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Colorado Custody: Co-Parenting During the Holidays

November 21, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Colorado Custody: Co-Parenting During the Holidays Tips to help your children have the best holiday celebration possible! Ask for your child’s input as holiday plans are being made.  Ask them what you can all do to work together to make the best of the current situation. Be the parent: Be strong and behave like a role model throughout your holiday planning and implementation stages.   Your child's needs and feelings should be your priority this holiday season. Be flexible: If you cannot be with your kids, remember that …

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Same Sex Marriage - New Ruling in Montana

November 20, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

November 2014 (CNN) -- A federal judge overturned Montana's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday, making it the 34th state in the nation to allow such unions. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris' order was effective immediately. "Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves. This Court recognizes that not everyone will celebrate this outcome," he wrote in the ruling. The Harris Law Firm has handled same-sex family law matters since 2009. Ryann Peyton, Special  Counsel to the firm, is the former …

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Colorado Same Sex Couples: More News on Gay Marriage Ban in Michigan

November 18, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm has been handling Colorado family law matters for same-sex couples since 2009. Ryann Peyton, Special Counsel to the firm, specializes in this practice area. She is currently serves on the board of the LGBT Bar Association and is the organization's past president. To schedule a consultation with Ms. Peyton, call 303 299 9484 DETROIT, MI -- Lawyers for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse on Monday filed a petition for the Supreme Court to hear their case challenging Michigan's gay marriage ban. The Hazel Park couple sued the state because they can't jointly a …

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Colorado Divorce: You are never too old?

November 17, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to the Wall Street Journal: In 2011, the national divorce rate fell to 3.6 per 1000 people from 4 per 1000 in the year 2000. But multiple studies have noted an increase in divorces among the Boomer generation. Adults over the age of 50 accounted formore than 25% of the divorces in 2010, up from less than 10% in 1990.

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Gay Marriage: Colin Farrell speaks out for same-sex marriage

November 17, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colin Farrell advocating for gay marriage in his native Ireland. Farrell, 38, wrote in Ireland's Sunday World that his brother, Eamonn, "didn’t choose to be gay." Farrell stated that his brother was forced to marry in Canada years ago, not his native Ireland, because the country does not allow gay marriage. A vote will take place during a country-wide referendum in May to determine whether same-sex marriage will be allowed in the actor's home country. "It’s about giving our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers back a right that should never …

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Colorado Divorce: Avoid it by not cheating!

November 14, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

In a 2012 survey by NOR, a research organization affiliated with the University of Chicago, some 12.3% of married wowmen and 19% of married men admitted to extramarital affairs, which was defined as sex outside of the marriage. Although many Americans appear to be "monogamish", the study indicated that many would cheat if they were sure that their extramarital activities would not be discovered by their spouse. In a 2014 survey by the USA Network, 82% of the respondents professed a "Zero Tolerance" for cheating, but 81% said that they would cheat if there were no …

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Colorado Divorce: And the dangers of social media

November 13, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

In a recent USA Network survey, 86% of the respondents said that social networking makes it easier to cheat. Almost 33% of those surveyed admitted to having had an emotional or romantic relationship that began online. The lesson here may be simply to limit your use of social media when your relationship gets rocky. Instead of going online to find comfort from a stranger or former love, it is wise to try to communicate more effectively with your current partner or spouse, and to find a good counselor to help you through the challenging times that are a part of all relationships.

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Colorado Divorce: Can Money Keep You Together?

November 12, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Per The Wall Street Journal: The higher your income, the more likely you are to stay together. According to a recent study at Emory University, analysis showed that couples in households making more than $125,000 per year are 51% less likely to divorce than those earning less than $25,000 annually. The study also indicated that prospects for martial success worsen as income falls. Earnings correlate strongly to education, and better educated individuals appear to be more likely to stay married. Among people with a bachelor's degree or higher, 25.6% have divorced by middle age, accor …

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Colorado Divorce - and how to avoid it!

November 11, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

  From the Wall Street Journal According to a recent survey by the professors at Emory University, the more money spent on a wedding, the shorter the marriage. The study surveyed 3000 couples, and the report concluded that those who spent $20,000 or more on their wedding were 46% more likely than average to get divorced. Those who spent between $1,000 and $5,000 were 18% less likely than average to end their marriages.

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Colorado Divorce: Prenuptial Agreements Becoming More Popular

November 10, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

In a recent survey, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported that 63% of family law attorneys have seen in increase in the number of prenuptial agreements. Many couples are marrying later in life, and older couples tend to have more accumlated wealth and their assets are more significant than younger couples. Because money, and / or security, is often a hot topic among married couples, discussing a prenuptial agreement can be a sign of a strong partnership. A couple that is secretive about their assets and debts may have issues later on if money, or the lack of, becomes problema …

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In Honor of Our Nation's Veterans

November 10, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

“Perfect valor is to behave, without witness, as one would act were all the world watching.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld In honor of the brave men and women of American who serve, and have served,  to make our nation great.

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After Your Divorce: "I Thrive" is for women in transition

November 5, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The "I Thrive" Seed Project is a 10 week course designed to inspire women in transition. The course is held annually. To find out more go to their website: ithrivewoman.com. Email them at ithrivewoman@hotmail.com Or call them: 303 758-8100

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Colorado Custody: What if we cannot agree on a parenting plan for the holidays?

November 4, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

What if we cannot agree on a parenting plan for the holidays? When allocating parental responsibilities in the State of Colorado, a court ordered parenting plan will establish parenting time and decision making for both parents.  The plan should clearly establish a detailed parenting schedule that addresses holidays, vacations, and school breaks. The details regarding transportation and pick up and drop off times should also be specified in the agreement. If your Colorado parenting plan is silent on these issues, and you cannot agree on how to allocate parenting time during this …

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Saving Your Marriage - Can Sex Therapy Help You and Your Spouse?

October 30, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm
Saving Your Marriage - Can Sex Therapy Help You and Your Spouse?

