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divorce and taxesLike any other state, getting a divorce in Colorado can be complicated, with many financial and child-related changes. The financial aspects might include the division of property, spousal maintenance and child support, and within these are many nuances, but an experienced Colorado Springs family lawyer will be well-versed on all of them. One of the most intricate details, which many couples fail to explore, is how the divorce relates to taxes.

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spousal maintenanceWhen clients walk into their first consultation with a Colorado Springs divorce lawyer, they usually learn a lot about the divorce process and the laws about Colorado, but many people leave without asking about spousal support. Interestingly, when both parties in a divorce are working full-time, it is just assumed that neither will qualify for spousal support, but that is not always the case. Oftentimes, there is enough of a disparity in their personal incomes to make a case for one party receiving spousal support, or spousal maintenance.

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Can You Prosper as a Single Parent?

Saturday, 08 February 2014

single parent budgetIt's funny how many stereotypes exist about single parents. The news media and entertainment industries would have you believe that single parents, particularly single moms, are always struggling, bitter, stressed and looking for a spouse to come rescue them. While some aspects of this perception are rooted in reality, there are plenty of single parents who do quite well. Sometimes all it takes is a realistic budgeting strategy and a disciplined approach to money.

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late life divorceToo often, we hear more about divorces among young families than we do about empty-nesters, but more and more couples are divorcing late in life. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that older Americans are divorcing more frequently than ever.

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family lawyerIt may be hard to imagine what the future will be like as a divorced family, especially when you are just starting the process of divorce. Many couples decide to use a divorce lawyer sparingly and handle much of the paperwork themselves, and while this might make sense in the near term it could cause problems in the future.

The mistake many people make is assuming they understand the divorce laws in their state and they know how to navigate the local domestic relations court system. When they need to revisit a custody order, modify support, or enforce a divorce settlement they may find the process overwhelming.

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prenuptial agreementIf you've ever been through a divorce, chances are you don't want to do it again. This is particularly true for people who have lost a considerable amount of assets in a divorce settlement. However, if you ask a Colorado Springs family lawyer for advice, you may be told to stop worrying and just get a "prenup."

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divorce proofIt's always amazing to see how quickly divorced people forget the pain they endured and jump right into a second marriage. Perhaps it's the loneliness of singlehood, or the pressure from society to find someone new. Some say that after several years of marriage they feel "uniquely qualified" to tie the knot a second time. Not so fast!

If you plan to remarry after a divorce you should expect to hear many invasive-sounding questions about your fiancés family background, his or her ex-spouse and current financial status. Friends and family won't be able to resist telling you that divorce is more common in second marriages. And worse yet they will tell you not to even consider marrying someone too similar to your first spouse.

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late life divorceIt seems like just as soon as many couples reach the point where they get to enjoy life; they decide to do it separately. Perhaps it takes the "empty nester" syndrome to set in before they realize that they really have nothing in common, but for some reason late-life divorce is on the rise. While these couples might avoid all the complications of custody and child support, they deal with a more challenging financial settlement.

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The Surprising After-Effects of Divorce

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

post divorceMost women imagine their life will change in certain ways after a divorce, but it may be a slightly romanticized version of reality. Single parent. Full-time employee. Blissfully free to explore hobbies and relationships every other weekend. Other than that, they tend to believe life will go on in much the same manner as before. Not so fast.

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annulment coloradoMost people assume that getting an annulment in Colorado is just a simple way to end a short marriage, but in reality the legality of it is seldom easier than divorce. Only certain situations qualify as grounds for the "invalidity of marriage," which is the legal term used to describe an annulment in Colorado. As a divorce lawyer in Colorado Springs, it's rare for me to get a call from someone looking for an annulment and even less common for a client to get one.

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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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