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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.

Breastfeeding children and custody

If you're a newly single dad, you will want to spend as much time with your baby as possible. The problem is, if your baby is so young that he or she is breastfeeding, it will limit the length of time you can spend with your child.

This circumstance is only natural and temporary. As your child grows older, he or she will be able to spend longer stretches of time with you. Until your child is older, however, how do single fathers organize their parenting time to maximize the moments they get to spend with their breastfeeding babies?

Co-parenting often requires evaluating your strategy

Co-parenting isn't something that you can only think about once and then forget about. For the entire time that you and your ex are parenting your child, you will have to work together. In a co-parenting situation, you are working closely and will need to continually put forth an effort if the arrangement is going to work.

One thing that you might need to do is to sit down and come up with a plan for making the situation work. Having a plan with your ex and one for yourself can help you to stay on track when things get difficult. Here are a few points to think about when you are making your plans:

Can I receive more money for child support?

Contrary to popular belief, a Colorado family law court's child custody orders will not be completely set in stone. Certain scenarios may present themselves in which either the payer of child support or the recipient can apply to change the amount that is paid.

In most cases, the circumstances that result in a child support modification like this will represent a significant change -- either in the financial needs of the receiving parent and child, or in the financial condition of the paying parent.

Child support: Can you receive it?

There's no doubt about it. Raising kids in the modern era is expensive and without additional financial help, Colorado parents could have trouble making financial ends meet. This is where child support comes into play.

While most parents who have full physical custody of their children can receive child support from the noncustodial parent to help pay the bills, there are a few things that every parent should know about this process if they hope to successfully receive the child support they deserve.

Do your part to stop child abuse

Child abuse can go unreported for a long time because it takes a while before people in the community notice it. Perhaps the abuse doesn't get noticed until a doctor, dentist, teacher, therapist or someone else notices the tell-tale signs of bruises and other unexplainable injuries on the child's body.

After the abuse is discovered, however, what's your next step? What can community members do to protect an abused child who doesn't belong to them?

Keep these points in mind when discussing divorce with small kids

Small children are sensitive and impressionable, so it makes sense if you're worried about the best way to talk to them about divorce. So far, they've grown up seeing mommy and daddy as an integral unit that should endure forever.

Even though your divorce may come as a surprise, your children will be able to wrap their heads around the idea in a healthy way if you break the news appropriately. What follows are a few things to keep in mind to help you talk about divorce with a small child aged five to eight.

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