What is Sex Therapy? by Y.Y. Wei,   LCSW, CAC III     Sex therapy is not much different from other forms of psychotherapy.  There is nothing strange, deviant, or kinky happening in sessions.  Every interaction between therapists and clients is professional and ethnical. Clothes always stay on.  Sex therapists go through formal and professional training and receive hours of supervision to become informed and competent in the areas of sex and sexuality. It is common for sex therapists to work in collaboration with medical professionals to rule out any m …

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Making Pick Up and Drop Off Easier on You, Your Kids, and Their Other Parent

October 28, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Making Pick Up and Drop Off Easier on You, Your Kids, and Their Other Parent The most important thing to remember when picking up or dropping off your children per the parenting schedule is to be courteous and respectful. Seek to respect your child, and your child’s other parent, by keeping tensions to a minimum. Remember that your kids love both of their parents and it is important to them that their parents treat each other in a positive manner.  Your divorce may be harder on your kids than you realize and having them witness any negative behavior from either of you towa …

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Same-sex marriage in the United States

October 22, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Same-sex marriage in the United States Same-sex marriage is legal in a majority of U.S. states and recognized by the United States federal government. Same-sex marriage is legal in 32 states,[a] the District of Columbia, and ten Native American tribal jurisdictions.[b] One more state only recognizes same-sex marriages established in other jurisdictions.[c] Several hundred marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in Michigan and Arkansas between the time their bans were struck down by federal or state courts and when those rulings were stayed. Most Americans live in a jurisdicti …

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Colorado Divorce: Divorcing Parties Have Several Options for Dispute Resolution

October 16, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

OPTIONS FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Litigation:   Litigation is the traditional method for divorcing parties to divide marital assets and debt, and for creating a parenting plan.  Parties, who may or may not be represented by a family law attorney, proceed through the Colorado court system and attend status conferences and/or subsequent hearings until  they either come to an agreement or the court rules on the matter.     Alternative Forms of Dispute Resolution:  Rather than litigating their family law matter in court, parties can also seek resolutio …

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Colorado Divorce: Is Your Marriage Valid?

October 15, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

 A marriage may be annulled, or declared invalid, if:  1) A party lacked capacity to consent to the marriage at the time the parties married due to mental incapacity or the influence of alcohol or drugs.  2) A party is unable to consummate the marriage by sexual intercourse and the other party did not know of this inability prior to marriage.  3) There was a fraudulent representation that went to the essence of the marriage  4) One or both parties entered into the marriage under duress  5) One or both parties entered into the marriag …

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Colorado Divorce and Custody: Changing Attorneys

October 14, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Obtaining New Counsel Deciding to fire your current family law attorney and obtain new legal representation at any point in your divorce and / or custody proceedings is a difficult decision to make. But it is also important to have a domestic relations attorney whom you trust to handle your case in the best possible manner.  In most instances, retaining an attorney does not mean that you cannot hire a new lawyer if you think it is in your best interests to do so. Why Hire a New Attorney? 1.    You and your attorney do not agree on how the case should be ha …

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Colorado Child Support: What process do I follow to have my 17 year old son emancipated?

October 10, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Q: What process do I follow to have my 17 year old son emancipated? A:  Under Colorado law, a minor can be deemed emancipated for a number of different reasons. Emancipation can cover three different aspects: 1.    It can end parental obligations of support 2.    It may make a child able to transact business with others 3.    It may end parental authority over a minor. The Courts are generally more concerned with ensuring that parental obligations of support are maintained in situations where the minor is in need of s …

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Colorado Divorce: Find a Divorce Recovery Group Near You

October 8, 2014
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

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Colorado Divorce: Protecting Yourself and Your Children

October 7, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Protecting Yourself and Your Children Consult with a family law attorney to understand your parental rights and options per Colorado law. Schedule an appointment with a qualified therapist to help you deal with your transition during the divorce process. If you need help, dont hesitate to reach out to family, friends, neighbors, and those who can offer assistance to you during this difficult time. Keep your children's environment as positive, safe and consistent as possible during your divorce. Be there for your kids if they need you. Be available to them …

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Colorado Divorce and Parental Alienation

September 29, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Parental Alienation A Colorado parent’s relationship with his or her children can become strained when the other parent purposefully attempts to create a rift between them.  When one parent makes disparaging remarks to the kids about their other parent, it confuses the children and places them in an awkward position of having to choose sides.   Some parents take parental alienation a step further by making plans for the children that precludes parenting time with the other parent, or they simply make the parenting plan difficult by intentionally disrupting the othe …

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Mediate with a Colorado Family Law Attorney at The Harris Law Firm

September 26, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Mediation is a dispute resolution process that can reduce the costs of divorce and give the parties more control over their agreement.  However, the parties need to know the person they choose as mediator has the authority and ability to guide them effectively in the process.  An experienced family lawyer, trained in mediation, is the best choice for people seeking mediation in a divorce setting. If you want to mediation your family law matter, call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484 to arrange for a consultation.

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Filing for a Step-Parent Adoption

September 26, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Step-parent adoption cases are often a highly emotional ones, especially when if the bio parent does not want to relinquish his or her rights to the child.   When the step-parent and the  biological parent disagree about the adoption, the custodial parent and the step- parent should seek the guidance of an experienced attorney to best protect his or her rights, and to ensure that the best interests of the child are being considered.  The Harris Law FIrm has considerable experience in this area and  has handled many complex step-parent adoption cases over the past 21 year …

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Filing an Emergency Motion to Restrict Parenting Time

September 25, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado courts issue orders for emergency custody in extreme cases: The child must be in Colorado, an element of danger must be present, and substantial evidence must be provided to the courts. Even if a state other than Colorado has jurisdiction, Colorado can rule in emergency situations. If your child is at risk and you want to file an emergency motion to modify parenting time, The Harris Law Firm can help. Our lawyers focus exclusively on Colorado Family Law and our experienced team of attorneys will work with you to protect your child from harm. If you have questions …

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What factors does the Court consider when determining spousal support?

September 24, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Colorado court considers many factors when assessing a maintenance award. The length of the marriage Disparity of income between the 2 parties Ability of higher earning spouse to pay support The age of the high earning spouse The separate property of each spouse The reasonable needs of the spouse requesting maintenance Age and health of the party requesting support Ability of the party requesting support to find and maintain a job Employment history of spouse requesting maintenance Level of education/training of  the …

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Colorado Divorce: Post Decree -Filing an Appeal

September 22, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  An appeal may be filed when the court has made an error in law or has abused its discretion when considering the facts. There are several different methods of filing for an appeal and each has a specific timeframe to review: If a Magistrate issued the court order, you will appeal to the District Court Judge  If a District Court Judge issued the Order, you will appeal to the Judge who issued the order by filing a “Motion for Post-Trial Relief” and request that the court amend the findings of fact, amend the judgment, or you will request a new tri …

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Are you and your child the victims of your former spouses parental alienation?

