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Colorado Springs Family Law Blog

military divorceIn Colorado Springs, it's not uncommon for divorce lawyers to specialize in military divorce. There are several areas in which an experienced attorney can help clients avoid costly errors. In reality, not every family law firm has experience in this area. One way to find out if your attorney is truly skilled in military divorce is to ask specific questions. For instance, your lawyer should be able to tell you about some of the most common mistakes people make in these situations. Here are some examples.

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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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car seat safetyIf you are recently separated or divorced in Colorado, shared custody is becoming quite a trend. Whether this means weekend visits, every other week, or a 50/50 split of parenting time, it is important that children are transported safely from one home to the other. Parents should be sure they are following the Colorado laws concerning child safety seats and seatbelt restraints. In fact, many custody agreements include language about child safety.

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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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shared parentingIf your marriage is headed for divorce and you have children, it is important to consider the importance of shared parenting. In the past, custody was "awarded" to one parent or the other, essentially excluding the non-custodial parent from of the everyday lives of the children. But there has been a sea change in how family court judges view custody. Family court judges and mediators across the country have embraced decision-making that honors the "best interests of the children." This could still mean they live with mom in the family home, but it is just as likely to be a shared custody decision.

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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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child custody  enforcement 2There is no doubt that divorce can be a life-altering experience for anyone, but couples with young children deal with another set of challenges. With all the financial upheaval, how does a stay-at-home mom manage to stay at home after the divorce? In most cases, she can't. One of the biggest misunderstandings among women, who file for divorce, is that they will be able to maintain the same lifestyle afterward. Unless the family is very wealthy, the chances are better that she will be entering the work force.

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Is Divorce Always the Answer?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

divorce_reconciliationAre your kids obsessed with "The Parent Trap" movie?  Mine are; and it's always made me wonder if they were trying to send a subliminal message, but 12 years later I am still a single parent.  But recent articles about reconciliation have caught my attention.  Saving marriages through reconciliation counseling isn't something you hear about often, but the subject is not unfamilar to family law attorneys. In fact, it comes up quite often. 

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post_decree_issuesIt's not uncommon for divorcing couples to celebrate the receipt of their official Decree of Divorce, but is that really a good idea? Too often, couples end up in a courtroom several times after the final decree is issued as they navigate post-decree amendments. In many cases the terms of the divorce no longer work because of changes in your life or your children's lives.

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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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