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.
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.