In our last post, we talked about an astonishing and extreme child custody case that spans the Atlantic Ocean. Today, let's talk about another critical aspect of divorce that also involves children: child support. This is often an overlooked, though still vitally important, factors in a divorce, and people need to realize what they are getting into when a child support agreement is in place.
There are many Colorado residents who loved the show "Gossip Girl," and those fans are probably very aware of the custody problems that have faced one of the show's actresses. Kelly Rutherford was married to Daniel Giersch in 2006, but in 2008 they filed for divorce. By 2010 the divorce was granted, but for the following three years, the divorced parents fought over the custody of their children.
It's hard to talk about divorce and not talk about money and finances. These two subjects are inextricably tied, and when you go through a divorce, the topic of money, finances and assets will be incredibly important regardless of whether you and your soon-to-be-ex are amicable or not.
You don't have to look any further than the last five or six posts on this blog to know that divorce is a very, very complex subject. It's emotionally complex; it's legally complex; it's financially complex; and there are myriad different ways that the issues inherent to divorce can stack up or interact in any given case to produce unexpected or never-before-seen results.
It would be easy to think that given the way divorce and marriage are portrayed, the divorce rate in our state must be very high too, or at the very least trending upward. However, a recent report finds that Colorado's divorce rate isn't just falling -- it's plummeting. In 2006, the divorce rate for Colorado was approaching 4.5 divorces per 1,000 people. It fell a little bit in the following years, but then peaked again in 2011 when the rate again approached 4.5 divorces per 1,000 people.
It is a cliche to think that every divorce will see the splitting spouses sitting on opposite sides of a table in a room made for negotiation, with the two spouses pointing and yelling at each other in disagreement over some seemingly-trivial factor in their divorce. Sure, there are plenty of examples of divorces that went poorly and had the spouses angry and upset at each other. But there are also plenty of examples of the splitting spouses working together to achieve a common goal -- an acceptable and amicable divorce that lets each party move on.
A lot of people probably think that the idea of pet custody in divorce is a new phenomenon that just popped up in the past six months. They may even scoff at the idea that pet custody is even "a thing" when it comes to divorce. Just because something is unconventional though doesn't mean that it isn't a serious matter, nor does it mean that something is so new that no one knows how to deal with the situation.