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September 2016 Archives

Domestic violence can impact child custody cases

Surviving episodes of violence at the hands of a partner can be traumatic. However, for many Colorado women, simply living through domestic violence is just the beginning. It is not unusual for an abusive partner to use shared children to continue to terrorize his or her partner, both during and after the relationship. Child custody battles are an example, and many women are shocked to learn just how little a history of abuse will factor into a custody ruling.

Same-sex couple facing difficult child custody battle

Many people in Colorado welcomed the Supreme Court's decision legitimizing same-sex marriage. The change will make a world of difference to non-traditional families across the nation. It is important to understand, however, that same-sex couples still face considerable challenges when it comes to matters of child custody.

I wasn't read my rights: How they can use what you said against you

The cop seemed nice enough. He just wanted to hear your side of the story. And you didn't have anything to hide--after all, the guy hit you first; you were just returning the punch. Besides the guy walked away, he went home and so did you. It was days later when the cop called, you figured he was just following up. It never occurred to you to wonder why.

Talking to a child about divorce

It's no secret that divorce can be hard on children, but how you communicate news of a split largely sets the tone for and impacts how your child will feel about the whole process. By keeping the focus on clear and simple communication and tailoring the conversation to your child's age and emotional state, you can explain how things will change and express future plans without upsetting your son or daughter any more than is necessary. For example, it's important to carefully consider what you tell your child. Keep in mind that blaming a spouse or sharing inappropriate details can confuse and upset a child and even damage your relationship with him or her.

Divorce can lead to changes in tax obligations

When preparing to end a marriage, many Colorado residents feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of decisions that must be made. Divorce is a tumultuous time, both emotionally and practically. Understanding how one's tax obligations might be affected by divorce can seem like a low priority when compared to reaching property division or child custody decisions. In reality, however, changes in taxation can have long-lasting effects and deserve consideration during this busy time.

Don't forget college savings while negotiating a divorce

For many Colorado parents, setting aside money to fund their child's education is a top priority. A great resource for college savings are 529 plans, which are incredibly flexible accounts. They allow parents to build savings that their children can use for higher education. When a family goes through divorce, however, it is important to remember that these accounts are assets, and need to be treated accordingly. Without proper planning, it is possible that these savings may not be used for their intended purpose.

An unusual approach to the division of marital assets

When a Colorado marriage is on the rocks, many couples wish that dividing marital property was a simple procedure. Dread over the division of marital assets lead some couples to stay married long after it has become clear that the union is headed for divorce. One European entrepreneur has come up with a unique solution to at least one aspect of property division. He has designed a home that can be easily divided in half if a couple decides to pursue divorce.

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