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Can grandparents petition the court for visitation?

If you are a grandparent in Colorado, it can be very hard if you do not get to see your grandchild. The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is a special one and can have a great benefit for both the older and younger generations. Under certain circumstances, you can petition the court for visitation with your grandchild. Here is what you need to know.

According to the Courts of Colorado, you may not seek visitation with your grandchild or great-grandchild if the child is going through the process of being adopted. It will also not be possible for the court to grant you visitation if the child’s parents have had their parental rights terminated. In addition, if there was or is no court proceeding involving the child’s parents’ marriage status or custody arrangement, you will be unable to ask for visitation.

Tips for handling summer vacations when you share custody

If you live in Denver and share custody of your children, you know firsthand what it is like to work out a parenting schedule that affords both you and your ex quality time with the children. This can sometimes be stressful as everyone’s calendars do no always align. Even divorced parents like to take vacations with their children and most people choose do this in the summer so as not to interfere with school. However, it can be difficult to plan a trip when you only have partial custody. At Frost & Beck, P.C., we understand how important your time with your children is when you are not in your care full-time.

One of the most important things, according to USA Today, is to make sure that your vacation does not affect the other parent’s time with the children. If for some reason the timing of the trip is unavoidable and must be taken during a specific timeframe, care should be given that your ex receive time to make up for the time that will be missed. Vacations should also be planned as far in advance as possible so that if there any scheduling adjustments to be made, there will be ample time to work out any problems.

Can a prenuptial agreement benefit me even if I’m not wealthy?

If you live in Colorado and are planning to get married, you may be wondering about prenuptial agreements and whether signing one with your spouse is the right move for you. Often times, when you hear about prenups, it is in connection with celebrities, wealthy businesspeople and others who have a lot to lose in the event of a divorce. However, prenups can serve many purposes and you may still want to consider one even if you do not have a massive bank account.

As Wise Bread points out, most people get married before they have a thriving career and have started a family. Sometimes, after a couple has children, they choose for one parent to stay home with the children while the other remains employed. However, if that couple ends up getting divorced, the person who gave up their career can find themselves missing out financially. A prenup can be used to make sure that both people’s interests are protected.

Split custody can benefit parents as well as children

Anyone who is a parent in Denver knows how much time and effort go into raising children. When two parents split and share custody, it can be a huge adjustment for everyone involved. Many parents fear that having less time with their children will cause their relationship to suffer. However, some people have found that a shared custody arrangement can actually help them improve their parenting.

According to TIME Magazine, children of divorce are often happier when they get to spend with both of their parents. That may be why shared parenting arrangements are increasingly becoming more common. In the past, mothers were typically given preference when it came to custody but many courts are now aiming for split parenting to become the norm. One advantage to this is that each parent may have different strengths that they can impart on their children. Kids end up being more well-rounded because they benefit from what they learn from each parent, rather than only benefitting from the experience of one of them.

Research shows parents’ relationship may affect kids’ health

When a marriage comes to an end in Denver, the lives of everyone involved change dramatically. While some people are able to put aside their differences and maintain an amicable rapport, others have a contentious relationship. At Frost & Beck, P.C., we understand that there is a lot at stake with your divorce and that getting through it with as little stress as possible is important to you.

While your divorce may be difficult for you, it may be even more so for your children. According to Newsweek, a new study has taken a look at how parents’ behavior toward each other after divorce affect the long-term health of their children. Perhaps not surprisingly, parents who divorce but remain friendly toward one another may be better able to provide their children with emotional support. Children whose parents remain adversarial may suffer more psychologically and this in turn can have an effect on their immune system.

Some divorced couples find co-parenting success with nesting

When a couple divorces in Colorado, it can be extremely difficult for everyone involved. However, a divorce can especially take a toll when there are children involved. When both parents continue to share parenting duties after the split, the children are forced to divide their time between two households and this adjustment is not easy for many families. However, some parents are adapting a new way of co-parenting that aims to take the burden of change off of their children.

According to Psychology Today, the practice referred to as “nesting” is when the children remain in the family home and the parents take turns staying there with them. When each parent is not with the children, he or she stays at a different residence. Some people may have separate homes that they stay at, while others may choose to share an abode.

What are some tips for having a healthy relationship with my ex?

Going through a divorce in Colorado means that you are no longer legally tied to your spouse. However, just because you and your ex are no longer married, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is no longer involved in your life in any way. This is especially true if you have children and are sharing custody. Maintaining a healthy relationship is possible if you set some rules for yourself and stick to them.

As the Huffington Post points out, the most important concept when dealing with your ex is to set limitations. When you were married, your ex was probably the person you called when you had an emergency or who you vented to when you had a hard day. However, now that you are no longer husband and wife, you may want to find other people in your life such as friends or family members that you can rely on to fill those roles.

Study examines how a couple’s friendships affect divorce chances

When a marriage comes to an end in Denver, it can be emotionally very difficult. In addition to having to take on the difficult tasks of dividing up marital property and dealing with alimony and other financial issues, many people find themselves questioning how and why the split happened.

When a person gets married, he or she does not just inherit some new family members, their spouse’s friends are also part of the package deal. A new study has looked at how friendships may factor into a couple eventually getting divorced. It was found that when a husband does not have a problem with his wife’s friends, they couple was more likely to remain married. If the husband disliked his wife’s friends during the early years of the marriage, the couple was more likely to split. On the other hand, a wife’s feelings toward her husband’s buddies did not affect whether the couple was likely to divorce or not.

How can I protect a family trust in my divorce?

When deciding who is entitled to what during a Denver divorce, courts will generally consider only those things that are marital property. Separate property usually stays with the person to whom it belonged before the marriage. If your family has a trust account set up in your name and you want to make sure that it is not up for grabs during your divorce, here is what you need to know.

One important way to make sure that your trust remains separate property, according to Forbes, is to make sure that it remains separate. If you mix funds from the trust with other accounts that you hold jointly with your spouse, it may be hard to claim that you intended to keep that money separate. The same may be true if you spend money from the trust on something that is jointly owned, such as a home or a car.

How a couple’s age gap impacts their chances of divorce

The old saying that opposites attract is true for many people in Colorado. For some couples, the things they do not share in common make their relationship stronger while for others, it can lead to conflict and unhappiness. One big difference between some partners is their ages. One study took a look at how differences in age can affect a couple’s chances of staying married.

It turns out that the chances of a marriage ending in divorce are higher for couples with gaps in their ages, reports the Atlantic. For those with large gaps, the chances are actually significantly higher. If the age difference between a couple is 30 years, their odds of getting divorce are 172 percent higher than a couple who is the same age. Couples who are 20 years apart in age have a 95 percent increased risk of divorce.

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