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Help your children feel comfortable in your home after a split

After a divorce, your children will usually split their time between your and your ex's home. This can be a difficult transition for a child who has only lived in one home with both parents. It is possible to help your children thrive in both homes if you take the time to plan for their time with you.

One of the most important things that you can do is to make the rules clear from the start. It is much more difficult for children to adapt if they are given cart blanche at first and then are expected to follow rules that get enforced after they spend some time at the home.

Protecting yourself financially in divorce

If you are thinking about divorcing your spouse, you may feel like leaving her or him is the hardest thing to do. However, if there are high-value assets at stake, you may find that splitting your assets is even harder. You may not want to share everything you have worked so hard for with your partner. When it comes to divorce, Colorado is a community property state. Whatever assets you and your spouse acquired during your marriage must be divided according to the rules of equitable distribution. 

You may feel inclined to offer your partner everything he or she wants just to speed the separation process up. Not carefully thinking about the effects of all offers and agreements before the courts approve them can be damaging to your financial health. Here are some ways to protect your assets. 

Finding your way after you get a divorce

The day you sign the divorce petition is likely going to be an emotional day. You should prepare yourself for this because even if you are ready for the divorce, you will still likely have these feelings. A divorce is a major life change that often comes with a range of emotions.

We understand that you need time to process that the marriage is actually ending. If you and your ex can work with a mediator to come to terms of the divorce, you will have more control over the situation since you aren't having to count on the court to decide how assets are split up and how the arrangements with the children will be handled.

The first holiday season after divorce might be rough, plan now

The holiday season is fast approaching. If you are going through a divorce, you need to start making plans for the holidays. This is especially true if you always spent the holidays with your ex or your ex's family.

It is all too easy to decide that the holidays are just too stressful and that you are going to stay home. This is likely one of the worst things that you can do. Instead, you should find something to do to celebrate the day. This might be visiting your family members or heading out to a party with friends. Now is the time for you to start enjoying your new, single life.

Three ways to protect your assets in high-net worth divorce

When deciding to divorce your spouse in Colorado, you should take into consideration more than just your feelings. As a high-value individual, you need to take steps to protect your personal wealth and ensure you receive your fair share of marital assets. No matter how amicable you and your partner may seem now, high-net divorces often get ugly fast.

Take some time to review these three tips to protect your assets and rights and improve the outcome of your divorce.

Understand how a civil union differs from a marriage

Civil unions were more common in the past then what they are now. It is still important that anyone who is considering one in Colorado understand some important points about these arrangements.

First, civil unions do provide you with some specific protections on a state level; however, these unions aren't recognized on a federal level. This means that if you are looking for the same federal status as a married couple, you will need to get married instead of entering into a civil union.

Think about the issues you face during a divorce

The end of your marriage is something that will bring up a lot of feelings. You might be mad that your ex did something to end the marriage. You might feel depressed about having to start your life over. You might feel relief that you know the truth. You might be upset that you've wasted all the years with your ex. These are all understandable.

We know that there are some issues that you might need to address during the divorce. In almost all cases, there are things that you and your ex need to agree upon. Some of these include who will get the house, how the retirement accounts will be split and who is going to have custody of the children.

How should we handle the marital home during a divorce?

Your marital home is likely the biggest asset that you have. When you are going through a divorce, the way you handle your home is something that can impact the rest of your life. You should know a few points about how you can deal with the marital home.

As you consider each option that you have for the home, make sure that you think realistically about the suitability. You can't let your desire to keep the home cloud your judgment here.

Learn what points you need to consider in child custody cases

One of the most important things that parents need to do in a divorce is to determine matters related to child custody. These include basic decisions like when the child will spend time with each parent. As we discussed previously, children of all ages have special considerations that must be addressed in the child custody order.

We know that your children are important to you and that you want what is best for them. Working with your ex for these matters might be one of the best things that you can do for your children. We can help you determine if there are possible solutions to the issues that you face.

Custody arrangements for elementary and middle school students

Many parents don't realize that as a child grows, the parenting arrangement can change. This means that a child who has traditionally spent most of his or her time with mom because he or she was breastfeeding might be able to transition to more time with dad as he or she gets older and weans from breastfeeding.

There are some specific things that parents need to think about when they are coming up with a parenting plan for various age groups. Here are some points that you should think about when you are working on a plan for an elementary or middle school student:

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