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You can get divorced without an attorney but should you?

Regardless of the circumstances that led to your divorce, you may be in for some hefty challenges when it comes to negotiating a settlement. No divorce is a small matter, and every divorce has consequences. Your chances of obtaining a swift and agreeable outcome in court depend on various factors. Some people avoid litigation altogether by using collaborative law or other alternative dispute resolution options. The reality is that you can go through a divorce without any third-party assistance.

Whether or not you want to take such a route is an entirely different story. Perhaps you worry about how much hiring an attorney would cost. That's a legitimate concern and one many others in Colorado share. When you're unsure of which decision would best suit your immediate needs and long-term goals, it helps to take a step back and consider the possible benefits of a particular option.

What happens to inheritance during divorce?

Receiving an inheritance is great, but when it comes to divorce, this good thing can become the source of contention between the two parties. If you received an inheritance either before or after you got married, you would be wise to know what to expect from the property division process and how you can protect your rights.

When a Colorado couple decides to divorce, it will require the division of marital property. This means that all property jointly owned by the couple or assets accumulated over the course of the marriage are subject to division, as well as marital debts. Sometimes, the two parties are able to work through these issues amicably and avoid court, but in your case, it may be impossible to avoid a contentious dispute.

Your intended asks for a prenup. Is that bad?

You may feel like many others in Colorado when news breaks of a celebrity divorce. While the divorce itself may not be shocking, the revelation that the couple had not signed a prenuptial agreement often causes heads to shake, especially if one or both celebrities has gone through costly divorces before.

While you may take for granted that a Hollywood star would sign a prenuptial agreement, if your spouse-to-be recently suggested a premarital contract for the two of you, the question may have taken you aback. Nevertheless, the benefits such agreements provide are not limited to the rich and famous. Your intended may have very good reasons for seeking the protection of a prenup.

Your co-parenting efforts make a difference

You may remember those Octobers when you and your family had settled into a solid routine of work, school and your kids' activities. At some point in the day, you may have shared your upcoming schedules, or perhaps you had a common calendar displayed where everyone could see. Perhaps you shouted reminders to each other over the sound of the kids, the TV and the dog barking. Now that you are facing divorce, you may have concerns about what that shared parenting will look like.

Many Colorado parents use their children as game pieces, holding information hostage to make the other parent look bad when he or she misses important events. While this behavior may have the benefit of a moment of satisfying revenge, in the end, the children suffer most.

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.

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