September 19, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Parental alienation can occur when one parent attempts to vilify the other parent in order limit the relationship between parent and child. In these situations, the alienating parent often makes disparaging remarks about the other parent and/or attempts to thwart consistent parenting time. Children who are victims of this kind of damage sometimes experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, and/or behavioral issues. They may also exhibit a lack of regard for alienated parent and refuse to recognize the importance of having any consistent contact. If you believe that your child …

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Kevin Massaro Representing Kids at The Children's Law Center

September 19, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Kevin Massaro Representing Kids at The Children's Law Center

Kevin Massaro, Of Counsel at The Harris Law Firm Helps The Children's Law Center Transforms the  Lives of Abused, Neglected and At-Risk Children For over thirty years, the Children's Law Center has dedicated itself to advocating for Colorado's abused and neglected children. They serve over 2,200 children each year, and are passionate legal and social work professionals with expertise in child welfare law. They have a strong reputation in the legal and child welfare communities and work tirelessly to establish caring, personal relationships with their child clients …

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Same Sex Unions in Colorado

September 18, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Same-sex unions in the State of Colorado were legislated in May of 2013. Court clerks in several Colorado counties are currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This area of the law is still evolving. Consult with Ryann Peyton, Special Counsel at The Harris Law Firm today to understand your rights and options. Ms. Peyton is the former President of Colorado's GLBT Bar Association. 303 299 9484

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Colorado Divorce: Starting Over Seminar

September 15, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Denver Area!  Join us September 17 Mix, Mingle and Learn Potluck with Speaker Topic:  Self-Compassion and Self-Acceptance RSVP Here: http://sept17ednight.ezregister.com Questions about healthy relationships? Email me at  nick@starting-over-again.com Best wishes, Nick Meima, Your Relationship Coach  

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Divorce and Custody for the GLBT Community

September 12, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Divorce and Custody for the GLBT Community

Ryann Peyton, Special Counsel to The Harris Law Firm ,  handles divorce, civil union, and custody cases for Colorado's GLBT community. Call today to schedule a consultation with her at 303 299 9484  

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Colorado Civil Unions: Establishing, Modifying, or Dissolving

September 11, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Civil Unions Your Civil Union The Colorado legislature enacted the Colorado Civil Union Act effective May 1, 2013. The Harris Law Firm represents clients who are seeking to establish, modify, or dissolve a civil union. Establishing a Civil Union To establish a civil union, the two parties to the civil union must be adults, they can be of the same gender or opposite genders, and neither party may be a party to another civil union or can be married to another person. Colorado Rights and Benefits Parties to a civil union have the same rights, benefits, …

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Saving Your Marriage: Finding a Qualified Therapist

September 10, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Finding a Qualified Therapist Whether you are trying to save your marriage, or dealing with the emotional issues associated with divorce, working with a counselor, therapist or other qualified mental health professional can help you and/or your family sort through the confusion and sometimes conflicting emotions associated with marital transition. To find a qualified mental health professional in your area, you can go to the Resources Section of our website, or you can call your state's psychological association. You can also ask an experienced family law attorney for recommen …

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Spoiliation of Evidence in Family Law Cases

August 25, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Spoliation of evidence The spoliation of evidence in a family law matter is the intentional or negligent withholding, hiding, altering, or destroying of evidence relevant to the legal proceeding. The theory of the spoliation inference is that when a party destroys evidence, it may be reasonable to infer that the party had "consciousness of guilt" or other motivation to avoid the evidence. Therefore, the factfinder may conclude that the evidence would have been unfavorable to the spoliator. Spoliation is often an issue in family law matters the context of social medi …

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Colorado Divorce: Electronic Eavesdropping by a Spouse

August 22, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Federal Laws on Electronic Eavesdropping by a Spouse The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) is a federal law that prohibits specific kinds of electronic spying. In 1986, the U.S. Congress enacted the law to update the Federal Wiretap Act of 1968. The original ban on wiretapping protected an individual’s right to privacy while communicating via the telephone. The law was updated to address new technology and modes of communication that included the internet and cellular phones.  The wide-ranging application of this law now applies to many types of el …

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Colorado Post Decree: Filing an Appeal

August 21, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Consulting with an Attorney After receiving your final order in your family law case, it is important that you discuss with your attorney whether you have grounds for an appeal, and whether it makes sense to file an appeal. Many factors will need to be considered, including the cost involved. The cost of an appeal varies dramatically from case to case, depending upon the number of issues appealed, the complexity of the issues appealed, the length of the trial court’s record and the hearing transcript. The experienced attorneys at The Harris Law Firm are well equipped to help you …

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Colorado Divorce: Choosing to End Your Marriage with Mediation

August 15, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Whether you married in an elegant ceremony, created a common-law marriage or civil union or you have been living together for a while, breaking up is difficult.  There may be issues concerning children, joint property or bills.  How do you want to handle these issues? Ending Your Relationship in a Professional Manner Many times the stress of the breakup causes a breakdown in communication.  Talking calmly (or even thinking rationally) about basic issues may be impossible.  Decisions have to be made and action taken, however.  Mediation is a process that can …

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What about a pre-nup for those who are not married?

August 14, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Are you ready for a no-nup? Colorado has just adopted a new statute concerning pre-nuptial agreements as well as marital agreements.  What if you aren’t married and don’t want to be.  You just want to live together but you know from experience (yours or your friends) that even breakups of non-marriages can be difficult.    More and more people are planning their living together arrangements in advance.    They are creating “no-nups”.  These are contracts just like prenuptial agreements that set out plans, rights and respons …

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Colorado Divorce: What's Best for Your Kids?

August 13, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

“When we expect perfection from our children, we rob them of important experiences and the chance to learn and grow along the way,” said Dr. Craig Pierce, president and CEO of the Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute and author of Parenting Without Distraction: The Attunetion® Approach. “In the process, they often end up missing out when it comes to developing independence, trust and self-esteem—in other words, some of the very traits that are necessary for an emotionally healthy life.” Nonetheless, many people believe in the myth that if you …

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Revenge Porn - Colorado’s new statute.

