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Custody tips for parents who chose not to marry

The idea of the family unit has changed. Along with same-sex unions, not all parents of the opposite sex marry choose to marry. Moreover, the court no longer appears to have a gender bias when entering parenting time orders or granting decision making. Family law has adjusted to these changes over time, which means issues are not black and white but rather there are complex legal issues when it comes to determining parenting time and decision making based upon the best interests of the children. The key is to educate yourself and plan ahead so that unnecessary disputes do not arise at a later date.

Issues to consider

Being a parent in a blended family

Stepparents traditionally involve a variety of negative stereotypes. They are the villain who showed obvious bias toward their biological children. They are the adult who never wanted children. They are even the “evil step-monster.” However, stepparents have become a standard part of modern life as parents remarry or stepparents marry someone with children.

The well-being of the children is the priority in blending a family, so parents need to exercise a lot of patience as the children adapt to their new life. It is also vital for parents (including ex-spouses) and stepparents to think about creating a loving and supportive family unit for the kids.

Same-sex divorce involves unique challenges

The 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969 was recently celebrated. This marked the birth of the LGBT&Q rights movement, but it was over 40 years before same-sex couples could legally wed.

An estimated 491,000 same-sex marriages have since taken place here in the United States. A majority of them have been a loving union that often involve children, but some same-sex couples choose to file for divorce. There may have been many years of a monogamous relationship before marriage with only a few years of marriage. These unique circumstances mean that same-sex couples will have to come up with their own fair and equitable arrangement not based on the marriage’s length.

How divorce can affect your business

Divorce often is a complicated, emotionally taxing process. It can become even more messy if you own your own business, or run a family business. How are you going to keep your business running if your spouse is your co-partner? How will a divorce settlement affect the health of your business?

Tips for parents seeking decision making and parenting time

Custody battles have traditionally been a part of many contentious divorces. Following family experts’ lead, however, the courts here in Colorado typically award custody to both parents. Actually, custody is no longer a term used in Colorado divorce cases -- it has been replaced by the term "Allocation of Parental Responsibilities," which includes parenting time and decision making.

There are still times that dads will have to fight the traditional stereotypes that mothers make the best parent for raising children. The situation may arise shortly after the birth of a child when a mother nurses the child and a bond quickly forms. Sometimes it is a matter of a parent’s actions – a parent may have had mental health or substance abuse issues that prevented responsible parenting, or one parent aggressively excluded the other parent from parenting opportunities with the children, creating distance between the excluded parent and their children.

It's okay to harbor resentment after divorce, right?

Like many divorcing couples, you and your spouse may have unresolved issues as you dissolve your marriage. However, holding onto your anger and resentment will not help you move forward – it could even harm you.

In many situations, it may seem natural to hold a grudge against your spouse, but did you know that holding onto those feelings can be detrimental to your health?

Father's Day tips for building a better relationship

We thought it appropriate to provide tips to dads who will celebrate Father's Day for the first time as a divorced parent. It is a new world and chances are that the relationship with your children has shifted due to the split. Ideally, it was an amicable divorce and the process went smoothly, but experts believe that fathers will still need to take steps to strengthen the parental bonds.

Steps dad can take

Harvard study reveals most common reason why wives leave husbands

The roles in marriage have evolved, particularly since the reign of the “Nuclear Family” of the 1950s with the homemaker mother and working father. Since then there have been shifts in regards to employment and pay, division of household chores, the role a mother and a father play in raising the children, and countless other aspects of the marriage and gender roles.

Job is number 1 issue

Good parenting creates good people

We all like to think of ourselves as good parents. The strivers out there may think they could always do better, and that is likely true for anyone. At the same time, getting too caught up in the competitive parenting spiral can lead to doubts in the parents and likely mixed results for the children. Generally speaking, however, we have a good idea of how to get the best results out of a child, but we all can use a little help.

5 tips for being a better parent

DIY Divorce -- you get what you pay for

Doing home improvement projects can be quite satisfying. Whether it is painting the home or adding a new porch, these projects can instill a sense of accomplishment and save quite a bit of money. However, there are certain things we should not do ourselves. While the temptation is to try and save money on legal fees, DIY divorce is something that many people come to regret.

The idea seemed like a good one because the split was an amicable one, and both sides agreed that the extra money would be set aside for the kids' college fund. Those fill-in-the-blanks forms did not seem too complicated.

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