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Even absent of safety concerns, divorce is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. When dealing with a potentially violent spouse or ex-spouse, the stress is exponentially greater. Knowing how to protect yourself during divorce and your children from physical or psychological abuse is of ...
In many marriages, financial matters are the responsibility of one of the two spouses. When a separation occurs, the spouse not active with the finances during the marriage is often overwhelmed when it comes to dealing with their financial situation on their own. Financial counseling can help limit ...
When the court considers the best interests of the children in an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities case, and the children involved are infants or toddlers, many courts will designate one parent as the primary caregiver based on the “Attachment Theory”. The basic premise of the Attachment ...
Can you handle your own divorce proceedings with no attorney involvement? In many cases, you certainly can. In fact, if there are no minor children of the marriage and you own very limited assets, most attorneys would probably agree that this might be the best solution, especially if it is an ...
There are several issues raised by the actual separation of the parties in a divorce setting and some thought should go into the decision of whether, and when, to move out of the marital home during a divorce. For those people asking Should I move out before divorce? , please consider these options ...
Beyond just the complications that come with co-parenting with your ex-spouse, a specific problem blended families have is the relationship between a parent and his or her ex-spouse’s new spouse or significant other, which for simplicity, this article will refer to as the “new spouse.” In ...
An important issue for courts in a divorce or custody matter is child support, or the cost of raising the children until they are each nineteen, or otherwise emancipated. In Colorado, child support is considered a right of the child; therefore, the courts generally will not recognize an agreement ...
The financial and tax issues couples face during and after divorce are often complex. Financial counseling is often necessary. It is common for one spouse to have more knowledge in these areas than the other. Often divorce attorneys, with the assistance of financial and accounting professionals, ...
Divorce is very difficult for parents. It is even worse for children, and avoiding parental alienation is always the parents’ responsibility. Most adults have the experience to realize that even when they make mistakes, they will likely be able to recover and move on. Most divorcing adults also ...
About Creative Counseling Center Are your kids experiencing anxiety, a sense of overwhelming sadness or loneliness? If so, contact us by email of phone, we are here to help! We provide counseling services to children ages 2 and up, and also for teens, and adults. We specialize in childhood trauma ...
Below is a list of resources for family therapists, marriage counselors, and other helpful outlets. If you have questions or concerns and would like to consult with a marriage counselor or therapist, please visit our Ask a Marriage Counselor page. Abby Hansen Eschler, MSW, LCSW (720) 300-2848 ...
In the aftermath of a divorce many people look to find security both in their surroundings and with respect to their finances. Buying a home or condo can accomplish both of these things but there are many things that should be considered as you open this next chapter of your life. In many ...
Getting a divorce is a very taxing experience emotionally. Sadly, some cases require one of the parties to take additional precautions in order to protect themselves or their children. In some situations, it can be difficult and painful to protect yourself during divorce. One option, of course, is ...
In Colorado divorce cases a party may win an award of attorney’s fees in two different situations. One situation occurs when a disparity of earning capacity exists among the parties in the case. The second situation is based on the improper conduct of a party within the context of a pending domestic ...
In a dissolution of marriage action, both parties are responsible for providing each other, as well as the court, information regarding the value of their assets. Gathering all available documentation of assets accrued during the marriage and properly dividing marital property is crucial to ...
Top 3 Tips to Help Your Kids Survive Your Divorce: Establish an appropriate support system for the kids, through peers, extended family, school counselors and teachers. Each parent should get their own support system…parents should not rely on their children for emotional support at this time, it is ...
When you file a Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage, most courts will immediately set an Initial Status Conference (ISC) that is approximately 40 days from the date the case was filed. This initial hearing may be set even before your spouse has been served. If you are the respondent to a ...
In January of 2000, the Colorado Supreme Court implemented what is known as the “Simplified Dissolution Project” in three Colorado counties. The project was the result of a growing dissatisfaction with the adversary process in domestic relations cases and a concern that the court system was not only ...
The Colorado Standard to Modify Child Support The standard to modify Colorado child support is that there has been a "substantial and continuing" change in circumstances that results in at least a 10% difference in the amount of child support due. The factors that typically lead parties to file for ...
Meeting and dating a new person following a divorce can be very intoxicating. Having experienced what is often a severe blow to self-esteem, the newly divorced person may be tempted to become quickly involved in a new relationship. Unfortunately, the divorce rate for second marriages and later ...
All newly divorced people must consider how soon they want to begin dating and what they are looking for in a new mate. For a parent who is dating after divorce, a profoundly important aspect of a dating partner’s qualities is how he or she relates to children. Qualities that will likely be ...
The divorce is final, and you are fortunate. You have received your share of your marital assets. What do you do next? Did you know that many divorcing people burn through their settlement money at a rapid rate? Without up-front thought, many people end up with almost none of the settlement ...
