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What can you do when you're not getting enough child support?

The purpose of child support is to ensure that the basic needs of children are met. Both parents have an obligation to provide support to their children under Colorado law. Some parents provide this support by feeding, sheltering and providing direct care to the children while living with them. Other parents may provide support financially to ensure the payment of bills related to basic life expenses and educational, or health needs.

Know when to seek compromise and when to stand firm in divorce

When you're facing a contentious divorce, it's only natural to develop strong emotions about your former spouse and the dissolution of your marriage. You may find yourself wanting to "win" in your divorce by securing certain assets or terms. While this is a common attitude during divorce, it isn't always the most beneficial, especially if you share children with your ex.

Don't let your emotions cause issues in a Colorado custody battle

Emotions often run high during a contentious divorce. If you and your spouse can't agree on terms for asset division, spousal support, child custody and child support, you may have a protracted legal battle ahead of you. Trying to fight for the terms you want in a divorce can lead to dramatic showdowns with your spouse.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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