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What is divorce mediation in Colorado?

What is divorce mediation? It's simply a time where divorcing or separating couples can take the time to plan their lives and to make decisions about their futures. Divorce mediation is sometimes suggested for parents, since they will need to continue to communicate to make joint decisions for the safety and health of their children. Others who may benefit are those looking to avoid financial complications from an expensive divorce or those who don't want to go to court to avoid emotional stress.

In mediation, the mediator is a neutral party. He or she will work with the two in mediation to work out issues to do with the divorce. During mediation sessions, each person is given time to speak without interruption, and questions are asked to make communication clearer. Mediators essentially make sure the parties can communicate without a complete breakdown or halt in the process.

Oil tycoon's billion-dollar divorce heads to trial

The most expensive divorce in history took place in May 2014, but this story discusses the divorce that may just blow that divorce's settlement out of the water. The news has reported that an Oklahoma oil tycoon, a 68-year-old man worth around $20.2 billion, is going through a divorce that could cost him close to half his fortune.

The man's wife, who has been married to him for 26 years, is a 58-year-old woman who has the potential to receive up to $8 billion during their divorce settlement. The trial for the couple's divorce is expected to last eight weeks, and it will address the couple's assets.

Asset protection key in equitable distribution divorces

When you go through a divorce, it's important to know that what is equitable doesn't necessarily mean that it's equal. Asset protection is a vital part of making sure you get what's yours; you do need to remember that your marriage is a financial partnership, and this can work in your favor.

Colorado is an equitable distribution state. That means that your assets and debts will be divided equitably when you go through a divorce. What that doesn't mean is that your property has to be split equally. In fact, not every account you own will be equally split.

Same-sex couples in Colorado face complex child custody situation

For same-sex couples living in Colorado, things can get to be rather complicated when it comes to child custody. This is because the laws about child custody are still quite unclear in their situation. This is something that can even make it hard for them to start a case since the lack of black-and-white laws makes things difficult to approach.

For example, one mother is trying to retain custody of her child in Fremont County. When she and her partner ended their relationship, they already had a young son. Neither one wants to be left out of the boy's life, and they've agreed on that point. However, getting through the court system has not been easy even though they agreed.

New Mexico children found in Colorado after Amber Alert

If you're going through a divorce, the last thing on your mind is likely to be your ex taking your children and running. That's sadly what appears to have happened in this case involving a mother and two children in New Mexico.

A pair of children from New Mexico who had been missing have been found in Colorado, according to the news from July 16. The children were part of a child custody arrangement, but they were allegedly taken by their mother without consent. The New Mexico State Police had issued an Amber Alert for the children, but that has now been dropped.

Jewel and Murray announce divorce and commitment to son

If you are interested in celebrity divorce news from around the United States, then you may have heard about Jewel, 40, and her pending divorce from Ty Murray, 44. They have been married since 2008 when they had a wedding in the Bahamas. People magazine writes that the two have been together for 16 years, six of which were while married. The couple has been separating through "thoughtful and tender undoing," according to Jewel.

If your divorce in Colorado is similar to this one and has needed only mediation or slight legal assistance, then you may appreciate the way the couple is handling their situation. Of course, if it's not, don't worry. You can get the help you need to get through this difficult time and move on with your life. Mediation could help if you don't want to head to court, or you can seek legal representation to make sure you get what you deserve out of your divorce.

Gay weddings in Colorado could cause legal problems later

As a couple, you deserve to have all the same rights as anyone else. That includes the right to marry, divorce and vie for custody of your children. Coloradoans might have heard about gay weddings that took place despite the fact that Colorado, as a state, does not recognize those marriages yet. Some are arguing that this could later cause legal chaos, making child custody, asset protection and other divorce issues difficult to determined.

Here's an example of how child custody could be affected. Two people, at the moment, can get married in Colorado despite it being a gay marriage. That's okay for now, but later, if the marriage ban is enforced in the state, those marriages can become invalid. That could threaten people's legal right to child custody or even to a divorce.

Divorce mediation on the rise in the United States

When you need to get a divorce, you may worry that it could get out of hand. Divorces can be stressful and bring out the worst in some people, but that's what mediation is there for. With divorce mediation, even volatile situations can be worked through in a way that will allow the divorce to move more quickly and hopefully with an outcome that you deserve.

One report claims that it's important for couples to seek, or at least consider, mediation before heading into a dispute. Why is that? The article claims that those who go through mediation have a divorce that costs around 50 percent less and that takes around half the time of a traditional court proceeding. In most cases, up to 95 percent of the time, court cases end with a settlement anyway, so the settlement being achieved through mediation may be a shortcut to a faster divorce.

High-asset divorce of Banderas and Griffith one to learn from

When it comes to protecting your assets during a divorce in Colorado, you want to make sure you protect and receive everything you deserve. Divorces with many assets aren't uncommon; take for instance this celebrity high-asset divorce involving Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. Griffith, 56, filed for divorce from Banderas, 53, and now they allegedly need to divide their assets worth approximately $65 million.

The couple also shares a daughter who is 17. Griffith is seeking sole physical custody of their daughter, but she wants joint legal custody of the girl. She's also requesting spousal support. It's been suggested that she wants to obtain a large amount of their marital assets including a number of properties in Los Angeles, New York, Spain, and Colorado. The pair also has commercial properties in Los Angeles, Miami, and overseas, and they have restaurants as well.

Stevie J. fails to pay child support in divorce case

If you have gone through a divorce or are going to be going through one in Colorado, it's important that you understand how child support will impact you and your partner. In some cases, the emotional stress of the situation can make it hard to decide what amount is right for your child's care, and that's why divorce mediation is sometimes suggested. That might be something that would work in this case involving Stevie Jordan, who allegedly owes $1 million in child support.

Steve J, a cast member on VH1's "Love & Hip Hip Atlanta" has been arrested due to being in arrears with his child support payments. The 40-year-old man allegedly owes over $1 million in payments for his two children. Jordan is an Atlanta resident, and he has had to appear in the courts in Atlanta and was then held until a bail hearing.

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