If you determine that you’d rather move on in life without your spouse than stay in an unhappy relationship, your decision might spark a series of events that require more decisions. Upon filing for divorce in a Colorado court, you and your ex may have any number of issues to resolve before you can achieve a settlement. It’s understandable that you’d want to do so without a lot of arguing or complexity.
What are your priority issues?
Self-awareness is a key to expediting the divorce process. You have to know what your and your children’s needs are in order to know what type of settlement would be fair. For instance, will you be requesting spousal support or child support? Are you willing to share custody with your ex, or is there a legitimate reason that you believe your kids would be better off in your custody, full time? Writing out a specific list of goals will help you keep negotiations moving.
The difference between a disagreement and a legal problem
To think that every couple who files for divorce can do so without any type of disagreement is not realistic. Most spouses disagree about one or more issues. What matters most is being willing to cooperate and compromise in order to peacefully resolve your differences. Some disagreements lead to legal problems, especially if your ex is not willing to amicably discuss the issues in question or is determined to take advantage of the system in some way, such as by hiding assets or trying to lie about you so that you don’t get custody.
Such issues make divorce highly stressful
If your ex is causing trouble, it may be near impossible to achieve a fair settlement on your own. Relying on an experienced family law attorney from the start is the best way to protect your interests and avoid legal complications in a divorce. At Duncan Legal, P.C., in Colorado, we provide strong support by taking a realistic and straightforward approach so that you get a fair deal in property division, child custody and all other settlement issues.