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How Do I File for Child Custody?

You can file for child custody during a divorce or a legal separation. If you are a parent but not married to the child's other parent, you can still file a petition for custody. In fact if a child has been in your care for six months or longer, in the last six months, you are able to file whether or not you are a parent.

If You Have Joint Custody Who Pays Child Support?

Each parent has an obligation to pay child support. However, in cases that involve shared physical custody, who pays child support? In most instances, both parents must still pay their share of support, even if they share physical custody of their children.

What Does Child Support Cover?

In Colorado, child support covers expenses related to a child's food, clothing, housing, public school education, and health insurance. While these are basic expenses, there are more specific costs associated with each category. For example, when it comes to the general category of housing, child support is designed to contribute to costs for monthly mortgage or rent and utility bills where the child resides.

At What Age Does Child Support Stop in Colorado?

Under Colorado state regulations, child support orders typically continue until the child turns 19. This is the legal age of emancipation in the state. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this rule that could shorten or extend the time a parent needs to pay support for their child. You may also need approval from the court in some cases before you stop paying after your child turns 19.

Will divorce impact your plans for your golden years?

Many Colorado residents facing the prospect of a divorce wonder what will happen to their retirement. The end of your marriage will certainly trigger significant changes in most areas of your life, but that does not mean that you have to give up on your dreams for your golden years.

It is helpful to learn more about what your divorce will mean for your retirement savings, including how the process of dividing this particular type of marital asset will work. With many types of retirement accounts, a divorce will necessitate the drafting of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order. This document determines how an alternate payee, such as your ex-spouse, can get his or her rightful share out of the account.

Do you want to keep running a business together after divorce?

At one time, your relationship was strong enough that you decided to start a business together. Perhaps you were both tired of working for someone else and decided to take the plunge. Then, as time went on, your marriage began to flounder.

Perhaps your working relationship felt the strain, but you and your spouse managed to continue working together regardless. Now that you face divorce, the fate of your business hangs in the balance. Can you continue working together and keep your business on the road to success? 

The benefits of peaceful co-parenting after a divorce

Co-parenting protects your children from the physical and psychological effects of your divorce

Going through a divorce, even an amicable one, can be excruciating. But as physically and psychologically draining as dissolving your marriage can be on the adults involved, divorce can be even harder on your children. Fortunately, just because you're getting divorced doesn't mean your children are doomed to suffer. Healthy co-parenting relationships are shown to mitigate the effects of divorce on children.

How a prenuptial agreement can protect your business

Getting married can be one of the many highlights of your life, especially if you are marrying your business partner. As you prepare to walk down the aisle, you may have many details you hope to finish in order to make your day as perfect as possible. While you may want to only focus on the bright and positive aspects of your choice to wed, other less exciting legal details may also need to be addressed.

What should you do if your future spouse broaches the topic of a prenuptial agreement? Initially, you may feel shocked and confused as to why he or she would bring up a document which contemplates divorce. However, you may want to take the time to consider the request as it could prove beneficial for both of you, especially if you have a business together that you want to protect.

Co-parenting tips to send kids back to school after a divorce

Co-parenting after a divorce is difficult enough. Your relationship with your ex-spouse evolves, requiring each of you to work with the other and adapt to your new roles. Communicating and creating consistency for your children is challenging even when a marriage is intact.

When the summer winds to a close and your children head back to the classroom, successful co-parenting can seem impossible, especially if this is your first school year post-divorce. Here are four tips to help you and your co-parent get ahead of the curve, avoid conflict and create a comfortable life for your kids.

Mediation: Simplifying and taking the stress out of your divorce

The end of a marriage is a stressful time for Colorado couples, and for this reason, many work to find ways to make the legal process simpler and easier. One of the ways that a couple can take some of the stress and complication out of this difficult process is by learning more about mediation. Mediation is often required by Colorado courts, so it's a good idea to ask your attorney to educate you on the process.

How do you know if mediation will work for you?

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