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Child custody sometimes requires creative solutions

In our previous blog post, we discussed how technology makes it possible for children and their parents to remain in contact even when they don't live close to each other. Virtual visitation is a concept that allows parents to remain active parts of their children's lives when they can't be there for all the major events. This might be useful for parents who are serving in the military and those who have to travel for work.

The interesting thing about child custody is that these agreements can often be very accommodating. Coming up with a creative solution to child custody issues can help the child at the heart of the case to continue to have a meaningful relationship with both parents.

Understanding what counts as an asset

Despite our best efforts, some relationships just don't work out. This can be particularly painful when we have pledged to spend our life with someone. Many dreams and expectations coexist with wedding plans, and the loss of those dreams can often be very difficult emotionally.

As you move into the next chapter of your life, it's important that you retain as much financial security as you had during your marriage. Colorado law uses the "equitable distribution" standard to divide assets acquired during a marriage. This means that property is divided fairly, but not necessarily equally.

Technology makes long distance visitation possible

As a parent, you probably enjoy the time you spend with your child. If you don't live near your child, you might find that you don't get to spend as much time with your child as you would like. Technology has made it possible for you to stay in contact with your child in more ways than just speaking on the phone. While this type of visitation isn't a replacement for in-person visits, it is a good option to fill the time between those visits.

Virtual visitation occurs when you and your child have contact through means like video chats, text message, email and other similar methods. In many cases, virtual visitation allows you and your child to see each other. This can be reassuring for you as a parent since you can lay eyes on your child and it can help the child to feel more connected to you.

Know your options when you are going through a divorce

Divorce is a big upheaval in a person's life. As we discussed in our previous blog post, it seems as though divorce is a seasonal occurrence; however, it can strike during any part of the year. If you are facing divorce, you should make sure that you know what your options are.

One of the first options that you have to decide is whether you want to go through mediation or just let the court decide on the settlement. There are pros and cons to each of these options. We can help you to learn about how each one might affect you.

Study suggests divorce could be seasonal

Think that divorce is random and can strike at any time? While it certainly can happen at any point during the year, some studies have suggested it's perhaps not as random as it seems. One even found that it was seasonal.

The study was done in the state of Washington, and it used data from 14 years. What it found was that there were consistent, rather predictable spikes in divorce filings year in and year out. The first spike happened in March, while the second came in August.

Child support isn't dependent upon child custody

Last week, we discussed some of the tax effects of child support payments. Those considerations are very serious for some people who pay or receive child support. While it is true that child custody and child support go hand in hand, parents who are facing child custody and support issues should know that having to pay child support doesn't depend on your ability to see the child and that being able to see your child doesn't depend on paying child support.

We know that some parents who are unable to pay child support might think that they can't see their child. Those parents might feel bad about not being able to financially support the child. That doesn't mean that they have to run and stay away from their child. You can still see your child even if you don't pay child support. Your child custody agreement remains in place even when you don't pay child support.

Tax implications of child support payments

Child support is something that parents who aren't together any longer might have to deal with. The payments are meant to help financially support the child's needs. But, were you aware the child support payments can also impact your taxes each year?

One way that child support can affect your income tax return is the determination of the filing status. For example, if you want to file head of household, you must ensure that you are the person who paid for more than half of the home's support for the year. If you and another person paid equal shares, neither person could claim head of household status.

Find solutions to your unique divorce concerns

Divorces are personal matters that can be very difficult to work through. It is all too easy to focus on why the marriage ended and to hold onto those emotions when you are going through the divorce. While it is important for you to deal with the emotions you feel, you mustn't let those emotions run the show. You have to keep a clear head and make choices that will put you in the best position possible once the divorce is finalized.

We understand that you might have trouble pushing your emotions aside for the divorce. We will stand by your side to give you a level-headed explanation of your rights and options. We will work with you to determine what points in the divorce are important to you.

What is a domestic partnership in Colorado?

Domestic partnerships are one legal option for relationships in Colorado. In some municipalities, such as the City of Boulder, you can pay a fee to have your domestic partnership registered. You don't have to be a resident of the city to take advantage of this possibility.

What do I need to do to get into a domestic partnership?

Dealing with a difficult ex

While it can often seem like the majority of divorced or divorcing couples are able to stay friends and co-parent peacefully, this just isn't always the case. Many times, there are very good reasons that the two parties are going separate ways. Often, they don't get along or aren't able to communicate effectively. If this sounds like your situation, here are some steps to take to mitigate some of the conflict and stress.

1. Don't engage in negative behavior. This includes treating your ex like a business partner and making sure all communications are as civil and neutral as possible. It also means not playing into your ex's instigating behavior. Divorce often brings out the worst in people. If your ex starts name calling or accusing you of things you didn't do, the best course of action is to walk away, document it and let your attorney know if necessary.

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