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Child custody case results from online "prank" videos

Many Colorado residents are aware of the online video sharing platform known as YouTube. Users are able to upload and share videos on virtually any topic, which can then be viewed, downloaded and made use of by individuals around the globe. In a recent child custody matter, a couple has lost access to their five children after reports of inappropriate video content uploaded to their YouTube channel, which is known as DaddyOFive.

The online community reached out to Child Protective Services over disturbing content on the family's channel. In multiple videos, the parents are seen playing "pranks" on their five children. In some videos, a young boy is repeatedly brought to tears by his parents' actions. An example lies in a video in which the boy's stepmother pours invisible ink on the carpet of his bedroom, then calls the child into the room and proceeds to hurl profanity and accusations at him. The child tearfully proclaims his innocence until the parents let him know that the incident was nothing more than a prank.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones loses child custody case

Some Colorado readers are familiar with the work of Alex Jones, the man behind InfoWars, which is a platform for many different conspiracy theories and alt-right viewpoints. While Jones usually makes headlines over his dramatic proclamations and other publicity efforts, he has recently been in the news for a far less public reason. Jones has lost a child custody case that has gone on for some time now. Some say that his loss was due in part to some questionable behavior in the courtroom.

Jones and his former wife, Kelly Jones, share three children who range in age from 9 to 14. After the couple split, Jones was named the "managing conservator" of the kids, who lived with him and only had occasional visitation with their mother. Kelly Jones claimed that her former husband was an unfit parent. In arguing that point, her attorney insisted that the irrational and, at times, erratic behavior that Jones presents on InfoWars is in line with his real-life behaviors. Jones asserted that his on-air persona is nothing more than a style of performance art.  

How a separation can impact the property division process

For some couples, a period of separation is an option that can help both parties make it through a rough patch in their relationship. In fact, many couples who go through a separation are able to emerge with a stronger bond and have long and happy marriages. For older Colorado residents, a separation can lead to problems, especially in regard to property division.

For one thing, one or both spouses can rack up heavy debt during an extended separation. If the marriage should move toward divorce, deciding which party should be responsible for what debts can be problematic and a major course of contention. A large part of the property division process focuses on dividing debt, and when that debt was incurred while the parties were living separately, it can be difficult to reach an agreement on a fair division.

After property division, have a plan in place for new credit

Once a divorce is made final, Colorado residents should turn their attention toward building a strong financial foundation for the years ahead. For those who are fortunate, the outcome of the property division process will help to create a solid base from which to build upon. Obtaining new lines of credit is an important part of that process for many people, but it can be hard to know where to begin.

The first step lies in assessing one's current credit situation. List the number of open credit cards. This is also a good time to check that one's ex is not still listed as an authorized user on each account. Part of the property division process involved determining which party would be responsible for credit card debt, so make sure that the agreed-upon changes have been made to open accounts.

Mediation can make divorce easier for your children

Other than ensuring that the division of assets and custody will be fair, one of the most common concerns during divorce is the impact it will have on the children. Divorce can cause a broad range of emotional reactions in children, from depression and anxiety to guilt and anger.

The more contentious the divorce and the more involved in the process the children become, the greater the potential for severe emotional fallout. That doesn't mean that you should stay in a bad marriage just to protect your children. However, it does mean that you should be conscientious about how you handle things.

State Supreme Court rules on sexual orientation and child custody

When a family goes before a court of law to argue on issues of custody, the court is required to consider a wide range of matters that pertain to the best interests of the child or children at the center of the case. Just as no two families are ever exactly alike, nor are any two child custody cases, in Colorado or any other state. That is why the role of a family court judge is so important; he or she is expected to approach each case on its own merits, and to make a decision based on a blend of many different factors.

A recent state Supreme Court ruling in the Pacific Northwest focused on how a mother's sexual orientation impacted her ability to be a good parent to her children. The court found that a lower court ruling that gave the bulk of parenting rights and responsibilities to the father was unduly influenced by the mother's transition to a homosexual lifestyle. In making that decision, the higher court looked at testimony provided by the guardian ad litem and a therapist who worked with the children.

Understanding the ins and outs of child support

For many Colorado parents, having to provide financial support for their children is not a source of contention. In certain cases, however, parents who are tasked with making child support payments begin to feel as though they are being taken advantage of, and that the money that is being paid is not being used as intended. The following points are offered to help ease child support tensions between parents.

Child support is defined as regularly occurring payments made by the noncustodial parent to assist in covering the costs of raising a shared child. The custodial parent has a great deal of freedom to use those payments as she or he sees fit. That is often where the source of contention lies, as it is easy for the parent who is making the payments to perceive that the money is not being properly allocated.

Jesse Jackson Jr. voluntarily increases child support

Colorado readers may be aware of a contentious divorce case between Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson. The pair have made headlines in recent months as they struggle forward in what is shaping up to be a bitter divorce case. In an unexpected development, Jesse Jackson Jr. has voluntarily increased his child support payments.

At a hearing in early March, a judge decided that Jackson would only be obligated to pay $329 a month in child support. In addition, payments were suspended for the months of April through July, meaning that Jackson would not have to make his first reduced payment until the month of August. Jackson has voluntarily increased his child support payment to $1,529 per month, and has already paid that amount for March.

Do these things to financially prepare for divorce

When you decide to move forward with divorce, it goes without saying that you will have a lot on your mind. For example, it’s only natural to feel poorly about how your relationship is ending.

Regardless of your current situation, it’s important to remember one thing: You need to look toward the future. This means many things, including a detailed review of your finances.

Remember tax changes after a child custody case

As tax season gets into full swing, many Colorado residents have not given proper thought to how a recent divorce could impact their tax scenario. For those who obtained the bulk of child custody rights as part of the divorce, this tax year could shake out far differently from years past. It is important to understand how a custody case can impact taxes, and to plan accordingly.

Perhaps the biggest impact that a change in custody will have on a parent's taxes involves the filing status that can be used. When a divorced parent has the bulk of custody throughout the year, he or she can often claim as head of household. That comes with multiple tax benefits, and can make a big difference on the bottom line.

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