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Taking a new job during a Colorado divorce

A large part of any divorce involves estimating the amount of income and assets that each spouse will have once the process is complete. For a Colorado spouse who has been financially dependent on his or her partner throughout the course of the marriage, this is an especially pressing concern and can also be the source of a great deal of stress. When a spouse in that position is offered a job, it can be difficult to decide whether to take the offer or wait until the divorce is made final.

The primary concern in such a scenario is whether signing on for a new position will have a negative impact on the calculation of spousal support. Many people fear that if they begin a new job, the amount of support that they can expect to receive will be diminished, leading to financial hardship. When considering this issue, it is important to understand that family courts have generally shifted in their approach to alimony.

Spousal support is no longer viewed as a lifetime payment structure. Instead, most alimony payments are limited in duration. The courts intend alimony to be used to assist a formerly dependent spouse in transitioning into life as a single person, as well as becoming financially independent. Payments might only come in for a few years after the end of the marriage, and it is up to the newly divorced spouse to figure out how to earn what is needed to cover his or her own cost of living.

In most cases, Colorado spouses who are offered a new job during a divorce should decide whether to accept based on the details of the offer, not on how the new position might affect spousal support. There are a wide range of benefits associated with re-entering the workforce, including having a steady income and achieving a sense of pride in supporting one's own needs. For those who are concerned about the impact that such a choice may have on their divorce settlement, a meeting with a family law attorney can help clarify the matter and provide the information needed to make the best possible choice.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Top 6 Reasons You Should Take the Job Despite Your Divorce", Morghan Leia Richardson, Aug. 5, 2015

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