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Gray divorces can lead to financial difficulties

Gray divorce has become very common in our society. In fact, one in four divorces today are people over the age of 50. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of divorces for people who were 50 or older doubled, according to a Bowling Green University study.

One lawyer says that half of the divorce cases he handles are gray divorces and for several reasons. The divorce rate for second marriages is even higher.

Divorce isn't just about what happened - It's also about the future

For many people going through divorce in Colorado and throughout the country, it's difficult to look beyond the stress and immediate challenges at hand. Some people see the end of their marriage as a relief and are willing to do just about anything to see it end quickly. Others feel angry or slighted and want to draw out the proceedings to inflict as much emotional and financial pain as possible on their former spouse.

Just by considering these two examples from opposite ends of the spectrum, there's no questioning that a lot of divorcing couples get caught up in the emotional maelstrom and are unable to clearly see how their actions today, can affect their lives tomorrow.

Comprehensive family law services

You'll find that one of the best things about working with our law firm in Colorado is that we offer such a comprehensive array of family law services. This gives us the ultimate versatility and flexibility when it comes to your case; we know how many cases end up touching on numerous parts of the law. A few of the areas in which we have extensive experience include the following:

-- No-fault divorce. Perhaps you're looking to learn more about how to get the process started or looking for assistance as it gets complicated.

Understanding the benefits of collaborative divorce

Divorce is difficult for anyone involved. However, a contentious divorce can have a lasting effect on children. That is why it is prudent as a couple to spare your kids the rough consequences of a divorce whenever possible.

If you are planning to get a divorce, consider pursuing alternative dispute resolution methods, such as collaborative divorce, as opposed to litigation.

Are modifications and appeals possible in divorce cases?

When you are going through a divorce, there are two ways that it can be handled. You can either work things out with your ex and come up with a settlement or you can leave the decisions about the divorce up to a judge. The option that you choose can have an impact on what your options are if you are unhappy with the outcome.

What are my options to modify something in the divorce decree?

You should be prepared before moving forward with divorce

Divorce is a huge life step for any person. It is usually something has been in the pipeline for awhile, but when the time to file finally feels right, some people try to rush through the process. Instead of rushing, you should make sure that you have all the information you need about the divorce and the divorce process itself. This can help you to make the best decisions as the need arises.

We understand that your emotions are likely running high. You might feel as though the marriage can't be over soon enough. It is imperative that you don't let those feeling affect you in such a way that you are unable to get the settlement you need when your divorce is finalized.

Proposal would level the field for fathers in child custody cases

When a parent is going through a child custody case, there shouldn't be a preference made regarding the mother or father ahead of time unless there is case-specific information that would require that type of prejudice. In Colorado, there is a specific proposal on the table that would require that family law judges consider fathers and mothers have equal footing when it comes to child custody matters.

The new proposal would require that a child's father and mother have equal access to the child. Of course, this would be dependent upon the specific case. This means that the division of the child's time would be done as evenly as possible according to the circumstances.

Understanding the importance of a domestic partnerships agreement

Domestic partnerships are an often misunderstood aspect of family law. With the legalization of same-sex marriage, many people may be wondering what the differences, advantages and disadvantages of each option are. While Colorado allows couples to register a domestic partnerships, it's important to understand that this does not give the couple the same rights and privileges of a marriage. If the couple decided to end the relationship later on, there is also a much different procedure for as well.

A domestic partnership is not the same thing as a marriage. You will not have the same rights as if you were a legal spouse, but it can be an attractive option because there it is easier and quicker to end a domestic partnership than a marriage in most cases.

Gay marriage wins approval, but divorce is now a no-no

The results of a survey conducted by the Center for Health Statistics over the 11-year period from 2002-2013 revealed some interesting responses from participants.

For instance, Americans overwhelmingly accept the rights of gay partners to marry, yet consider divorce to be wrong.

What should I do before a court hearing?

Any time you are going to court or appearing before a judge is stressful. However, when the matters involve your children and a custody battle, the stakes are even higher. While there may be nothing you can do to completely eliminate your nerves and anxiety, being prepared for the court hearing can help you feel more confident and ensure you are able to make the most productive use of the time.

One of the most important things to do when preparing for a court hearing is to gather all of your paperwork. It's best to keep all of your notes from your meetings with your attorney, documentation and past orders all in one place. Make sure to have notes about what you expect from the hearing or last-minute questions for your attorney, as it's easy to get overwhelmed once you're inside and forget. You will also want copies of your financial records and a notepad to take notes during the hearing.

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