In Colorado and across the nation, there is an ingrained and anecdotal assumption that when a couple decides to divorce, it is the male in the relationship who will pay alimony to the female. This is largely based on old-school gender roles from years past in which the man was the breadwinner and the woman the homemaker. Of course, as the definition of a family has changed, relationships and finances have also adapted with many women earning more money than their husbands. With that has come a rising number of women who are ordered to pay maintenance to their former husbands. A survey has indicated that this is happening more frequently. For those who are divorcing and have concerns about maintenance, a legal professional is essential.
Coloradans who decide to end their marriage and get a divorce will often have many issues that they must navigate to settle the matter. It is unusual for divorces to be completed quickly and without some level of rancor. The disagreements can stem from many issues including children, support and property division. While in the greater context the property aspect might seem secondary, it is the foundation for many couples doing battle and having extended disputes as to who gets what. Knowing how Colorado state law handles marital property can provide the basis of handling the case for each side.
Residents who are in the middle of a divorce might be overwhelmed with everything coming down on them at once. The entire process can be personally and emotionally exhausting with a seemingly endless number of issues in dispute. For those who have significant property, major assets, have children, are concerned about how they are going to make ends meet and more, it is imperative to have legal assistance from an attorney who is experienced in all areas of divorce.
Many marriages in Colorado and throughout the U.S. end in divorce. What might be a surprise is how many of the divorces that are happening are not of relatively short-term marriages involving younger people, but the so-called "gray divorce" when older people who have been together for an extended period or got married later in life choose to end their marriage and part ways. While this might seem like a freeing experience for some, there are issues that must be considered when getting a gray divorce.
Some Colorado couples decide to take steps to have protection if the union ends in divorce and will have a premarital agreement. In layman terms, this is also referred to as a prenuptial agreement or a "prenup." This document is designed to shield one or both parties from losing substantial assets if the marriage does not work out. However, there are important factors to remember with a premarital agreement and this can play a major role in whether it is enforceable or not if the couple divorces.
Coloradoans who have decided that their marriage is not working out can part ways and get a divorce. In such a circumstance, there is generally no reason to invalidate the marriage completely as if it never happened. However, in some instances, the parties would like to have the marriage declared invalid. There are certain situations in which this can happen. People who want their marriage invalidated should understand the law and have legal assistance in making the goal a reality.
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.