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What is a domestic partnership in Boulder?

There are some cases in which a couple might want to document their relationship without having to take the huge step of getting married. A domestic partnership might be the best choice to do this. Boulder offers a registry for domestic partnerships that allows you to document your relationship. Knowing about the registry might help you to decide if it is a good option for you.

Why should I register my domestic partnership?

Roller coaster ride for same-sex couples continues in Colorado

For people who are in same-sex partnerships, the right to have marriage equality is a very real concern. With each passing day, it seems as though same-sex couples are being put on a roller coaster that doesn't have an end in sight. For those who live in Colorado, a recent stay issued by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals means that the roller coaster ride is going to continue for at least a little while longer.

Had the stay not been issued by the court, same-sex couples in Colorado could have been married starting on Aug. 25. The stay means that same-sex marriages as well as same-sex divorces in the state will be hold until a new ruling comes down.

Common-law marriage and divorce in Colorado

If you have moved to Colorado from elsewhere, you may not know much about common-law marriage, and the impact that it can have on divorce proceedings, just because most states do not even recognize it. However, Colorado still does, so it is important to know what it is and how it works.

First off, people need to know that a common-law marriage is just as binding as a traditional marriage, even though there is no ceremony. The only way for the marriage to legally end is to go through a divorce. Of course, the marriage also ends if one party passes away.

Understanding custody terms and laws in Colorado

Having the right knowledge in a legal situation can make all of the difference. To that end, it is important that Colorado residents understand both the laws and the terms that are used within those laws if they are thinking about going through a divorce and they want to maintain their child custody rights.

The first thing that they should know is that the term "custody" is not one that is even used very often in Colorado. The preferred term is "parental responsibilities."

The shift in support for same-sex couples

The issue of same-sex marriages has been very prevalent lately, both in Colorado and across the entire country. Judges have been overturning state laws that prohibit same-sex marriage, saying that they are in violation of the Constitution. This happened around a month ago in Colorado.

However, these rulings do not always go through immediately. The judge who made the Colorado ruling also decided to put a stay on it, meaning that there is not yet any real impact. He did this so that the ruling could be appealed, as he knew it would. This has become common practice in other states as well, with Florida recently doing the same thing.

Book helps children in the middle of a child custody fight

Parents who have decided their marriage isn't working might opt to get a divorce. Because of how the divorce changes the family structure, the children might have difficulties adjusting to the change. When that happens, the parents might look for ways to help the child cope. For some children, reading about how other children deal with divorce and learning about life changes might help them to cope with the divorce better.

Colorado residents who are facing a divorce with child custody issues might like to know about a young author who wrote a book to try to help children cope with the changes of divorcing parents. This book, "A Perfect Kind of Different," is meant for children who are 6 to 12 years old. The main focus is to help the children realize that they aren't responsible for their parents splitting up. It gives children knowledge that can help them as they learn to live without their parents in the same home.

Divorce, sleep and your health are all tied into each other

Going through a divorce is a stressful situation. The issues normally associated with divorce can bring on worry. That worry can lead to sleep disturbances. A study that was done on 138 people who had gone through a divorce 16 weeks prior to the study showed that there are potentially serious health risks associated with the stress of divorce. These findings might interest Colorado couples who are going through a divorce or people who have recently divorced.

In the study, participants were required to go to a sleep lab for monitoring. It was discovered that the subjects had difficulty sleeping. While this didn't present a problem in the first visit to the sleep center, in subsequent visits an increase in blood pressure was noted. This is attributed to the loss of sleep earlier in the 7.5 month study.

Pamela Anderson files for divorce after 6-month marriage

Anyone who is married knows that marriage isn't always an easy journey. It can be rather difficult. Some couples are able to work through the difficult times, but other couples just can't make things work out. For those in the latter group, a divorce is sometimes the result. Some of our Colorado readers might like to know about a celebrity divorce that was recently filed.

People might remember the news about Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon getting married in 2007 and then divorcing a short time later. That marriage lasted two months. Well, the couple got married again in January. Anderson filed for a divorce recently, so this time around they lasted around six months or so.

Child custody issues nixed for women who were raped

Women who have been raped often have a very difficult road ahead of them. When the rape leads a pregnancy, the difficulty is increased. After the child is born, some women have to worry about their rapist trying to seek parental rights. A new law in Colorado protects women from this type of child custody issue.

The new law enables women who were raped and became pregnant to file a petition to terminate the parental rights of their attacker. This means that women who were raped will no longer have to face the man who violated her at child custody meetings or visitations.

Expanded benefits coming for same-sex couples who are married

Same-sex couples are starting to see some very important benefits since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. Many of these benefits are allowing same-sex partners to enjoy the same benefits as opposite-sex couples. Colorado same-sex couples might like to know about the most recent announcement regarding the rights of same-sex couples who are married.

President Obama's administration recently announced that workers who are in same-sex marriages will be allowed to take time off of work under the Family and Medical Leave Act if their partner needs them to provide medical care. This change, if it becomes law, would be applicable to all employees regardless of where the employee lives. Currently, the FMLA time off is applicable to same-sex married couples only in the states that currently recognize the unions.

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