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Tips for protecting children from the impact of divorce

Divorced parents in Colorado can help lessen the impact of the divorce on their children by working together to help them adjust. Their children should not be made to feel guilty for expressing love for parents and stepparents and wanting to spend time with them, and parents should avoid negative remarks about one another in front of the children.

Parents should respect a child's need for a regular schedule. This predictability can be important in the child's adjustment. Older children may want some decision-making power when it comes to the parenting schedule. Parents should also try to be flexible if their children would rather spend time with friends than with them. This time can be important in building social skills.

Could mediation be the right approach for your divorce?

When you decide to move forward with divorce, you may not be certain that you want to go through a stressful, contentious battle with your spouse in a Colorado family courtroom. Fortunately, the divorce process can be much easier than that, and you may not even have to go to court at all. When you resolve your disputes out of court, you can save yourself the time, money and hassle associated with traditional divorce litigation.

Mediation is a process by which couples can resolve their divorce disputes in a peaceful, mutually respectful process. Through this form of alternate dispute resolution, couples may be able address their specific concerns and work together for a mutually beneficial resolution. If the thought of going to court overwhelms you, you may want to think about the benefits of mediation and how it could work for your situation. 

Money surprises can affect your post-divorce future

Divorce is a complicated process, and like most people facing the end of their marriage, you probably have serious concerns about what this process will mean for your financial future. Money and division of marital property are some of the most hotly contested issues in a divorce, and you may feel overwhelmed just thinking about it.

You and your spouse will have to divide marital property, but how this process will actually work depends on your individual situation. If you go to court, the court and state laws will dictate what will happen to your property. If you are able to reach a settlement out of court, the terms of your final agreement will decide how you deal with marital assets. No matter what, it's prudent to think about your long-term interests in order to avoid unpleasant financial surprises that could affect your future.

Prenups and other ways to safeguard finances in case of divorce

Some people may assume that if they keep their marital finances separate, a court will not require them to split any of that property in case of divorce. In an equitable division state like Colorado, the assets that individuals earn may be considered their own separate property, but people should not count on this being the case. An attorney for a spouse may successfully argue that these assets should be shared. If this is the case, the assets will be divided equitably.

Equitable is not the same as equal, and in a divorce, several factors may help a judge determine how property is divided. However, couples who are concerned about ensuring that their assets are separate may want to consider a prenuptial agreement. A prenup carries the advantage of forcing couples to be open with one another about their finances and to talk about their attitudes toward money. A survey by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers found that more people are requesting prenuptial agreements than ever before.

How to locate a missing noncustodial parent

In Colorado and across the United States, failure to pay child support becomes an issue when it is difficult to find the supporting parent. It is important to ascertain the noncustodial parent's physical address, and locating the noncustodial parent involves research via various documents. Providing information to the county Child Support Enforcement Unit can help locate a missing parent. For instance, CSEU employees will want to know the noncustodial parent's first, middle and last name and all previous names.

Locating the noncustodial parent is often in the best interests of the child. Other useful information needed because of delinquent payments includes the noncustodial parent's previous physical address, landline phone number and cellphone number. Custodial parents should provide the other parent's residential phone number and a work-related phone number if known. Finding a missing parent is easier if the custodial parent provides the noncustodial parent's Social Security number.

Co-parenting during summer months

Parents who share custody of a minor child in Colorado may face challenges when trying to co-parent. During summer months, there are important steps that parents can take to make these difficulties easier.

Communication and respect are key when it comes to working with another parent over the summer. Children often follow the example set by their parents. If a child sees one parent disrespecting the other, that can adversely affect the relationship that the child has with both parents.

Is it time to decide if divorce is right for you?

Your reasons for staying in your marriage may have changed as years passed. Perhaps at first you remained married because your children were young. Maybe you soon realized you could not survive financially if you left your spouse. Now, perhaps, you stay because you are reluctant to leave after investing so many years in the relationship.

Maybe there is a chance you can work to improve your marriage, or maybe the time is right to take the leap of faith and break away on your own. How do you know what is the right thing to do? Where do you even begin to make such a life-changing decision?

Keeping the family home in a divorce

When Colorado couples decide to divorce, one of the biggest questions is what will happen to the family home. This is often the largest asset that is acquired during the marriage. Furthermore, many people become emotionally attached to the family home.

In many cases, a divorcing spouse will have to determine if it is in their best interests or even financially feasible to keep the family home, especially if there are children involved. One question that needs to be answered is how much equity the former couple has in the home. Equity is the value of the property minus any liens or encumbrances, such as the remaining balance of a mortgage. To determine equity, an appraisal or a broker price opinion will be needed.

How to protect the money you worked so hard to earn in a divorce

Many successful Colorado couples are between the ages of 25 and 40 with one or several children in their families. If you're a spouse that fits this category, and you happen to be headed for divorce, then you can likely relate to others in similar situations who are most concerned about protecting their finances. Whether you've been married five or less years, or have been with your spouse for a decade or more, you've worked hard to get what you have.

It is a fact that divorce costs money. However, there are definitely ways to keep costs low. What may be even more important is thinking of the long run and not only of making sure you get all that you're entitled to during property division proceedings. You can take steps to protect yourself financially throughout the divorce process. 

The purpose of The Hague Abduction Convention.

Colorado has strict laws regarding child abduction, including abduction during custody and visitation disputes. Law enforcement can become involved and criminal penalties may be placed on a perpetrator.

When child abduction occurs on an international level, a different set of rules apply. Separate governments, legal jurisdictions and different laws may arise. A custody order signed in the US may not be honored by another country.

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