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Your family is unique, and so is your divorce

Wyoming residents who are at the end of their marriages often lean on family and friends for support during this challenging and emotional time. More than likely, they know at least one other person who has been through a divorce and, with good intentions, will attempt to tell the friend or loved one starting the process how it will go. The problem is that no two divorces are exactly the same, and it would be a mistake to think so.

If you are in this position, that other person's experience may scare you into thinking that your divorce is going to be a nightmare or that if you cannot get along with your soon-to-be former spouse, that all is lost. That simply is not the case. No matter what your situation, the solutions that work best for your family can be found.

Ease the pain of divorce with a good strategy

Individuals at the end of a marriage may be wondering how to avoid common mistakes. Luckily, people with previous divorce experience are willing to share some methods that have worked for them. Wyoming residents may be able to take some helpful advice from the following list of pitfalls to avoid while dissolving a marriage. 

Choosing the right representation can be daunting. While it can be tempting just to pick the first lawyer on the search engine, a person should also evaluate the attorney under consideration to ensure that the person will be a good fit for one's needs. Also, it can be both helpful and overwhelming to find advice about one's situation on the internet. Try not to be overwhelmed, know that every separation is unique and rely on the team members that have been vetted and carefully chosen to help. 

Expert tips on preparing for divorce

It's that time of the year when an individual is more likely to decide to call it quits with a partner. Divorce filings tend to peak right after the New Year, and also in March and August. It is a rhythm that some researchers are clamoring to explain, while other experts focus on helping individuals get through the process of the marital dissolution. A person in Wyoming facing a divorce after the New Year may be interested to learn some of the most common tips. 

One of the main tips for a person facing the end of a marriage is to gather important financial documents. When it is time to move forward with the breakup, experts recommend locating and making copies of pay stubs, tax returns, credit card bills and financial statements. Not only will this help get an overall picture of the finances, but it can be useful for others who are helping to make an assessment. 

New tax plan could affect alimony payments

The government is changing the way it treats the tax implications of marital separation. A new tax bill passed and was recently signed into law by the president. Within the bill lays policy changes that can affect the way that Wyoming residents will look at alimony

The new laws will not go into effect until 2019, so it apparently does not affect current alimony arrangements or any of those that will be made in the next year. The current approach is that alimony payments are deducted from the taxable income of the person who pays the spousal support payment. The person receiving the payments must claim them as taxable income. With the new policy, all this changes and is flipped upside down. 

What can you do to increase the success of custody mediation?

Even though your relationship with the other parent is over, you retain enough good will between you to put your children first. You want to make sure that the children enjoy ample time with each of you and that you both remain vital parts of their lives.

To that end, you decided to use mediation to come up with a child custody agreement and parenting plan. You may need some help making sure that you get the most out of the mediation process. Doing so could result in an agreement with which you, the other parent and the children are satisfied.

Divorce can expand the sense of family

The end of a marriage doesn't necessarily shrink the family unit, according to researchers. All across the United States, Wyoming included, families are getting bigger due to remarriage and stepfamilies. A person facing divorce may have some fears of reducing the number of individuals with whom to share life, but actually, the opportunities can continue to grow over a lifetime.

A group of researchers have found that divorce is making families in America 66 percent bigger, once stepchildren, stepparents and extended family is accounted for. In households headed by an individual 55 years of age or younger, almost a third include a stepparent. In couples over 55 that have adult children, a similar number have a stepchild. 

Medical concerns can affect child custody and co-parenting

When two parents separate, typically they will have to continue to work together on some level to co-parent the children. Many of the details of child custody can be handled during the divorce itself, and other details are addressed along the way. Medical issues can also be a disruptor in matters of childcare and custody. Individuals in Wyoming may find themselves facing a similar issue, as some parents have learned to handle both diabetes and divorce.

Some individuals who are parents choose to separate slowly in order to work more on their commitment to the children. While this approach will not work for everyone, it is important to note that efforts to keep the child's best interests in mind will not be wasted. Recently, more families find that a shared custody agreement is in the child's best interests. This plan allows for the child to have a relationship with both parents, and once settled, it can be incorporated into the schedule with minimal difficulty. 

Divorce can affect retirement benefits

Understanding Social Security benefits is an important part of retirement planning. These payments can be affected by divorce, so a person in Wyoming will likely want to understand just what might happen if they choose to stay married, get divorced or remarry. When the person chooses to file for benefits also affects the Social Security payout.

A person who has been married at least 10 years is eligible to collect benefits on the record of the ex. This guideline shows support to those who choose to tend the home fires while the other partner earns more of the income. If an ex-partner has earned significantly less, there may be a financial benefit to claiming on the ex's work record. One must also choose not to remarry in order to collect a spousal benefit. 

Celebrity house flippers in alimony dispute

Two celebrity house flippers have not been able to settle their disputes over post-marital payouts. The couple became famous for their mid-2000s' reality show "Flip This House." They split in 2012, but news of the couple has resurfaced since they landed back in court over a disagreement about alimony payments. Wyoming fans of the show may be wondering just how profitable house flipping can be after seeing details of the divorce agreement. 

The couple's original agreement was set to end this year, after five years. The agreed-upon plan was for the ex-wife to receive $4,000 per week, plus an annual payout of $250,000. The woman claimed that she had not yet received all the payments for last year, specifically the lump sum annual payout. She claims to have only received $102,500, but the ex-husband maintains that he actually overpaid the amount by almost $50,000.

What child custody negotiation methods may work for you?

Going through a divorce causes many aspects of life to change. Though some of these changes may feel worth it to escape an unhappy marriage, you may have particular concerns about certain other alterations to your life, especially those that affect your children. Because of your concern, you may want to prepare for making child custody decisions and determine what arrangements you feel may best suit your kids' needs.

Though you may think that every custody decision has to involve a court battle, that does not necessarily have to apply to your case. If you and your ex-spouse can interact amicably and discuss your options and the benefits for your children, you may have many possible avenues open for coming to child custody decisions.

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