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Divorcing on a budget?

Colorado divorce rates are at their lowest points in nearly a decade. Nevertheless, the state still ranks at the top of the list for divorces nationwide.

When the decision is made that divorce is the only way out of a toxic relationship, the next consideration arrives. How are you going to afford it? Even when you both earn a steady income, the court and legal fees often associated with the divorce process can easily demolish any savings account you might have.

There is another option to battling out custodial and property rights in family court. And in Colorado, mediation is usually required by the court. 

Divorce cases can include various factors

When you go through a divorce, whether you are going through a same-sex or an opposite-sex divorce, you have specific things to think about. We know that you might not be able to think clearly if the divorce came as a shock to you. We are here to help you work through the issues that are present in your case so that you can move on with your life.

The goal of the divorce is to end your marriage; however, there is more to that than what might seem apparent at a quick glance. You have to think about how ending your marriage will impact the rest of your life. One way is that you will only have one income instead of two. Another way is that you will have to divide your assets.

Do women show more financial literacy after a divorce than men?

Divorces, whether they involve high-asset couples or not, tend to have serious financial repercussions for the parties involved. But now, a new survey of CPA financial planners suggests that women are doing a much better job than men in becoming financially educated following a divorce.

Not only that, but women also exhibit better financial habits, are twice as likely to seek employment and do a much better job of increasing their savings towards retirement.

Special considerations for summer vacation plans

Summer vacation plans are something that most children look forward to. When you are planning a summer vacation and have a child custody order for your child, you have to think about some important considerations.

One consideration is that you have to think about is what your child custody order says. Some child custody orders are set up the same throughout the year. In these cases, the summer months are expected to remain the same as the rest of the year.

Domestic violence accusations impact child custody cases

When domestic violence is an issue in a divorce or child custody case, there are some very specific things that must be considered. The ideal outcome to a child custody case is that the child gets to spend time with both parents. This might not be possible when domestic violence is an issue.

The child's best interests have to be considered when the court is trying to determine how to handle custody. In the case of domestic violence, the court might consider who the person is accused of attacking. It might also consider the frequency and circumstances of the incident.

Considerations for divorce at any age

No matter what age you are when you find out that your marriage is ending, you have to think about your future. As we discussed last week, there are some specific considerations that you have to think about if you are older. There are also specific points to consider if you are younger.

One point for you to think about if you are younger is how the divorce is going to affect your children. You have to work through child custody matters so that you can figure out what is going to happen with your children. This can help you make determinations about the child custody agreement.

Financial planning for older divorcing couples is key

Divorce rates among couples in their 50s and older are increasing. People are living longer, and many people find that once their kids are grown and out of the house, they no longer have things in common. Sometimes they simply aren't happy anymore. Why spend what could possibly be another few decades of your life in an unhappy marriage?

One may assume that women fare worse financially than their husbands in these divorces. They were raised in generations where the men handled the finances in the family. Perhaps they spent little, if any, time in the workplace because they stayed home and raised the children.

Same-sex parents face challenges, but so do opposite-sex parents

People sometimes claim that same-sex couples can't raise children as well as heterosexual couples can. But just like opposite-sex parents can raise successful, happy and well-adjusted children, so can same-sex parents.

Same-sex parents have the same challenges with their children as any other parents do. How they respond to those challenges is what matters. Same-sex parents are perfectly capable of showing their children love, compassion and support.

Family law issues are often very personal matters

People who are dealing with family law issues usually have a personal stake in the matter. These matters, including adoption, divorce, child custody and similar matters, must be handled carefully. We know that most people who are facing any of these issues want to find out information about their options so that they can choose what to do about their problem.

When we work with you on a family law matter, we take the time to find out your concerns and thoughts about the situation. We work to make sure that your rights are respected in the case and that you have a good understanding of what is going on.

Do same-sex couples still need second-parent adoptions?

Second-parent adoptions for same-sex couples may seem like a throwback to the time before Obergefell. Do non-biological parents still need to formally adopt their own child if they are legally married?

After all, if a straight married couple conceives using donated sperm, the husband is typically considered the legal father - why shouldn't it work with same way with two legally married wives?

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