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Fathers and child custody issues

Most fathers living in Colorado and around the country are deeply committed to their children. Unfortunately, in cases where parents divorce or do not live together, fathers may feel shortchanged when it comes to relationships with their kids.

The frustration these men feel is often tied to one of two things: a lack of time with their children or having difficulty affording child support payments. In the case of child support, there may be very good reason for frustration as child support obligations are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, and the courts have many methods of ensuring compliance at their disposal, including sending fathers in arrears to jail.

Exploring co-parenting options for child custody

As a parent, you genuinely want what is best for your child. Since there is no guide to raising children, you are probably like most people and are simply doing your very best and hoping for a good outcome. However, some decisions are harder than others, like making child custody decisions during divorce.

You might be thinking about co-parenting. Even if the idea sounds good in theory, if your kids are still quite young then the idea of sharing custody equally could be overwhelming. While it is understandable that you have some concerns, you may be interested in learning about the benefits of co-parenting.

How to detect whether a spouse is hiding assets

When couples in Colorado get divorced, one spouse may try to conceal assets from the other person. One way to do this is to hide portions of one's income, such as bonuses, commissions and dividends. For example, a person may receive a year-end bonus but ask an employer to hold on to it until the divorce is final, so it is not included in marital assets. This might be detected if the individual's spouse knows when the bonus is paid and notices that it is not included in the list of assets for the year.

There are other ways for spouses to hide assets to be on the lookout for as well. For example, a person might make a large withdrawal and claim that it was to pay a credit card bill or the IRS. What may actually be happening is that the individual is overpaying the creditor, but the money will not be refunded until after the divorce. Someone who suddenly takes an interest in collectibles, such as antiques or art, could be purchasing valuable items and claiming they are worthless.

The top regrets of people who divorce

People who divorce do so for a variety of reasons. Whether a couple splits up because of money problems, infidelity or just growing apart, it can be a difficult process. This is the case even when it is clearly the best path forward for everyone involved.

Though some people say that divorce came out of the blue for them, there are others who express regret and feel they should have taken a more proactive role to preserve their marriage. Researchers claim that there are several common things that divorced people say they wish they'd changed in their marriage. If you're considering getting a divorce here in Colorado, these two categories of regrets may help you understand your situation.

Why DNA tests matter in a child support case

Colorado residents who are seeking child support may need to establish paternity. This is true if the alleged father of the child was not married to the mother at the time of conception or birth. In most cases, DNA tests are used to establish paternity because of their high degree of accuracy. Tests are generally conducted by taking cells from the inside of a person's cheek.

This is designed to be a painless procedure and has also been shown to be as accurate as a blood test. If a man is deemed to be a child's father, he will likely be ordered to pay child support, and he may also be given visitation rights to the child. A DNA test may be required to determine parentage if a parent signs up for public assistance programs. Doing so can help to identify noncustodial parents and ensure that they are helping to provide for their children.

Dealing with people who try to avoid child support obligations

Noncustodial parents in Colorado and throughout the country may try to use a tactic called voluntary impoverishment to avoid paying child support. This may involve a person failing to hold a job or taking jobs that don't maximize his or her earning potential. If someone has a formal child support order in place, authorities can take steps to impute the noncustodial parent's income. This means that he or she will be ordered to pay child support based on a projected annual income.

Indirect evidence may also be used to shed light on a person's current financial situation. For instance, if someone recently purchased a vehicle, it may be possible to get details regarding the loan obtained to finance the purchase. One of those details could be the annual income that an individual claimed when applying for the loan.

Getting divorced? You may want a new financial adviser

Though divorce is something many people experience, that doesn't mean the process is easy. Most people go through numerous changes during their lives, and it's difficult to know the best way to proceed.

If you're considering a divorce here in Colorado, you likely understand that it impacts your personal finances. However, one thing you might not have thought about is the need to hire new professionals to replace those the two of you used jointly. Finding a new financial adviser is particularly important. Understanding why and how to go about doing so can offer you a sense of security.

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.

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