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How should couples prepare for executing a prenup?

Some Colorado couples who are engaged to be married may be thinking about more practical matters than simply what color flowers to have at their wedding or whether chicken or beef should be served at their reception. They may have taken steps towards thinking of their future, specifically about the fact that statistically there is a chance their marriage might end in divorce. Therefore, they may have decided to execute a premarital agreement -- also known as a prenuptial agreement.

Some Coloradans may prefer a legal separation to a divorce

There are certain reasons why a married couple in Colorado may wish to pursue a legal separation rather than a divorce. For example, they may have financial issues that make a legal separation preferable to a divorce. They may want to formally give themselves time apart before making the final decision whether to end their marriage. Or, they may have religious beliefs that make a legal separation preferable to a divorce. In the end, a legal separation can accomplish many things a divorce can. These things will be addressed per statute in a separation agreement.

Prenups can protect Colorado couples in the event of a divorce

When a couple is engaged to be married, their heads may be so up in the clouds that they may not think -- or want to think -- about the fact that their marriage might not last. However, divorce is a very real possibility for many couples in Colorado. Therefore, before saying "I do," couples may want to consider entering into a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement is essentially a contract a couple enters into prior to marriage that addresses a number of family law issues in the event of divorce. Prenuptial agreements can touch on several topics, but there are limitations as well.

How are inheritances treated during the asset division process?

While it is never easy to lose a loved one, sometimes following a loved one's death a person is fortunate enough to receive a significant inheritance. However, what happens if a person in Colorado receives an inheritance while married, but later divorces? How is the inheritance treated when it comes to asset division in a divorce?

What are some common child custody arrangements in Colorado?

When parents in Colorado are divorcing, they may turn to the court to make child custody decisions if they cannot reach an agreement on their own. Child custody decisions in Colorado are made based on the best interests of the child. Using this standard, Colorado courts will dictate which parent(s) have the right to make decisions on behalf of the child and with which parent(s) the child will reside.

How can parents in Colorado enforce child support orders?

In a perfect world, if a parent is ordered to pay child support, all payments will be made in full and on time. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world, and some parents in Colorado fail to meet their child support obligations. When this happens, the spouse receiving child support has options for obtaining the amount of support they are owed.

What to do with the family business in a divorce

Many married business owners in Colorado got their start as a young couple with little more than a great idea and an entrepreneurial spirit. They may have spent years or even decades cultivating their family business into a successful enterprise. However, sometimes the same thing can't be said for their marriage and married business owners will decide to divorce.

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