On November 8, the people of Colorado voted to decriminalize the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana. This change in law has sent ripples through the state's criminal justice system, leaving prosecutors and courts to grapple with new issues and legal questions.
We've discussed domestic violence before, and how it can affect a victim when they are abused or harmed by their loved one, but we haven't spent much time on the topic of how even allegations of violence can affect a family. It's important for Colorado residents to know all of the effects of abuse within a home when it comes to partners and children as well. For one woman in another state, the charges of domestic violence didn't result in conviction of her husband, but their divorce proceedings may result in a change anyway.
Coloradans who have a family comprised of different nationalities likely know of the differing laws and complications when it comes to some issues. One issue in particular was recently featured as being potentially very problematic for parents of different citizenship: namely, divorce.
We've talked before some about co-parenting and how to maintain a regular and stable relationship with your child or children after you and your spouse split up. It can be especially difficult for the parent who doesn't get full custody. For those Colorado parents who aren't able to see their kids on as regular of a basis, there are a few ways to make the most of the time you do have with your kids.
Coloradans know custody disputes are rarely easy to go through. The idea of having to defend your abilities and rights as a parent is so jarring to so many already that it can be near-devastating if your child is indeed placed in the hands of someone else. For one woman, the custody proceedings didn't end with her son being placed in someone else's hands but rather taken, by his grandparents.
Most marriages are entered into with the intention of lasting for the rest of the couples' lives. When that doesn't happen, both parties have to deal with the emotional and confusing process of deciding what to do with their life together and their soon-to-be lives apart. Statistics have shown recently that there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of divorces occurring in couples over the age of 50 - going from one of every ten divorces to one of every four over the last two decades or so. While the numbers may shock some, those who are going into the divorce process closer to their retirement age likely are bearing the weight of a much different turmoil.
As we amped up for the holiday season, we talked a lot about how to cope with such merriment when you're still dealing with a painful split. Now that we're in 2013, is it possible we're another year wiser? A compilation of a few studies reported on last year has made the news for having found some interesting results when it comes to divorces across the globe.
Being divorced can be nearly impossible to know how to navigate. Meryl Streep's character says it well in It's Complicated with her line, "Here's the good news. In two more years you'll actually begin to feel normal again." Coloradans who have gone through the divorce process know how it can affect a family in many more ways than just the immediate impact. For some, the family dynamic can be a struggle to attain once again, especially if there is the potential of another marriage in the future.
In 2009, a lesbian couple took out an ad online requesting a sperm donor. A 46-year-old man answered the ad, and after meeting three times with the couple and signing an agreement that relieved him of any financial or paternal responsibility, he gave the women a container of his sperm.