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Child custody plan in place for Pitt and Jolie

Many Colorado parents know what it's like to argue with a spouse about child-related matters. Those who are fans of Hollywood superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may also recall that this particular former couple was in a child custody dispute for quite some time. The good news is that it appears their situation is finally settled.  

If you believe that your children should have ample time with both you and your ex after divorce, then you might request shared custody. This is what Pitt has been vying for although Jolie was initially dead set against it. At some point, however, Pitt reportedly convinced Jolie that they best thing they could do for their kids under the circumstances is to settle their differences out of court.  

Would a judge choose you as the better parent?

Like most Colorado parents, you understand that parenthood often includes making difficult decisions that are in your children's best interests. This sometimes means the decisions you make will not hold much favor with your kids; for instance, they may want to eat as much candy as they can gets their hands on, but that doesn't necessarily mean you should allow it. Since you decided to divorce, you may have also determined that you believe you should have sole custody of your kids. 

It would be easy if the judge would simply agree after you explain your reasons. In reality, you may have your work cut out to try to convince the court that a sole custody arrangement in your favor would be better for your kids than a shared custody plan. The court's main priority is to make decisions it believes are in the best interests of your children. The judge will consider physical, psychological and financial issues and will also observe your behavior in the courtroom. 

Is your pet a central focus in your divorce?

Many Colorado residents consider themselves Hollywood fans and have been following the ups and downs of the personal lives of their favorite TV and movie stars. You'd likely be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't heard or read something about the ongoing challenges Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been facing regarding their children after the two decided to divorce.  

Not all celebrity custody battles are about children, however. If you own a dog, cat or other pet, you understand that humans often love their fur companions as members of their own families. That's why when divorce occurs, some people encounter contentious pet custody situations. Some judges approach pet disputes as asset disagreements while others have started handling such issues as custody matters.  

Many Colorado marriages end in divorce because of these issues

Have you ever noticed that something that greatly bothers another person might not have a negative effect on you at all? For instance, some people get really upset when someone zooms in and takes their parking spot, while others could not care less and consider such matters quite trivial. The same goes for most marriages -- an issue that might be completely benign in one marriage may be enough to set off World War III in another.  

This is why some marriages are able to withstand certain pressures and relationship problems while others end in divorce over the similar issues. Only you can determine if your relationship with your spouse is able to survive each marital problem that enters your relationship. That said, many Colorado spouses can relate to each other regarding the types of issues that prompt people to end their marriages.  

Signs that point toward infidelity in a marriage

Perhaps you and your spouse can relate to many Colorado couples who, from time to time, experience relationship problems in marriage. It's definitely not an uncommon happening between spouses. As you know, some problems are more serious than others; in fact, issues such as infidelity often lead to divorce.

You may not be prone toward jumping to conclusions in life, and that is likely a good thing. However, it's understandable that if you suspect your spouse is cheating, you want to take action to confirm or deny the problem, so you know where to go from there. If your marriage ends in divorce, it is critical to know where to seek support.

Does your co-parent have a new partner in life?

When you explained to your children that you were getting divorced, you likely encountered numerous challenges in the weeks that followed as they each came to terms with the situation. You and your ex got along well enough that you were able to devise an amicable co-parenting agreement.

While you may face minor problems as you move on in life, such as those that arise if the other parent cancels a scheduled visit at the last minute or doesn't show up as planned, you needn't expect there to be any major obstacles if you're both willing to cooperate and compromise as needed. However, when a new partner enters the scene, things can get complicated.

Be careful of what you ask for in child custody proceedings

Like most Colorado parents can attest, being a parent is probably one of the most rewarding yet simultaneously challenging experiences of your life. You love your kids and want what is best for them. The problem is that you and their other parent do not always agree on how to interpret that.

In fact, you might relate to those who say that disagreements about parenting are part of what led you to file for divorce. When spouses are not like-minded regarding parenting issues, it can cause a lot of stress in a marriage. If there are other problems as well, the marriage might simply be unable to withstand the strain. Divorce includes child custody negotiations. If you're preparing for such, you'll want to keep several things in mind.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

If you're one of many Colorado readers who follow Hollywood news, you're likely aware that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are once again making headlines. The two have been in a bitter divorce and child custody battle for some time now. You don't have to be a celebrity to relate to some of the problems this former couple has encountered regarding their post-divorce family situation.  

Child custody is an intensely personal topic; however, in Pitt's and Jolie's case, like many of their film star colleagues, the general public is often aware of such situations. If you're facing a custody dispute and everyone you know is aware of it, it's understandable that it could possibly make your situation even more stressful. 

Prepare for child custody litigation

Like most good Colorado parents, you have your children's best interests in mind when you make life-changing decisions that will impact their lives. When you decided to divorce, you knew the situation would be one of the most significant experiences in their young lives, so you wanted to make sure you developed a parenting plan that provided a lot of support and laid the groundwork for them to successfully adapt to a new lifestyle.

You also knew that your spouse wasn't going to make it easy for you to have custody. You may even suspect that his or her disagreement has more to do with revenge against you than it does with any well intentions for your children. If you plan to go to court to fight for custody, there are several things to keep in mind that may help you accomplish your goals.

Should virtual visitation be part of your co-parenting plan?

As one of many non-custodial parents in Colorado, you were probably able to achieve a co-parenting agreement that provides many opportunities for you to spend quality time with your children. Advanced technology definitely helps make that convenient, especially if your work requires you to travel or some other obligation makes it impossible for you to be physically present with your kids. Various types of electronic devices can serve as tools for virtual visitation.  

Maybe you were obligated to go on a business trip with your boss and you knew it would mean you'd be missing your scheduled visit weekend with your children. Numerous applications and types of software make it possible to chat with your kids, face to face, while you're away. In fact, virtual visitation can be part of your written post-divorce parenting plan. There are support resources available to help address any legal issues that may arise regarding this innovative style of visitation.  

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