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Dealing with conflicts during a divorce settlement

The fact that you are going through a divorce with your spouse is a good reason to suggest that you are not currently on the best of terms. Therefore, working together to achieve something, such as the successful division of assets, is not going to be easy. There will likely be conflicts and things might get heated. However, the important thing is to keep your cool and keep in mind what you want to achieve in the process. The following are some tips for successfully going through asset division, without being taken for a fool.

Make a priority list for yourself

How to get through a divorce during deployment

Being in the military is an incredible responsibility that can both bring pride to your family but also a high degree of pressure. It is not surprising that because of this, many marriages that involve a military spouse end in divorce. The process of divorce, especially when one of the spouses is currently engaged in active deployment, can be a very stressful and difficult to navigate one. However, it is possible to get through a military divorce during active deployment if you follow some simple steps.

Compile all the paperwork

Shifting focus: Solving custody disputes

Going through a custody dispute with the other parent of your child or children can be an extremely stressful and toxic situation to be in. At the end of the day, all disputes such as these come down to a matter of money. When compromises and common goals cannot be found, then there is going to be a conflict because the two of you are not sharing the same mindset.

The good news is that conflicts such as these can be resolved. What is even better to know is that if done right, conflicts in regard to child support should not need a court order or court intervention. The best way to solve a child custody conflict is to sit down with the other custodian and ask for a shift in focus to the well-being of the children. This will require determination and perseverance from both of you. However, if you can shift the focus from the issue being about money to the issue being the best possible life for your children and for the two of you as parents, you will be able to eventually be able to reach a common agreement.

Think twice before hiding assets during divorce

When people are going through a divorce and arguments over splitting assets get heated, a common natural reaction is for each person involved to go into survival mode. This means that they want to try and preserve as much for themselves as possible. In order to achieve this, they can go to extreme lengths, including hiding assets in off-shore bank accounts, sometimes doing this over the years that they were anticipating an eventual divorce.

The most common strategies that people make use of is either setting up a foreign bank account or transferring small deposits over to a close friend over a prolonged period of time. Other ways that people achieve this is through other types of secret accounts and storing cash or jewelry in safes.

Taking urgent action with child custody modifications

Courts do not like to meddle with changes to child custody agreements unless it has been determined to be absolutely necessary. This is because they only want what is best for the child, and usually some sense of continuity and routine is very good for a child -- it can be detrimental and confusing for a young person if his or her routine has been disturbed.

There may, however, be some more extreme circumstances where you as a parent and custodian deem it necessary for the child custody agreement to be changed. This may be because a significant detail in your or the other parent's life has changed, or because you have attained some new information that changes the current circumstances.

The hard road to child custody

Getting through a divorce is hard. Depending on the relationship that’s coming to an end, there can be any number of challenges and disagreements. Through all the division of property, new homes and disputes about the car or family pet, many couples think that child custody will be an easier arrangement to reach.

Just like parenthood, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. While the state of Colorado honors a “best interests of the child” standard, this varies wildly between families. After determining primary and physical custody, the schedule can be equally difficult to set.

Will my criminal conviction stop me getting custody of my child?

Legislation that is written on child custody is always aiming to protect and benefit the child in all circumstances. The courts always want the children in question to have as much contact as possible with their biological parents. The only reason that they would prevent this from happening is if they believe that one or both of the biological parents could present a danger to the child or affect them negatively.

Although criminal convictions will never look good as part of your child custody proceeding, the court will view the situation very subjectively. The way that the court views your criminal record will depend largely on the nature of the crime.

What are the legal options when a parent abducts a child?

Parents are extremely emotionally attached to their children and will do anything to keep them close. So when a legal ruling is decided that is not in their favor, the feeling can be devastating. It could mean that the parent has no legal right to see his or her children anymore, and this can lead to people committing very serious actions, such as abducting the child and taking him or her away from the other parent.

When this occurs, the other parent will of course feel distraught and helpless. It is common in these situations for the parent to take the child or children out of state or even to another country. It is important to remember that these cases, especially those regarding young or vulnerable children, are taken extremely seriously. It is likely that the FBI will be involved in cases like these.

Do I have the right to hide my assets during divorce?

During any divorce, things almost never go smoothly. There are many aspects to parting ways, and aside from the emotional factors, there are the issues of finances and the division of assets. If you are a couple with high assets, this can be particularly problematic. If you are the spouse that generally earns more and has been responsible for acquiring the majority of the wealth, you might feel that it's unfair to agree to a 50/50 split.

It's very common for a spouse that is intending to divorce to try to hide some of his or her assets so that they cannot be considered as part of the division process. This blog will discuss the legal implications and what legal rights you have in order to prevent this.

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