August 12, 2014
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Revenge Porn  - Colorado’s new statute. Colorado has adopted a new statute as of July 1, 2014.  This statute makes it a crime to post a private image or video on a web site such as You Tube or social media, data networks, telephone net works, for the purpose of harassment.  A private image is one that shows the “private, intimate parts of an identified or identifiable person over the age of 18”.  This is also known as “revenge porn”.   These types of postings often show images that were created by a couple when their relati …

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Colorado Divorce: Posting Inappropriate Images on Social Media Could Get You Into Trouble

August 12, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Posting a private image for harassment--definitions Effective: July 1, 2014 (1)(a) An actor who is eighteen years of age or older commits the offense of posting a private image for harassment if he or she posts or distributes through the use of social media or any web site any photograph, video, or other image displaying the private intimate parts of an identified or identifiable person eighteen years of age or older:   (I) With the intent to harass the depicted person and inflict serious emotional distress upon the depicted person;   (II)(A) Without the depict …

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Colorado Divorce: Are you committing wiretapping?

August 11, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Are you committing wiretapping? Many people, especially at the time that their relationships become rocky try to see who their partner is communicating with on cell phones or email.  Federal law 18 U.S. Code Chapter 119 makes this illegal.  This means the electronic eavesdropping, intercepting email or cell phone communication or listening in on a conversation when neither person in the conversation knows you can hear them is illegal.  Even listening in on the conversation between your child and the other parent is probably illegal.   This means that you cannot …

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Remembering to Work for Peace

August 8, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

If memory serves “Because somebody you never heard of killed somebody else you never heard of, we were at war.” – Paraphrased from the 1934 film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” In that particular scene, a man from the British intelligence agency tried to impress on a couple whose daughter had been kidnapped that they needed to share the information a British spy had given them when he was assassinated or somebody they never heard of would kill someone else they never heard of, and Britain could again be at war. The agent was of course referring to the ev …

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Colorado Post Decree Matters: Appealing a Family Law Ruling

August 6, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Appealing a Family Law Ruling Our Appellate Team The Harris Law Firm has a "Family Law Appellate Team" of 5 Colorado domestic relations attorneys who handle complex family law appeals in the State of Colorado. If you believe that your case was not handled properly or you are the victim of an unjust decision, you can schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys to discuss your rights and options according to Colorado law. 1.John Tatlock - Special Counsel 2.Kevin Massaro - Of Counsel 3.Katherine Ellis - Associate 4.Kate Brewer - Associate 5.H …

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Therapy for Kids as Young as Two Years Old

August 4, 2014
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 (physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse & neglect), anxiety, depression, play therapy & much more. We invite you to take a look at our resources, friend us on facebook, twitter.  Visit our blog, and our newest creative adventure. Call us: (303) 843-6000 h …

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Colorado Divorce and Custody: Helping Your Child to Cope with Divorce

July 31, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

For children of divorce, their parent’s separation not only establishes a fundamental change in their lives, it also creates a sense of uncertainty.  Even though both parents may remain physically present, the foundation of the family unit has changed. Your consistent communication and support will allow your children to grieve and to eventually adjust to their new circumstances. Here are some suggestions that may assist you when helping your children express their feelings: •    Listening to Your Child Encourage your child to share his or her feeling …

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At What Age Can the Child Decide?

July 30, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

In the State of Colorado, there is no statute that references a specific age at which a child can determine the parent with whom they wish to live.  A parent can file a motion with the Court requesting a modification to the parenting agreement, in which case the child’s wishes can be considered by the Court, but there is no guarantee the Judge will rule in favor of the child’s request. To what extent the Court takes the child's wishes into consideration completely depends on the child' maturity, the reasonableness of the request, and to what extent the Court perceiv …

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Colorado Divorce and Your Mortgage

July 29, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Kevin Greene Senior Loan Officer NMLS# 289361 |100021760 400 Inverness Parkway #160 Englewood, CO 80112 Office (303) 405-8347 Mobile (720) 635-7583     COLORADO DIVORCE AND YOUR MORTGAGE: DID YOU KNOW?... Over 35 percent of people who had ARMs before the housing crash of 2007 did not know whether their mortgage rates had a cap.  This lack of knowledge caused a lot of sticker shock, with people having payments that sometimes doubled. INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE... A big worry for some is that the housing recovery will collapse and people …

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Show Your Kids How to Be Green!

July 28, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

SIngle parents often have to find creative ways to keep their kids busy and safe during the summer holidays. Have some fun as a family and create some new traditions by showing them how to "Be Green"! Here are 12 tips to show your children what they can do to safeguard their environment and how to "Be Green!" 1.Recycle Recycling aluminum cans, glass jars, plastic bottles, newspapers, toys and books means that these items will be reused instead of ending up in our landfills. 2.Conserve Water Save water by turning off the water while brushing your teeth. …

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6th Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Gay Marriage Cases

July 25, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

6th Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Gay Marriage Cases The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has finally set a hearing to hear Oral Arguments on the Gay Marriage Cases of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Eyes and earns will be on Cincinnati (Home of the 6th Circuit) on August 6 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, when a total of five cases will be argued. Earlier this summer, in the case of DeBoer v. Snyder, a Federal Judge in Michigan ruled the voter-approved ban (2004) in the same state as unconstitutional which spurred County Clerks to issue nearly 300 marriage licenses across the two pe …

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True Self Counseling - Save Your Marriage

July 24, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Jen Arribau is a Denver psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples in their twenties, thirties, and forties. Located at 16th and Williams,  you can schedule an appointment with Jen by calling 720 432 3588 Access her website at: www.trueselfdenver.com or email her at jen@trueselfdenver.com "Helping individuals and couples access their True Selves."