During custody litigation, parental decisions are often under a microscope. The smallest and most innocent parental decisions can be fuel in arguing primary parent status. Primary parent status not only allows the primary parent majority of overnight parenting time with the child, it can also allow ...
Divorce can be financially difficult for both parties, and oftentimes, children suffer due to drastic changes in disposable income after divorce. If you are a newly divorced woman or man and are now forced to enter or re-enter the workforce to provide for your family, you may be experiencing ...
Recent CFI Changes In Colorado, the role of the Child and Family Investigator (CFI) is to investigate, report, and make recommendations as specifically directed by the court in the appointment order. C.R.S. 14-10-116.5(2). In performing his or her duties, the CFI is required to take into ...
Imagine a Better Life While there is no doubt that divorce is one of life’s most painful experiences, it is also important to realize that a separation of this nature also offers an opportunity for growth. Following the divorce, you will be faced with new choices that may offer even greater ...
Going through divorce is difficult enough, but discovering your credit has been damaged in the process adds insult to injury. The risk of losing credit is just one of many reasons to seek financial counseling when going through a divorce. Many an unsuspecting divorcee’ realizes after-the-fact ...
Be Informed: While your attorney can guide you and answer your questions, there is a wealth of information readily available to you. Read books, explore the Web, review courthouse publications. Be Organized: Most often, your legal fees are billed by the hour. When you communicate with your attorney, ...
Going through a divorce is a very difficult time. And when it comes to dividing marital property, Buying, selling, and financing the purchase of real estate can also be a very stressful and difficult time. And so it goes – the combination of these life-altering events can create a real ...
When deciding who gets what in a divorce, all property must first be classified as “marital” or “separate” before the court can divide it. Marital property is owned by both parties and is subject to division; while separate property is typically only owned by one spouse and is not subject to ...
The Harris Law Firm offers unbundled legal services through our Self-Represented Resource Center™ Unbundled legal services are a cost effective way to obtain legal services and support from a Colorado family law attorney without being represented by a lawyer. Unbundled services will allow you to ...
Divorce affects all family members, and minor children often have a difficult time understanding why Mommy and Daddy no longer want to live together. While older children may understand the concepts of falling out of love, infidelity and irreconcilable differences, they may still need help coping ...
Although divorce is a painful and difficult transition for you and your spouse, it is important to remember that a divorce or legal separation is also a challenging time for your kids. To help your children through this trying time, we have provided a list of things that you can do to help your kids ...
Divorce is one of the most stressful events many families will ever experience. Whether you’re contemplating divorce, in the midst of a divorce, or have finalized a divorce, your top priority is protecting yourself and your children. But sometimes things go awry, and the situation becomes dangerous. ...
f you are contemplating divorce or have been asked for a divorce by your spouse, you may want to try marriage counseling before calling it quits. Because divorce is one of the most stressful events a family will experience, it’s important to explore all avenues that may save your marriage. Many ...
Divorce is one of the most stressful events that a person may ever experience, so it’s important to realize that the feelings of anger, bitterness, resentment, sadness and fear are all completely normal. Thankfully, there are numerous agencies and organizations that specialize in helping individuals ...
When speaking about divorce and child custody, it’s only natural to speak of a parent’s “visitation” time with his/her children. In Colorado, however, the term “visitation” was removed from the statutes and replaced with “parenting time,” which refers to how the time with the kids will be divided ...
In Colorado, a parent’s child support obligation continues until the child reaches the age of emancipation, which is the age when a person legally shifts from child to adult. The age of majority or emancipation is currently 19 in the state of Colorado. In most cases, this is the moment when the ...
When planning for the holiday season, divorced parents must make an extra effort to communicate with their former spouse. Holiday plans must be made with everyone’s feelings in mind, and must be created with understanding, patience, diplomacy, and respect. Topics of conversation will include gift ...
Imagine that you have just finished litigating a highly contentious child support issue that has ended with the court ordering you to pay child support. The next question is, how long will the obligation last? In Colorado, generally the answer is that the child support obligation continues until the ...
As you might have learned from our Colorado divorce timeline, there is no one way of going through the process. When preparing for divorce, Colorado courts usually require a hearing in a dissolution or post-dissolution matter for one of two reasons: (1) where the parties are unable to resolve the ...
Pet custody in divorce can be very contentious. Many pet owners are as close to their pet as a parent to their child. Further, pet owners often refer to themselves as the mother or father of their pet who they adopted, not purchased. However under Colorado law, pets are still characterized as an ...
In the 1970’s, most states in the nation adopted a “no fault” divorce policy. Governments reasoned that the policy would temper the nastiness, finger-pointing and emotional havoc associated with full-blown divorce trials. Additionally, it was thought to be better to give individuals more freedom to ...
As with most important questions, the answer is: “it depends”. You may, in fact, be able to represent yourself if you have the time, energy, and patience to invest the time to do it right. The long-term security of yourself and your children is at stake, so it definitely makes sense to be careful ...
