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Denver divorce attorneys share 3 social media secrets

If it sometimes seems to you like everyone is on social media, it may be because nearly everyone is. As of 2017, 89% of U.S. internet users were on Facebook. Thirty-two percent were on Facebook's next biggest competitor, Instagram. And from checking in at our favorite restaurants to status updates and posting pictures, people spend a lot of time on their accounts-76% of Facebook users log in at least once per day.

But if you're considering or going through a divorce, now is a good time to take a step back from the screen. More than half of adults have posted something they regret afterward, and one in six people post something they regret at least once a week! Unfortunately, those mistakes can come back to haunt you. Your social media accounts, emails, and texts are all subject to discovery and may be used against you.

Here are three big social media mistakes we caution our clients about:

5 reasons mediation may be right for your divorce

When most people think about divorce, they envision a drawn-out courtroom drama that results in hurt feelings and huge fees. But before the judge strikes his or her gavel, the State of Colorado requires couples attempt mediation, a process where a neutral third party helps you and your spouse settle the outstanding issues surrounding your divorce.

For some couples, mediation can less painful, less time consuming and less expensive alternative to litigation. Here are five reasons mediation might be the right path for you and your spouse.

How much child support can I get?

Going from a two-parent household to a one parent household can be a real challenge, especially financially. Children's needs still have to be met, so Colorado requires the payment of child support.

If you are the custodial parent, you likely have a lot of questions about what this means for you. Such as: How much can I collect? When will support payments stop? What if the payer refuses to make payments?

Should I hire a private judge for my divorce?

There's a unique trend appearing among the jet set for handling divorces quickly and with less publicity than going the traditional route: private judges. But is this something you can take advantage of as an ordinary person without Hollywood connections? Yes, Colorado does allow privately hired judges to hear and rule on a variety of cases, including divorce. The important question you may be asking, however, is: will it work for me?

Here, we have put together a handful of things to consider when choosing whether a private judge might be a good option for your divorce.

How divorce selfies are affecting how marriages end

You may have seen them on Instagram or Facebook. Couples posting divorce selfies are attracting a lot of attention and some criticism as well. Many of the couples are smiling, even mugging for the camera, displaying their signed divorce documents or posing outside the courthouse where they filed for divorce.

The pictures' captions tell a story, too. These couples do not express the bitterness, anger or hostility commonly felt after a divorce. Instead, they tell of gratitude and goodwill.

The protection of divorce without actually getting divorced

There are many reasons why you and your spouse may not wish to move forward with a divorce at this time. From the many tax benefits of remaining married to religious concerns, a legal separation may be the most beneficial option for you at this time. Like other Colorado couples who make this choice, you would be wise to seek a formal separation agreement, not just a verbal agreement.

A legal separation agreement provides the many protections of divorce without actually getting divorced. Simply moving out is not a beneficial choice, and making the effort to draft a plan can be smart, as it protects both spouses as well as any minor children affected by the separation.

Co-parenting successfully after divorce

Co-parenting is not always easy, especially if a divorce has been contentious or if the parents' styles of raising children are very different. Fortunately, there are ways to successfully co-parent so that children get the happiest, healthiest experience possible. Divorce can be stressful on everyone, but parents who work together make it easier for their children to succeed. To co-parent the right way, consider these tips.

Have an open dialogue and stay positive

Staying in business together while getting a divorce

You married your business partner, but after years of disagreements you are now considering divorce. At the same time, the company you run together is making enough money to support each of you in life beyond marriage.

You don't want to give up your career or your business. How can you get past all the arguing, bitter resentment and emotional damage and still work side by side? In the right circumstances, and with agreements in writing, it can be done.

Getting divorced? Time to brush up on financial knowledge

Whether you are in a stable marriage or are looking at a possible divorce, the fact is life can throw you a curve ball in an instant and leave you on uncertain ground. This is especially true for the spouse who has stayed at home to care for the kids while the "bread-winner" handled all the financial matters, from weekly paycheck deposits to balancing the checkbook.

If you no longer have the in-house accountant watching the books, would you know how to care for the family funds? It's time to make sure you have some basic understanding of good money management habits.

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