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Colorado Divorce: Pornography Does Have an Effect on Marriage

July 23, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

“I know it when I see it.” – Justice Potter Stewart Pornography has been a significant issue in American jurisprudence for decades.  Historically, pornography cases have focused on the First Amendment.  Now, however, Colorado Family Law practitioners are dealing with pornography issues too. Statistics Statistically, the pornography industry is significant by every measure.  Experts in the field estimate that there are over 25 million websites dedicated to pornography, and that pornography accounts for 30 percent of all web traffic.  Furth …

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Internet Safety Tips for Parents

July 22, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Internet Safety Tips for Parents Busy parents who are single or divorced need all the help they can get when caring for their kids. The internet is just one more place where your children can wander into dangerous territory, so we have come up with a few tips and precautions to keep your children safe from harms way: 1.    Become familiar with the social networking sites that your children use 2.    Take the time to discuss with your children the risks of communicating online with people whom they have not met 3.    Keep the computer …

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Colorado Child Custody: Passenger Safety for Your Child

July 21, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Right Choice For most parents, a child safety car seat tops their “to-buy-for-baby” list.  And with good reason: All 50 states now have laws that require the use of child safety restraints.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that child safety seats reduce the risk of being killed in a car crash by 71 percent for an infant and by 54 percent for a toddler. However, the wide range of child safety seats on the market today has left more than a few parents confused, and a recent NHTSA study revealed that 72 percent of parents don’t …

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Colorado Divorce: How long is a legal separation valid?

July 18, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Q: How long is a legal separation valid? A:  Once the Court enters a decree of legal separation, it is effective for at least six months.  After that period of time, either party can request that the legal separation be converted to a decree of dissolution of marriage even if the other party objects.  If neither party requests a conversion, the legal separation will remain in effect indefinitely.  

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Colorado Custody: List of Parenting Classes

July 16, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Parenting Classes: Center for Divorce and Parenting 5950 S. Willow Dr., Suite 302 Greenwood Village, CO 80111  303-771-5424 Parenting After Divorce 1006 W. 104th Ave. Box 315 Denver, CO 80234 303-329-9942 Co-Parenting After Divorce New Beginnings 558 Castle Pines Parkway Unit B-4 #364 Castle Rock, CO 80108 www.newbeginningscoparenting.com 303-706-9424 On-Line Parenting Class www.puttingkidsfirst.org 888-300-4707  

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Colorado Divorce: Parental Child Abductions

July 15, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Parental Child Abductions      A custodial abduction occurs when the child is removed from the home jurisdiction in contravention of an existing custody order. In the absence of an existing order there can be no custodial abduction, and either parent is within his/her rights to take the child anywhere they choose.      The practical effect of this definition of custodial abduction is that parties seeking to prevent abduction must file to obtain a custody order before any legal action can be taken: If the abduction happens before the entry of an or …

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Colorado Divorce: Protecting Your Children

July 14, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 that they can too. Protecting Your Children from Conflict Protect your child from witnessing any ongoing conflict between you and your child’s other parent. Creating a Respectful Relationship Dealing with your child’s other parent in a respectful and profes …

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Colorado Divorce and Custody: Protecting Your Child from the Impact of Divorce

July 11, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 that they can too. •    Protecting Your Children from Conflict Protect your child from witnessing any ongoing conflict between you and your child’s other parent. •    Creating a Respectful Rela …

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Colorado Custody: Keeping Your Children Safe

July 9, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

 Keeping Your Children Safe At Home •    Post contact information for your children indicating where you and other responsible parties can be reached by telephone throughout the day. •    If your children have cell phones, program ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers into their phones. In the Neighborhood •    Make a map of your neighborhood and walk the area with your children to determine boundaries and the best routes home to and from their play areas. •    Get to know your neighbors a …

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Divorcing Women’s Discussion Group

July 8, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Divorcing Women’s Discussion Group Are you currently going through a divorce or recently gone through one? Are you confused? Anxious? Feeling Alone? Scared? Overwhelmed? Can you imagine what your future looks like? Are you taking care of yourself the way you deserve? Do you feel scared for your next relationship? Come meet other women who are experiencing the same feelings, and let’s talk about ways to make ourselves feel better. Let’s start putting ourselves first, and plan a future we can be excited about! Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 starting Thursday July 17th. Loc …

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The Single Parents Guide to Summer Vacation

July 7, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Single Parents Guide to Summer Vacation During the school year it can be a challenge for single parents to keep their children supervised and occupied. When summer vacation arrives and accompanying school activities are no longer available, this issue can become even more complex. For single parents who are concerned about what to do with their children while they are busy at work, we have gathered some helpful suggestions. 1.  Let your children help plan daily activities. Allow your children to participate when plans are being made for school vacations. Children are more open …

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What does Colorado child support cover?

June 30, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 include housing, basic food, basic clothing, and may include regular transportation, school lunches, ordinary medical and dental expenses, allowances, and other customary expenses which the parents expressly include.  Colorado’s Schedule of Basic Child Support …

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Colorado Divorce and Custody: Schedule a consultation today

June 27, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Our team of Colorado divorce and family law experts can help with any kind of domestic relations case.  When you hire an attorney at The Harris Law Firm, you will benefit from our experience and resources. We work to keep you well-informed, and will assist you in making the right choices for you and your children. Our focus at The Harris Law Firm is Colorado domestic relations law and we have offices in Denver and Fort Collins. If you are experiencing an issue regarding divorce, custody, or a post decree matter, give us a call to schedule a consultation with one of our 20 family l …

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Colorado Divorce: Boulder County issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples

June 26, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder County began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples late Wednesday afternoon, citing a decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver striking down a gay marriage ban in Utah.? But Colorado’s Attorney General says they won’t be recognized, at least yet. Just minutes before the Boulder County Clerk’s Office would normally close its doors for the day, it opened a long-awaited door to same sex couples. “I’m a little stunned,” said Tracey MacDermott, who rushed to the office just before 4:30 to marry He …

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Judges Strike Down State Bans on Same Sex Marriage

June 25, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Indiana- June 25th, 2014: Judge RIchard Young with the  federal district court today struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage stating that the law violates equal protection rights as stated by the US Constitution. The judge did not issue a stay on his ruling, which means that couples can start marrying immediately.  State employees are prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples today.   Utah- June 25th, 2014: In a decision coming from Utah today, a federal appeals court backed gay marriage. The Denver-based U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Ap …

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Colorado Divorce: The Single Parents Guide to Summer Vacation

June 24, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Single Parents Guide to Summer Vacation During the school year it can be a challenge for single parents to keep their children supervised and occupied. When summer vacation arrives and accompanying school activities are no longer available, this issue can become even more complex. For single parents who are concerned about what to do with their children while they are busy at work, we have gathered some helpful suggestions. 1.  Let your children help plan daily activities. Allow your children to participate when plans are being made for school vacations. Children are more open …