Besides mediation and arbitration, there are many other processes and different types of divorce that parties can use to resolve their cases without going to court. One is to combine mediation and arbitration, a process sometimes referred to as med/arb. In med/arb, a third party neutral may start ...
Custody disputes involving parents and children who live in different states can present a variety of complex issues under the law. However, much of the confusion surrounding interstate custody actions and relocating with kids after divorce was clarified after the adoption of the Uniform Child ...
The child custody decision is often the most contentious aspect of divorce because in many cases, both parents want to be the primary caretaker of the children. While many people believe the mother will automatically get custody of minor children that is not always the case. In fact, in recent ...
What to do with the house? A frequently asked question and quandary associated with divorce and dividing marital property. Custodial parents may want to hang onto the home for the sake of the children. Can one or both spouses afford to purchase a replacement home? A lot will depend upon the amount ...
Unfortunately, the entry of a Decree of Dissolution does mean that there are not final matters to “wrap up”. There are several common legal issues that continue even after the divorce is decided upon. Tying up the loose ends can be categorized into three major areas: transfers of property, change in ...
The financial commitment of parents, as well as their involvement with their children’s upbringing, is very important to the welfare of children. In recent years, the focus of many State Legislatures has been to ensure that children receive the support they need even though they may not live with ...
Making Your Marriage Work All marriages have their challenges, but here are some tips to help salvage your troubled relationship when you are faced with life’s inevitable ups and downs. Seek to Remedy Your Issues Quickly When you identify a problem within your marriage, deal with the issue ...
Collecting child support often becomes the most contentious aspect of a divorce. A party may not move across state lines in an effort to avoid payment of child support. However, in order to enforce a child support order in another state, a court must establish the proper authority prior to act. ...
Effective March 18, 2003, the Colorado State Legislature raised the fees for filing many court actions, including domestic relations cases, by fifty percent, in order to accommodate the rising cost of divorce support resources. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey explained, “Falling ...
It’s important to consider the different types of divorce when evaluating how much it will and should cost. Given the mounting costs of legal fees in our litigious society, many people struggle with coming up with a large retainer for a divorce lawyer. The retainer, or initial deposit, may be ...
IRAs or 401k and Divorce Retirement accounts such as 401(k)s or IRAs are considered marital property and therefore are subject to division in a divorce. Because these plans are tax deferred, there are rules in place to restrict early withdrawal. Figuring out the best way to divide retirement ...
If you are unclear on how best to explain divorce to your children, consult this guide of words that will help you put your complicated family situation into simpler terms. You can also browse our list of frequently asked questions about divorce for answers to other questions and concerns. Child ...
Let your children know that the divorce is between you and your spouse and that they did not cause your separation. Your children need to know that they are not responsible for the divorce and cannot remedy the issues between you, and parents need to be open-minded about how divorce affects children ...
Pro se is a Latin term meaning “on one’s own behalf,” and in the legal arena, a pro se party in a divorce is representing him or herself instead of being represented by a lawyer. If you are contemplating divorce or have been asked for a divorce, you have to decide if you will hire an experienced ...
While there is no such thing as an easy divorce in Colorado, there are steps to prepare for divorce. A number of things that you can do to start preparing for divorce in Denver that will make the process easier include: Know Your Rights : You should look into as many reliable sources as you can on ...
Divorce is one of life’s most difficult decisions and it must be approached slowly and in a calm and thoughtful manner. Saving your marriage should be your first idea, not your last. Before embarking on the path to divorce, begin your decision making process by writing out the answers to the ...
One of the most complex and emotionally difficult elements of divorce is getting the children accustomed to the agreed upon parenting plan that allows both parents to remain involved. Adjusting to splitting time between two homes can be highly stressful. Homework, clothing, and other valued ...
If you are contemplating divorce or have been asked for a divorce, you are most likely experiencing feelings of sadness, anger, regret or even downright panic. Divorce is a stressful experience, even if you are the one who wants to get out of the marriage. If you have children, you know they too are ...
You don't tell your child everything about your life, and you don't need to introduce them to everyone you know. If you have dated a person for several weeks following your divorce, you do not have to keep your dates a secret, but delay introducing this person to your children until you have created ...
Establish an appropriate support system for the kids, through peers, extended family, school counselors and teachers. Each parent should get their own support system…parents should not rely on their children for emotional support at this time, it is too much of an emotional burden on the children. ...
When talking to kids about divorce, it’s critical to keep in mind what makes child psychology distinct and to account for that. Above all, make sure that the children hear and hear it often that the divorce is not their fault. Children often look for a reason or for someone to blame. They need ...
Existing mid way between litigation and mediation, collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution for couples going through a divorce that can help in avoiding parental alienation. Although separate counsel represents each spouse, and the attorneys act as advocates for their clients, ...
