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Larry King files for gray divorce

If you've been married to your spouse for more than 20 years, you might be able to relate to a current situation that is unfolding in the life of iconic celebrity interviewer Larry King. He has reportedly filed for a gray divorce. While "gray" is not actually a legal term, most people use it nowadays to refer to divorces that occur later in life.

As many Colorado elders experience, King has had some recent health problems. It was during a hospital stay that his two grown sons, ages 19 and 20, are said to have convinced their dad to file for divorce form their mother, who happens to be King's seventh wife. If you're currently having marital problems and are age 60 or older, you may want to follow this case.

Issues you might face as you cope with divorce

When you got married in a Colorado courthouse or church, the months that followed were likely some of the most joyful and exciting times of your life. Everything in your relationship felt new, and you were enjoying building a life with your spouse. There may have also been stress as you adapted to a married lifestyle, just as you might now be experiencing stress as you prepare to divorce.

Whether your marriage never saw its fifth anniversary, or as many as 10 years or more have passed since you tied the knot, getting divorced is seldom stress-free. While you can likely still recall some of the problems you encountered when you were "just married," there are numerous issues that may arise when you're "just divorced" that can be quite challenging, as well, which is why it's critical to know where to seek support when you need it.

Is your child's post-divorce tummy ache related to a legal issue?

Divorce is never easy. Even if yours and your spouse's decision to file for one was mutual, chances are the process will not be without challenge, especially concerning your children. If you're one of many Colorado spouses who often argue with your spouse about your kids, you may really have your work cut out to achieve a fair and agreeable settlement in an amicable fashion.

Children are typically highly adaptable, even under trying circumstances. However, it's never a good idea to assume your kids will sail through divorce unscathed. Doing so might cause you to overlook signs that suggest they might not be handling it as well as you'd hoped. From the start, the best thing parents can do when planning to divorce is to build a strong support network for their kids.

John Schneider is out of jail but still having legal problems

When you file for divorce in a Colorado court, you can expect to have to resolve numerous issues. Depending on your state in life, whether you have children and how old they are, you may have to negotiate terms for a co-parenting agreement in addition to discussing financial topics such as child support or alimony. If you and your ex see eye-to-eye on such issues, it shouldn't be too difficult to come up with a plan.

It's not uncommon, however, for disagreements to arise, especially concerning financial matters. Actor John Schneider knows what that's like as he's been entangled in a legal dispute with his wife since she filed for divorce in 2014. You may want to follow the case if you expect to face alimony obstacles in your situation.

When a no-show parent wants to re-enter the picture

When you filed for divorce in a Colorado court, you were hopeful that even though you and your spouse weren't parting on all that great of terms, you'd be able to work out a fair and agreeable parenting plan. After all, you both love your kids, right? You were ready to be encouraging and welcoming to the idea of a close relationship between your kids and your ex, except that it all went south when he or she dropped out of the picture and deeply hurt your children's feelings.

After weeks, months or maybe even years, your former spouse suddenly wants to re-enter your children's lives. Understandably, you have kept your guard up and remain hesitant about the idea, but you also want to make sure you do what's best for your kids. Re-establishing a co-parent relationship with a parent who hasn't been around much since the divorce may be possible if you keep several things in mind.

Child custody: Are you a victim of parental alienation?

When you and your spouse decided to file for divorce in a Colorado court, you understood that you might encounter challenges regarding your future co-parenting plan. In fact, you might be one of many parents who often fought about your kids during marriage, especially if you and your co-parent tend to disagree on how to interpret your children's best interests.

All that aside, getting divorced doesn't mean you're abdicating your parental rights. You're not divorcing your kids; you're divorcing your spouse. Therefore, your ex has no right to try to systematically undermine your relationship with your children by filling their heads with lies or trying to turn them against you. This is called parental alienation and it is not okay.

Is co-parent conflict impeding your ability to move on in life?

It's not uncommon for Colorado parents to disagree about child-related issues after divorce. In fact, such disagreements may have been a key factor in your decision to sever your marital ties. It takes time and a lot of effort to develop a working system between households. In short, it's not so much about obstacles arising (as they often do) as much as how you react to a problem situation.

If you and your ex can barely be in the same room without arguing, chances are you might have trouble resolving co-parenting issues. The good news is that you don't have to handle such problems on your own. You can seek guidance and support as needed. You can also be proactive in keeping contentious conflicts at bay.

How to avoid high-stress issues in a Colorado divorce

If you follow celebrity news, you've likely read about some of the more recent, highly contentious divorces that have occurred among some very famous people. While your everyday life might be a tad different from theirs, it is likely that you can relate to some of the more common issues people like Jeff Bezos, Madonna and Shannon Beador have gone through when they severed ties with their spouses.

Before heading into a Colorado court, it's helpful to organize your thoughts and develop a game plan. What are the most important issues in your situation? Are you most concerned about finances? Do you believe you are in for a nasty child custody battle? No matter what your high priority issues happen to be, the better informed and more prepared you are, the easier it might be to protect your rights and your children's best interests.

Custody battle: Jennifer Hudson versus David Otunga

If you file for divorce in a Colorado court and you happen to be a parent, there will be numerous issues that you and your spouse must work out before the judge will issue a final decree. Child-related divorce matters include issues such as custody agreements, visitation schedules and child support. You may encounter challenges regarding one or more of these topics if you and your spouse disagree about how your new parenting plan should work.

Extenuating circumstances can spark contentious court battles. For instance, if you follow celebrity news headlines, you may have read about an ongoing legal dispute between actress/singer Jennifer Hudson and the father of her child, David Otunga. Otunga has requested partial custody; however, he also has asked the court to order Hudson to pay child support.

Navigating the impact of post-divorce issues on children

There is no question you love your children and want what's best for them. Like many Colorado parents, you and your spouse may have disagreed about how to interpret that when you were navigating divorce proceedings. Ending a marriage in court definitely affects children as much, if not more, than the parents involved. You and your ex were hopefully able to execute a fair and agreeable co-parenting plan.

Even after a judge has approved your proposed custody, visitation or child support agreement, any number of issues can arise that create legal complications, which can, in turn, have a negative impact on your children's lives. In general, divorce can be an emotional and stressful process that is difficult for everyone involved. By being a proactive parent, you can closely observe your children's health and take swift action to resolve any divorce-related problem you think may be adversely affecting their well-being.

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