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NFL and players urged to take steps to condemn domestic violence

Recently, yet another National Football League player was arrested on allegations of abuse. This is not the first time Reuben Foster has had allegations of domestic violence associated with him. Though all states, including Colorado, have laws that are intended to protect victims and hold offenders accountable, there are some who are urging the NFL and the players to take a stronger stand. 

The fact that another player has been accused of abusive actions is not the only reason there are calls for effective penalties. It's the fact Foster's team, The San Francisco 49ers, cut him based on those allegations and another team jumped at the chance to take him on. In spite of the league's own rule concerning personal conduct and what constitutes unacceptable behavior, the Washington Redskins defended picking Foster up by claiming that he will still have to go through certain steps before he is allowed to participate in any games.

Is joint custody your best option?

If you are a Colorado parent facing a divorce, the welfare of your children after the divorce likely is one of your highest concerns. It also is likely one of your soon-to-be ex-spouse's concerns, too. After all, both of you undoubtedly love your children and neither of you wants to become the traditional absentee parent, reduced to seeing your children every other weekend, alternating holidays, etc. The two of you may therefore wish to consider a post-divorce joint custody arrangement.

Gone are the days when a mom could rely on virtually always gaining custody of her children, especially if they were quite young at the time of her divorce. Joint custody has become the preferred option over the years, not only of parents, but also of child psychologists, family court judges and divorce attorneys. Unless some grievous condition exists in your marriage such as domestic or child abuse, most courts today feel that joint custody is in the best interests of the children.

Robert De Niro and wife purportedly headed for divorce re-run

Marriage is often a difficult and emotionally taxing venture for most couples. For those under the added pressure of public scrutiny, keeping a marriage on solid footing may be even more challenging as many celebrity couples file for divorce. Colorado movie fans may have recently heard that actor Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower are purportedly calling it quits for the second time.

The couple have been together off and on for more than 20 years. Shortly after the birth of their son, the couple filed for a divorce. They were locked in a custody dispute over the child for some time. However, several years later, they decided to try again and canceled their divorce proceedings. The 75-year-old actor has amassed a wealth of films to his credit and was worth an estimated $200 million based on those earnings as of 2015.

Effective steps to take to finalize divorce sooner

There has been much discussion about the need for couples in the process of dissolving their marriage to finalize the process by the end of the year. Beginning in January, the paying spouse will no longer be able to deduct alimony payments from income taxes, which may result in smaller payments and less money for the two households once the divorce is completed. At this point most Colorado couples will run out of time to get their divorces finalized in order to beat the tax deadline, but for couples who wish to complete their divorce as soon as possible, there are some actions that may speed the process.

The first step is to thoroughly analyze what one really needs to get out of their settlement agreement. There may be many desires, but when one truly considers what is most important, it may be easier to arrive at a workable agreement if the needs of each partner are taken into consideration. Once each spouse has a firm grasp on what each party needs, the negotiations may proceed with less acrimony.

Fathers can seek fair treatment in child support and custody

Statistically, mothers are awarded primary custody approximately 80 percent of the time. While women often state that they are worse off after a divorce, fathers also have challenges, especially in matters relating to child support and custody. Colorado residents who are experiencing difficulty with their payments or desire more time with their children can seek assistance.

Recently, several family professionals offered advice and encouragement to fathers who are struggling with family law matters. Regardless of whether men are having difficulties in making child support payments or are seeking more time with their children, one of the suggestions that was repeated was for them to remain calm and refrain from becoming angry. Judges do not respond well to accusations or emotional outbursts, and doing so may work against one's case, especially if a mother has sought a previous protection order for any reason.

Pilot program seeks to stop cycle of domestic violence

Of all the social issues that can have the most detrimental effect on families, one of the worst is abuse that impacts children. Studies have shown that, even when domestic violence is not directed specifically at children, they still suffer psychological trauma. Though there are many shelters that are geared toward helping Colorado victims, these programs do not include the abuser.

A pilot program is underway in another state that will include the alleged perpetrator in an attempt to help offenders find new ways of coping with stress and triggers. Professionals state that one of the most serious concerns is the effect that abuse in the family has upon children. Whether they are also victims -- which is estimated to occur in anywhere from 30 to 60 percent of the cases -- children suffer cognitive damage from being exposed to violence within the home. Since abusers and their victims may continue to try to co-parent, it is believed that a program that seeks to treat abusers will benefit all parties.

Steps to take while seeking to win a child custody case

When a parent loses custody of a child -- whether through a divorce or other reasons -- it takes a heavy emotional toll on him or her. There may be ways to regain at least partial child custody that may or may not involve pursing those rights in court. Colorado parents who are facing this challenging time may keep a few suggestions in mind that could help guide them.

If one has lost custody due to parental behaviors or the inability to provide a suitable home, one of the first steps is to correct the problem and secure a suitable living environment. In some circumstances, it may be possible to enter into negotiations with the other parent that may allow one to regain parenting time. However, this may not be possible for many parents, thereby requiring the parent to pursue custody rights through litigation. Once this has been initiated, the parent may be best served by presenting an appropriate appearance to the family court judge.

Military divorce can have significant impact on pay; retirement

The prospect of going through a divorce is seldom a welcome one. If the dissolution is between a service member and a civilian spouse, it is important to know how a military divorce can impact one's pay and future retirement pension. Colorado residents who are preparing for this type of divorce may be unaware that many of the decisions regarding property division will be determined by state laws.

Divorce is a complicated process, and a military divorce may be even more so since there are different regulations and benefits involved. One of the differences is how the federal Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA) works to protect spouses. This law was passed in 1982 and granted state courts the right to allow former spouses access to military retirement pay. This act does not guarantee a former spouse a certain percentage of pay or retirement but refers to the right of a former spouse to receive payments directly through the Department of Defense. 

How divorce can emotionally affect your college student

Some parents believe that the older their child is, the easier it will be for them to adjust to divorce. They have a better understanding of how relationships work and know that some marriages are not bound to last. Divorcing while your child is in college means that they do not have to witness the nasty divorce proceedings in person or have to endure a tedious custody battle.

However, your child is still developing as a young adult when they are at the university. Aside from now potentially having to worry about financial aid since Colorado does not force divorcing parents to pay for college expenses, they now may struggle to function at school knowing all the family drama is going on at home. You need to know the various ways a divorce can impact your kid at college so you can continue to support them even when it is not in person.

Debt and credit important factors re property division in divorce

According to financial expert, Suze Orman, couples should pay close attention to the other's credit score before deciding to marry. Ignoring some important indications while dating and in the early years of a marriage may wind up costing both spouses during property division if they later file for divorce. Colorado residents who are facing an impending divorce may have concerns about how their spouse's debt could impact their finances.

One of the biggest contributing factors in a divorce involves disagreements over money. As such, couples are encouraged to have serious discussions over their approach to finances as well as the state of their own personal financial well-being. Orman takes this advice one step further and urges each partner to have an open discussion concerning the other's FICO score and credit history. If one has a poor credit rating, Orman recommends the relationship not be pursued.

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