In this time of economic change, people are losing job and benefits. They wonder how they will pay their child support. Child support can be modified any time that there have been changes in the income or expenses of the parents (or the children) that would result in a 10% change in the child ...
While many couples hope to part amicably, it’s an unfortunate fact that most divorces are contentious. With contention often comes parental alienation, which is the act of pitting one parent against the other when the couple has children. If you are facing divorce or are in the process of divorce, ...
Choosing full legal representation to handle your Colorado divorce is an extremely important decision that cannot be taken lightly. While there are several different types of representation options for people considering divorce, full representation (retainer plus hourly rates) is one of the most ...
Aside from determining child custody and support issues, dividing assets in divorce (and debt) is the most important (and, often, time-consuming) aspect of divorce. In Colorado, the division of property and other assets basically comes down to marital and separate property. Determining which ...
Arbitration involves the use of a third-party neutral to decide a controversy instead of a trial court judge; it is one of several different types of divorce. The arbitrator may be selected by the parties or appointed by the court. Disputing parties may want to avoid using the courts in order to ...
Marrying someone with children, or remarrying when there are already children, creates stepfamilies. Because biological parent-child and sibling relationships can be so important, interjecting non-biological parents and siblings into a family can create significant difficulties; this is one of the ...
Mediation is becoming an increasingly common alternative to litigation when it comes to divorce in Colorado. In Colorado divorce mediation, the parties discuss what they would like to see happen during their divorce with a neutral third party helping them achieve their desired outcomes. Mediators ...
Clearly, one of the most important components of preparing your finances and dividing marital propertyfor the divorce is itemizing the assets that you and your spouse have accumulated. Be certain to also include those which either of you may have had prior to the marriage, as any increase in value ...
With any divorce that involves children, the best interests of the children must always be the number one priority of all parties involved. Ex-spouses must put aside their personal differences when it comes to their children; regardless of how much you may dislike your ex, you must remember he/she ...
There are numerous debt issues involved in dissolution, ranging from payment on the mortgage for the family home, to credit card debt. When debt is a factor in dividing marital property, ot only do you need to consider the monthly payments that are due in your expense listing, but you need to ...
Is My Marriage Worth Saving? If you are going through a divorce in Colorado, have contemplated a divorce, or have been asked for a divorce, you may have asked yourself this question: Is my marriage worth saving? In addition to asking if your marriage is worth saving, there is probably a flood of ...
Income is typically shown on pay stubs, W-2 forms, and benefit statements, such as pension, annuity or social security statements. However, for those who are self-employed, those who work in a cash-based business, and those who receive gratuities or tips for their services, the calculation of income ...
If you have had difficulty coping with divorce, imagine how hard it is on your kids. Life as they knew it is now forever changed, and they are going through a whirlwind of emotions which may include sadness, anger and feelings of confusion and loss. Helping kids with divorce must be a top priority ...
The issue of “children’s rights” is clearly at the forefront of American jurisprudence today. However, it is only fairly recently that these issues have finally come to be prominently discussed by lawyers, judges, and legislatures. In fact, our common law history inherited from England treated ...
Much of your divorce will involve gathering, reviewing and organizing documents. This part of your divorce checklist will outline the major categories of documents that are helpful and sometimes essential, in most divorce cases. Income and Tax Records. – State and Federal Tax Returns, including all ...
Colorado Divorce Maintenance Laws In Colorado, alimony or spousal support is called maintenance. When considering whether an individual qualifies for collecting alimony/maintenance, the Court will apply the following three criteria in its determination: (1) whether a party has insufficient property ...
Child Custody Modification When a child custody/parenting time agreement is reached in a divorce proceeding, it’s not always set in stone. For many families, changes must be made to a child custody/visitation agreement due to job changes, re-marriages, and geographical relocations. Sometimes, the ...
The Colorado Legal Forms You'll Need if Filing On Your Own If you plan to handle your divorce by yourself or to use unbundled legal services, you will need access to numerous Colorado legal forms throughout the process. All of these are posted and updated regularly on the State of Colorado Judicial ...
Collaborative family law is a relatively new and non-traditional way of practicing law whereby the attorneys for both of the parties in a family dispute agree to use cooperative strategies rather thanadversarial techniques and litigation. The focus in collaborative law is to try to create an ...
Oftentimes, circumstances change following a court’s decision regarding maintenance (alimony) and modifications become necessary. If you want to request a modification of maintenance, you and your attorney will have to ask a judge, and if the judge approves, a decree of modification will be created. ...
Colorado Divorce Timeline Though the Colorado divorce timeline varies from couple to couple due the complexity of the case and delays, continuances, full dockets and other issues related to the court, the divorce process timeline has three stages that every divorce must go through: Preliminary Stage ...
Child support is probably the number one issue that brings couples back into the courtroom over and over after their divorce is final. In recent years, many state legislatures have focused their attention on ensuring minor children receive the support they need following the divorce of their ...