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Colorado Divorce: Deciding Whether to Appeal

June 23, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Deciding Whether to Appeal

Deciding Whether to Appeal Deciding whether to appeal an unfavorable decision can be difficult, especially in family law cases.  One of the most important things an appellate attorney can do for a client is to help the client decide whether an appeal is really the client’s best option.  The appellate process can be very expensive and time-consuming.  In family law cases, many of the most important issues are modifiable, so it is sometimes less expensive and time-consuming to modify a decision instead of filing an appeal.  Some decisions, however, can only be r …

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Colorado Divorce: Keeping Your Children Safe

June 20, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

 Keeping Your Children Safe:   When you are going through a Colorado divorce, the safety and well-being of your children during this stressful time is a priortity. We have provided a few tips for your peace of mind and to keep your kids safe and sound: At Home •    Post contact information for your children indicating where you and other responsible parties can be reached by telephone throughout the day. •    If your children have cell phones, program ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers into their phones. In the …

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Colorado Divorce: Working with a Support Group to Help With Your Recovery

June 19, 2014
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Recovering from your divorce is not easy and it can often be a long, and sometimes painful process. The Harris Law Firm wants to help you on your journey toward recovery. Working with a support team can make a big difference in your progress toward healing and can often give you the extra strength you need to get through  the emotional aftermath of your separation or divorce. Link up with a DivorceCare divorce recovery support group to find caring people who can understand the issues you are facing. Their Group Finder will help you locate a group meeting near you: Go to: http:/ …

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Colorado Divorce and Grandparent's Visitation

June 18, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Grandparent Rights Under C.R.S. 19-1-117, grandparents can petition the Colorado court for visitation rights under the following circumstances: 1.The grandchild's parents are divorced, legally separated or have filed for the declaration of invalidity 2.The child is in the legal custody of a party other than a parent 3.The child's parent, who was the child of the grandparent seeking visitation, is deceased Colorado grandparents have no automatic legal right to visit their grandchildren. Instead, the court must examine evidence as presented, and rule that …

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Ryann Peyton, Esq. and The Harris Law Firm Support the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado

June 16, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Blondes vs. Brunettes® was created in the fall of 2005 by a group of young professional women in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about, and funds to fight,  this devastating disease. Since 2005, the event has successfully branched out to more than 35 additional cities, raising more than $3 million and bringing thousands of new supporters to the cause. The concept of this volunteer-driven active event for women organized around a flag football game in which the two participating teams are divided based on the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes. On Saturday, …

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Colorado Divorce: The Tax Implications of Maintenance Payments

June 13, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Tax Implications Associated with Maintenance Payments. Child support payments and/or property settlements are non-deductible to the payor and non-taxable to the recipient.  But the tax implications associated with maintenance are different. 1.    Maintenance is typically taxable income for the recipient and a tax deduction for the payor. 2.    The recipient of maintenance must report the full amount of your maintenance payment on your tax returns and abide by the federal tax code as directed by the Internal Revenue Code. & …

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES

June 12, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES  - By William Rapson, Esq., Criminal Attorney with WELBORN SULLIVAN MECK & TOOLEY, P.C.     Individuals in domestic situations – married or not – may find themselves in situations where they are tempted to call the police because of threatened, actual or perceived violence from their partner.  Where the violence is real there is no question that a call to the police needs to be made.  However, the reality today is that well in excess of 90% of the current “domestic violence” criminal filings do not involve …

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Colorado Custody: 2014 Changes to Child Support Guidelines

June 11, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

2014 Changes to Child Support Guidelines In Colorado, Court’s use a statutory formula described in C.R.S. § 14-10-115 as a guideline to calculate appropriate child support order amounts.  The formula takes into account the gross incomes of both parties, the number of children under the age of 19, the number of annual overnight stays with each parent, day care expenses, health insurance costs, and permitted extraordinary expenses.   The statutory formula changed on January 1, 2014.  These changes have led to changes in the combined support obligation that parent …

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North Dakota becomes final state with lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage ban

June 11, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

North Dakota becomes final state with lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage ban By Rob Barger June 10, 2014 | On June 6, seven couples filed a lawsuit against the same-sex marriage ban in North Dakota, making it the last of the 31 states with marriage bans to do so. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he would defend the suit in the following statement: “It is important to remember, however, that it is the constitutional duty of the attorney general to represent the state when it is sued. Ultimately, only the Supreme Court can determine whether North Dakota’s …

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Colorado Divorce: Taking Good Care of Yourself

June 11, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Self Care As busy people we tend to neglect ourselves. We do what is convenient, we avoid anything that does not fit into the day to day grind, and as a result we are slowly hurting ourselves and our relationships. If our glass is empty we have nothing left to pour out on those we love. We are only as good at work, as a parent, as a spouse, as a friend, as we are to ourselves. Below is an exercise with basic guidelines to get you back to the healthy, happy person you want to be. Self Care Plan   List of 5-7 Daily Type Activities These take little time or lit …

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The Role of Substance Abuse in Colorado Divorce

June 5, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Role of Substance Abuse in Colorado Divorce A dependency on drugs, alcohol, and/or chemicals is a disease that damages and often destroys many marriages. Although dependency is a treatable disease, nothing can be done until the person affected admits that they have a problem and seeks assistance. Although many marriages survive addictive behaviors and become stronger as a result of a commitment to therapy and sobriety, few marriages thrive with repeated violations of the commitment to sustain a healthy lifestyle. For a marriage to survive chemical dependency, both partners must un …

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Colorado Divorce and Collaborative Law

June 3, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

The practice of "Collaborative Law" is an area of Colorado family law that is founded on the principle that litigation is often not the best way for families to deal with divorce.  Collaborative law will address the emotional and financial complexities of divorce in a manner that focuses on negotiation as opposed to litigation.   Creating an adversarial relationship during a trial invariably leads to negative feelings that can make it difficult to communicate about important issues that will come in the future. Issues that must be discussed in the future will includ …

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The 10 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Representing Themselves in a Colorado Divorce

May 29, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The 10 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Representing Themselves in a Colorado Divorce Making the decision to hire a Colorado family law attorney to represent you in a divorce matter may be one of the most important decisions of your life. And it is one that may have an impact on your children, your family, and your financial future. 1.    Not understanding the legal documents you have signed When a party chooses to represent himself or herself, the court assumes that he or she has all of the legal knowledge and experience of a licensed attorney. Consequ …

