Every divorce proceeds at its own pace, reflecting the parties involved, their approach, their personality, the complexity of the estate and other unique factors. It is the attorney’s job to keep clients informed about the process and what they can expect as they move forward, but there can still be unpleasant surprises and exasperating delays. Nevertheless, there is still a general (if complicated) legal process that takes place.
Thousands of couples have gotten married since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015. This afforded couples to have the same legal protections as heterosexual marriages, including tax benefits from joint filing, access to employee benefits as well as the power to make critical medical decisions. As with heterosexual unions, however, some same-sex couples have found that marriage was not the right decision.
The topic of grey divorce is a popular one. Many focus on why it is becoming increasingly common, while others discuss its impact on the nest egg and retirement. Some hard truths may come to light, particularly when it comes to finances, but there is also the fact that newly single folks over 50 have the excitement of starting a new life, ideally one that will bring them a greater amount of happiness and satisfaction.
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.
Navigating a long-term relationship with a spouse can be one of the most complicated and nuanced journeys many adults will ever make. It takes a willingness to communicate as well as exercising patience and understanding. The adventure, however, gets much more difficult (if not impossible) if spouses exhibit hostile or aggressive character traits toward one another.
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.
It is a given these days that parents are going to have joint custody. Family experts believe it is in the best interests of the children to have both parents active in their lives, but in honor of May being Mental Health Month, we thought it would be helpful to discuss how this illness can affect child custody.
Regardless of whether you saw it coming or were completely blindsided, its is now a fact and your divorce is happening. Spouses will now make a series of decisions that likely have repercussions upon the rest of your life as well as those of your children. The impact will likely even go outside the family to extended family, social circles and your community.
Expert witnesses are often seen on television court dramas involving criminal cases, but these experts may also be called upon in civil cases like divorce. In family law, they are used to provide insight when the two sides have different views on the value of marital assets, the parenting plan or even the fitness of a parent to raise a family.
Social media is an important format for interacting with friends, family and others. There are many pluses and minuses to this new reality, and regardless of how one feels about it, one’s digital footprint is an increasingly important part of the information gathering process that happens when one files for divorce. What was once harmless sharing of sporting triumphs, family trips, and important milestones posted on Facebook or Instagram are now analyzed by the opposing party and the court.