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Colorado Springs Family Law Blog

single_parent_householdThere are plenty of articles out there that spew statistics about the perils of single parent households.  Many of these “sources” go as far as blaming single parents for everything from teen pregnancy to gun violence.  But the truth is always a little more boring than fiction, and these statistics prove that you shouldn’t believe everything you read.  Just like so many other “studies,” the numbers don’t speak to the reality of many single parent households.  Rather, they are skewed to show outcomes that would be just as likely with intact families from a disadvantaged socio-economic background.

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military_divorce_coupleIf there is one thing that can make a military service member nervous it is the thought of losing part of his or her retired pay in a divorce settlement.  It doesn’t matter if one served on the front lines in Afghanistan or Iraq, or as an officer at the U.S. Air Force Academy, military personnel depend heavily on their retirement benefits as a reward for their years of sacrifice to our country.  However, it is important to note that many states’ divorce laws might require the equitable distribution of all marital assets; service members included.  It’s no surprise that questions about military pay are the first to come up when a service member talks to a divorce lawyer.

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divorce_datingIn a culture that is accustomed to divorce, it may seem like newfound singlehood would be a welcome "second chance," but few people agree on what that means. Does a divorce signal the beginning of dating? Some divorcees have their online dating profiles already written before the divorce is final, while others are happy to sit by the sidelines for a while.

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college_costsWhen couples divorce, it's not unusual for them to part with vastly different expectations about what happens next. Couples often agree to share college expenses even when they have little intention of actually doing so. If you are a custodial parent and you expect the noncustodial parent to help with college it is best to get this in writing as a part of a divorce settlement. Even then it may be difficult to enforce in court.

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gray_divorceIf you are married with young children it might not seem like you hear about many couples getting divorced, but for some reason late-life divorce is on the rise. According to an article that appeared in Huffington Post Divorce, "The Gray Divorcés," the divorce rate for people over 50 has doubled in just the past twenty years. Why would baby boomers call it quits after they've already spent so much of their life together? It all depends on who you ask.

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intimacy_skillsThis may sounds like a controversial topic, but it's one that was recently presented in an article in the Huffington Post "Divorce" section. In "Women: Five Reasons Your Divorce Is Your Fault," best-selling author Laura Doyle ("Six Lessons for Lasting Love") explains that women are the ones with the power to make their relationships intimate. In fact, when she teaches intimacy skills she only teaches them to women because she knows that when a women learns these skills her relationship becomes peaceful and intimate in just a couple of weeks. Does this sound too good to be true? Believe it. Doyle's clients often say they feel like they have a new husband. But too often, women don't learn about what they could have done until it's too late to save their marriage.

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prenuptialAnyone who has been through a divorce knows exactly what they would do differently next time, but sometimes a prenuptial agreement seems a little excessive. If you’re considering taking the plunge for a second time, you may have older children, aging parents and various investments. It is wise to consider whether you need to protect your interests with a prenuptial agreement.

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taxes_and_divorceWhen marital vows break down, most military people are thinking about their immediate needs; a lawyer, separate checking accounts, a property settlement and a fair distribution of assets. Unless tax time is just around the corner, chances are that most couples aren't thinking about the impact of divorce on their taxes. But divorce may have a serious effect on how you file your tax returns, and it might be something worth discussing well in advance of April 15th.

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post_divorce_dating_mistakesIt seems like someone who has been through a divorce would be extremely careful about entering a new relationship, but people tend to forget all the mistakes they made in the past. Perhaps it's the resilience of the human spirit, or maybe it's the desire to find happiness after a particularly difficult split; but men and women tend to jump back into the dating pool without checking the depth of the water.

Whether you've already started dating again or you're about to take the plunge, there's a pretty good chance you will exhibit one of the three most common dating behaviors. But if your goal is to move on from your marriage and find the right partner, these dating dangers should be avoided.

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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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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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