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It is possible to remain friends after a divorce

Going through a divorce pits you against your ex, which can lead to more negative feelings than what were present when the process started. It can be difficult to overcome these, but this doesn't mean that it is impossible. If you and your ex will remain friends after the divorce, which might be necessary if you share children, both adults will have to put forth an effort.

One of the top priorities that you have to think about is setting clear boundaries for the new relationship. This has to be based on what you are able to handle after the marriage is over. At a minimum, you should set a clear standard for mutual respect. You might also need to make clear plans for how new significant others will be introduced to the children and what role they will have in the children's life.

Adopting an older child is challenging but worth the effort

Many people think of adoptions as only pertaining to babies, but there are older children who also need a family to love them. These adoptions come with some challenges that you must be prepared for if you are thinking about bringing an older child into your home. We know that you are probably ready to get the process moving forward, so think about how you will cope with the challenges.

One thing that can occur is that the child might be skeptical that you are willing to love them. They might have been moved around a lot, so they may have trouble accepting the fact that anyone will be there for them forever even though you are adopting them. This can be heartbreaking, but you have to be willing to put your heart on the line to show them that they are worthy of love and that your love is unconditional.

Why could your driver's license be suspended?

Like other states, driving here in Colorado is not a right. The law considers your driver's license a privilege. As such, every time you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you are doing so at the leisure of the state. What does this mean for you?

If you engage in certain activities, both on and off the road, the state could take your license away for a predetermined amount of time. Knowing what actions could result in the suspension of your driver's license could help you avoid them and, as a result, keep your driver's license.

Let kids know they aren't the cause for your divorce

Children who have to live through their parent's divorce might find it hard to cope with what is going on. Some might wonder whether their parents splitting up is their fault. The little ones might think that they did something bad that made it happen. The older ones might assume that their behavior or performance in school has a part in the adult calling it quits. One of the most important things that you can do in these cases is to reassure the children that they didn't play a part in your divorce. You might have to do this multiple times, so be ready when you notice it is needed.

It is also possible that kids will think that your divorce means they won't be able to spend time with one parent. This isn't something that you can talk them through, but making sure both parents are able to spend time with them can be beneficial. You should be sure that you keep up your end of the parenting agreement so that the children know they can count on you.

Set suitable precedent in child custody cases

For parents who are getting divorced, having to make decisions for the children is often challenging. You have to think about what is best for the kids, which can be difficult when you are dealing with raw emotions that come with the end of the marriage. We realize that you might have some concerns about your future, and we are here to help you learn about all possible options.

Your child's age and maturity level will play a part in the decisions you make. Younger children will need most decisions made for them, but older children might be able to have a say in their living arrangements and other considerations.

Custody orders and your ex's addiction

The primary duty of parents is to provide a safe and healthy environment in which their children can grow and thrive. In fact, this may have been the driving force behind the custody decisions the court made in your divorce. You may have had the grueling job of proving you are fit to parent or the even more distasteful work of demonstrating the unfitness of your former spouse.

If part of your reluctance to equally share parenting time relates to drug or alcohol abuse by your spouse, you may have been alarmed when a Colorado family court ordered shared custody or visitation. While your spouse may have been able to handle his or her addiction enough to interact with the children while you were married, you may have grave concerns about the safety of the children when they are alone with your ex.

Address the emotional turmoil that comes with divorce

You might be surprised by the number of emotions that you feel when you are going through a divorce. This is especially true if you had no idea that your marriage was headed in that direction. Trying to cope with the emotional turmoil you face is likely going to be an ongoing battle because those emotions will come and go often. It will feel like a rollercoaster.

One of the most important things you can do in these cases is to address the emotional challenges head-on. Take the time to think about how you are feeling and what you can do to address those feelings. You will have to find ways that work for you.

Domestic violence can lead to serious life impacts

The intersection of domestic violence and family law is a difficult place for anyone to be. The problem that they face is that the criminal matter can have a direct impact on their family life. This is a challenge that can be hard to cope with because it can mean having to stay away from their children. It is imperative that anyone who is facing this type of accusation know what they are facing.

Many people view domestic violence as something having to do with physical abuse. This is certainly a possibility and is one of the most common forms that is handled in the court system. The bruises and injuries that come from an alleged domestic violence incident provide proof of something going on, but this doesn't necessarily mean that you were responsible for it.

Parenting plans can include various points

When you think of child custody, you might think of the transfer of the children between parents. There is so much more to these arrangements that you should think about if you are facing a divorce that involves children. The more detailed these orders, the better your children might fare because they will be able to count on consistency.

One of the things that you can set in the parenting agreement is a behavior clause. This sets specific standards for how you and your ex will interact with each other. It should be based on mutual respect and calm communication. It should also include something that forbids either parent from using the children as messengers.

What now? Your teen wants to move in with your ex

Your child means everything to you, and you cannot begin to count the sacrifices you have willingly made for him or her. If your child was young when you and your spouse divorced, you may have gone through a difficult period of adjustment. If you were fortunate, those challenges passed. On the other hand, you may still struggle to connect with your child.

Now that your child has become a teenager, you can't help noticing his or her needs and interests are changing. You may even find that you have less in common, no matter how hard you try to keep up with the latest trends. It is understandable if you feel hurt and confused because your teen has announced his or her desire to live with the other parent. You may be uncertain how to react or move forward.

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

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