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How to determine if your spouse is hiding assets in divorce

Are you one of many Colorado spouses who grew so tired of fighting with your partner about finances that you ultimately decided you'd rather file for divorce than stay in such an unhappy relationship? Money problems are definitely at the top of most list regarding issues that cause communication breakdowns in marriage.

If your spouse is acting with contention as you prepare for divorce proceedings or if he or she has made threats to "leave you with nothing" or to "beat the system," you might have a real cause for concern if cash starts disappearing or you notice issues that make you suspect a hidden asset problem.

Does your child custody agreement include the holidays? It should

When you are a parent, you have a few more things on your plate during divorce. You and your ex need to figure out things like child custody, child support and serving your child's best interests. While you might have taken the time to create a custody agreement that reflects those interests, it is possible that you forgot to think about something -- the holidays.

The last few months of the year are packed with a number of holidays. Even though you are divorced, you still want to spend time with your children during these special days. If you have not created a custody schedule for the holidays -- or if your current arrangement does not work for the upcoming year -- you need to deal with this matter sooner rather than later.

Perhaps you relate to these divorce-causing issues

When you met the love of your life and decided to get married, you were likely excited and perhaps, a bit nervous about the future. Like most Colorado spouses, you were hopeful that you and your spouse would be able to build a wonderful life together, but you weren't naive or thinking that you would never encounter challenges in your relationship. In fact, you went in with your eyes wide open and were not too surprised when things started to go south.

Maybe 10 or more years have gone by since you tied the knot. Now, due to certain issues you believe are not resolvable, you want to untie the knot. There are numerous reasons why people choose to divorce rather than stay in their marital relationships. Understanding your own causal factors may help you set some goals for a new future. If there are particular issues that you think might cause some legal problems, it's good to know where to seek support to resolve those, as well.

Avoiding remarks that may cause your kids guilt during divorce

Going through a divorce can understandably feel difficult. If you have children, they will likely also feel a number of emotions as everyone in the family learns to live their lives a little differently. Because you certainly want to ensure that your children do not experience more emotional turmoil during this time than necessary, you may want to watch what you say.

Kids of all ages can take more information to heart than many Colorado parents may realize. You may have made an off-hand comment more than once not thinking that your children would understand or that they would forget about it later. However, that may not always be the case, especially if your comments pertain to their other parent.

Property division can be rocky terrain in Colorado

Whether you have been married a few years or a few decades, you may feel that now is the right time to get a divorce. However, the divorce process can understandably be challenging both financially and emotionally.

One of the biggest areas of contention when it comes to a marital breakup is property division. Here is a look at how Colorado addresses the distribution of marital assets in divorce.

A prenuptial agreement may protect your interests during divorce

If you are planning to walk down the aisle, divorce is probably the last thing you would like to think about. However, the reality is that many marriages today end in divorce, so it only makes sense to be prepared for such a situation by creating a prenuptial agreement.

A prenuptial agreement will essentially establish particular terms that will go into effect if your marriage ends. For instance, perhaps you would like to protect your family business assets from your spouse if you decide to get a divorce. Here is a look at what you can and cannot include in this type of legal agreement in Colorado.

Avoiding the courtroom in a Colorado divorce

It's possible that one of the reasons you are ending your marriage is because you are tired of confrontations with your soon-to-be former spouse. Perhaps the thought of spending time arguing about your divorce issues in court makes your stomach churn and your head hurt. At this point, you may want to avoid the courtroom all together and find another way to handle the situation.

You don't have to rely on the traditional, adversarial system in order to finalize your divorce. You and your spouse could agree to try mediation first.

The process of establishing paternity and where to find support

If you believe that you are the biological father of a child, you may have an interest in determining paternity. While it is typically simple to determine the mother of a child, sometimes determining exactly who the father is can be more of a challenge. Establishing proper paternity can have long-term financial and emotional benefits for the child.

Therefore, when the question of paternity arises, either for the alleged father or for the mother, it is a significant issue that has weighty implications for children. If the parents cannot agree upon paternity, the issue will typically head to the courts. Advancements in science have made paternity issues easier to resolve, and once the true father is determined, the courts can begin the process of making certain decisions that will best benefit the child.

When might an uncontested divorce be the right choice for you?

Colorado couples facing divorce know that it can be complex and emotionally difficult to end a marriage. Despite the difficulty of this process, it is possible to avoid the stress and cost of litigation. Some couples are able to seek an uncontested divorce, which means that they are able to avoid going to court.

An uncontested divorce is an option for couples that have no remaining disputes between them. This process is generally more streamlined than a traditional divorce, and it can allow both parties to move on to their post-divorce lives more quickly. If you believe that you and your spouse are already in agreement on most divorce-related issues, you may want to consider the benefits of filing for an uncontested divorce.

The holidays are coming. How should we handle the time with the kids?

Question: My husband and I separated recently. We haven’t hired attorneys yet and until we do, we are kind of making things up as we go along. The holidays are approaching and I am wondering what the standard is for dividing time with the kids. Should we flip a coin? Have one of us take Thanksgiving and the other take Christmas? Or should we split each holiday in two?

Answer: The short answer is yes to any or all of the above, or any other arrangement on which you can agree. Without a court order in place delineating who gets what holiday, the two of you are truly left to your own devices.


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