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3 things to know about adopting your stepchild

Now that you are happily married, you want to take the next step to connect your new family. You want to adopt your new wife's son. While adoptions can often be very complicated procedures, sometimes taking months or even years, adopting a stepchild is typically a much easier process. However, this does not mean it comes totally challenge-free. The main roadblock you might experience is a lack of consent from the boy's biological father.

If you are considering adopting your spouse's child, it is important to fully understand the legal process. An experienced family law attorney in the Denver area can help you through the process. Read further to find out more about adopting your stepchild.

Your prenup might be invalid

When you and your husband first met, you already had a successful medical practice. That is why, before the two of you married, you each signed a prenuptial agreement. Your intention was that if you got divorced, the agreement would protect your practice and your assets. Now that you and your husband have separated, you are worried that the court might decide your prenuptial agreement is invalid.

If you are considering divorce, it is important that you take steps to guard your interests. If you have a prenuptial agreement, you may want to ask a lawyer to review it and determine if it is valid. An experienced Denver area attorney with family law experience can answer your divorce questions and help you get through the process. Read further to find out more about what makes a prenuptial agreement invalid.

When can you seek changes to spousal support orders?

Your divorce was many years ago, and in your opinion, you've paid more than enough support to your ex-spouse. You have an obligation to continue paying thanks to the court's decision, but you believe you should have the right to change those orders because of a number of situational factors.

What kinds of factors play a role in your right to change spousal support obligations? There are a few, from your ex getting remarried to earning more or less than in the past.

Will issues from your marriage affect custody arrangements?

Getting divorced can be a heart-breaking process. You and a person you envisioned spending the rest of your life with are going separate ways. However, in some cases, divorce can be a relief.

If there was emotional, sexual or physical abuse in your relationship, filing for divorce can feel freeing. If your former spouse had issues with substance abuse or gambling, you may look forward to living a more predictable life with better financial stability. When there are children from the marriage, it means you can't just pack up and walk away. For better or worse, you'll be dealing with your ex.

Vocabulary for divorcing spouses: Do you understand these words?

Whenever you're learning about a new field -- be it history, medicine, finances or law -- the first step to getting a handle on the topic is understanding the jargon. If you're considering getting a divorce in Colorado, and you've never been through a divorce before, you will probably encounter a lot of new words.

It's doubtful that you'll have very much time to study a law dictionary. You're probably busy enough trying to stay focused at your accounting job, while taking care of the kids, but knowing the following words -- and making an effort to familiarize yourself with additional divorce terminology -- will serve you well.

Will alimony be part of your divorce settlement?

Getting divorced comes with difficulties and complications that can seem like impossible hurdles. You will have to face child custody issues and property division. You will also have to make decisions about how you will earn an income to support yourself and your children. Child support will help, but it may not be enough to fully maintain your accustomed stand of living. You have not had a job since your first child was born, so it may take some time before you are able to find employment. What will you do until you have an acceptable level of income?

Depending on your specific circumstances, you might be entitled to alimony as part of your divorce settlement. If you are considering divorce, it is important to understand all of your rights and options before you step into a courtroom or sit down at the negotiating table. An experienced family law attorney in the Centennial area can help you take the necessary steps to protect your interests during the divorce process.

Starting over after a 30-year marriage

After 30 years of marriage, you have spent majority of your life dedicated to your family, raising your children, and standing by your husband. Now it seems that that is all coming to an end. Your children are grown and have families of their own. After years of going through the motions, you and your husband have finally decided to call it quits.

While part of you looks forward to the change, you are worried about the future. What will happen once you divorce? Will the divorce settlement provide you with enough to support yourself while you start your new life? With strong planning and an experienced Colorado divorce attorney, your new life might be the one you always wanted. Read further for what you can expect after a grey divorce.

When do you need a forensic accountant in a divorce?

When you divorce, you may want to keep things amicable. Unfortunately, the process of divorce tends to bring out the worst in some people. Although you're hoping to keep things straightforward and fair, your former spouse may be trying to take advantage of you.

In families where one spouse earns more than the other, it isn't uncommon for the higher earner to begin hiding assets once divorce becomes likely. When assets are hidden, it becomes that much harder to obtain a fair and equitable division of property during a divorce. If you believe your spouse is hiding assets, you'll need professional help.

Key questions to address before agreeing to divorce mediation

Are you faced with the divorce process? Are you concerned that the time and money associated with litigation will put you in an even worse situation?

If you find yourself thinking this way, it's time to learn more about mediation. While this isn't the right solution for every couple, some have found that it's the best way to put their divorce in the past.

Is your child support as ordered too high for you to pay?

Divorce is a process full of frustrations and interpersonal issues. You and your former spouse are probably struggling with the idea of co-parenting after a divorce. If you are paying child support during the divorce proceedings, you may become frustrated with the amount of support when compared to the amount of time you get to spend with your children. The temporary custody and support orders created when one party files for divorce often take into account only information provided by the filer. That means that the amount of child support (and potentially spousal support) may be too high for you.

While that is an incredibly frustrating situation, it is in your best interests to make every effort to pay the ordered amount of support in full and on time. Failing to pay your child support can result in the courts garnishing your wages or even seizing your tax return. If it continues for some time, the courts could even issue a warrant for your arrest due to your failure to pay the ordered support.

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