Divorce comes with a broad range of stressors and new information for spouses to absorb. It can be difficult to differentiate between what is necessary information and what is superfluous.
As someone considering divorce in Colorado, there are certain things that you will want to learn before you file in order to facilitate the best outcome and help you understand your legal rights and options during this difficult time.
You need financial records and information
For many people facing divorce, how the courts split up their assets will be one of the most pressing issues. If you don’t have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement to guide you, the courts will have to make decisions based on your household income, and assets and debts that you share with your spouse.
It can be hard to get your hands on financial documents if you’ve already moved out of your house, which is why collecting tax records and other financial paperwork before you file to make your own copies is important.
If you have kids, you will probably have to split up parenting responsibilities
Despite the prevalence of sad stories where parents get cut out of the lives of their children by the family courts, that kind of outcome is unlikely. Unless your family has a history of substance abuse issues, state intervention or domestic violence, the courts will probably split parental rights and responsibilities between you and your ex.
In other words, no matter how much you fight, you are still going to have to parent together. If anything, fighting about custody unnecessarily could make you look like someone who won’t put the children first.
Setting your priorities now can save you time and money
For some people, divorce proceedings involve them continually fighting with their ex over each term and asset. They will spend substantially more money in their attempts to litigate every decision, even though fighting in court won’t necessarily change the outcome.
Before you file for divorce and start developing a strategy, think about what outcome will be best for you and your kids. Make rational decisions and set realistic goals. Good goal setting and planning can reduce the expense and time involved in your divorce litigation.
There are countless unique factors that influence divorce outcomes. Getting proper advice before you make a move or broach the topic with your spouse can help you make better decisions during this complicated time in your life.