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Your finances changed, but can your support order change, too?

Your divorce is final, but it may surprise you how much that choice is still affecting many areas of your life. You probably had to make financial adjustments, get used to new parenting schedules and much more. However, the changes you may experience don't stop once things are final and you feel settled. You may find that your financial circumstances and ability to pay child support are no longer what they used to be.

Through reasons you cannot control and circumstances you did not expect, you may find yourself unable to continue with the same payments you made in the past. This has no bearing on your ability to be a good parent, yet you may be unsure of what you can do in this situation. Thankfully, it is possible to sometimes secure a modification to an existing child support order. 

Types of domestic violence and your options

Domestic violence is a serious problem, but it is one that goes far beyond the physical abuse that some people associate with it. This situation impacts the adults, as well as children who are in the home. The children are watching what's going on and might think that the behavior is normal. They might not have a model for a healthy relationship.

For the adults in the situation, recognizing the different types of domestic violence might help them to stop it. Victims might be so used to the other person's techniques that they don't see a problem. Abusers might think that their actions are justified.

Child custody: Some things don't change after divorce

Parents who are going through a divorce might not realize just how much life will stay the same when they are split up. It is true that they will live in separate homes, but this doesn't mean that they aren't going to have to communicate and work together. They will still need to remain a parenting team as they raise the children.

This can be a difficult situation to work through, especially in the beginning when everything is still so new. One thing that you must insist upon is that all interactions with each other are respectful. You will have some events that will require you to come face-to-face with your ex, so be prepared for this so that you can keep the focus on the kids.

Will your complex assets need valuations during your divorce?

Over the years, you and your spouse may have acquired various assets that you believe hold significant value. During your marriage, you may have simply appreciated the aesthetic these brought to your household decor or the income you earned from a business, but now that you are getting a divorce, you may worry about how your property will be divided.

If you do not have a prenuptial agreement, most assets that you and your spouse obtained during your marriage will count as marital property. As a result, some of your antiques, artwork and other valuable property could end up divided between the two of you. Because you undoubtedly want a fair outcome, determining the values of those assets is vital.

Tips for young people going through divorce

You got married with the expectation that your union was going to last forever. It can be difficult to realize that you can't work out your issues with your spouse, the marriage is over and you are going to be single again. When you figure out that there is no hope, however, it is time for you to emotionally and financially protect yourself.

There are several things that you can do to take the stress out of the divorce. If you don't have children together, the split means that you will probably never have to deal with each other again. Use this as fuel to get things done as quickly as possible.

Grandparents may help your kids during your divorce

Your children need stability when you are going through a divorce. This isn't an easy time for them, so you will need to find ways to help them through it. One thing that you might do is encourage them to spend time with their grandparents if they live close to you.

There are many ways that grandparents can help their grandchildren during this time, but make sure that you talk to the grandparents first about what's going on. You need to make it clear that they shouldn't badmouth either parent. Just because the marriage didn't work out, that doesn't mean that either is a bad parent or bad person.

The emotional impact of divorce on Colorado fathers

Divorce will have a significant financial impact on every member of the family, including the father. Men experience the same complex emotions as others do when they are facing life change, whether they expected it or not. In fact, many men are caught off guard by their spouses' decision to divorce, which is very difficult.

If you are a father, you may be looking ahead to the process of divorce with dread. What will happen to your relationship with your children? Will you be able to secure terms that allow you to have financial security in the future? When it comes to addressing these questions and others you may have, there is benefit in looking beyond how you are feeling in the moment and focusing on what will be best long-term.

Tips for bringing up the end of your marriage

Once you decide that you can't remain in your marriage, you will have to break the news to your spouse. This isn't going to be an easy conversation, but you can take steps to tone down the impact that it has on the nature of the divorce. You shouldn't ever bring up the divorce up in the heat of an argument. This is a conversation that is best handled when both parties are calm, and it should be done in private.

Make sure that you have your thoughts in order. Think about what you are going to say and how you will say it. There is a good chance that your future ex will have a strong reaction to this news. You need to decide ahead of time how you will handle this. Trying to remain calm during this can be beneficial since it might help to set the tone of the divorce.

Uncooperative co-parents can make things difficult

A successful co-parenting relationship requires both adults to work together throughout the process of rearing the children. While this might work for some people, it won't work for others if one party decides to stop cooperating with the other. This is problematic and can ruin the relationship. It also puts the children in a difficult spot.

If you are dealing with an ex who is suddenly uncooperative, it can be hard to figure out what to do. There are several things that you should remember. One of the most important is that you need to continue to focus on the kids. By keeping the focus on their well-being, you might find that the issues between you and your ex aren't as serious as you first believed.

When might I be able to seek a maintenance adjustment?

As part of your divorce decree, the court either awarded you or ordered you to pay spousal maintenance. Courts do not grant alimony in every divorce case, so your familial and financial circumstances played a major role in your order. Things have changed since the court issued the order, and now you are wondering if you can seek a maintenance adjustment. Thankfully, yes, the state of Colorado does allow for such post-decree modifications.

Who can seek an alimony adjustment? Why might the court consider granting it? Are these requests always approved?

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