Though modern society has offered women the chance to break away from traditional gender roles, men are still often stereotyped as breadwinners and as having less involvement with childcare. Here in Colorado, this often plays out in custody proceedings where men are frequently not awarded primary custody even when they are perfectly capable of doing so and often want to care for their children. A recent study’s findings indicate that perhaps men should not be relegated to the sidelines when it comes to parental responsibilities, since they are just as proficient caregivers as women.
The reasons for divorce are as varied as the people who seek them. Sometimes, divorce arises here in Colorado in marriages where one spouse is gay and the other is not. These divorces still face the same issues that others do, such as how to divide property or distribution of assets. There may even be issues surrounding child custody arrangements. A study recently found that custody is frequently given to the heterosexual parent in these types of situations, or that a biological parent in a same-sex relationship which ends gets full custody of the children with no visitation rights going to the other.
When Colorado parents are involved in a difficult custody battle, the child or children a the center of the issue are often the ones who are harmed the most. No parent wants to place their child's emotional well-being at risk, but it is easy to get so wrapped up in a bitter child custody dispute that reason and objectivity fall by the wayside. Parents who are able to focus on the needs of their children are far better equipped to navigate custody issues successfully.
When Colorado couples divorce, there are a variety of issues which need to be settled in order for divorcees to continue on with their separate lives. However, when children are involved, this may not be such an easy task. More than likely, the divorced parents will be connected until their children are at least adult age. There are a variety of ways in which a judge can resolve child custody issues during a divorce.
When an adult child is going through a divorce, it can be difficult for his or her parents to know how to approach the matter. Children need the love and support of their parents, even when they are grown and have families of their own. This is a time full of heavy emotions, and the manner in which parents offer their advice and support during a Colorado divorce and child custody dispute can have a serious impact on their relationship with both their child and their grandparents in the months and years to come.
In November Colorado voters passed Amendment 64, legalizing the possession and consumption of limited amounts of marijuana for adults aged 21 or older. Proponents have said that the costs of marijuana prohibition in the state outweighed the benefits but the change in law has left several questions unanswered. For example, how might a parent's legal marijuana use affect child custody proceedings?