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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.

Winning custody isn't child's play, so know the rules of the game

When you first got married, there was probably nothing more important to you than your life with your new spouse. As time passed, children came and your new family became the focus of all your thoughts and efforts. Few things matter as much to a good parent as the health and well-being of his or her kids.

Now that your marriage seems to be ending, the welfare of the children is more important than ever. While you intend to make every effort to come away from a divorce in good shape personally, the best interests of the kids should always come first. Taking the time to prepare for making custody arrangements helps to ensure you meet those interests.

Life changes could mean child support changes

Change is an inevitable part of life, and change continues even after you walk through a major life change like divorce or legal separation. Sometimes, these changes are financial in nature, which means you may not be able to adhere to the terms of your original child support agreement. If you are currently in this situation, you have options available to you.

In some situations, Colorado law allows parents to seek a modification to an existing child support order. A modification could include either an increase or a decrease in the existing amount of support ordered, and you may seek one if there have been significant changes in your situation since the finalization of your current order.

Your spouse's cheating wallet

When you think of infidelity, you probably imagine your spouse romantically involved with someone else behind your back. However, not all infidelity is about love or sex. In fact, a growing number of spouses are unfaithful to their partners in a different way. Maybe you are guilty of it too.

Financial infidelity happens when spouses keep their money habits secret from each other. This could be something as simple as a wife hiding a newly purchased pair of shoes or a husband hiding the receipt from a lunch splurge. Financial infidelity becomes a serious issue when it interferes with the trust between two spouses.

Is mediation an option in a post-divorce property settlement?

In recent years mediation has become a popular option for division of property following a divorce. This is mostly due to the added expense of a drawn out court process that ultimately ends in a stranger dividing up your belongings.

Instead of letting a judge divide property between you and your ex, in a way that may seem unfair, mediation allows both of you to sit down with a third party and come to an arrangement that you feel is the most fair.

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