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Colorado Custody and Grandparents Rights

May 28, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Grandparents’ Rights Under the Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act, grandparents in Colorado may seek visitation or parental rights and responsibilities for their grandchildren when the child(ren) is not in the physical care of a parent and/ or when the grandparent has had physical care of the child(ren) for six months or more. This statute also gives Colorado grandparents the option to pursue visitation rights when a non-parent has custody of the grandchildren and/or if the parent who is the son or daughter of the grandparenting seeking visitation has passed away. …

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The Harris Law Firm Remembers Maya Angelou

May 28, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

1 of Maya Angelou's best quotes: " One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest"

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Colorado Divorce and Prenuptial Agreements

May 27, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado marital agreements, which include prenupital and postnuptial agreements, allow couples to define how they will define their rights in the event of divorce. The party with most of the assets is usually the one who hires an attorney to draft the marital agreement, and the signing party must obtain independent legal counsel to review the document for the agreement to be enforceable.In order to be binding, a marital agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties. The agreement is effective immediately upon signing, but must be signed prior to the time the parties file f …

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Remembering Our Soldiers on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014

May 23, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

MEMORIAL DAY is a time to remember and honor those who have given their lives in service of this great country. Please join us at The Harris Law Firm at 3 pm local time, Monday, May 26th, for a moment of silence and remembrance on this solemn day. Thank you.  

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Colorado Divorce: The Putative Marriage

May 21, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Putative Marriage A putative marriage is a union that is entered into in good faith by one or both of the partners, and appears to be valid, but is not due to a technical reason. Such impediments can include a preexisting marriage of one of the partners. Unlike someone who has established a marriage by common-law, statutory, or by ceremony, a putative spouse is not legally married. A putative spouse believes that they have entered into a lawful marriage, and thus a putative spouse is usually given legal rights as a result of their reliance upon this good-faith belief. Usually putative …

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Colorado Divorce and Revenge Porn

May 19, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

DENVER, April 24 (Reuters) - A new bill that would criminalize the posting of intimate images over the Internet as an act of humiliation - so-called "revenge porn" - passed its first test in the Colorado state legislature on Thursday, sailing unanimously through a key committee. The bipartisan proposal passed through the state House Judiciary Committee by an 11-0 vote after members heard more than two hours of testimony. The bill's Republican sponsor, Representative Amy Stephens, said after the hearing that victims of such activities would be vulnerable if an ex-part …

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Colorado Child Support: Judge rules that if deadbeat dad has another child, he will go to jail.

May 16, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

In 2013, a family court Judge ruled that if deadbeat dad has another child, he will go to jail. The ruling, however, applies only if the deadbeat father fails to pay what he owes. If he does, he can have all the kids he wants. But since he owes more than $100,000, he should consider exercising caution. The judge ruled on this matter more than a year ago. It’s in the news this week because the appeals court upheld the order. Read more here: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/15/judge-to-deadbeat-dad-if-you-have-another-kid-youre-going-to-jail/  

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Another Hollywood Divorce: Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes

May 15, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Yet another Hollywood couple has filed to terminate their marriage. Award winning actress Kate Winslet and her husband, award winning director Sam Mendes, have filed to end their 7 year marriage. Sources say that their decision was amicable and  they are fully committed to joint parenting time with their son, Joe. The actress and her director husband have a six-year-old son and Ms. Winslet has a 9-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. Neither Winslet nor Mendes have commented on their pending divorce  

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Colorado Divorce and Marital Agreements

May 14, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Marriage is a legal partnership and it is important to think of  a pre-marital or post-marital agreement as part of your new business arrangement. Although this is not the most romantic concept to consider before your pending nuptials, it is important to consider that such an agreement can become much like an insurance policy in the unfortunate event that your union fails to thrive. A marital agreement will define how your assets will be divided in the event of divorce or death.   You should consider having a marital agreement if: You own a home You own a bu …

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How is Colorado Child Support Calculated?

May 14, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

How is Colorado Child Support Calculated? Child support is calculated pursuant to a formula and is based on the gross income of each parent and the number of overnights each parent has with the children.  Costs associated with daycare and health insurance are also part of the equation and are divided in proportion to the parents’ gross income. Other factors that the Court may consider when ruling on child support include: Imputed income to a voluntarily underemployed or unemployed parent, or deductions for children from another relationship  The Colorado famil …

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Colorado Family Law: Filing an Appeal

May 13, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you believe that a Colorado court has misapplied the law, committed an error, or the judge has abused his or her discretion in your Colorado family law case, you can file to appeal the court's final decision.  To begin, your attorney must file a Notice of Appeal with the Colorado Court of Appeals within 45 days of the final order.  If you feel that the the judge has improperly interpreted and misapplied the law to the facts of your case, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. If you want to file an appeal,  call The Harris Law Firm to schedule a consul …

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Colorado Divorce and Child Custody

May 6, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Whether you mediate, negotiate, collaborate, or go to trial, understanding the advantages we offer will allow you to make an informed decision  when choosing legal representation. Call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484 to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys in Denver or Fort Collins: 303 299 9484

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Colorado Divorce: Mediation as Opposed to Litigation

May 5, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Mediation is a kinder and more gentle approach to ending your marriage. Mediation is also less costly and ends your marriage in a calm and effective manner that eliminates the drama and gives you more control. Think of mediation as a means of conscious uncoupling and consider using the services of a mediator at The Harris Law Firm. Call us at 303 299 9484

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May 1st is Colorado Paralegals Day!

May 2, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Mayor Hancock has proclaimed May 1 to be Colorado Parlegals Day! The Harris Law Firm recognizes the importance of the work that the paralegals do for their lawyers and the clients, and thanks all Colorado paralegals for their dedication and their hard work!

