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Colorado parents: How international divorce could affect custody

Coloradans who have a family comprised of different nationalities likely know of the differing laws and complications when it comes to some issues. One issue in particular was recently featured as being potentially very problematic for parents of different citizenship: namely, divorce.

While it might seem expected that a divorce would be complicated and, certainly at times, lengthy, those who aren't aware may wish to look into the details regarding a divorce between two people of different countries. For parents especially, this issue might be worrisome. While the usual aspects of property and asset division will likely come into play, the possibility of not being able to live on the same continent as your children offers up an entirely new round of emotional turmoil.

One actress who Coloradans may have heard of, Kelly Rutherford, is mentioned in a recent source, due to her family's specific issues with this international divorce process. Her husband's legal status in the United States was terminated and their children were sent to live with him in France, due to the expulsion. She was granted visitation to France. Such a turbulent decision for the children to endure has an altogether different effect of disruption on the parent no longer living in the same country as their children.

While not every divorce involves such difficult and complex issues as citizenship, they are all encompassing emotional and trying efforts to make the best decisions for the children. Colorado residents in a similar situation or considering divorce may want to work with an attorney in order to best know the possible outcomes regarding child custody. Understanding your options is one of the best ways to move forward in the divorce process.

Source:, "Small world, big problem: Divorces involving dual citizenship," Jeff Landers, Jan. 10, 2013

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