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Design your parenting plan with a focus on your children's needs

When it comes to divorce in Colorado, there's a lot of information to take in. Because the legal system uses specialized language, or jargon, discussions about divorce can seem particularly confusing. For example, when it comes to who lives with, cares for and provides for the children from your marriage, Colorado no longer uses the word "custody."

Instead, the laws and the courts focus on the allocation of parenting rights and responsibilities. Rights can include time spent with the children and decision-making authority, whiles responsibilities include providing for the basic needs of the children, including through financial support. All the details get spelled out in your family's parenting plan.

Parenting provisions regarding extracurricular activities

In order for your journey as a co-parent to be a success, you need to make sure you set up clear guidelines with the other parent of your child. You can do this when you draft your parenting plan and parenting agreement by including specific parenting provisions in the text to establish various parameters.

One area that you should address in your parenting provisions relates to extracurricular activities. Here's what you should include as it pertains to the extracurricular activities, like sporting events, art classes and so-forth that your child participates in on a weekly basis.

Start planning now to put an abusive spouse behind you

When you got married, your spouse seemed perfect. Now, however, after years of marriage, all the masks have fallen away. People are often on their best behavior when dating, only revealing their true selves after marriage. That is one of many reasons why people find themselves trapped in an abusive marriage. You don't need to accept physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse as part of your life.

Getting out of an abusive relationship is difficult, especially if you depend on your spouse for financial support. If you intend to seek a divorce due to spousal abuse, you need to start planning as soon as possible. You should also inform yourself of how abuse accusations can impact divorce proceedings.

Do prenuptial agreements always hold up in Colorado divorces?

Although prenuptial agreements were once only used by the incredibly rich and famous, these documents have seen an increase in popularly in recent decades. For many couples, prenuptial agreements can guide and simplify the divorce process. However, it is possible for people to abuse these documents to control a spouse or create an unfair outcome to divorce.

The family courts will carefully consider a legally sound and properly executed prenuptial agreement, but they do not universally uphold prenups. Learning more about these important contracts may help you determine the likelihood of the courts agreeing to the terms set out in your prenup.

Will your ex's substance abuse impact your parenting rights?

Sometimes, people enter into a marriage with someone they know has an issue with chemical dependence. Maybe when you dated and celebrated your engagement and wedding, your spouse had his or her alcohol or drug abuse under control. Then, after years of marriage, signs and red flags began popping up all over.

Maybe your spouse started coming home clearly intoxicated. Perhaps he or she stayed out late to avoid getting caught when arriving home. You may have noticed money or other valuables disappearing, potentially to feed an addiction. If you've decided to leave and file for divorce, you may find yourself worrying about how your ex's addiction will impact the outcome of your custody proceedings.

If you're getting ready to retire, consider support modification

Most people believe that once the courts finalize a divorce, the terms are set in stone. In reality, the Colorado family law system is much more flexible than that. The courts understand that people's life situations change, which can require changes to custody agreements, as well as spousal or child support orders. That's why people paying spousal or child support have the right to request modifications of the support order when their income changes.

A major reason why you might worry about the amount of spousal or child support you must pay is impending retirement. Divorce can impact when and how you retire because you then must split your assets with your spouse, including your retirement account. When the time for retirement arrives, you;ll want to ensure that you have adequate resources available for all of your needs for the rest of your life.

4 steps to take to prepare for your divorce

Once you have made the decision to divorce, you have taken the first step toward your new life. Unfortunately, once you do make the choice to end your marriage, there are many more questions you need to answer and decisions to make. Furthermore, there are a number of steps you have to take in order to prepare to file for divorce.

It is never as simple as making a call to a divorce attorney and then showing up in court in a month or two. Divorce is a long process that takes a significant amount of planning. The following steps can help you prepare for you divorce.

Your parenting time is worth defending

As you work out the details of sharing parenting time with another parent, you inevitably run into some conflicts. This is perfectly normal, even for parents who hope to keep things amicable or civil between them. For some parents, however, it proves too much to handle, and they resort to unfair tactics while sharing parenting time, causing serious breakdowns in communication between the other parent and the child.

Family courts do not take kindly to this behavior, and may punish it a number of ways. If a court finds a parent guilty of parenting time interference, the court may order the offending parent to give up certain parenting privileges, reorder parenting time, or may even charge the offending parent with criminal charges in an extreme instance.

What happens to your marital home in a Colorado divorce?

When considering a divorce, people often have many concerns about the outcome of the process. One of them is often the possession of their marital home. Concerns about who will get to keep the home are common and totally understandable. After all, a house represents one of the biggest investments people make in their lives. It also holds the memories of your life, such as raising your children.

It's only natural to wonder how the courts will decide who keeps the house in a Colorado divorce. The truth is, there's no easy answer to that question. Every marriage and divorce is as unique as the people in the relationship, making exact predictions about asset division nearly impossible. Thankfully, educating yourself about the potential outcomes can help you understand what to expect when you file for divorce.

3 tips to make shared custody easier

Even in the best of circumstances, scheduling presents some challenges. When you throw in an ex-husband and a couple of kids, it becomes even more complicated. Shared custody becomes especially difficult when you can barely stand to be in the same room with your ex, much less communicate with him on a regular basis. Unfortunately, that does not change the fact that the two of you will still have to work together to ensure your children can spend as much time as possible with both of you.

Even though sharing custody may seem impossible, there are some things you can do to make it easier on yourself and your children. The following tips can help you make shared custody a success.

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