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Divorce among the wealthier can be long and difficult

In some areas of the country, marriages may be less likely to thrive, especially when one or the other experiences a significant rise in income. Marriage can be difficult under normal circumstances, but there seems to be a trend in one area of the country that sees many couples filing for divorce after they have achieved perceived success in their field. Colorado residents may be unaware that those who make a living in the technology fields may see more than their share of broken homes.

Those who come to the renowned tech company hot spot discover that, after a company has proved to be profitable, he or she is less likely to stay with the spouse who was with them in the beginning. On the other hand, many of these young entrepreneurs elect to make their mark first and then enter into a prenuptial agreement in an effort to protect the assets that they have worked to amass. However, since this area is located in a community property state, it may become necessary to revise these agreements from time to time.

Common questions husbands have about spousal maintenance payments

If you had a long marriage and were the primary breadwinner, you might be stressing out about the consequences of your divorce. You might wonder how much of your hard-earned money you will have to fork out for spousal maintenance payments. While lifetime spousal support is fairly rare, you might potentially face some serious rehabilitative and long-term payments.

Thankfully, there are ways for you and your soon-to-be-ex-wife to come up with a viable scenario. Below is some key information about understanding and determining spousal maintenance in Colorado.

State conducts sweep in attempt to collect back child support

The vast majority of Colorado parents involved in divorce proceedings are able to work out the details concerning child custody and financial responsibility when they go their separate ways. Sometimes, however, payments are not made, and enforcement options must be considered. In those instances where a noncustodial parent is simply unable to pay court-ordered child support, it may be possible to obtain a temporary or permanent modification by filing a formal petition with the court. 

One county in another state recently conducted a three day sweep in an attempt to collect back support. According to the report, approximately 31 parents were arrested in the operation. The county sent a total of 34 deputies out to make the arrests. Purportedly, the amount in arrears totaled an estimated $443, 700. The ones who were arrested all had outstanding warrants regarding the delinquent payments.

Colorado physicians and DUI charges

For practicing physicians in Colorado, a DUI conviction can have even more serious consequences than for someone who is not a licensed professional. When you face DUI charges, you need to deal not just with the criminal justice system but also with the Medical Board.

According to the Colorado Medical Practice Act (CMPA), you must inform the Medical Board of any "adverse action" against you that could also form grounds for discipline. You have 30 days from the adverse action - in the case of a DUI, from conviction - to submit your report.

There are steps that can protect assets in case of a divorce

When a couple marries, they likely do not anticipate that the relationship may not survive. However, there are some steps that one can take to protect assets before a divorce takes a heavy toll on wealth. Taking steps to shelter wealth now can help Colorado residents avoid a financial hardship before vows are even exchanged.

According to recent statistics, the divorce rate has gone down over the past several years. However, it may still be prudent to take steps to protect assets and wealth before a marriage is in danger. If one partner or the other has significant assets, then setting up a trust may be the best method to ensure that children will inherit the assets before they could be subjected to division in a divorce proceeding. Also, passing a home down may best be done so through a trust as well. Having a third-party manage the trust may protect property from creditors or unintended heirs.

Child custody dispute ends in father's arrest; mother stabbed

Few issues in life may be more contentious than trying to decide where a child should live after the parents break up. Though it has happened, most child custody disputes do not end in a parent being physically attacked. Colorado parents do have resources to turn to when they find themselves in a bitter custody battle.

In a recent case in another state, a father purportedly was at the home of his 2-year-old child and the child's mother. At some point, the father allegedly stabbed the woman in a lower extremity and then abducted his son. Police had been summoned to the home for a report of a domestic disturbance approximately two hours before the child was taken.

4 costly mistakes to avoid in a high-asset divorce

No matter the details, getting divorced can be emotionally and financially difficult. If your divorce involves a substantial number of assets and property to be divided, your long-term economic well-being may be on the line. You might be tempted to rush to a settlement to get it over with, but this can have damaging consequences. Here are four common mistakes to avoid while going through a high-asset divorce.

1. Hiding or disguising assets

Michelle Kwan, husband file for divorce

Marriage can be difficult under the best circumstances. Add in the pressures that can come from being a celebrity or having aspirations of a public office and it may come as no surprise when a couple files for divorce. Colorado families may be familiar with at least one of the parties in this latest petition for a marriage dissolution.

Clay Pell, spouse of Michelle Kwan, recently filed for a divorce and stated that the couple had reached the point of incompatibility. He further requested privacy during the process while thanking those who have provided support to him. The couple married in the beginning of 2013 and have only been married for four years.

Prescription drugs and DUI

When you think of DUI charges, you may assume that the driver was drinking heavily or using illegal drugs. However, even people who would never engage in this type of behavior can find themselves facing criminal charges of Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Ability Impaired.

Even perfectly legal, duly prescribed medications can affect your ability to drive safely. Therefore, you can do everything correctly and still end up accused of a DUI or DWAI. In Colorado, DUI is the more serious charge that applies when a driver is substantially impaired by a substance; DWAI is a lesser charge brought when the impairment is slight.

Lawmakers in one state seek wider database for protective orders

Entering into a new relationship can be an exciting time for new couples. Unfortunately, some relationships can end in victims of violence or threats seeking protective orders against a partner whom they now fear. Like every state, Colorado has laws in place that are intended to provide protection for those who are vulnerable in potentially violent relationships.

However, recently, lawmakers in one state determined that there may be a need for even more protections for potential victims of domestic abuse. After a woman was shot to death by a former boyfriend, a legislator, who was campaigning for re-election, visited the father of the deceased victim. As the conversation progressed, the grieving parent lamented that none of the family was aware that the perpetrator had an alleged history of violent behavior towards others.

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