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What prompts the court to order supervised child visitation?

When you get divorced, you and your spouse are able to negotiate terms regarding child custody and visitation although you'll need to seek the court's approval of any plan you devise. Once the court finalizes your divorce, all parties must adhere to an existing court order unless and until such time that the court might deem it appropriate to modify its orders. 

For instance, if you have an existing court order regarding child visitation and you and your former spouse get into an argument, he or she can't suddenly demand that you have only supervised visits with your kids as a way to get back at you for the disagreement. There are circumstances that may prompt the court to order supervised visits, however, but unless ordered by the court, your former spouse must stick to the existing plan. If you understand your rights ahead of time, it can help you avoid problems. 

How to resolve conflict -- not just avoid it

Family conflicts are never fun -- and they take on an added dimension of difficulty when they're between separated or divorced parents.

It's important, however, that you don't try to avoid conflicts instead of resolving them when they arise. Doing that can set you, your ex-spouse and your children up for bigger problems later.

Addressing domestic violence accusations is often complex

Family law cases that involve accusations of domestic violence often bring two court systems together. On the family law side, you might have a divorce and child custody cases. On the criminal law side, you might have criminal charges for the accusations.

For the person who is facing the domestic violence accusations, life is going to be in an upheaval for a while. One thing that you have to think about is that these cases usually come with some restraining orders that will prevent you from living at home unless the alleged victim is the one who moves. This could pose an immediate issue for you.

You don't have to be stuck in an abusive relationship

Being in an abusive relationship can feel like you are stuck. You might not think that you can leave. In fact, many victims of abuse can think of almost endless reasons why they have to stay put. The fact that you realize you are in an abusive relationship is one of the most important steps that you can take toward getting out of it.

When you are in this position, you might feel unsure of yourself. Some people think about abuse as physical -- the kind of abuse that leaves bruises. This isn't always the case. Some abusers use financial and emotional abuse to control the victim. In these cases, the financial abuse means that you might think you are stuck because you don't have the money to support yourself. The emotional abuse might make you think that you are worthless.

Do's and don'ts of helping kids through divorce

Just before telling your children you were planning to divorce, you may have worried over finding the right words. You understood from the start that the news would likely take them by surprise and wanted to make sure you told them what they needed to know without giving them more information than they might be able to bear, emotionally speaking. You probably felt somewhat relieved after you shared the news.  

You may also have wondered what to do or say, moving forward, to help your kids come to terms with the situation in as healthy a manner as possible. It can often help to talk to other parents who have trod similar paths before you. Even if no two divorces are exactly the same, someone who has gone through a similar experience may be able to provide support and encouragement as you enter new territory in your family life.  

Take control of your divorce today so you can move forward

For people who have relied on their spouse to care for them and support them, divorcing can be a very difficult situation. This is because you are losing your support system, as well as the person you've come to rely on. Right now is the time that you need to decide that you are going to take control of the situation.

We realize that you might still be reeling from the fact that your marriage is over, but we are here to help you find out your options. From there, you can take control of your divorce. A divorce is a good time to take control of your life. This is a time when you can decide on what direction you want to go without having to worry about anyone else's opinion.

Think about these tips when going through divorce mediation

Divorce mediation is a difficult situation that most people who are divorcing have to go through. During this process, you and your ex will determine who is going to keep which assets and debts. Other decisions, such as those related to child custody, will also come up. It is imperative that you think carefully about the process so that you can determine how you are going to handle everything.

The mediation process isn't going to be a fast ordeal. There will be some negotiations that have to go on before you will be able to hash everything out. Remember that you shouldn't try to rush things here. Instead, be willing to stop and consider what is going on. Trying to rush might lead you to make decisions you really aren't comfortable with.

Divorce can be a big deal for your small business

Small business owners in Colorado know that major life events can have a major impact on their company. When you own your own business, your personal life and your professional life often overlap. A divorce will certainly impact your closely held assets, including your business, and you may find it beneficial to learn how you can protect the company you worked so hard to build.

There are various factors that could affect what will happen to your business after divorce. From the length of the marriage to when you started your company, the impact that the end of your marriage will have on your business depends largely on the details of your individual case. You have the right to protect yourself and your interests as you work for a reasonable outcome to your property division concerns.

Working through child custody matters with your ex

Your children are precious to you and their other parent. This is one of the primary reasons why child custody matters are so difficult to deal with when you and your ex split up. We can help you learn about the options that you have for addressing the custody matters that come up in your case.

One thing that parents might not think about right away is how many types of custody schedules they need to make. You might be so fixated on the one that you will use the most, but you do have others that you have to think about.

  • What is going to happen when there isn't school?
  • How are vacations going to be handled?
  • What will happen when there is a half day at school?
  • What are the plans for holidays and special events?
  • What happens if one parent needs to change the schedule?

Adopted children might need extra support during divorce

You should treat adopted children in the same way that you treat biological children. This includes your actions when you are going through a child custody matter. You shouldn't do anything that will make the adopted children feel like they are unloved or unwanted.

There are some special considerations that you have to think about when you are going through this situation. One important point is that the adopted child might have to get some extra support during the process. This isn't always the case, but it might be necessary if the child is old enough to remember the time in foster care or the adoption.

If you need help, contact us as soon as possible.

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