Clearly, one of the most important components of preparing your finances for the divorce is itemizing the assets that you and your spouse have accumulated and properly dividing marital property. Be certain to also include those which either of you may have had prior to the marriage, as any increase ...
Divorce Checklist Except for extreme circumstances such as one spouse catching another committing adultery or discovering a severe addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling or shopping, most men and women do not wake up one morning and suddenly decide to divorce their spouse. In many cases, spouses ...
You may hear these questions from your children regarding their parents divorce. Knowing the right way to respond is critical to helping your children adjust to their new situation. Why Does Divorce Happen? Divorce happens when a husband and wife decide they no longer want to be married to each ...
With divorce come numerous changes: from being married to being single, from having a long-term, committed relationship to being unattached, and from parenting together under one roof to parenting apart (hopefully as co-parents, i.e. cooperative parents). Likewise, there may be changes in residence ...
A very common issue that arises in Colorado divorce and custody cases is contempt of court. Contempt of court cases, in regards to divorce/custody issues, occur when one party does not follow the court’s orders of payment of child support, maintenance, visitation, or any other clear rulings. Divorce ...
If you are a parent in an unhappy marriage, one of your main concerns is probably deciding what is best for your children. Many couples stay together purely for the sake of their children. While this impulse is very generous, couples have to consider whether raising children in a home where the ...
For couples who are preparing for divorce, dividing marital property and debts is the primary reason that attorneys are hired. Marital property includes all items that a couple has acquired during the course of the marriage. When spouses cannot agree how to separate the accumulated assets and debts, ...
Pet Custody and Divorce Don’t Let Your Divorce Go to the Dogs These days, when someone says that their divorce is turning into a dogfight, they may actually be referring to a real dog. While the variety of pets that become the subject of a custody battle ranges from rabbits to ocelots, the vast ...
Distress couples at the end of their rope or on the brink of divorce become skeptical about seeing any hope for change. Typically, the loss of heart and even the capacity for meaningful change are at an all time low. Often counselors see couples who have needed help for years but were not proactive ...
By Katy Ellis - Family Law Attorney with The Harris Law Firm On May 14, 2013, the Governor signed House Bill 13-1259, which incorporates additional language regarding domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect into existing statutes. The bill officially recognizes the right of children to be free ...
Common law marriages in the U.S. were really a matter of inconvenience. That is, the inconvenience of locating someone qualified to perform a marriage ceremony. In the old and often wild West, it was even more difficult to locate an official empowered to perform the ceremony. The phrase "common law" ...
With nearly 50% of all marriages now ending in divorce, it is not unusual for couples to sign a pre-nuptial agreement, or marital agreement , as it is now called under Colorado law. While it is important for couples to be optimistic about their future together, it is also imperative, as it is in the ...
Or Will You Still Need Me When I am 64? People are living longer, staying healthy longer, and sometimes amassing substantial wealth. As a result, many ask, "Do I want to stay married (especially now that the children are grown) to that person I selected when I was so much younger and not nearly as ...
If a father was married to the mother of a child at the time the child was conceived or born, it is generally assumed that he is the biological father, and additional proof is not required unless this assumption is brought into question. Paternity may also be presumed if the father’s name appears on ...
Unpaid Support Payments About half of all annual child support in the U.S. goes unpaid. According to the National Child Support Enforcement Assn. in Washington, D.C., only $13 billion, or 56%, of the $23 billion due was collected for fiscal year 2000. Methods of Obtaining Payment There are many ...
In July of 2005, the Governor signed into law a revised version of the statute that detailed the duties and responsibilities of “either [the] representative of the child or [the] special advocate.” The revision of the law separated the individuals appointed to those positions and gave them ...
The two areas where stepparents most frequently assert their rights as parents are with respect to adoptions and visitation. While the Colorado Legislature has established the general procedures and divorce support resources for both of these actions, there are many other factors considered by the ...
Most people will probably live alone after divorce, and this can take some getting used to, especially if you were married for several years. While living alone after divorce may seem like a sad or scary thing, you will adjust and may even relish in your newfound “single” life. Even if you are ...
Should I Move Out Before Divorce? Are you considering filing for a divorce in Colorado? If so, there are probably numerous questions swirling around in your mind, including: “where will you live?”, “should I move out before divorce?” and “how will you support yourself if your spouse was the primary ...
Being able to accurately estimate your monthly expenses is essential in the divorce situation and in dividing marital property. The amount of child and spousal support (maintenance or alimony), as well as preparing a post-divorce budget, are impacted by your ability to accurately gauge how much you ...
1. Second marriages are more successful than first marriages. The divorce rate of remarriages is higher than that of first marriages. This is often brought up at marriage counseling . 2. Cohabitation prior to marriage increases the possibility of an enduring union. Studies indicate that those who ...
