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women and divorce in coloradoYou may have come to the conclusion that your marriage is beyond repair, and you are finally taking that first step toward a divorce. While a divorce might seem like the most logical step, by the time most women get around to it they have already made some costly mistakes. If there is one thing I've learned as a divorce lawyer in Colorado Springs, it is the importance of protecting your financial future in a divorce. The best Colorado divorce attorneys advise their clients to seek out the most financially expedient ways to get out of their marriage without compromising on the divorce settlement.

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social_security_divorceIf you think the complications of divorce came to a close on the day you received your divorce decree; think again. Ask any Colorado Springs family lawyer, and they will tell you that your divorce will continue to be a factor to be dealt with, even well into your retirement years. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has thought of everything. They even devoted several pages on their website (www.SSA.gov) to help divorced people understand their benefit options.

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second_marriage_2When people go through a divorce, and the wounds of a failed marriage are still fresh, it's easy to assume that they would try to choose a more suitable partner in a second marriage. But unfortunately, people are creatures of habit and they still have a tendency to attract the same personality type again and again.

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ID-10044768Dating after a divorce may seem like the natural next-step, but unfortunately too many men and women make predictable mistakes.  Women typically wait too long to start dating and men start much too soon.  One reason for this is the lifestyle changes that are common to divorce – women take on a much larger share of responsibility and men find they have too much time on their hands.  It can also be said that women enjoy their newfound freedom from a relationship liberating, while men miss the conveniences of having a wife.

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e36c6106-805a-42eb-bb2e-ad06bfe60918When you start looking for positives in a situation that is normally perceived as negative, people often wonder if you’re hiding something, or not taking it seriously enough.  This is definitely the case with single parenting.  After all, isn’t the married life supposed to be the only path to happiness? Isn’t it true that single parents are perpetually stressed out?  Wouldn’t it be impossible to wear so many different hats in your family?  Sure, there are more financial pressures and very little down time when you’re on your own, but you eventually learn to live with that.  Single parents are so good at being industrious; they are often very successful in a starting a small business.

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family_lawsIf you’re getting a divorce, learning about the sneaky things your spouse might try can be very enlightening, but it will not be your favorite topic.  As a family law attorney in Colorado, I meet a lot of clients who refuse to believe their spouse would attempt to hide marital assets, but they secretly want to know how to detect it.

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choose_the_right_oneGetting a divorce is not something most married people want to think about; unless, of course, their marriage is on the rocks.  Months or even years may go by in a troubled union before one party starts shopping for divorce lawyers, and then it won’t be long before the papers are served. Divorce brings on a number of strong emotions which can cloud the judgment of even the most sober-minded person.  If you are in search of a good divorce attorney, it’s important to take your time and assess your options before making a decision.

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blog-logoIt may be a little late to find this out now; but the best way to avoid complications with a marital agreement is to have a pre-nuptial agreement.  Not that “pre-nups” are foolproof, as they are often discredited even after they are signed; but they lay a foundation for what to expect in the event of a divorce.

The average couple may not quibble as much over the division of assets and liabilities, or they may find a way to compromise through mediation.  But a marriage can become more financially complicated if the couple owns a family business or a diverse portfolio of investments.  When this occurs, having a pre-nuptial agreement in place will prevent a lot of the confusion and provide a clear path to resolution.

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blog-logoWe’ve all heard the horror stories from couples who have suffered great financial hardships after going through a divorce, often requiring a significant reduction in their standard of living. The realities of living separately, paying child support or losing money on a marital home are not unfamiliar to Colorado Springs divorce attorneys.  Over the last few years, many couples have either delayed divorce because it wouldn’t work financially, or they’ve suffered the consequences of post-divorce bankruptcy.

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Is it time to hire a divorce lawyer, or is it time to hire a family law firm.  A family law firm offers a full-service approach to the various legal issues that may come up over the years, rather than focusing primarily on the divorce itself.  It’s not that a single divorce lawyer is untrained on other aspects of the law; but they rarely have the depth of experience one would expect from a family law firm.

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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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