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What happens if a spouse does not pay child support?

Child support in Colorado uses a formula that includes the income of both parents, but factors in other needs as well. This can include health insurance expenses, special needs of the child, work-related childcare expenses as well as certain expenses unique to the circumstances. This formula is prevalent, but some may still have difficulty paying support or getting support paid by the other parent.

It’s hard for many of us to make friends

Many filing for divorce wonder if they will ever date or find love again. However, couples who come from the same social circle or married for an extended period may also wish to widen their group of friends. The reasons for this are varied, including spending less time with an ex in social situations or trying to redefine one’s internal and external identity.

Avoiding the "wasted years" syndrome

Those going through a divorce will often find themselves going through a trajectory called the five stages of grief. These are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The trajectory, length of each step, or even whether a person experiences any or all five of the steps will vary depending on the individual and the circumstances of the divorce. One divorced writer in Portland even added an unusual sixth step to his road to recovery: remorse.

Avoiding conflict may make matters worse

Each couple has their unique chemistry. Some resolve all their issues with businesslike efficiency, some engage in constant bickering, some have “loud” discussions and then reconcile. Whatever the approach, the key for effectively resolving a marital issue is to respect each other and display an empathetic attempt to understand what the other spouse feels.

Marijuana use can affect custody

Colorado was one of the first states in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 years old and up when voters passed Colorado Amendment 64 in 2012. Marijuana advocates have trumpeted the many positives of legalizing and using pot. However, Coloradans still should be sensible if they are parents who plan to divorce. There are a number of important issues those who enjoy cannabis must consider if they wish to seek equal parenting time scheduled and share joint decision making responsibility. 

Keeping assets separate during the marriage

Negotiating the division of assets during a divorce is commonplace. As many are aware of, Colorado is a state where marital assets are divided in a fair and equitable manner that need not be half. Examples of non-marital assets that are often not divided included inheritance, assets protected by a prenuptial agreement, or assets that were not co-mingled after marriage.

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