The rate at which Colorado couples find themselves at the end of a marriage seems only to rise as the years pass. However, divorce today is not what it used to be. As technology has permeated so many aspects of our lives, it has also become a factor in many divorces -- and not necessarily in a good way.
After last week's post on our Colorado Springs family law blog, readers may be left feeling like much of what they thought they know about alimony is wrong. The truth is that alimony can be a nuanced issue for a couple to deal with during a divorce, which is why many will turn to a family law professional for support.
When a Colorado couple goes through a divorce, there may be certain assumptions made regarding how long alimony and other payments will last. A recent case highlights the importance of clarifying how either individual's death will impact payment arrangements.
As discussed previously, Colorado Springs couples considering ending their marriage have options if they are willing and able to work together towards a resolution of all the issues involved. But that is not the reality for many in a divorce. In fact, sometimes it becomes necessary for one spouse to take legal measures to protect him or herself -- or the children -- from the other spouse. What can Colorado Springs residents do with a protective order in such a situation?
Last week on our Colorado Springs family law blog, we ended our discussion of gray divorce by noting that these couples may not need to go through the traditional process of a litigated divorce. When spouses generally agree that a marriage is over and they are ready to go their separate ways -- and are able to work together honestly and openly towards that end -- Mary Kay Kramer, P.C. is able to help with alternatives tailored to their needs.
The end of a marriage is often thought of in terms of a courtroom battle, with raw emotions and fighting over everything from the family home down to the last scrap of silverware. To be sure, some spouses need to fight hard to protect what is theirs in a divorce. For others, however, a marriage may end with the realization that it is time to move on in separate directions.
Deciding to pursue a divorce is one of the most difficult decisions that a person can make, and once the decision is made, preparing for the divorce can be challenging, too. Fortunately, there are a few steps that can be taken to mitigate the complexities of a divorce. The first step is to gather the proper paperwork and documents. Thankfully, while every divorce is unique, the paperwork needed is relatively universal.
It would be a daunting task to find a more difficult life decision than deciding whether to file for divorce. Putting aside the emotional aspect of divorce, the separating couple must make financial decisions regarding the division of assets, if they can even come to a decision at all. Thus, a person considering divorce should prepare to have a plan regarding the financial assets obtained during the marriage.
Divorce can be hard on everyone in an affected family, from the parents who choose to end their marital relationship to the children who must learn to live in a new and unfamiliar arrangement. When Colorado residents think of custody after a divorce they may immediately focus on physical custody, which addresses with which parent a child will reside. Physical custody is an incredibly important consideration and if the parents cannot decide how best to care for their children in their post-divorce lives the family law court will issue an order that protects the children's best interests.
A marriage creates an intangible bond between two people who choose to legally unite themselves together. Once a marriage is created, a Colorado couple may enjoy a host of benefits that come with electing to support another person and, in some cases, creating a family with their partner. Some of the benefits that married people enjoy relate to money and property ownership, and those rights and benefits can become clouded should divorce threaten to break a couple's marital bonds.