You may be one of many Colorado families who will spend this year's summer adapting to a new lifestyle after divorce. As a parent of several children, you're likely experiencing various levels of anxiety regarding your continuing relationship with your former spouse as a co-parent. Even though you chose to untie your marital knot, you know you will always be connected to your former spouse because of your children. The parenting plan horror stories others have told you have you feeling a little nervous about your own future.
As a Colorado parent in a divorce or custody battle, you may have engaged in parental alienation without even realizing it. That is because there are varying degrees of parental alienation. You may be wondering, what exactly is parental alienation? According to Psychology Today, parental alienation is, "a set of strategies that parents use to undermine and interfere with a child's relationship with his or her other parent." Just how intentional or often this behavior is occurring can affect the severity of parental alienation.
If you've been considering getting a divorce or are getting one now and have children, you may be worried about how custody and visitation time will work out for your situation. If Colorado's new law is approved, parents in this situation could soon see themselves with equal time with their children.
Establishing parenting time is one aspect of divorce that you may not be looking forward to. Fortunately, because of how the system works, your child's wishes, your wishes and the best interests of the parties involved will all be considered. Here are a few facts about the process you may not already know.
Studies have shown that children need to have both of their parents in their lives. When they lose touch with one or the other, perhaps following a divorce, it can impact their development. It can also cause emotional damage. This is why it is so important to understand the parenting time -- which is sometimes called visitation -- laws in Colorado.
For almost everyone, a divorce is a complete upheaval in life. Everything is turned upside down, from where you may live, to that which your paycheck goes towards. Emotions are raw right after a divorce, and even in no-fault divorces, there is still a need to blame someone -- even if that someone is yourself.
The challenges of parenting can seem insurmountable at times. Simply knowing when to say "no" to your kids can be difficult, let alone all the other seemingly impossible decisions you are faced with on a daily basis. When two parents are involved in each with the daily decisions, it's difficult, confusing and emotional. It's doubly trying when you're divorced, and you may often question what your motives are when you make your decisions about parenting time, visitation and child custody.
Marrying someone from another country often involves a lot of visas, travelling and proof of relationships, but what if you're trying to divorce someone from another country? Colorado residents who are involved in a relationship with a person who has citizenship in another nation may be aware of the difficult divorce process for dual-national marriages. One source recently went through some of the different ways this tricky dissolution can cause more divorce distress.
Children affected by a Colorado divorce often have their own emotional struggles during and after the difficult process. It can become even worse when one of their parents is dealing with abuse claims regarding the children themselves. One celebrity couple is going through a divorce right now and the father is facing claims of child abuse, however it appears that the couple is working with the court system to work out an appropriate plan for parenting time.
Recently, one state's lawmakers proposed a bill that would make it mandatory for a judge to grant divorced parents equal custody of their children unless one parent is determined to be unfit. Now, researchers at one major U.S. university have found that the public generally supports the notion of equal custody.