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Everyone understands that kids soak up everything, particularly when their parents are splitting up. 

They’re like little emotional sponges, picking up the subtle changes in their parents’ feelings, their discomforts and concerns about the coming separation that can linger in a house during the process. That's why it is important to help your children through your divorce in the best way possible.

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newly separatedFinancial insecurity is a major problem for many divorced women, particularly those who haven’t worked outside of the home in many years. For this reason, it’s not uncommon to see these women paying close attention to Colorado’s latest legislation about spousal maintenance.

In some cases, Colorado’s new spousal maintenance laws will work in your favor but, like child support, they are subject to certain calculations and formulas and based on the combined income of the parties. If you find these formulas aren’t working in your favor, you may want to consider mediation before scheduling court date.

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colorado springs law firm 3If you have reason to believe your ex-spouse could file for bankruptcy, you need to do what you can to protect your interests. This is particularly true when it comes to any pending property settlements or joint accounts. Things change after a Colorado divorce settlement, but that doesn't mean that you should face a penalty because of your ex-spouses mishaps. Whether you've learned about a potential bankruptcy from the court or through a mutual friend; don't bury your head in the sand, take the time to find out what's going on.

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colorado springs divorce lawyer.2As a Colorado Springs family lawyer, I am often asked how to make divorce less expensive, or if it's even possible to maintain the same standard of living after a divorce. A lot depends on how amicable you and your spouse can be, and how you go about the process. An over-reliance on litigation can make a divorce very expensive, and that's not only because of the legal costs. In many cases, mediation is a much safer and more affordable route for couples, especially those with minor children.

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colorado springs child support lawyer 3We all know how quickly a relationship can deteriorate when one person is being unfaithful, which explains why infidelity is the most direct cause of divorce. When one spouse discovers that the other has been unfaithful, it can be incredibly difficult for the marriage to survive.

In many cases, the cheated-upon spouse will head directly to a divorce attorney and seek a legal separation or divorce. As tempting as it may be to seek revenge by asking the courts to punish the cheater in some way, does the court even care about infidelity?

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best divorce lawyersAfter a couple is officially “divorced” a final divorce decree is issued by the state. This decree is actually made up of a set of legally binding “orders” that define the terms of the divorce, and failure to abide by them could result in one spouse taking enforcement actions against the other. In other words, as one soon learns, many of the terms of the final decree are indeed anything but “final.” It is actually quite common for one party or another to request a formal modification to the certain terms, such as spousal support, child custody, or visitation.

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property dividedLooking back at the decisions they made upon separation, many divorced couples regret spending too little time on property division.  Sometimes the pressure to split their assets quickly can cause divorcing parties to make impulsive decisions, many of which could cost them thousands of dollars down the road.  

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bankruptcy divorce 2First marriages usually start out before a couple has had a chance to accumulate debt, but that is not always the case. Some individuals look at marriage as a way to "solve" their debt issues because now they will have two incomes instead of one. If this sounds like you and you are getting married soon, it may be beneficial to delay the wedding until you have paid off all your debt. Marriage is challenging enough on its own without the added stress of entering it with mountains of debt.

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question marksFiling for divorce can be a lonely pursuit, especially when you still have more questions than answers. In fact, most people walk into a Colorado divorce attorney's office with a long list of questions in mind. Two of these questions stem from financial insecurity, which according to experts triggers far more anxiety in people than the prospect of being alone.

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Advice for the Newly Separated

Thursday, 17 April 2014

newly separatedAs a Colorado Springs divorce lawyer, it is interesting to watch the various stages that individuals go through when they file for divorce. Depending on the length of the marriage and the amount of emotional upheaval, the "newly separated" are known for doing some unbelievably stupid things. Divorce attorneys often see the fallout from these missteps, which often result in a very bitter and angry divorce.

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MPatMarrisonFor over a quarter century, we have helped people during what is often the darkest time in their lives. Divorce is not easy even under the best of circumstances. For most people, family is central. Having something go wrong in the family can have a ripple effect that extends beyond the home and into other areas.

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