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Who gets the ring if the wedding is called off?

Coloradans are a down to earth bunch, but it is not uncommon these days to hear about big-ticket weddings or splashy destination weddings on a beach in Mexico or Hawaii. Another increasingly common sight is an expensive engagement ring. Whether it is celebrities posting on Instagram or professionals with successful careers, a big rock continues to be a popular statement.

However, not all marriages work out, and neither do the engagements. Sadly, there is the emotional turmoil of the relationship falling apart just when the couple are about to make the ultimate commitment. There are also serious questions about property like a wedding ring, particularly if a large sum was spent. Does the person who bought the expensive ring have a right to ask for it back?

How to introduce a new partner to your children after a divorce

Beginning a new relationship after a divorce can be difficult. It can become even more challenging when children are involved and you are faced with a decision of when and how to introduce them to your new love interest.

Will they get along? Will my ex-spouse be upset? Is it too soon? How will my children get along with my new partner's children? Each question you might be asking is valid and needs to be addressed before the introduction. Keep these important considerations in mind as you move forward:

Millennials learning from parents

There has been a lot of discussion of the rise of “grey divorces.” However, while the rates of divorce for 55-and-up couples are at historic highs, something different is happening with the children. Millennials under 45-years-old are divorcing at a much lower rate than baby boomers born before 1965.  

New data from study

Professor caught trying to hide retirement funds

Both parties in a divorce are obligated to provide a list of their assets and debts so that marital property can be determined and subsequently divided. Ideally, this is done in an amicable manner where the couple is comfortable with the tally and how it is to be equitably divided. But unfortunately, some spouses engage in attempting to hide or falsify assets.  Hiding or failing to fully disclose assets in a Colorado divorce matter can lead to a case being reopened for up to five years after a decree enters.  There is also exposure to paying the legal fees and costs of the wronged party.

A recent example is a University of Minnesota professor who tried to falsify the amount of money in his retirement accounts in an attempt to cheat his ex-wife out of her rightful share. He was caught and is now convicted of one count of attempted theft by swindle and two counts of aggravated forgery for providing several forged financial statements. According to local news reports, the wife could have lost nearly $354,000 in assets if this fraudulent behavior was not caught.

Visitation interference and enforcement

Determining Parenting Time and Decision-Making for minor children are some of the most challenging issues that a couple will face during the divorce process. Unfortunately, even when these issues are resolved in an agreement, they can  become problematic if one parent does not follow the terms of the parenting plan, which encompasses a parenting time schedule and allocation of decision making for major decisions affecting the children.

What is custodial interference?

Tackling the stigma of mental health in divorce

It is no secret that mental health plays a huge role in many divorces. Whether one or both people in the relationship suffers from mental health issues, when mental illness is not effectively addressed the end result can be the end of the relationship. Even when a couple understands that mental illness exists on some level, it can be challenging to get the help needed to cope with the illness and persevere together. 

The role of addressing mental health issues in the divorce process itself, therefore, cannot be underestimated. It is often the elephant in the room and will impede the resolution of your divorce if not discussed. Thankfully, there are professionals who recognize the existence of this issue for separating couples and have the tools to help you navigate the challenges.

New study says divorce can be contagious

There is much discussion of the impact divorce can have on the immediate and extended family members. However, there is a new study that examines the impact divorce can have upon other friends and people in a social circle.

A team of researchers from Brown University, Harvard University and University of California, San Diego have found that people are 75 percent more likely to file for divorce if they have a friend who has done so. The number dips to 33 percent if the person getting divorced is a friend of a friend.

What happens if we need to modify spousal support?

As part of your divorce, you may have reached an agreement on financial support or had a judge issue an order on the matter. However, your circumstances or your ex’s circumstances may warrant a change in the final decree regarding spousal support. There are a variety of valid reasons for an ex spouse to request a change in payment. These include loss of job or change in income, the children grow and their needs change, or perhaps one side remarries.

Generally speaking, both sides must agree that a post-decree modification is necessary. Until an agreement has been reached or an order has been issued, it is never wise for the obligated ex-spouse to unilaterally stop paying spousal support.

Mediation: A valuable tool in parenting time disputes

Depending on your relationship with your child’s other parent, you may be facing a contentious parenting time matter. Parenting time conflict can impact nearly every aspect of your life, from your work schedule, living arrangements and relationship with your kid. However, the proceedings will likely also have a substantial effect on your child. To minimize these effects, many Colorado judges require parents to mediate parenting time agreements before a neutral third party.

Here are two ways mediation can protect your kid when it comes to parenting agreements.

Important legal documents for your college-bound child

You have helped them shop for dorm essentials, purchased them a new laptop, dropped them off at school and met their roommate. While colleges are often helpful in providing lists to make sure new students have everything he or she will need, there is also a list of legal documents you, as their parent, might want them to sign as well.

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