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Can't pay your child support?

Life in Colorado can be unpredictable and our financial circumstances can go from bad to worse in a heartbeat. Let's say you have a well-paying job, and your $1,000 per month child support obligations are easy for you to meet. However, you need to change your job, and now you're making half as much.

There's no way you can continue paying $1,000 in child support each month. Realistically, you can only afford $600 and this is plenty to assist your ex with the costs of raising your children. Can you apply for a child support modification?

Do you and your spouse need a property settlement agreement?

Your family home has been the center of your life for decades. Now that it's time to get a divorce, though, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse need to come to a decision about who gets what. You have also amassed a large number of other items -- including art, cars, furniture and investment accounts -- which you need to divide.

Fortunately, for couples who can negotiate with one another amicably, it's possible to reach an out of court property settlement agreement that covers the division of their entire marital estate.

Did your foreign ex take your child overseas?

An ex-spouse from a foreign country might not have the same respect for U.S. child custody laws as you do. The spouse may feel that he or she has the right to keep your children beyond the agreed-upon visitation time. The court system in the person's home country might even have supported your ex to this effect.

This is where the Hague Convention comes into play. The Convention is a treaty between countries that ensures the countries will honor the child custody orders of other countries.

Did you lose your job but you still owe child support?

In the ever changing economy that all Colorado workers must face, the sudden loss of your job is not uncommon. However, if you're paying $800 a month child support -- and you're living paycheck-to-paycheck like most Americans -- you could be in danger of getting behind.

Fortunately, Colorado courts know that life doesn't always go as planned. A serious injury, the loss of a job, or some other unplanned-for event, can undermine you and your ability to pay child support in a heartbeat. It's in these situations, that Colorado child support payers can seek for a modification to their child support orders.

Paying child support can help your Colorado custody case

Divorce is a convoluted, frustrating process. You may not have been expecting it when you were served with divorce papers. If your former spouse filed for divorce, he or she may have received temporary custody during the proceedings without any input from you. Even worse, now you're expected to pay child support for the children you rarely get to see. If your divorce is contentious, your former spouse may intentionally shorten or even cancel your visitation as means of punishing you. It can be tempting to withhold child support in that situation, but doing so could create serious legal issues for you.

If you and your former spouse don't agree about child support, custody or asset division, you need the help of an experienced Colorado divorce attorney to help you build a case for shared or full custody of your children. As your attorney will likely explain, paying your child support in full and on time during divorce proceedings is a critical component to a favorable outcome.

Minors can still face Colorado marijuana criminal charges

Colorado has been leading the nation in changing the criminal laws attached to marijuana. In many ways, Colorado laws are quite progressive. In others, however, Colorado marijuana laws are just like those in states where the plant is still fully illegal.

Teenagers or college-age students found in possession of marijuana could still face serious criminal charges. Depending on the circumstances, a teenager or college student could face minor in possession charges or drug possession charges. These criminal charges could haunt your child for the rest of his or her life and ruin the college experience.

There are many ways to fight possession charges

A drug possession conviction can derail your entire life, making it difficult to get a job, find a place to live or even raise a family.

Unlike many other non-violent charges, drug possession can carry heavy penalties including jail time and lasting social difficulties. It's vital to fight any drug charges with every tool at your disposal, for the sake of your future.

3 things mothers need to do during child custody mediation

The child custody mediation process is very stressful for mothers. This is due in part to the stress of knowing that you won't be able to be there for your child 100 percent of the time. You will have to split time with your ex. It is imperative that you prepare for the proceedings.

You probably already know that you need to learn about the laws that impact your case. There are some other things that you should do as you prepare for the mediation and as you are going through the process. Consider these points to help you make it through the child custody mediation as easily and as a stress free as possible.

Ladies: Tips to handle a contentious first divorce

Women can have it tough when it comes to divorce. You might have been a stay-at-home mom or have been supporting your husband's career. Now it's been decided that you're getting a divorce, and you need to work out your finances.

Fortunately, there are some ways to work through disputes. Instead of fighting for months or letting a court decide the outcome of your divorce settlement, why not try mediation or alternative dispute resolution?

4 reasons mothers should consider child custody mediation

You and your children's father are going through a divorce. Part of this involves deciding all aspects of child custody. When you are going through child custody issues, you must decide if you are willing to use mediation as the resolution method. Child custody mediation has some considerable benefits that you might appreciate. Of course, you must do what you think is best for your situation, even if this means going to court.

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