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What steps are required for the dissolution of your marriage?

You are finally going through with your divorce, and you couldn't be more relieved at the thought of it. At the same time, you feel apprehensive about going through the process. After all, you have never been through it before.

The divorce process is multifaceted and can therefore can seem overwhelming to navigate. To make things a little easier, here is a glimpse at what the marital breakup process entails step by step in Colorado.

Hostage situation results in domestic violence, other charges

Domestic violence cases can run the gamut from non-physical abuse to fatalities. There are many causes and outcomes of domestic violence. One recent case in Pueblo West involves one of the more dangerous outcomes.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at a home on Sunday evening after receiving a report of a man holding his children and wife hostage. The woman and her three children were held captive in a bedroom. The man was armed and in the living room.

How is child custody handled in a military divorce?

Choosing to serve in the Armed Forces was not a decision that you made lightly. Like most other Colorado service members, you probably took the time to consider a range of factors before enlisting. The same might be true for other areas of your life -- including your upcoming divorce. 

Child custody is one of the biggest concerns that active duty members of the military deal with during a divorce. No one wants to give up their career in order to maintain a relationship with their child, but many parents feel that they have no other options. It is important to understand that, regardless of your chosen profession, the main focus of child custody should be your child's best interests. 

What are some considerations in a gray divorce?

People who are older might think that the marriage they've been in for decades is going to last forever. Sadly, some people find that this isn't the case. When a person who is older than 50 gets a divorce, it is known as a gray divorce. In these cases, there are some specific considerations that they need to think about at the end of the marriage.

While you don't have to worry about things like child custody or support, there are some other factors that are going to come up in these cases. Here are a few things for you to think about if you are going through a gray divorce:

Take family law matters one at a time to make things less crazy

Dealing with family law issues is rarely a pleasant experience. In the case of a divorce, there are a number of matters which will need to be settled. A primary determination might concern the custody and support of the children. Another is the marital property to be divided. All of these family law issues can be challenging.

One thing that you have to remember in these cases is that it is best to take matters one at a time. Don't try to discuss child custody and asset division all at the same time. Instead, you need to prioritize everything so that you can work on things in an orderly fashion.

Child support modification needs should be handled right away

Financial support for children doesn't stop just because the parents get divorced. Instead, one parent will usually have to make payments to the other parent to use on the children. This is known as child support. When a child support order is issued, the current needs of the children and the financial situation of both parents is taken into account.

As time progresses, there might be circumstances that change. Some of these might necessitate a child support modification. These are possible in certain instances, so you will need to find out if your situation qualifies for one.

Taking control of your finances during your divorce

Facing the prospect of a divorce has likely left your head spinning, wondering what to do to protect yourself and your future. The years immediately following a divorce are often ones of rebuilding in many areas of your life. People often find themselves struggling to trust others again, working to repair relationships with their children and even finding a new set of friends after a painful divorce.

One area in which you may have some control is your finances. Taking a proactive approach to your divorce may allow you to avoid the financial struggles that many people face post-divorce. This means taking steps to protect your business and fighting to get your fair share of the marital assets in the divorce settlement.

Individual circumstances matter in child custody cases

Nothing beats spending time with your children. When you are divorced, you likely don't get to do this as much as you want to. Unfortunately, you and your ex will have to split the time with the children. It is imperative that you take the time to focus on getting a child custody order that enables you to do this in a meaningful way. We are here to help you make this happen.

Child custody matters are fickle. What works for one family isn't going to work for another one. This is why you have to consider everything as it pertains to your situation. Instead of focusing on what worked for a friend, take an honest look at how it might work for your situation.

Domestic violence can impact your health

Domestic violence is a serious matter that has a lot of impacts. For the victims of the abuse, there are health effects that can begin to creep up over time. While you might think that you are only going to have to deal with these if you are physically abused, this isn't the case. You can face health effects if you are the victim of domestic violence that didn't involve physical contact, such as with emotional abuse.

The health impacts of a person who is physically abused are usually pretty easy to spot. They might suffer from bruises and cuts. Broken bones and head injuries are also possible. But, things can go far beyond those. In some cases, the effects aren't noticeable from the outside.

Help your teen understand the divorce and how to cope

Divorcing when you have a child is a challenge, but it can be a very trying time when you are dealing with a teenager. A teen has become accustomed to the way of life that involves you and your ex still together. They might push against the divorce to the point that they make both parents miserable. It is up to you to help the child work through the problems they are experiencing. You and your ex might have to work together to ensure that the child's best interests are a priority.

It is easy to forget that a teenager isn't yet an adult. They don't have the same coping skills as an adult. Instead of expecting them to just blindly accept the divorce, you need to take the time to help them understand what it means to work through the situation in a productive manner. While you are doing this, make sure you help them deal with their emotions and find appropriate ways to express them.

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

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