“Maintenance” is the term used by Colorado courts to describe what other states call alimony or spousal support. Temporary maintenance is support paid to a party while your divorce is pending while permanent alimony or maintenance is support paid after your divorce is final. Some of the factors ...
Emotional Support During Divorce Going through a divorce is considered one of the most stressful events an adult will experience in his/her lifetime. With the divorce rate being so high in Colorado, there is a very good chance that you have been divorced, are contemplating a divorce or have been ...
Prior to negotiating for “Maintenance” in the State of Colorado, a term also referred to as “Alimony” or “Spousal Support” in other states, the parties to divorce proceedings must consider whether the maintenance award will be modifiable or non-modifiable. Modifiable Maintenance Most maintenance ...
In this time of economic change, people are losing job and benefits. They wonder how they will pay their child support. Child support can be modified any time that there have been changes in the income or expenses of the parents (or the children) that would result in a 10% change in the child ...
The period between filing for divorce and obtaining the final decree can be challenging because decisions must be made about finances, property, and parenting time. Frozen Assets : After a divorce action is filed, the Court will issue a temporary domestic order instructing both parties not to ...
Preparing for Divorce When you have concluded that your marriage is irretrievably broken and filing for divorce is inevitable, you should consider consulting with a Colorado family law attorney while you are still in the marital home. You will want to discuss how to plan for your divorce while you ...
Are Diamonds Really Forever? The giving of an engagement ring in anticipation of marriage has been a long held and universal tradition in western culture. While popular culture has highlighted the romantic act of giving an engagement ring, never have we been privy to the legal fights which occur ...
Summer is a good time to review your parenting plan to see which parent, or if both parents, are to decide which school the children should attend and who is to register the children. If one parent has "sole decision making" regarding the education of the children, then it is usually that parent who ...
One of the most important aspects of a divorce proceeding is division of marital property. Of course, in order to do so, parties must be apprised of what assets comprise the marital estate. 16.2(e)(1) of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure begins: Parties to domestic relations cases owe each other ...
Protecting Your Child from the Impact of Divorce Although you cannot completely protect a child from the impact of divorce, there are things you can do to help them get through it: Starting the Healing Process When you deal with your own grief in a positive way, your actions will show your children ...
When one of the divorced parents moves, and takes the children a great distance away, the non-custodial parent faces the difficult choice of only seeing the child a few times a year, or giving up his or her job and moving. But now, thanks to modern technology, there is another option available ...
I recently broke my arm in a spectacular mountain biking mishap. After hitting the ground like a plane crash, I looked at my arm and noticed that, well, something was really out of place. Sparing you the gruesome details, it did not look like the same arm I had had for 34 years. After the initial ...
Parents abandon their children for a variety of reasons that can include drugs, alcohol, mental health issues, or even an affair. Others simply become so overwhelmed with the responsibiliites of life that they suspend their parenting time and lose contact with the children for extended periods of ...
A recent study by a Harvard educated Ph.D. has indicated that 2/3 of the divorces in the US are initiated by women. This research was reported by a nationally representative study by the American Association of Retired People and was based on the study of more than 1,000 divorced men and women, aged ...
Electronic Spying in Family Law Cases The advent of cheap and easily available devices to spy on your ex, or soon ex-to-be, makes it easy to do so. But tread cautiously. Legal, as well as equitable, pitfalls abound. First, under Colorado law, it is a crime to record a conversation unless one party ...
Whatever the reason for your divorce, making the decision to end your marriage is a painful and difficult one. Our relationships begin with the hope for a bright future, but when they fail, the sense of loss can be devastating. It is not simply the loss of the relationship that we grieve, but also a ...
The divorce process can seem daunting when you don’t understand what the process entails or how long it will take. But increasing your level of understanding about the legal process can help to reduce your stress: Although every case is different, even individuals who are on good terms with their ...
Changing your name following a divorce requires that you notify a number of agencies, offices, and companies, in order to change your name in every aspect of your life. Start the process by obtaining a certified copy of the decree permitting the change of name from the court clerks' office. Then, ...
Prenuptial agreements , which used to be quite rare, were once topics of sensational Hollywood stories about celebrities and their divorces. However, with stress and antagonism that can be created by todays divorce process , prenuptial agreements have become increasingly common. Having an agreement ...
Appointing a Guardian If you have children under the age of eighteen, you should seriously consider appointing a Guardian for those children in the case of your death. If you and your spouse die at the same time without such an appointment, a court will select a Guardian to care for your children ...
Colorado Family Law and Pornography Addiction Divorce and Pornography Addiction According to a survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 60% of those surveyed agreed that there is a connection between online pornography addiction and the high rate of divorce. They also agree that the ...
The discovery that your spouse has been having a extramarital affair can be one of life's most painful experiences. But you should be aware that although many marriages are dissolved due to infidelity since a breach of trust of this nature is difficult to overcome, it is still possible to save your ...
