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The right advice makes a difference when you're a divorced parent

As a divorced parent in Colorado, it's important that you have the right knowledge to make this situation as comfortable as possible for your child. Children rebound well when they're met with a challenge, but the way you act around your child can make a difference.

When you get a divorce, you may wish that you'd never have to see your ex-spouse again, but that's likely not the case. Since that's true, it's a good idea to start focusing on how you can take care of your child with the other parent's help without fighting or having a breakdown in communication. Here are a few tips to help you get through raising a child as a divorced parent.

Special considerations for 'gray divorces' in Fort Collins

Throughout the United States, the rate of so-called "gray divorces," or divorces of those past retirement age, has been on the rise. In fact, while divorces are less common now than they were in decades past, the number of gray divorces has doubled since 1990. Cultural changes, such as the ease of obtaining a divorce and the lessening of social stigma, may contribute to this increase.

Unhappily married older couples may finally feel like they've reached a point where they no longer need to try to stay together for the sake of their children (or even grandchildren).

My teen is seeking emancipation: What’s that?

Imagine you're sitting at the dinner table with your 16-year-old daughter. She's telling you that she wants to get a nose piercing, and a tattoo of a dragon that covers the entire back of her body. You tell her that she can't have the piercing or the tattoo, under no circumstances, but she resists.

The next thing you know, your teen says she's going to file a legal claim for emancipation. She says she's going to liberate herself from your parental control. Is emancipation real? Can your 16-year-old gain the legal rights and independence of being an adult?

Enforcing child support when your ex won't pay

Now that you are divorced and the court has awarded you custody of your children, you may be worried about your ex not making child support payments. When you depend on that monthly income to provide food, clothing and shelter for you children, it can cause a financial burden if your ex does not pay. Many single parents find themselves in this position after divorce. That is why the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 is in place.

Even though there are options available to you to collect back child support, navigating the court process can be very difficult. A Fort Collins family law attorney can help you take the necessary steps to get the support your children deserve. Read further for more information on child support enforcement laws.

Divorcing fathers can take advantage of a shared parenting plan

As a father going through a divorce, it's important to pay close attention to everything associated with parenting time. It's easy to believe that the court will favor your ex-wife, making it easier for her to spend time with your children. Although this is a concern, you don't have to give in and hope for the best in the future.

Instead, you should learn more about shared parenting plans. This isn't the only option to consider, but it's something that can work in both parents' favor. This is particularly true if you're a father who has concerns about remaining part of your children's lives in the future.

Ways a business owner can protect the company in a divorce

Are you a business owner? Do you take great pride in the company you have built? Will you do whatever it takes to protect your company?

Unfortunately, there could come a time when your business is in jeopardy. For example, you could be faced with divorce. In this case, your soon-to-be ex-spouse could seek to gain control of some of the company.

4 factors parents should consider about child custody

If you're in your 30s and getting divorced, your kids are still probably fairly young. This means that the child custody decision is the single most important part of the divorce. The decision not only shapes your life but the children's lives as well. Below are four critical factors that can influence the case.

Four things you should do when filing for divorce

If you have decided that your marriage is unsalvageable and you've made the decision to get a divorce, chances are you are in a very chaotic and emotional period of your life. Understandably, it can be difficult to think clearly and make rational decisions. However, if you're filing for divorce, it is essential that you make the best decisions possible, as the choices you make could impact you for a lifetime. Here are four things you should do when filing for divorce to protect yourself, your children, and your financial assets.

The hazardous waters of divorce without a lawyer

It's been said that one of the most stressful life events is divorce. Indeed, the end of such an intimate partnership and the dissolution of a family is, to say the least, emotionally traumatic for all involved. Feelings range from sadness and disappointment to bitterness and anger to worry and anxiety, especially if there are children involved.

On top of all this stress and emotional upheaval, more and more people are attempting to act on their own behalf and navigate the legal labyrinth without the help of legal counsel. In 2013, the American Bar Association noted that in 60 to 90 percent of family law cases, at least one party had no legal representation. But during this trying time, it is doubtful whether a person can be objective, approach things dispassionately, and make decisions that will, in the long run, work out for the best.

While the main motivation for this may be financial, there are good reasons for engaging legal counsel when getting a divorce.

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