Divorce Does Not Necessarily Mean Done: Factors to Consider When Ending Your Marriage

Available for Interviews: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddy Ann Barry, Esq. is a family attorney and writer and has been serving families through divorce and custody and has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and also comes with a wealth of experience in mediation and collaborative law. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado.

What Teddi Ann Barry can say in an interview on
Divorce
:

Too often a client comes in and says, “I just want this to be done.” The marriage, the fighting, the emotional toll, and financial unsettling—all of it.

Before you decide to Divorce, make sure to understand the long-term effects, the ongoing drama after the Divorce, and the possible financial reality of the Divorce.

Examples

James was married 15 years (17 by the time they divorced). As if two years of litigation—motions, hearings, multiple exchanges of financials over and overall to lose more than half of his marital assets—spends another year waiting for an appellate decision, and was left paying support for years and years to come.

Jessie was ready to share parenting time after the divorce 50/50, to be able to continue her thriving career, while saving her children from the traumatic divorce and restructuring her family successfully. Instead, her spouse left, moved away, found a new lover, and never looked back. She was left to severely adjust her career goals and raise two young children alone.

Factors to consider when
deciding to divorce

Unless you have no children, no pets, no real assets, there is a life after Divorce that you may not be considering when deciding to end the marriage.

Here are some factors to consider when deciding if you’re ready to Divorce.

    • Divorce is rarely a quick and easy process. In addition to State mandates regarding waiting periods, there’s often expert involvement and time to offer opinions, and sometimes extreme court dockets setting trials months and months after you may be ready to finalize the Divorce if there are issues in dispute.
    • Ongoing Issues May Arise. Even if a couple is able to achieve settlement outside of court, there are often reasons to modify the Agreement later. We often see this when people are paying support and have a change in financial situations, decide to move out of state while sharing parental responsibilities, or filing Separation Agreements that fail to contemplate an issue that arises after the Divorce is final.
    • Financial Strain. The financial consequences of Divorce may last for years. Paying child support, paying maintenance/alimony, trying to recoup legal fees and expenses, rebuilding your career and investments will take some time. If you’re on the receiving end of support, it may still not seem like enough financial support to manage a household on half or less of the marital income you may have had.
    • Emotions Run High. The emotional toll may also continue after the Divorce. Whether poor communication, the constant interaction with your former spouse with parenting issues, or watching your X move on while you may struggle to let go, consider counseling or perhaps find a support group to help you move forward successfully.

 

Interview: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddi Ann Barry, Esq. is the Founder of Teddy Ann Barry, PSC., and has been an attorney for over twenty years. Other areas of law practiced are mediation and collaborative law. Teddy is based in the Cherry Creek office and practices family law exclusively. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado: Get In, Get Out, Get Over It.

Teddy is a former guardian ad litem and Respondent parents’ counsel, representing the best interests of children placed in the custody of the State and the parents accused of abuse and neglect of their children by the State.

As an alumna of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for both her undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees, Teddy is proud to have been educated at Creighton University which is one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities throughout the country, that teaches, among many wonderful values, service.  I have been serving others in family law since 2000.

Teddy has been a business owner for over 17 years and continues to build a firm with experienced and well-respected professionals who can offer the highest level of client care, advocacy, skilled negotiation, and litigation if and when absolutely necessary.

 

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