorce proceedings. When the parties can't come to an agreement on custody and visitation, then a judge will need to decide what sort of arrangement best supports a child's best interests.
Colorado is an equitable property state which means that property is equitably divided if the couple decides to divorce. This means that property will be divided by the family law court with the goal of dividing property as fairly and possible.
Contrary to popular belief, alimony is not awarded in any state based on fault in a divorce. Rather, it is awarded based on both need as well as the ability to pay. In Colorado, our readers may also hear alimony referred to as "spousal maintenance."
In our current era of uncharted territory and being true to oneself, it is no surprise to find that divorce rates among couples 50 and older are on the rise. Known as the baby boomer generation, these individuals were married in a very different time and familial climate than current generations know. It was not uncommon for a wife to stay home, raise children, and take care of the home while the husband worked to pay all of the bills and provide for the family. These matters are commonly referred to as a "grey divorce," and they can be much more complex than the divorce of a couple who have not been married very long. Whereas a young couple likely both work and contribute to household finances, older couples likely did not. That alone makes it much more difficult for a judge to determine how to equally divide assets.
The process of dividing property is the most time-consuming and technically demanding part of many divorces. The two spouses must agree on how to split up their marital property under Colorado law.
Both parents have rights and responsibilities toward their children after a divorce. Colorado courts generally order parents to share physical custody, but even when a child lives with one parent most of the time, the other parent almost always has rights to visit their child. Visitation is considered a fundamental right for parents, and good for the child, and a court will rarely interfere with it unless the parent has been abusive.
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.