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March 2017 Archives

Divorce court order overturned by bankruptcy judge

Colorado residents might be familiar with Chapter 13. This form of bankruptcy allows debtors who have a reliable source of income to restructure their obligations under a repayment plan that lasts from three to five years. After the successful completion of the plan, many remaining unsecured debts are discharged. Earlier in March, a Georgia bankruptcy court examined the interplay between these plans and a divorce decree.

About the DPPA and what it does

Parents in Colorado who are exploring their legal options regarding delinquent child support payments may be interested in learning about the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act, or DPPA. It is a federal law that was created in 1998 that is used to hold parents accountable who willfully avoid their child support payment obligations by relocating to other states.

Divorce rates rising for people 50 and older

Divorce is not just the province of younger Colorado couples. Demographers have identified an upward trend in divorces among older people, defined as age 50 and over. The reasons contributing to this increase appear to be the higher incidence of second marriages among older individuals as well as long-term dissatisfaction with a marriage that has existed for decades.

Effective co-parenting during and after a divorce

Colorado parents who are ending their marriage and who are concerned about how their children will be affected by divorce can try to minimize conflict in order to help them adjust. Some children might benefit from counseling. If parents can sit down together with children to talk to them about the divorce, this is better than having parents talk to them separately. Children may have questions that parents should answer in a way that will reassure them that they are safe and their parents love them.

The difference child support makes for parents in Colorado

A study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family indicates that there are several commonalities among non-custodial fathers who don't pay child support regularly or on time. Child support payments are often required of people who do not live with their children, and it is supposed to help single parents pay for things like food, clothing and shelter.

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