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Collaborative Parenting After Divorce (Pt. 2)

In our last post we discussed some of the methods to improve your co-parenting arrangement after a divorce. Here are some additional general considerations that we believe are also helpful to support collaborative communication and parenting.

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Collaborative Parenting After Divorce (Pt. 1)

Faced with an uncertain future, people in the midst of a divorce often allow their fears to dictate their actions, when the focus for any divorcing parent should be what is best for their children in an especially difficult time. When you have children with your soon-to-be-ex, it is critical to develop an effective parenting approach for after the divorce. Believe it or not, many separated couples are able to effectively collaboratively parent their children by approaching child-rearing with a team approach. 

How does collaborative parenting work? The answer is that it depends entirely on the limits of your creativity. While we have presented some basic guidelines gleaned from our experience and this article, we know that every family is unique and only you, as parents, are able to satisfactorily answer what is in the best interests of your children. 

How Does Property Get Divided In Colorado?

In Colorado, property is divided and awarded to each spouse in a manner the court "deems just after considering all relevant factors." CO Rev Stat § 14-10-113 (2016). The factors are interpreted based on the unique circumstances of each case. While the courts tend to favor an equal distribution of property, the law does not require a strict 50-50 division but rather an "equitable" or "fair" distribution.

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Parental Kidnapping More Common Than By A Stranger

When you have children, you worry about them. Sometimes your worries are rational and sometimes irrational. Every parent has worried about their child being kidnapped and usually the fear is one of a stranger kidnapping. The fact is, however, that children are more likely to be kidnapped by someone whom they know well - a parent

Kidnapping by a parent is rare as well, but may occur as the result of a divorce or custody dispute. It may be motivated by a fear of losing custody, to punish the other parent or that the children will be abused by the other parent. If a parent is willing to take this drastic action, the result may be physical or mental harm. While the vast majority of divorce cases do not involve parental kidnapping, it is important to be aware in case your circumstances lend you to believe this is a possibility for you.

Does My Career Increase The Likelihood Of Divorce?

Are you more likely to get a divorce based on your occupation? A recent study finds that your occupation - or at least the stress of your job - may result in a higher divorce rate.

A review of the study summarizes the data collected and discovered that military members have the highest rate if divorce. Considering the variety of stresses that accompany military service, including deployment, this may not be particularly surprising. Some other careers on the list, however, may surprise you. Among the top ten careers associated with the highest rates of divorce by age 30 were nonfarm animal caretakers, advertising sales agents, museum curators and social workers.

3 Questions Attorneys Should Be Asking You

When you start interviewing attorneys for your family law matter, you may realize that the attorney is also asking questions to make a determination of their own. Attorneys want to make sure that the attorney-client relationship is a good fit for both the represented party and the lawyer. This is a good practice because both parties are better off when they take steps to fully evaluate any potential issues that may arise during the representation. 

In a recent Colorado Bar Association Law Practice Management Newsletter, three key questions are presented. Many attorneys consider these questions and the responses of potential clients. Attorneys will often evaluate whether the answers given align with potential outcomes in that particular case. 

Morality Of Divorce: Societal Shift Toward Greater Acceptance

A recent Gallup poll addressing the morality of divorce outlines a continuing shift in societal attitudes toward divorce. The results show that, in the view of 73% of Americans, divorce is morally acceptable. This is an all time high. The number has risen 14 percentage points from 2001.

The increasing number of Americans who support the morality of divorce tracks with the declining divorce rate overall as well as the declining marriage rates among younger Americans. This data supports a societal shift in the view of marriage and divorce. This shift was true with those who identified themselves as religious as well as individuals in the older demographic.

A Father's Role: Shifting Societal Values Should Be Reflected In The Courts

Within the family law community, there are attorneys and other professionals who advocate for "fathers' rights" in divorce and custody proceedings. The existence of this movement comes from a perception that mothers have an advantage in family court proceedings. This perception, while it may be more exaggerated in some locations than others, is one which many family law professionals work hard to counter.

In recent decades, many stakeholders have proactively sought to ensure that courts - and parents - are able to do what is best for children, regardless of what we may or may not view as a traditional role for mothers or fathers. A recent Pew Research report demonstrates that fathers view their parenting role much the same as mothers and balancing parenting time is critical for the well-being of children.

How Do I Prepare For My First Meeting With A Divorce Attorney?

Once you have selected a divorce attorney to meet with, you will want to begin preparing for the meeting to ensure the meeting will be as productive as possible. It is good to spend time preparing for that session so both you and the lawyer can get more out of it and so that you can get the reassurances you need.

When you first meet with a divorce attorney, be prepared to tell your story and discuss your questions and concerns about the divorce and your situation specifically. The attorney will ask you questions as necessary and may go over a general overview of the main issues in your case. The attorney should also provide you with a clear understanding of the attorney's fees and billing practices. 

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights In Colorado?

Yes. States vary with regard to the process and extent of granting grandparents access to their grandchildren, but like many Colorado sets forth specific laws for how to petition for grandparent visitation. In fact, recent statutory amendments by the Colorado legislature also allow great-grandparents to petition the court for grandparent visitation rights in some circumstances.

Basically, the law allows a grandparent or great-grandparent to petition the court for access whenever there is or has been a custody or allocation of parental responsibilities case. The law is set forth in full here

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