Wyoming divorce proceedings do not differ too much from those that divorcing couples will encounter in other states of the union. As a matter of fact, several aspects of Wyoming divorce law appear to be almost identical to those of Colorado and other neighboring states. In one respect, however, a Wyoming divorce is unique: it seeks to ensure the continued wellbeing of the children who are the issue of the marriage that is being dissolved, or who may have entered the relationship as part of a blended family. No matter what the blood relationship of the children to the parents may be, the state of Wyoming has come up with a number of safety procedures to ensure that these kids will be taken care of in the manner to which they were accustomed while the marriage was intact.
For example, in the past fathers had to fear that the children's mothers would receive custody automatically, simply because of the mother's gender. The courts used to be rather biased when it came to allocation the daily care of the children and figured that gender superseded actual relationship qualities. These days, however, Wyoming divorce law specifies that custody is not to be decided by the gender of the parent, but that instead the quality of the relationship a child has with a parent is to be one of the key issues that will determine custody outcomes. Additionally, a parent's ability to take on the responsibility to care for the child as well as provide for child care in her or his absence is taken into account. The ability of a parent to relate to the other parent is taken into account as well; if one parent is unwilling or unable to work with the other parent in terms of visitation or school related issues, the court will take this attitude into consideration when awarding final custody decisions.
Furthermore, Wyoming divorce proceedings are not simply concerned with the nuts and bolts of the parents' ability to interact with the children, but these laws will consider how custody arrangements will best serve the children. At times, sole custody will be awarded to one parent, while at other times a joint custody agreement will better serve the kids. The same is true for those cases when shared custody is considered to be of benefit for the little ones involved. Wyoming divorce laws are very clear, however, that even a non-custodial parent is afforded the same rights and privileges to information and decision making that a custodial parent has. A neat twist brought on by legislation is the fact that the courts may require parents at any time to enroll in parenting classes to learn how to better deal with the aftermath of the divorce themselves, lessen its effects on the children, and also work on relating to the other parent in civil if not cordial terms.
As you can see, a Wyoming divorce is very much concerned with the wellbeing of the children that are the unwilling bystanders in these proceedings, and who sometimes appear to the be the victims that find themselves hurting, despairing, and even taking on blame because of oversights on the parents' as well as the courts' parts.