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Get your paperwork in order for a domestic partnership

Non-traditional families, such as those in domestic partnerships, have some unique challenges when it comes to some aspects of the law. When it comes to domestic partnerships, the challenges can be present for same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples. Knowing your rights and learning how to protect those rights can help you to feel more secure as you enjoy your partnership.

One aspect that must be considered when you are in a domestic partnership is how your partner will be able to interact with you and your medical team if you have a health crisis. Advanced health care directives can help you to ensure that your partner can make decisions for you and help care for you if you become incapacitated. If you are unable to make decisions about your health care, your partner can take the reins if you grant your partner medical powers of attorney.

Does Colorado recognize common law marriage?

It's becoming increasingly common for today's couples to live together for years before getting married. When a relationship ends several years in, it can be much like a divorce even if the parties were never legally married. Common law marriages have been around for over a hundred years, but whether or not they are recognized varies by state, and there are many misconceptions surrounding this practice.

The Supreme Court ruled back in 1877 that common law marriages were valid unless state law specifically prohibited it. While in recent decades, many states have done just that, common law marriages are still recognized as legally valid in the state of Colorado. Couples that are required to provide a proof of marriage for a common law marriage usually only need a signed affidavit.

What are some points covered in a divorce?

When people are ready for their marriages to end, they usually head to the courthouse to file for divorce. For those who are heading that way, it is vital for them to understand exactly what a divorce can do for your situation. This can help you to learn what to expect, which can help you to feel a little less stressed as you take the steps necessary to legally end your marriage.

Is my standard of living considered in divorce?

Colorado divorce rate continues to drop

The divorce rate across the United States has been dropping in recent years, and Colorado appears to be following suit, with the state divorce rate at a 10-year low. One possible reason for this could be the rebounding economy and the fact that many couples are now waiting until later in life to get married.

The average age of marriage in the United States is currently 27 for women and 29 for men. By their late 20s, people may be more established financially — reducing money stress — and may have a better idea of what they want and need in a life partner.

What are open and closed adoptions in Colorado?

When some people hear about adoptions, they think of the closed adoption. That, however, isn't the only type of adoption that is available in the United States. Some adoptions are open adoptions. There are very specific differences between these types of adoptions that might interest our Colorado readers.

What is an open adoption?

Child custody issues that might occur after remarriage

After some parents get divorced, they meet a new person who they want to share a life with. While it is easy enough for the parent to adjust to, the children might have issues with a stepparent coming into the picture. There are some ways that parents can help their children to cope with a stepparent coming into the picture. Our Colorado readers might be interested in learning about what children might experience when a parent remarries.

One issue that some children might feel but not speak too much about is how they think their relationship with a stepparent will affect their relationship with their parent. For example, a parent might feel that liking a stepmother is a way of showing disrespect to their mother. This can put the child in a difficult spot, but it can be equally as hard for parents. Making sure that your child knows the stepparent is an addition to the family and not a replacement parent is one way that you can make it easier for the child.

How can I help my child cope with child custody after divorce?

When you and your spouse decide that your marriage is over, the choice to divorce might come easily. If you have children, explaining the divorce and helping your child to cope with the effects of it might not be easy at all. There are several factors that our Colorado readers might like to consider when it comes to helping children cope with divorce.

Do all children need the same help?

Comparing divorce rates for different professions

When people think about a doctor's home life, they probably think that it is seriously lacking in some areas. Doctors are people who are thought to work really long hours. Early morning rounds, late days at an office or seemingly endless hours in the hospital are often part of the life of a doctor. With all of those things in mind, it is easy to see why someone might think that the divorce rate among doctors is high. That, however, isn't the case. Our Colorado readers might find a study that was done very interesting.

The study looked at a group of around 250,000 people in the medical field, around 6.3 million non-health care professionals and 59,000 lawyers. Interestingly enough, pharmacists had the lowest divorce rate in the group with only 23 percent being divorced. Physicians were next with 24 percent, followed by dentists with 25 percent, lawyers with 27 percent, 31 percent for health care executives, 33 percent for nurses and 35 percent for non-health care workers.

Minimizing the cost of divorce

When people decide to get divorce, the cost of having to legally end the marriage is something that they might not think about right away. Some people are incredibly surprised to learn that ending a marriage can end up being a very expensive endeavor. Luckily, there are some ways that our Colorado readers can save money when they are going through a divorce.

One of the best ways that you can save money when you are divorcing is to be reasonable as you negotiate your settlement. By working with your ex to determine how to divide everything, you have a better chance of keeping more of your money instead of spending those funds fighting against your ex.

Helping your child adjust to child custody and visitation changes

Children who are going through a divorce often have a lot of uncertainties. They probably feel bad about having to go back and forth between their parents. Some children might have a very difficult time with the transition. Parents who are going through a divorce have to take steps to help their children adjust to the new situation. Our Colorado readers might find some of these tips helpful.

How can I help my child adjust to going to their other parent's house?

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