For people in Colorado whose marriage has run its course, with a decision that it is preferable to part ways, a best-case scenario is that they will agree on most or all issues related to the marriage, have amicable negotiations for child support, child custody, spousal support and property division, and move on. The reason this is referred to as a "best" case scenario in a mostly negative situation is that it happens so infrequently. Oftentimes, there is contentious disagreement over some or all issues in the marriage. This can include children, property, division of assets, asset distribution and more. Understanding the components of a divorce proceeding can be key for adequate preparation and be beneficial as the case proceeds.
When a Colorado couple gets a divorce and child custody is an issue, the dispute between the parties might lend itself to the child being pushed off to the side as an unwitting part of the process. With a younger child or toddler who cannot make a statement regarding an opinion, this makes some semblance of sense. However, since the best interests of the child are at stake, it is wise to know where the child stands on child custody and visitation. This is where the law allows for an interview to be conducted.
After a Colorado couple has divorced, child custody will already have been determined as part of the court's decision or via negotiated agreement between the parties. This can be one of the more complex areas of dispute in a divorce. However, just because the case is over and there is an order does not mean that the matter is settled permanently. In some cases, the parent with the majority of residential custody will want to relocate from the previous residence and this can impact a variety of issues such as parenting time. Knowing what goes into relocation and how the law handles it is imperative to all parties.
The ideal situation when a Colorado couple has divorced and has children is that they agree to put their differences aside and work together in the child's best interests. Part of that is adhering to a reasonable visitation schedule so both parents will be in the child's life. However, there are few ideal situations and even amicable partings can become contentious. One issue that can be troublesome is if there is a dispute with parenting time. Understanding what the law says about this is key to dealing with it.
During a Colorado divorce, many issues will be up for debate and discussion. That includes spousal support, child custody, child support and more. As the couple prepares to permanently end their marriage, they will often have worries about finances and other factors while the case is going on. This is where temporary orders should be factored in and understood.
One of the most difficult aspects in a Colorado divorce is determining who will pay alimony, how much it will be, and for how long it will last. Alimony can have multiple alternative terms including maintenance or spousal support. Regardless of what it is called, it is a fundamental issue and often a concern for people who have parted ways and find themselves needing to pay for the upkeep of a former spouse or are the spouse who asserts that he or she is in need. The paying spouse might not have a large enough income to pay. The receiving spouse might not have the current ability to support him or herself in the same lifestyle as they had during the marriage. All of this will be assessed during a divorce.
For Colorado couples who are no longer able to sustain their marriage and are seeking a divorce, it is not as difficult to get one as it used to be. Whereas there were once a series of requirements to divorce in the state, it is now a simple matter of saying that the marriage is irretrievably broken. This can mean a variety of things have gone wrong in the marriage. Or it can just be that the couple wants to move on with their lives and end the marriage. However, since the term can be somewhat vague, it is important for those who are thinking about divorce to understand it and what it means when a marriage is irretrievably broken under the law.
When mentioning the word "divorce" in Colorado, the first thought that comes to most minds is that of a protracted court battle with the participants in dispute about every issue large and small. In some cases, this is the reality and it makes no sense to suggest options other than going to court. In others, however, the issues that precipitated the divorce are not contentious and the couple is able to maintain a civil if not outright friendly relationship as they seek to resolve their differences and end the marriage.
For couples in Colorado and across the nation, there are many catalysts to a divorce. One of the most prominent is finances. Some of these issues start early in the marriage and take time to manifest themselves. While it might not be labeled a "college divorce" if the financial problems begin due to college-related debt, it can still be an issue later when matters come to a head and the couple decides to part ways. Recent information has come to light as to how extensive the problem of student debt is when it comes to divorce.
Coloradans who are considering divorce must think about more than the basic issues that led to the decision to part ways with a spouse. The sudden concern about timing stems from changes to the tax code that could have an impact on the financial situations of those who are divorcing and will pay or receive alimony. Understanding these aspects is imperative to a divorce case and the determination of whether to file immediately.