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Resolving conflicts related to raising children

Parenting can be challenging after a divorce, but it is important for parents in Colorado and throughout the country to put their needs second and focus on what is best for the children. This means not putting them in the middle of arguments or other disputes that the adults are involved in. If a child mentions something that the other parent has said, it may be time for a conversation with that person. Ideally, this conversation will take place at a neutral location where the child is not present.

While consistency is key for children, parents shouldn't feel forced to have the exact same parenting style as their ex. For instance, a parent shouldn't force a child to do homework at a set time just because the other parent prefers it that way. As a general rule, parents should allow for differences in parenting style as long as those differences don't put the child in danger.

Don't let a stepparent mess up your custody plan

When you and your spouse divorced, you became former spouses; however, you didn't become former parents. You're still parents of the same children, and that means you and your ex will always have a connection in that sense. One or both of you might remarry. If that happens, you may encounter numerous challenges as your kids adapt to having a stepparent. It's natural that they might see a remarriage as a betrayal at first. It takes time to adapt to new lifestyles.

Unfortunately, many families run into trouble when a new stepparent somehow causes impediment to an existing child custody or visitation arrangement. Perhaps, your ex's new spouse wants to have weekends alone as a married couple without your kids. Maybe you feel that your ex has been alienating you from your kids ever since you remarried. If legal quandaries arise, there are resources available to help you rectify the problem.

Remember to take care of yourself throughout divorce

Most Colorado residents face various trials throughout their lives. The ways in which they handle those difficult times often differ, depending on their personal preferences. Of course, as you face the difficulty of going through divorce, you may wonder how you can help yourself through the process.

Fortunately, a number of tips could help you find the best way for you to approach your divorce proceedings and to lessen the stress you face throughout this life-changing event. Still, it is important to find the tactics that best suit your situation.

Infidelity may also be a financial secret

When people in Colorado suspect infidelity, they may not first think of the financial side of the issue. However, carrying on an affair is often an expensive project. People buy gifts, rent hotel rooms or go out to fancy dates. In some cases, individuals may establish entire lives with apartments and basic daily items. The costs of infidelity can add up, and many people first learn of their spouses' affairs due to the changes in spending and saving habits that accompany the extramarital relationships.

There are several financial issues that often come to the forefront during divorce, and some of those involve secret accounts and other hidden money. In some cases, spouses hide money in order to conceal the funds used to carry on an affair. In other cases, they are hoping to keep it out of the pot of marital property dealt with in the property division process. In both cases, however, the other spouse has a strong interest in uncovering these financial secrets.

Child support modifications after parental disability

When a parent in Colorado becomes disabled due to an accident, injury or illness, it can have a substantial impact on all areas of life. Noncustodial parents with disabilities could face particular challenges making child support payments. In general, child support court orders are based on a standard formula that takes into account the parents' income and planned earnings.

When a parent becomes disabled, they might not be able to return to their previous employment. They may experience a precipitous decrease in income, relying on government disability benefits or insurance payments as a result of their injury. As a result, they might be unable to keep up with their obligations.

Are you ready to divorce your spouse?

Whether you have faced a sudden event in your marriage or you have endured unhappiness for too many years, you may be considering divorce, and not for the first time. However, even if you have brought your concerns to friends and family, you may still be struggling to know if you should continue keeping up appearances for the sake of the children.

Deciding whether divorce is the right choice often involves a careful examination of yourself, your goals and your circumstances. Have you tried couples counseling or individual therapy to get at the root of your discontent? Have you suggested ways to rekindle your relationship to no avail? While determining the right time to divorce is a deeply personal decision, there are some definite signs that walking away may be in your best interests.

Understanding child support agreements

Many Colorado parents enter into child support agreements each year. However, the process can seem complicated and confusing for those who are new to the system.

Typically, child support is money paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. Noncustodial parents can be either the father or the mother, and the same is true for custodial parents. The parents do not have to have ever been married for there to be a child support agreement.

Out-of-state custodial parent relocations

Divorced parents in Colorado are often able to make things easier for their children by remaining within fairly close proximity to one another. Unfortunately, this isn't always possible. Whether it's because of a job change or other life circumstances, a relocation can present some challenges for parents after a marriage comes to an end. This situation can become even more complicated if the custodial parent wishes to relocate out of state with a child.

Before relocating, a parent should read their custody agreement documents, divorce decree and/or parenting plan first. If any of these documents have stipulations about out-of-state relocation, the custodial parent is encouraged to comply to avoid legal challenges. It's advised that a relocating parent also keep state laws regarding out-of-state moves in mind.

Alimony tax law changes now in effect

As the new year approached and then made its appearance, you may have wondered what changes the coming year would have in store for you. You likely hoped that any new aspects would prove beneficial, even if they seemed difficult to face at first. In particular, you may have had this hope for your pending divorce case.

You may have come to the decision to divorce well before the new year, but getting such cases underway can take a considerable amount of time. Now that 2019 is here, you will also need to contend with tax law changes that could affect any alimony awarded in your case.

What does joint custody look like following divorce?

Dissolving your marriage can certainly be a tough emotional process for you and the other party. However, if the two of you have minor children together, the divorce process can take a toll on them, too.

A major question you must tackle while going through the divorce process is who will end up receiving custody of the children. The reality is that joint custody, where you both share custody of the children to an extent, is a possibility. Here is a look at how joint custody works in Colorado.

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