Often, couples who are hesitant to jump into divorce seek other options, like an Arvada or Wheat Ridge legal separation. The idea of permanently ending your marriage may be overwhelming, you may still have hope that things can be worked out, or maybe it's just not the right time because you will lose out on certain benefits. Whatever the cause of your reluctance, legal separation may the right option for you and your spouse.
When it comes to the alimony and spousal maintenance, that one party must pay through a divorce agreement, it is not a one-size-fits-all situation. There are different types of alimony that you may be required to pay or that you will be receiving. It's important that you understand they type of spousal maintenance payments you will be getting or responsible for paying so that you can effectively plan for the future.
When a couple gets a divorce in Wheat Ridge, Arvada, or Golden, one spouse is often ordered to pay spousal maintenance or alimony to the other in order to maintain the lifestyle the receiving spouse was accustomed to. This situation is usually the case when one spouse earned a significant amount more than the other, or when one spouse was a stay at home parent. But, what happens if the paying party loses their job and can no longer make payments?
When the Jefferson County family law court orders one party to pay alimony or spousal maintenance payments during a divorce, that is not an order that can just be ignored. Through a Wheat Ridge or Arvada divorce, the court recognizes the need for the separating parties to maintain their current standard of living. Especially when one party has a significantly lower income or is a stay at home parent. The court will order for maintenance payments to be made for a period of time in order to help the spouse with the lower income level maintain their lifestyle while trying to become financially independent. The amount of maintenance or alimony that is required to be paid is based on a calculation using current income levels. So, what happens if the party required to pay alimony loses their job?
A sworn financial statement (SFS) is a very important part of an Arvada, Wheat Ridge, or Jefferson County divorce, legal separation, allocation of parental responsibilities (if you have children, but were never married), or modification of alimony or child support proceedings. It provides the court and other involved parties details about your monthly income, expenses, debts, and assets. The SFS is a required document that must be notarized and filed with the Jefferson County Court. A copy must also be provided to your former spouse or partner, or their family law attorney. The information provided on the sworn financial statement must be accurate, complete, and true to avoid problems down the line - including possible criminal proceedings.
While many in Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County refer to payments one spouse must pay to another after divorce as alimony, in Colorado is it referred to as spousal maintenance. Alimony and spousal maintenance payments are one of the biggest pieces in a divorce case, along with child custody and child support. There are many difference types of maintenance or alimony that one party may be rewarded during divorce proceedings. Let's take a look at the types of alimony you may be awarded, or that you may be required to pay.
It is common knowledge that when a couple divorces in Wheat Ridge, Arvada, or Mountain View, one spouse may have to make payments to the other in the form of spousal maintenance payments (alimony) or child support. When one party decided to get remarried, there are often questions regarding how a new marriage will impact these mandatory payments. Let's take a look at how remarriage can affect child support and alimony payments for both the paying spouse and the supported one.
There are generally three stages to any Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County divorce process: Initial Status Conference, Temporary Orders Hearing, and Final Orders Hearing. This blog's focus is on the difference between the temporary orders hearing and the permanent orders hearing, both set in front of a Jefferson County District Court judge.
Often when people are getting a divorce in Wheat Ridge, it is their first time going through the process. Just like with anything new, there is a learning curve to marriage dissolutions as well. There will be new legal terms you never heard before, documents you have to fill out just right, and decisions to be made that can affect the rest of your life. If you have gone through a divorce previously, the process will be easier because you will know what to expect. If you haven't, you may find that after a while, you will want to change or modify your divorce decree or agreement. This is actually a very common occurrence in Jefferson County courts. Sometimes, couples will go back in front of the judge 4 or 5 times to get post-decree amendments, changing terms of the divorce related to parenting time, child support, or alimony.