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Common law solutions for not-so-common couples

It is always painful to end a relationship, whether the parties were officially married or not. For some Colorado couples, a marriage certificate is never necessary to have a long-term, fulfilling relationship. When these relationships end, sometimes called common law marriages, it may still be necessary to seek legal guidance.

Colorado does currently recognize common law marriages, and if you are facing the end of your relationship, you may be wondering how you can protect your interests. Extricating finances, property and interwoven lives is not an easy process, but you do not have to walk through it alone. This is a unique situation, but you can emerge from it successfully and move on to a stronger future.

Do you have something in common with these celebrities?

Do you know that Steven Seagal, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen and Madonna all have something in common? They are among many other celebrities who have faced domestic violence charges. In fact, Charlie Sheen pleaded guilty, not once but twice, to such charges but has apparently been out of the legal limelight for approximately seven years now. If you're going through a divorce in Colorado where your former spouse is flailing accusations against you concerning substance abuse or domestic violence issues, then you too have something in common with these celebrities.

Having someone accuse of you illegal drug use or child abuse is obviously not something you want to have in common with anyone, Hollywood star or not. In fact, such situations can turn your everyday life into a living nightmare and may cost you precious time with your children, especially if the court forbids you to see them during an investigation.

Colorado residents may share celebrities' worries in divorce

Open a tabloid or surf the internet and you're sure to have no trouble finding current news regarding celebrity divorces. One can only imagine how stressful it would be to have your family law problems aired in public. If you're currently navigating the divorce process in Colorado, you may be able to relate to some of the common worries celebrities seem to have when they decide to call it quits from their marriages.

Thankfully, if you have a strong support network in place, you will likely be able to overcome any challenges that arise. A key factor is seeking clarification of state laws ahead of time regarding matters such as child custody, property rights and spousal support. Beyond that, there are other things you can do if you wish to keep your particular situation as private as possible.

What to expect at your first child custody hearing

Ideally, you and your spouse have come to a mutual agreement concerning the custody of your children. Doing so outside the courtroom may set a precedent for future negotiations. Whether you like it or not, you and your ex will be doing a lot of negotiating as your children grow and their lives and interests change and become more independent.

However, if things between you and your spouse are not amicable, you may be preparing for a custody battle that may end with one of you retaining custody and the other resigned to visitation privileges. Undoubtedly, the weight of this hearing is heavy on your shoulders.

How to protect your business during a divorce

Divorce is a complicated process, one that will affect almost every area of your life, and your small business may not be an exception. If you are facing a divorce, you naturally have concerns about how this process will affect the Colorado business that you worked so hard to build and maintain.

With the appropriate protections in place and knowledgeable guidance by your side, it is possible to protect your business during a divorce. You would be wise to educate yourself on your property rights and what to expect. This effort can help you prepare for the divorce process and know what to expect for your life after everything is final.

Custody modification may be warranted after interference

As a Colorado parent, you likely often feel immense joy at having your children in your life. Of course, every aspect of your arrangement may not seem entirely perfect, especially if you face custody issues with your children's other parent. Finding the best manner in which to handle custody disputes may not always come easy, and you could potentially end up in a more difficult situation before your circumstances get better.

One of the most frightening situations you may experience as part of custody issues involves the other parent taking the children without the proper authority to do so. Luckily, you can take measures to involve law enforcement in efforts to bring your children back safely.

A high-asset divorce and fighting to find hidden assets

A divorce involving significant assets and money is complex, but it is particularly difficult when one party chooses to take a dishonest approach and hide assets. Full disclosure of all marital assets is crucial to a fair and equitable property settlement, and that is impossible when all assets are not properly valued and evaluated.

If you believe that your spouse is hiding assets, you have no time to lose to protect yourself and your post-divorce financial standing. You would be wise to begin by seeking the help of an experienced attorney who knows what is at stake and who has experience in navigating the complexities of a Colorado high-asset divorce.

Watch your Facebook posts as you unfriend your spouse

It may be easier to count the people who don't have a Facebook account than those who do these days. The popularity of social media sites such as this one has risen to a point where people gladly share their lives with their friends and family (both near and far) via the internet. People share their highs and their lows on Facebook, and their friends see it all.

Social media sites have become such a fixture in the daily lives of so many people, that they don't think twice about what they post. In most cases, this isn't a problem, but in a divorce, it can be disastrous. Family law attorneys now routinely look to Facebook and other social media sites for information about their clients' soon-to-be former spouses, so you should watch what you post while going through a divorce.

Complications when parents of a special needs child divorce

Parenting a child with special needs is challenging in itself, but if you and your spouse are not getting along, this may multiply your struggles. Your child's disability may make it difficult to share custody, creating tension between you and your co-parent. Fortunately, your spouse's child support payments will help with medical care and other necessities, easing the financial burden.

However, child support typically ends when the child reaches the age of majority, usually 19. The court may extend the time if the child is in college or for other reasons. In your situation, however, there is no promise that your child will reach a point where he or she will no longer need support. Resolving these issues is crucial to the well-being of your child and your own peace of mind.

Are you trying to avoid divorce problems like Hunter Biden's?

The old saying that appearances are deceiving rings true in many Colorado marriage situations. It's not uncommon to see photos of married couples who appear completely in sync and happy with one another, only to learn soon after that they're getting a divorce. Many people commented similarly regarding Hunter Biden, and his now former wife, Kathleen. Since Biden is part of a publicly well-known family, a quick Google search can pull up hundreds of seemingly joyful images of him, his former wife and their three children.

As you may know, Biden is the son of a former vice president. News of his pending divorce went viral, especially because of controversial stories and rumors surrounding their marital split. Tabloid headlines told the world that Hunter Biden was romantically involved with his deceased brother's widow. Kathleen Biden also made accusations regarding marital infidelity involving prostitutes and lavish spending habits that caused her and her children to suffer financial neglect.

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