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Just the word 'alimony' can inspire fear

When the divorce negotiations start, one of the sticking points is often alimony. Maybe it was addressed in your prenup. If so, good for you. It's one fight that won't have to play out. However, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are miles apart when it comes to agreeing on the amount and duration of alimony payments, you could be in for a longer divorce.

For some exes, it seems very unfair that once the marriage is over, they have to pay at least a portion of the lifestyle choices and daily living costs for their ex-spouses. Even though the divorce is final, sometimes those alimony payments can go on indefinitely.

Divorces involving addiction

Addiction is an unfortunate reality for many people across Colorado and the rest of the country. While addiction to alcohol, drugs or even something like gambling, can have serious negative effects on the person with the addiction, it also often spills over into the family as well. When issues with addiction are ongoing or create a great deal of stress in the family, it may bring the relationship to an end. Divorcing when one party has issues with addiction can make an already difficult situation even more challenging.

When addiction has been a factor in a relationship, it's common for there to be other issues, including infidelity, domestic violence or generally dangerous and irresponsible behavior. This may include things such as leaving young children home alone unsupervised or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while caring for the children. It's important to understand that any and all of these accompanying issues are likely to come up in the divorce proceedings.

Newly single and dreading the holidays? Try these tips

Newly divorced parents going through the holidays single for the first time can easily become depressed, especially if the children are with their exes for the holidays.

The National Institute for Health reports that many people suffer from serious episodic depression during the holiday season. Below are some tips to get through the "holidaze" with one's mental and emotional health intact.

How often can a child support order be modified?

Child support orders are determined based on the numbers and facts at hand at the time of the divorce. However, just like with any other situation in life, these change as time passes. It's fairly common for child support orders to be adjusted a couple of times over the course of the order, depending on the age of the children, but it's important to understand the guidelines for these changes.

According to the Colorado Revised Statue ยง14-10-122, a child support order can be modified as often as necessary. This does not mean, however, that every time your ex gets a raise or changes jobs that it's a good idea to have the child support reevaluated. Every time the courts or the child support agency gets involved in your case, it can lead to increased strain between you and your ex, which may spill over into communications and custody exchanges.

How can child custody cases differ from each other?

Child custody cases are often contentious because both parents likely want to spend as much time as they can with a child. Each parent likely has his or her own ideas about how the child should be reared. There really isn't such a thing as a standard child custody case because every child custody case involves family dynamics and the child's needs.

What is the primary concern during a child custody case?

Annulments in Colorado are possible under certain circumstances

Marriages end for a variety of reasons. While many people think that marriages only end because the spouses can't get along, there are some instances in which the marriage ends for reasons such as fraud or improper consent. In some instances, it is possible for the person to seek an annulment instead of a divorce.

An annulment is different from a marriage in a few ways. First, there are two types of annulments -- a civil annulment and a religious annulment. The civil annulment is the type that goes through the civil court system. Once this annulment is granted, the marriage is wiped away. It is as if the marriage never occurred, which is different from a divorce that only ends the marriage.

Don't fall victim to easily overlooked mistakes during divorce

When you are going through a divorce, emotions and desperation might be the leading factors that determine your actions. Even though those are factors that you need to deal with during the divorce, you must still ensure that you are protecting yourself throughout the process. If you are heading toward divorce or in the process of one, make sure that you take care of these easily overlooked mistakes.

Gather all information that you might need while you have the chance to do so. This includes anything related to finances, the children, debts, and anything else you feel is important. If you can't keep the originals of these items, make copies of them so that you have those in case the originals happen to disappear while you are going through the process of ending your marriage.

Relocation, job changes and other reasons for modifications

Child custody matters are some of the most difficult to deal with when parents aren't in a relationship. Some parents might not want to have to deal with child custody issues after the initial order is entered. There are some cases in which modifications to child custody orders or child support orders might be necessary. We can help you explore your options when the need for a modification arises.

There are several reasons why a child custody or support modification might be necessary. A child custody modification might need to occur if a parent is engaging in behaviors that could affect the welfare of the child or if the child is having trouble at home. If the custodial parent wants to move, a modification might be required.

Tips for co-parenting to help you and your child

Co-parenting is something that isn't always easy, but when you can work with your child's other parent, you might find that the reward of raising a secure child is worth the stress that comes with co-parenting. Whether you are still in the process of coming up with a parenting plan or have been co-parenting for a long time, remembering a few tips can help to make the situation easier for you and more comfortable for your child.

One important point about co-parenting is that you have to keep your feelings about your ex separated from the situations that involve your child. Just because you are frustrated with your ex doesn't mean that you can deny him or her parenting time. Additionally, you shouldn't ever speak negatively of your ex in front of your child.

Who provides health insurance?

An important but often forgotten part of divorcing with children is the aspect of providing health insurance for the children. In some cases, if one parent has been providing health insurance coverage through a job, it is easiest to continue with the status quo and keep this as part of the divorce decree. However, in some cases, parents may disagree about who should be responsible for providing health insurance coverage for the children and who should pay it.

Factors that go in to deciding who will be responsible for providing health insurance coverage for the children include who has provided the coverage in the past, the employment status of both parents and who is paying for other child-related expenses such as child care and the like. While the courts will make a determination by default, it is possible to come to an agreement about who will provide insurance outside of court and have that put in to the order instead if the court approves.

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