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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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