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Take these steps to get a child support modification

When you're ordered to pay child support by the court, it's important to know exactly what's expected of you. This knowledge allows you to pay in full and on time, without any concerns of making a mistake.

There may come a point when you struggle to make child support payments. If this happens, you shouldn't sit around and wait for things to get worse. You should request a child support modification.

Fighting for what you deserve in your Colorado divorce

Trying to remain civil with your ex during a divorce is an admirable pursuit. Many people do not have the emotional strength to remain friendly with their former spouse. Even in cases where people share children, it can take them many years to rebuild their relationship and move forward after a divorce.

While prioritizing a healthy relationship moving forward is a good idea, you should not do so at the expense of your own financial security. Some individuals experiencing divorce are so eager to avoid conflict that they make mistakes that will impact them for years to come.

Getting through the holiday season when considering divorce

The holidays are usually a time of immense joy and expectation. People travel to visit loved ones or prepare themselves for hosting and parties. They spend time and energy, as well as gobs of money, buying presents for one another. Some people spend the whole year looking forward to the days and weeks leading up to the Christmas season.

However, for those who can sense that their marriage is no longer working properly, the holidays can be an incredibly stressful time. You may have to grin and bear it while dealing with your spouse, as well as their extended family. Between get-togethers and traveling, you will likely need to spend a lot more time with your spouse, which can increase the strain on your union.

Are you losing your parenting time?

Finding a way to share custody of your children with their other parent after divorce can be a frustrating process. Many parents who truly have their children's best interests at heart may still struggle to get used to a much different schedule of custody, especially when one or both parents' bad behavior affects the other's parenting time.

Some parents fail to understand that their custody orders are legally binding documents, not suggestions from the family court. If one parent keeps the other parent from enjoying all the parenting time that their custody order outlines, they may face significant consequences, including loss of parenting privileges.

Focusing on your kids can help you make better divorce decisions

The intense emotions that arise during a divorce can lead you to act in ways you usually would not. It can be hard to separate what is rational from your emotions. That can lead to compromised decision-making and impetuous or rash actions that hurt you or your family.

In some ways, parents have a special advantage when ending their marriages. They can look to the best interest of their children as a way to make better decisions.

Cutting off the other parent can hurt your Colorado custody case

One of the biggest fears parents have about divorcing is that it will damage the relationship with their children. In most cases, children and teenagers whose parents divorce go through emotional upheavals but eventually reconcile their feelings with their parents' decision. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

There are some scenarios in which a parent can experience potentially permanent damage to the relationship with their children. Parental alienation is one such scenario.

One-on-one time is an important parenting plan consideration

Developing a healthy co-parenting relationship with your ex often requires rigorous attention to detail when creating your parenting plan. The more issues you address carefully in the parenting plan, the fewer unexpected conflicts and unresolvable arguments you will likely have in the future. You will always be able to turn to the written plan for guidance.

There are many considerations which vary from family to family depending on the number of children, their ages and their needs. However, certain issues are relatively universal.

Holding your ex responsible for the costs of their affair

Finding out that your spouse has been cheating on you can be an emotionally devastating experience. The person whom you loved and trusted more than anyone else in the world has betrayed that trust and sought affection from someone else. Infidelity is one of the leading causes of divorce.

All too often, the spouse who didn't cheat may feel compelled to seek some sort of revenge or perhaps justice through the court system. When it comes to both child custody and asset division, infidelity will not factor into the process.

Could divorce actually be contagious in social circles?

You can catch a lot of serious illnesses by sharing in various ways with other people. Infectious mononucleosis, also called mono or "the kissing disease," could spread by sharing straws or drinks with someone who has the virus. You can catch the bacteria causing serious cavities in someone's mouth just by kissing them. As it turns out, the desire to divorce may be contagious as well.

Recent studies have affirmed what many people have suspected for years. When one person in a close-knit social group goes through a divorce to end an unhappy marriage, other people in that social circle may soon follow suit. In other words, if you have a friend getting a divorce, that might increase your chances of considering a divorce as well.

Could you be a victim of marital financial abuse?

What do you think of when you hear the words "domestic abuse"? Most people think of physical violence committed by one partner against the other, or perhaps "gaslighting," a form of psychological abuse where one partner attempts to make their spouse question their own sanity.

Most people don't immediately think of the financial abuse victims can suffer when their spouses financially abuse them. Indeed, some victims — usually females — may not even realize they are being victimized financially.

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