In a divorce , every couple must at some point deal with the decision of who moves out and when. Moving out of the marital home is often a gut-wrenching, emotional decision. For many couples, the home is their most valuable asset. It is the asset that the couple typically purchased during the ...
In Colorado, Maintenance is the term for spousal support or alimony. A Court's decision to award maintenance to one party is made on a case by case basis, and is dependent on several factors: Initially the party requesting maintenance must show that he or she does not have the means to provide for ...
An area frequently overlooked in divorce negotiations is that concerning college expenses. Colorado law in this area has changed numerous times over the years, so you can’t rely on your friend’s advice who went through their divorce ten years ago, as the law was different then. Because the law is ...
After your case is over, there may be discussion about appealing the Judge’s findings. Many people assume that they can appeal a ruling in the hopes that a different judge will see things differently and rule in their favor. However, an appeal is not a “rehearing” of your case, but rather focuses on ...
Colorado is a no fault state. This means several things for your divorce case: First, you no longer need to explain to the Court why you are requesting a divorce. In the past, one spouse had to prove that the other party had abandoned the family, committed adultery, or otherwise behaved badly. ...
Struggling Couples We're busy people today. We want our relationships to 'just work' dammit! What's all the fuss anyway? Why can't it just be easy? With a little help, it can be easier than you imagine. Relationships are only mysterious to the uninformed. If you are: Wondering how to manage yours, ...
Retirement accounts are one of the most divided assets in any divorce proceeding. Whether you have a qualified plan such as a 401(k) or a non-qualified plan such as an IRA, it is imperative to understand how to effectively use these assets to obtain an equitable division of property and maintain ...
Sometimes a marriage cannot be saved but a great deal can be done to ensure the healthy functioning of the still-existing family. One area that deserves notice is the establishment of appropriate boundaries in divorced and divorcing families. It is important to avoid boundaries that are either too ...
Exploring Family Therapy with The Harris Law Firm Counseling is the First Step The Harris Law Firm strongly believes that prior to speaking with a Colorado family law attorney about divorce, couples should first explore family therapy, couples counseling, or individual therapy to fully investigate ...
QUESTION: What is the difference between simply separating from my spouse, a legal separation and a divorce? ANSWER: 1. A “Separation” simply means that the two of you are now living apart. You do not need to file court documents in order to separate, but you should talk to an attorney about several ...
The dissolution of marriage in the State of Colorado can be a lengthy and complex legal process fraught with unexpected events and trying delays. We have found when our clients have a general conceptual awareness of the chronology of the divorce proceedings , this can help to alleviate many of their ...
A parent can lose contact with their child for any number of reasons. Therapeutic reintegration is an effective way of gradually and safely reintroducing or sometimes introducing the parent/child relationship with the goal of establishing a healthy and loving relationship between parent and child. ...
The beginning of school always brings disagreements for unmarried/divorced parents about how (or not) to share school expenses. Generally the parent receiving child support pays for haircuts, clothing and school supplies. This is true especially if child support is calculated on a worksheet A. If ...
While Colorado divorce and child custody cases can be costly, The Harris Law Firm will work with you to ensure that you receive the highest quality legal representation in the most cost-effective manner possible. The degree of conflict between the parties is the single most significant factor that ...
The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act that went into effect at 12:01 on July 1, 2006 means many businesses are now officially deemed smoke free. The implementation of this law coincides with the United States Surgeon General's statement about environmental tobacco smoke, often called second hand smoke, ...
Prior to negotiating for “Maintenance” in the State of Colorado, a term also referred to as “ Alimony ” or “Spousal Support” in other states, the parties to a Colorado divorce proceeding must consider whether the maintenance award will be modifiable or non-modifiable. Modifiable Maintenance Most ...
In Colorado custody cases, one of the first determinations the Court will make is where the children will reside most of the time. Terms used to describe the parent with primary custody include: “primary residential parent” or “primary care parent.” Because each case is unique, the definition of ...
Appellate Attorneys at The Harris Law Firm An appeal in a Colorado family law case is a legal proceeding where a Colorado domestic relations lawyer represents a party who seeks to have a decision reviewed by a higher court. The family law matter must be fully decided and a final written order issued ...
Income can be imputed when one parent is not employed because they are begin supported by a new spouse In order to determine the amount of income to be used in the calculation, you would obtain the highest income they ever received, the income from their most recent job, or you could use minimum ...
In re Marriage of Parr & Lyman , 240 P.3d 509, 512 (Colo. App. 2010) Rule: Medical marijuana use is not necessarily endangerment Facts: Father agreed to a parenting plan with a UA requirement to ensure he didn’t use marijuana. A week after he signed the parenting plan, and the same day the judge ...
A motion is a request made by a party upon which the court issues a ruling or order. The goal of temporary orders is to establish legally binding guidelines that will increase stability during a separation and the time leading up to the Colorado divorce. By filing a motion for temporary orders, your ...
