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Teaching your children about personal boundaries is important

Finding a happy medium between you and your ex for teaching your children valuable life lessons after a divorce is a challenge. One area that can't be overlooked during childhood is teaching them about boundaries. Not only do you have to show them why rules and consequences matter, you also have to help them learn about personal boundaries.

There are two types of personal boundaries that children need to establish. These include boundaries of the body and boundaries for material things. While you might argue that body boundaries are the most important, they are equally important.

The end of your marriage is a time to reinvent your life

Many aspects of your life are going to change when you go through a divorce. You might not have the same social circle after the end of your marriage. There are many reasons for this, so you should be prepared for the changes that are coming.

One reason why you might not have the same friends is that the friends you had during the marriage might not be comfortable with the divorce. They might not say this out loud, but the friendship might just drift apart since there aren't two couples now. In some cases, it might be that they choose to push you away and stick by your ex. This is difficult to handle, but you deserve loyal friends so don't try to force the friendship to continue.

It's up to you to prove that property is separate and not marital

When Colorado couples first enter the divorce process, the (nearly automatic) assumption is that all of the property they own belongs to the marital estate. Under this belief, the parties would then divide all of it in a fair and equitable manner.

If you believe that at least some of your assets are your property alone, then it is up to you to prove it. Even if you negotiate your divorce settlement, your future former spouse will probably want proof as well.

Patience can have a positive impact on your parenting

One of the most important traits for parents to have is patience. This isn't easy even in the best of circumstances, but when you are suddenly thrust into the single parent life, it can be even more difficult. Not only are you dealing with raising your children, but you also have to deal with communicating with your ex in matters related to the kids.

Even if your patience level isn't very high now, you can work toward becoming a more patient person. It will take time, but you will find that everyone benefits when you become more tolerable of the situations that come up in your life.

Plan to protect your interests during your divorce

A divorce is a major change in your life. You have to ensure that you are taking steps to prepare yourself for the new way of life. This isn't always going to be easy, but it can be worth it. We are here to help you with the legal aspects of your case. We want you to feel comfortable with the process, so we will explain it to you.

One of the primary changes you will have to make is in the budget. If you have lived in a two-income household during your marriage, downsizing to a single income might be challenging. As soon as you know the divorce is going to occur, you need to sit down to make a realistic budget. Be sure to include things like rent or mortgage payments, insurance, utilities, vehicle payments and your share of the bills.

Ideas to help your children come to terms with your divorce

Colorado parents understand that life changes may have negative or positive impacts upon their children. Like most children, your kids are likely quite adaptable and resilient for the most part; however, that doesn't mean that certain life experiences won't cause them stress. For instance, if you are preparing to tell your kids that you're getting divorced, you'll want to have some definite plans in mind for ways to help them cope.

You and your spouse will no longer be together in marriage, but you will always have a relationship together as parents. By discussing the matter ahead of time and considering ideas that have helped other parents in the past, you can provide strong support for your children as they adapt to a new lifestyle.

Move forward after leaving an emotionally abusive relationship

Domestic violence is a very serious issue that must be treated as such. When you are the victim of this type of situation, moving past it can be difficult. Many people don't realize how difficult it is to have to deal with these things. It is especially hard for people to understand how much domestic violence impacts a person when the abuse is emotional instead of physical since you can't really see the emotional damage.

One thing to remember if you are leaving an emotionally abusive relationship is that you are strong enough to live without the abuser. Oftentimes, abusers make you think that you need them. This isn't true at all. Even if you do need help as you rebuild your life, that assistance can come from someone who loves you and wants to support you instead of coming from someone who just wants to control you and use you.

Don't forget these important holiday planning tips

With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to think about some child custody issues that might come up during this busy season. It is easy to get focused on the hoopla that comes with big gatherings, but there are some finer points to consider.

One thing that you might overlook is gift-giving. If your family gives gifts during the holidays, it might be best to discuss these gifts with your ex. This might prevent your children from getting duplicate presents. It might help to grab your child's wishlist and discuss who will get which items for the kids.

What makes up the standard field sobriety tests?

Back in the 1970s, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration realized that not all field sobriety tests were equal. In fact, many did not come close to determining whether an individual was impaired.

For this reason, the NHTSA went to work to devise a system of tests that could help law enforcement officials determine whether a driver was too impaired to safely drive.

Support agreements must include uninsured medical cost provisions

A child support order insures that a child's expenses are covered by both parents. In many cases, this order is going to require one parent to pay money to the other parent for basic care necessities. Also, the order may dictate how the child's health care is handled. It might establish which parent must keep medical insurance on the child.

However, these orders can overlook who is responsible for paying the child's uninsured medical expenses.

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