[quote]OK, so you can't produce a study that somehow Colorado is worse than any other state?
I mean anecdotedly - THIS site which does not pull disproportionately from any geographic location does not have a disproportionate number of gentlemen from Colorado.
And yes, divorce records are private, but yet studies on custody awards are done. Perhaps you can research their methods for ways to do one of your own.
Lastly - even if everything you say is true, no one has given anyone bad advice even if they are from Colorado. Presumably - no one is going to stop a divorce due to spousal support. Its not like waiting will make it better. So while they may face something harsher than they expected - it doesn't change the outcome. [/quote]
1) How exactly do you propose a private citizen conduct a study on alimony awards in Colorado other than talking to people who have been through divorce here? Which is exactly what I have done.
2) Are you kidding? When you say "no one is going to stop a divorce because of spousal support", you are obviously living on a planet where *you* would never be forced to pay spousal support. Put yourself in this position: 40% of gross for the rest of your life, PLUS you are forced by law to carry, at your expense, a life insurance policy for five times your gross income, with the beneficiary being your ex.
Trust me, there are thousands of men here who stay in dead marriages solely because of the onerous alimony laws. This is not a game. If you are ordered to pay alimony and you lose your job (not like *that* ever happens, right?), in Colorado, you STILL must pay the full amount using ALL of your financial resources, selling everything your own, declaring bankruptcy(which does nothing to erase alimony obligations), and then, if you still can't pay, you go to jail. I know two men who have been in this position. The courts *refuse* to lower alimony in Colorado until the payor is completely destitute and has been to jail.
BTW, women in this state know all about alimony. As soon as they find out a guy is paying, they turn and run. They know he is a marked man, and will never get ahead, because if he does, the ex will haul him into court and ask for a modifications. Upward modifications are easily granted here. Downward, never, until the life of the payor has been destroyed.