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Custody and support modification can be complex in Colorado

In last week's post, we discussed some of the criteria for getting child support orders modified. For people who are going through a situation that meets those criteria, seeking modification of child support orders can be a time-consuming process. In some cases, the need to modify child support orders in Colorado has to do with a change in child custody.

No matter what the reason for child support modification, we understand that you deserve to have your interests protected. We also know that your child's interests have to be protected as well, since that is the top priority in all cases involving children.

What are child support modifications in Colorado?

When you are one of the parties involved in a child custody case, you have probably heard about child support modifications. Child support modifications are changes to the child support order, which can only be done through the court system.

Colorado residents who pay or receive child support might have some questions about the modifications that they would like answered. These answers are basic answers, so it is vital that you determine how applicable laws might affect your case.

Changing divorce laws can take time to learn

Few things in life are harder than seeing the marriage you worked hard to build go down the drain. When that happens and divorce is in the plans, it is important for you to make sure that your interests are protected as you move through the process. Some people might not realize just how involved the divorce process can be in Colorado.

We understand that you have a lot going through your mind during the divorce. We know that it is emotionally trying to have to deal with all the choices that have to be made. Knowing the current Colorado laws and understanding how to apply those to your case can take up considerable time and energy. This is especially true for those who are in same-sex relationships because of the constant changes in the current laws that are coming forth as cases make their way through the legal system.

Key steps to getting a divorce in Colorado

Are you thinking about getting a divorce in Colorado? If so, it is very important to make sure that you take all of the right legal steps to do so. Here are some of the most important ones to keep in mind.

The first step is just a decision that you and your spouse have to make. If you agree about the divorce, you can file for it jointly. If not, you may need to file on your own and inform your spouse that you have done so.

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.

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