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Divorce: How do you know when it's time?

There is no easy answer to the ultimate divorce question: "How do you know when it's time to end your marriage?" Some couples have resurrected their marriages from the ashes of infidelity, addiction and other challenging relationship problems. But other couples were unable to resolve their marital difficulties and made the tough choice to bring their relationships to a close.

In terms of knowing when it's time to call it quits on your marriage, you might want to review the following signs that your marriage may be coming to an end:

Safeguard children from abduction with these tips

A child advocate is an adult who -- either privately, professionally or through involvement with child advocacy organizations -- works tirelessly to protect the best interests of children in his or her community. Child advocates take proactive measures to protect the rights of children who are too often the victims of abuse, neglect and mistreatment.

One of the primary concerns of any child advocate relates to abduction. How do we prevent the abduction of children in our communities?

Keep your financial life intact despite your divorce

Money and financial stresses are one of the biggest reasons why people choose to get a divorce. However, divorce will not necessarily solve one's financial woes. They may make them worse. Higher expenses will apply to your post-divorce life -- and you need to prepare for those expenses. Furthermore, you may be at risk of getting an unfair divorce settlement, so it's vital to protect your marital property rights throughout your divorce proceedings.

With your financial health in mind, here are a few things you will want to consider during your divorce proceedings:

Alternative dispute resolution divorce terminology

It's pretty easy to see the numerous benefits and advantages of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and arbitration when it comes to the divorce process. For one, arbitration allows couples to bring their marriage to a close faster, more cost effectively and with a great amount of privacy. Secondly, the ADR process is a lot less stressful due to its informal nature.

Unless you've been through a divorce arbitration before, you're probably unfamiliar with the process and the terminology that goes along with it.

How do Colorado courts allocate your home in a divorce?

There are so many uncertainties in any divorce. If you and your ex can't agree on terms for your divorce, everything will be up in the air until the courts issue a ruling. In cases where you can compromise, possibly through mediation, it is possible to come to an agreement about what will happen with your home. Typically, you will address this, along with your other possessions, debts and assets in a property settlement agreement. Barring that or a legally valid prenuptial agreement, the power will all remain with the courts.

It is impossible to predict exactly what decision the courts will make in any given divorce. After all, your family and your financial circumstances are unique. However, it is possible to look at Colorado family law and understand the most likely potential outcome for asset division in a divorce. Knowing how the courts divide your possessions will help you prepare for any potential outcome in your case.

You need a strong defense against domestic violence charges

While domestic violence charges should always be taken seriously, when firearms are involved, it ups the ante considerably — and for good reasons. Statistics indicate that there is a definite correlation between the the use of firearms in incidents of domestic violence and the likelihood of an intimate-partner homicide occurring.

It's a misconception to think that having access to firearms makes domestic violence victims safer. Simply having a gun in the home makes it more dangerous for abused women, as the presence of a firearm in the home increases the likelihood of the woman being killed by six-fold. According to Washington, D.C.'s Violence Policy Center, for each time women used handguns to kill their intimate partners in self-defense, 83 females died from handguns in intimate-partner homicides.

When mediation is off the table: Knowing when time's up

You and your spouse never got along well, but once you decided to get a divorce, things got worse quickly. You both determined that you didn't want to waste time in court, so you agreed to head to mediation.

Things were rocky at first, but soon you found yourself wondering if mediation is a waste of time. Your spouse was too aggressive and rude in the meetings, and you just don't think it's right for your situation.

Colorado parent relocation: What you need to know

Life circumstances can change in a heartbeat and sometimes those circumstances require a parent to move or relocate with his or her children. When that parent is a single parent and the other parent has visitation rights -- or if the parent is sharing joint custody with the other parent -- it can make relocation a little more challenging.

Relocating with a child will not be legally possible in all situations. However, parents can petition the court for permission by filing a Motion/Stipulation to Relocate.

Single parents: How to protect your parent-child relationship

When it comes to co-parenting with your soon-to-be ex, it will be a great deal easier on you and your children if you pin down clear guidelines about your roles as parents in your parenting plan. These guidelines will be agreed to by both parents - and they will be legally enforceable should the other parent choose not to comply.

Let's discuss how you can use parenting provisions in your child custody plan to safeguard the sanctity of your relationship with your child and ensure that the other parent doesn't interfere with it in a negative way.

Do you really need to buy a buyer's title policy on your home?

Buying a home is a major expense. Small wonder, then, that so many first-time homeowners do everything in their power to reduce the costs associated with the purchase. While it's always a great idea to carefully go over your settlement statement before the closing, cost shouldn't be your only concern. Just because you can avoid certain fees or costs doesn't mean doing so is in your best interests.

Title insurance is one line item that many people consider eliminating. After all, there's generally already a policy in place for the mortgage if you financed the property. Paying for an owner's title policy may seem redundant, but it's actually an important form of protection for your major investment.

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