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Courts are more likely to support shared child custody today

Over the past 30 years, there has been a dramatic shift in society in many areas, including divorce and parenting. One of the more positive shifts has been that more and more courts in Colorado and elsewhere are more inclined to start with the presumption that shared child custody is preferable in the majority of cases. This change has been welcomed by dads who desire to help raise their children.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, courts typically followed the presumption that mothers were the preferred caregiver, especially for younger children. However, once divorce become more commonplace, and more and more mothers were entering the job market, family court judges became inclined to consider that children would benefit from a shared custody plan. In fact, many parents are able to work out a custody agreement outside of the courtroom.

A high asset divorce may expose some financial landmines

The end of a marriage entails both emotional and financial difficulties. While emotions take time to resolve, it is helpful to prepare for the financial fallout that often accompanies a high asset divorce. Colorado residents may choose to seek financial advice to work through any financial landmines successfully.

Most spouses are able to anticipate the changes they will need to make in order to manage the costs of both a divorce and life afterwards. However, along with the expected increases in housing costs and potential tax changes, there are other financial setbacks that might be unpleasant surprises. These can include taxes and penalties for dividing retirement accounts and stock portfolios. In addition, it may be easy to exceed the capital gains threshold which may consume the profits that were expected from the sale of a property in an upscale neighborhood. Finding replacement housing for both parties may cost more than expected, especially when expenses such as repairs and maintenance are taken into account. 

Calls for SF Giants CEO to be suspended over domestic violence

There have been frequent headlines involving professional sports figures who have engaged in behaviors that are unprofessional, at best, criminal at the worst. When the subject matter is domestic violence, fans and community leaders tend to take notice, since professional sports as a whole publicly condemned such behavior. Colorado baseball fans may be aware of the calls for one CEO to be suspended over his actions early last month.

According to the record, the CEO for the SF Giants, Larry Baer, and his wife got into a heated discussion in public. While the entire circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear, at one point, Baer reached out to grab a cell phone out of his wife's hands. She was seated at the time, and the struggle over the device resulted in the woman falling backward out of her seat and onto the ground. Baer then took possession of the phone and walked away.

3 divorce topics that are different for long-term couples

Three points in divorce are often much different for older people than for younger couples. The first is spousal support, the second is child custody/support and the third is asset division.

Change is not always bad. Some things tend to be easier during a so-called gray divorce, while others may become more complicated after a long union. Get a brief introduction on three topics of particular note for long-term couples.

Lisa Marie Presley fighting to win full child custody of twins

Regardless of one's standing in life or parental legacy, no one is immune to the uncertainties of life, including relationships that do not endure. Colorado families often face the challenges and turmoil that accompany a difficult child custody dispute. Recently, it was reported that the daughter of one of music's most beloved icons is caught up in a bitter custody battle of her own.

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presely, is seeking full custody of the twin daughters she had with her fourth husband. The estranged parents are purportedly caught up in a bitter fight over the children. As a result, the court has appointed a child psychologist to interview the children to assess how they are handling the ongoing feud. Along with the children, interviews will be conducted with all of the adults who have regular contact with the children, including the parents, grandparents and teachers. Siblings of the twins will also be interviewed.

3 simple guidelines when negotiating child custody

The end of a marriage is an emotional ordeal. It is often worse for children when the parents are in a constant battle against one another. Colorado parents who fear becoming entrenched in a bitter child custody dispute may benefit from keeping three simple guidelines in mind. 

If part of the divorce process requires parents to meet with a neutral third party, they may do better if they refrain from sharing their views on the shortcomings of their former spouse. While no parent is perfect, the one who sees their flaws most clearly is usually the individual who has difficult self-evaluating. Unless a parent is suspected of abusive behavior, then it is pointless to try to influence opinions on the character of the other parent.

Calls for congressman to resign over domestic violence allegation

There has been a renewed effort to ensure that abuse and violence against women and other victims is no longer a secret matter. As a result, victims have been emboldened to speak publicly on serious issues such as domestic violence and other harmful behaviors. There may be many Colorado residents who have been victims of abuse and are unsure of how to protect themselves or their children from this frightening behavior.

Recently, a judge determined that the wife of one public official had been a victim of cyber harassment and stalking behaviors. The woman was granted an order of protection from her husband who currently serves as a congressman. Once the allegations became public with the issuance of the order, there have been several calls for the husband to resign from public office.

Divorce later in life requires careful planning for retirement

According to recent statistics, younger couples are less inclined to seek a divorce. However, for those aged 50 and older, the divorce rate has increased more than 100 percent. Colorado residents who are seeking a "gray" divorce may have to revise retirement plans.

In the past, women often relied on their husbands for health insurance and their standard of living. Now, more women have achieved financial independence and are able to meet their own financial needs, including planning for retirement. This may be one of the reasons that more couples are willing to seek a divorce after years of marriage. However, this makes the need for careful planning even more essential during the division of marital assets.

What happens to valuable paintings in a divorce?

In a divorce, most of the couple's possessions become divided equitably. In the eyes of a court, a painting is not different from the silverware, but people tend to have an emotional connection to artwork. This makes splitting the paintings a couple owns in a divorce complicated.

When a couple has acquired significant assets, the division process becomes more complicated. There are steps spouses can take to try to retain artwork they really want to keep.

3 tips for surviving a highly-emotional divorce

Ending your marriage can be highly emotional. While getting a divorce may be a legal and financial process, there is much more to it than dividing assets, determining custody and going to court. You may deal with a powerful rollercoaster of emotions before, during and after the divorce.

The emotional turmoil you experience throughout the process of breaking up can not only impact your mental wellbeing, but also the decisions you make. Your emotions may lead you to make costly mistakes. Here are some guidelines for making it through an emotional split.

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