The Judiciary Committee defeated HB 1022 Concerning the Elimination of the 90-day waiting Period. The bill would have eliminated the 90-day waiting period for parties to obtain a decree of dissolution. The Family Law Section testified in opposition to the change. The sponsor of the bill tried to ...
Taxpayers who are going through a divorce or a marital separation often have questions about the tax ramifications associated with the receipt of maintenance and/or child support payments. Before filing your taxes, it is important to fully understand the tax laws and tax consequences that are ...
Step parents are often at their wits end about how to handle parenting issues when they are not obtaining the support of, or have communication with, the former spouse. This kind of situation can be extremely challenging for all concerned. When one of our senior lawyers was asked about these kinds ...
Joint Parental Decision-Making Although one parent may be the primary parent, Colorado law generally states that both parents share in the decision-making responsibilities for the children following the dissolution of marriage. This means that the parent who the children are staying with at the time ...
PERMANENT ORDERS: The final stage of the Colorado divorce process is the permanent orders hearing. This is when the judge will determine the final division of marital assets and debt, the amount of a maintenance award (spousal support), and the allocation of parental responsibilities (child support, ...
Marital Property vs. Separate Property When considering the division of property during a legal separation or dissolution of marriage in the State of Colorado, there are two types of property that the court will consider: marital property and separate property. “Marital Property” is property ...
Initial Status Conference (ISC): When you file a Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage, most courts will immediately set a court date for the Initial Status Conference (ISC). This first hearing may be set even before your spouse has been served. If you are the respondent to a divorce case, ...
Participating in Marriage Counseling Before filing for divorce, make sure that you have exhausted all possibilities of reconciliation. You will never regret having taken the time and energy to save your marriage. If you have not tried couples counseling, seek to explore and commit to marital ...
The initial status conference is often the first Court date in your divorce case. The Court meets with both spouses at the ISC to determine how the case is progressing and what issues need to be addressed. If there are issues on which you and your spouse cannot agree, the Court may order the parties ...
Colorado Maintenance is what we now call alimony, support, or spousal support. The "threshold requirements" to qualify for maintenance are: 1. After division of property, there is insufficient property to care for his/her reasonable needs; and 2. Inability of one spouse to support him/herself ...
In the State of Colorado, there is no statute that references a specific age when a child can determine the parent with whom they wish to live. A parent can file a motion with the Court requesting that a child's wishes be considered by the Court, but there is no guarantee the Judge will rule in ...
Q: What does child support cover? A: In Colorado, divorcing parents are directed by statute to divide between them all the expenses of their children in proportion to their incomes. There are two categories of expenses to which this proportion applies: basic and extraordinary. 1. Basic expenses ...
Once a Colorado divorce case is filed, the law requires that both spouses make full and honest disclosure of all of their assets and debts to the other. If one spouse suspects that the other is hiding information, there are a variety of tools available to obtain the information during the divorce ...
Many parents involved in custody disputes struggle with the question of whether they should relocate out of the state of Colorado. Whether a parent is forced to relocate due to employment or chooses to relocate to be closer to family, it is important to consider the right time to request your ...
How a Parent's Disability Impacts Child Support Payments Disability and Child Support Payments When a parent who has been ordered by the court to pay child support becomes disabled, the obligation to support pay child support remains in place until the order is modified by the court. Does the parent ...
"The best interests of the children" is a phrase used in Colorado family law matters to determine the division of parental responsibilities. The Colorado courts consider many factors to define the best interests of the children involved, but perhaps the most important is if parents actions indicate ...
Aside from issues concerning children and the allocation of parental responsibility, financial issues are often the most trying for couples dealing with a Colorado divorce. Although the dissolution of marriage is difficult, there are a number ways to simplify the division of marital assets and ...
Many people assume that eighteen years old is the age in which children are emancipated. However, in Colorado, children are emancipated at the age of nineteen. Therefore, parents have a child support obligation until each child reaches the age of nineteen. Normally the parenting plan stays in place ...
Colorado is an "Equitable Distribution" state, meaning that issues regarding marital property and debt during a Colorado divorce are generally settled between the parties by a signed Marital Settlement Agreement within the Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. All marital property will be divided in an ...
Most families in our society do not fit into a typical mold and could be deemed non-traditional families. With the assistance of alternate reproductive technology (ATR), individuals, same-sex couples, unwed heterosexual couples, and some married couples, start such non-traditional families. Other ...
Question? My wife has stayed at home to care for our three children, and has not been employed during our 18 year marriage. Will I be required to pay her maintenance if we decide to divorce? Answer: The Court’s decision to award maintenance to one party is made on a case by case basis, and is ...
The Intricacies Of Relocation Cases; A Win Or Lose Situation When parents originally file a Dissolution of Marriage, Allocation of Parental Responsibility, or Paternity action they each have the choice to live or move to a location of their choosing. The Court must accept the choice of their ...