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Colorado child custody dispute boils over, leaves 1 injured

Most people know that in a divorce situation, the situation between separating spouses can sometimes be quite heated. Things can be especially tricky when children are involved in a divorce, but readers may be surprised to hear that a child custody dispute climaxed with a violent altercation at one Aurora, Colorado, elementary school. What started as a disagreement between a divorcing couple over who should take the children home led to an attack committed against the soon-to-be ex-wife's new boyfriend.

The woman's boyfriend had accompanied her to the school when the husband suddenly attacked him, knocking him down and cutting his face with a knife. The boyfriend attempted to run but was attacked a second time and when the woman attempted to break up the fight, her former husband assaulted her, according to police. When others attempted to intervene, the man attempted to flee in his car but was stopped and arrested a few blocks away.

What started out as a dispute over who would take the kids after school turned into an emotional, dangerous incident, not only for the parents but for the children. Plus, these charges of aggravated assault, menacing and domestic violence may prove to harm the man's case if he attempts to obtain physical or legal custody.

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the incident, although the boyfriend did receive minor lacerations. Emotions may become overwhelming during a divorce, but acting irrationally and committing an illegal accident can have far-reaching legal consequences, as it relates to a divorce settlement.

Making a child custody agreement can be one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce, and for Colorado residents dealing with divorce, it is far better to settle disputes with a former spouse through rational, civil negotiations, rather than resorting to actions that may a person's claim for custody. Fortunately, custody negotiations in Colorado often do result in a mutually-agreeable arrangement, instead of an emotional altercation. Couples looking for a swift, healthy resolution to their divorce can find peace if they choose to work cooperatively with their spouse and legal representatives.

Source: ABC Denver, "Man Slashed With Knife In Parental Dispute Outside School," Alan Gathrigh, May 14, 2012

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