Building a family isn't always the easiest thing for some. Colorado parents looking to adopt likely know of the sometimes lengthy and extensive process that it takes to go through a successful adoption. A new source is explaining how that process is broadening to new forms and becoming accessible through different platforms; namely, the Internet.
It is so often that when emotions are high and conflict comes to a boil the real issues come out, isn't it? We see it in movies and TV all the time - Grey's Anatomy has practically coined the dramatic monologue. How, in real life situations, do we get to the root of the issue without having a scripted and perfectly worded explanation for our actions and wishes? Colorado residents may have experienced the frustrating realization that getting through your issues isn't always as easy as it is portrayed on screen, especially when it comes to child custody issues.
Coming into the holiday season has been a focus for several previous posts; however, it can be somewhat different for a stepparent or blended families. While we have discussed some ways to survive the stress of this time of year, understanding how to make your experience better could help a stepparent in a tough situation this season. Colorado residents make up many different kinds of families and it's important to be aware of the unique position of those who enter an already formed family unit via second relationship.
One of the reasons for child support laws is to ensure that a parent is still supporting their child, even if the circumstances are strained or unique. For many, these payments are feasible, but there is also a large community of parents who have trouble coming up with the exact amount for every payment. A recent case in another state shows just how serious child support is for all residents - Coloradan or other.
There are many benefits to being a stay-at-home parent. For Colorado residents whose home lives have been undergoing some change due to a divorce, your main position as a parent could change drastically. In many marriages there is someone who stays at home to help raise the kids, at least for a while, and for those parents, finding their place in their new situation can be a mixture of terror and uncertainty.
The issue of child custody can encompass many other issues than just the location and guardianship of children. When two Colorado parents - and sometimes more than two - discuss where their children's best interests will be served and where it is best for them to live, emotions can easily run high. Parenting style, schools, friends and family in the area, and living arrangements are many factors that get looked at, but what can become of the children's custody agreement when the parents don't necessarily seek the same arrangement?
When a divorce is contested it can span many months and even years before a decision and settlement can be reached. For many Coloradans, this process can be incredibly emotional even while working towards an efficient and agreeable divorce is often the goal. A few months ago we discussed the famed Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries divorce and how their split has now far surpassed their marriage length. Well, it would appear that they are not done deliberating yet.
Domestic violence rates are getting to be more and more heart-breakingly high, causing many in Colorado and across the nation to pay attention to what the victims of this abuse need. It can be a paralyzing situation for someone to go through, not knowing how to get out or if they will be able to leave their situation. While many divorces do not involve this very serious issue, understanding its complexities and how to go about a divorce when dealing with such abuse could help someone in this very circumstance. One source has a few ideas on how to make the divorce process a little more streamlined on a person who is being domestically abused by their spouse.
Being a parent is something that many people easily take for granted, regardless of where they are. For those Coloradans who have difficulty becoming parents or staying in their children's lives, there is a new report out that may be of interest regarding disabled parents' rights. The report from the National Council on Disability is making national headlines as it highlights the red tape many disabled parents go through and emboldens the importance of maintaining a family unit even with the difficulty of a disability.
Regardless of age, being a child of divorce can continue to affect you in your family life and other aspects of your own life as well. Colorado couples going through a divorce likely know that it will have a substantial impact on their children however, it is perhaps especially important to be understanding during times of familial tradition, such as the holidays. With the impending marathon that is Thanksgiving, let's take a moment to look at what children of divorced families might be going through this year with their new household dynamics and custody situations.