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Don't expect support from partner during divorce

On a surface level, Colorado spouses understand that the end of their marriage will change their relationship with their partner. That said, many people have a hard time acknowledging that the person they have been married to might undergo radical changes during a divorce, and may act in ways that differ from the past. Being prepared for such changes can make the overall process of divorce easier to bear.

To elaborate, it is not uncommon for a spouse to expect that his or her partner will continue to "look after" their needs during the divorce. After all, that is what most spouses do throughout a marriage, to one degree or another. However, divorce brings out a great deal of emotion, and people do not always respond to that emotion in a healthy or productive manner. That is why so many people are shocked to see their soon-to-be ex taking an aggressively adversarial stance.

It can be surprising for a spouse to learn that after having set aside their own career path to care for the needs of the family, and having that decision supported by the other party, resistance is launched during negotiations around spousal support. That resistance can come as a shock when the role of the stay-at-home spouse was encouraged during the course of the marriage. In some cases, the spouse who is seeking support will be forced to outline and defend the financial value of the work that was put into running the household and raising the kids.

Not every Colorado spouse will encounter this level of difficulty. However, it is imperative to have a strong plan of action when it comes to knowing one's rights during divorce and being prepared to defend those rights, if necessary. Part of that plan must be acknowledging that the person one is divorcing is often unrecognizable from the person they were married to.

Source: Forbes, "How To Survive Divorce After 50", Tania Brown, Sept. 29, 2016

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