When a Colorado couple decides to part ways and divorce, one of the most concerning issues for both parties is whether there will be spousal maintenance - also referred to as alimony - or not. Another factor that is a concern is how much it will be. If one party requests maintenance, the court will consider numerous issues when deciding if it should be awarded and, if so, how much it will be.
While we like to think that divorce is not like it is in the movies, the truth of the matter is that it can get that messy, but it can also be that easy. No two divorces are alike much like no two marriages are the same. Each brings with it its own problems and issues. And even if it is the worst of marriages, this does not mean that it will be the worst of divorces. When couples in Colorado and elsewhere decide to divorce, it can be a huge awakening. Spouses come to terms with the situation and are able to move forward with the process amicably and collaboratively.
The moment when Colorado spouses decide to end their marriage is often one that is heavily loaded. It may have taken a long time to come to the realization, and even longer to bring it up. Or, perhaps, it came out suddenly, taking partners by surprise in the heat of the moment. No matter how they came to the decision to get a divorce, the process itself takes some time -- and that is not always a bad thing.
Previously on our blog, we took a look at issues, like these which the divorce process generally does a good job of helping Colorado Springs couples resolve as they go their separate ways. However, it is important to have realistic expectations going into a divorce, and to understand what a divorce cannot do.
The end of a marriage is a time of change, often one of the most significant changes in the lives of El Paso County couples. Typically, many difficult and unpleasant steps will have to be taken to get through the process. It can be frightening, as well, to trade one's well-known and established life -- no matter how unhappy -- for the unknown of what life will be like after a divorce.
The end of a marriage often brings with it some challenging questions to resolve: who gets which assets; how child custody is determined; how much child support and alimony will be paid. However, sometimes divorcing Colorado Springs couples may find themselves in territory where the law itself is unclear, thanks in part to possibilities only recently realized by cutting-edge technology and science.
The stress of divorce, especially when it creates a large economic disparity between the parties, can be considerable. A stay-at-home parent with few marketable job skills, for instance, would be in a less favorable economic position than a spouse who was the sole earner in the family. Alimony -- or as it is known in Colorado, "spousal maintenance" -- can help to balance out the financial imbalances that occur as a result of divorce.
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.