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Colorado Divorce and Common Law Marriage

May 1, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Common Law Marriage in the State of Colorado: A common law marriage in Colorado is created when a couple mutually agrees that they are married and present themselves socially as a married couple. Legally prohibited marriages are specified under Colorado rule § 14-2-110, C.R.S. and include marrying someone who is already married. If the marriage is legally prohibited, then the relationship is precluded from being established as common law. If there are children involved, however, determinations regarding the allocation of parental responsibility may be made outside the context …

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April, 2014: More on the Future of Gay Marriage

April 30, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

On Monday night, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously denied a request for all 15 judges of the Court to hear Michigan’s gay marriage case that was on appeal by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette. Attorney General Schuette has stated he has since filed a motion for a 3-judge panel to hear the case. A briefing schedule was set in this matter with deadlines in May and June and the case is not expected to be heard until late summer. This stems from U.S. District Judge Bernanrd Friedman’s decision in March that stated the voter approved ban on gay …

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Colorado Divorce and the Use of Social Media

April 30, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

It is important for divorcing couples to know that the information they post on Facebook, or other social media cites, could be used as evidence in their family law case. In 2010, more than 80 percent of attorneys surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers stated that it was becoming more and more common to use evidence from social media sites in dissolution cases. Before you post photos or make statements that could be used against you in a court of law, consider the power inherent in keeping private matters private and the wisdom of the unexpressed thought.

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Colorado Divorce: Gay Marriage and the State of Colorado in 2014

April 29, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

In February of this year, 9 GLBT couples in the State Colorado filed a petition with the court to pursue the freedom to marry in Colorado, or for the state to simply recognize the marriages of GLBT couples that were legally performed in other states across the US. The Harris Law Firm will continue to explore this ongoing issue and follow the story as new developments arise. The Harris Law Firm handles family law matters for the GLBT community in the state of Colorado. To schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys in Denver or Fort Collins, call us at 303 299 94 …

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Colorado Divorce: 10 tips to help you recover from your divorce

April 28, 2014
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Top Ten Tips for Divorce Recovery: 1. Ask those closest to you for their support 2. Talk to a professional about your sadness and sense of loss 3. Obtain information about the divorce recovery process 4. Be prepared to face your issues one step at a time 5. Let your friends and family know when you are feeling down 6. Allow yourself to time to feel  7. Allow yourself time to grieve 8. Be willing to accept the fact that you will get through the recovery process 9. Know that you have the strength to get through this challenging time 10. Acc …

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Colorado Divorce and Relocation with Children

April 24, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Divorce and Relocation with Children   When a parent seeks to relocate with the children to a location that will change the current parenting schedule, the parent seeking to relocate must provide the other parent with: 1.    Written notice of their intent to relocate, 2.    The location where they intend to live, 3.    The reason for the relocation, 4.    A proposed parenting schedule. There are a myriad of factors that the court is required to consider at a relocation hearing: 1.&nbs …

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Saving Your Marriage: Ten Simple Tips to Save Your Marriage

April 22, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

If your marriage is on a downslide, revive it by trying the little things that will keep you close: Apologize when you are wrong: It can be quite disarming to the wronged party, when you simply admit your mistake and say you are sorry. Imagine the other person is out of your life forever when you are engaged in a disagreement: : Imagine the sadness and the loss you would feel. Laugh together: Nothing is better than sharing a laugh together. Create date night: Even if you stay in, create some time for just the two of you. Schedule romance: It will give you som …

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Colorado Parenting Plans

April 18, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

In the state of Colorado, all divorced or legally separated parents are required to have a parenting schedule on file with the Colorado court. Both parents are generally given parenting time unless endangerment issues apply. Parenting plans should clearly define when the child will spend time with each parent, and the duration of each visit. The purpose of the parenting schedule is to ensure the children of divorced or separated parents have ongong and regular contact with both parents. The courts allow parents to agree parenting time schedules, but in the event that parents cannot agree, …

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Same-Sex Divorce and Civil Unions

April 17, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

In the State of Colorado , same-sex couples who have obtained a civil union or same-sex marriage recognized in another state can now divorce under the same Colorado statute that is applied to dissolution  of marriage cases for opposite sex marriages.   Civil unions in Colorado now provide almost all the legal rights and protections to same-sex couples that are afforded to married couples under the law. For more info, please call The Harris Law Firm for a consultation at 303 299 9484  

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Equality for All: Challenging Colorado's Same Sex Marriage Bans

April 16, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

On February 19, nine same-sex couples in Colorado filed a lawsuit in state court seeking the freedom to marry in the Centennial state or respect for their marriages legally performed in other states. This panel discussion will be moderated by Kyle Velte, Lecturer at the University of Denver School of Law and the current President of the Colorado GLBT Bar Association and will feature panelists Arash Jahanian and L. James Lyman, Plaintiffs' Counsel in Courage, et al. v. Wyoming, and equal protection scholar Susannah Pollvogt. 

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The Harris Law Firm Supports Children's Colorado

April 15, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Brooke Silverthorn, a paralegal with The Harris Law Firm, donated her time and energy this season to support Children's Colorado. Children's Hospital Colorado makes miracles happen every day. The doctors saves lives. The nurses and specialists make children feel comfortable. Donations to Children's Colorado are allocated in these ways: •Offer family-centered care that supports parents, family and siblings as they participate in the day-to-day medical, emotional and social needs of patients •Make groundbreaking strides in research through studies that are …

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Gwyneth Paltrow Will Publish a New Book About Divorce

April 15, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow Will Publish a New Book About Divorce Gwyneth Paltrow, actress and GOOP blogger, announced that she will be publishing a new self-help book for people who are ending their marriages. The new book "Conscious Uncoupling: How to Survive Divorce With Style, Grace and Class,” will draw from her own experience. She is divorcing husband Chris Martin from the band, Cold Play  

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Colorado Divorce and Spousal Support

April 10, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Pursuant to Colorado statute C.R.S. 14-10-114, an award of spousal support, or "maintenance" as it is called in this state, is determined based on an a myriad of factors that include the income of both parties, the length of marriage, the standard of living that was attained during the marriage, whether one spouse is caring for young children, the property that has been awarded to each party, and the earning potential of both spouses. C.R.S. 14-10-115 defines a temporary formula for maintenance in which the parties have a combined adjusted gross income of less than $75,0 …

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Colorado Divorce: Feeling stuck is natural during divorce.

April 10, 2014
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Feeling stuck is natural during divorce.  Divorce brings on many new emotions, situations and decisions and it's easy to get overwhelmed and just want to shut down.   A combination of support, self-care, and insight can get be helpful if you find yourself feeling stuck.    •Take particularly good care of yourself: get massages if you can afford them; eat well and enough; don't sacrifice sleep; recharge with friends, etc. •Take the time to sort out your concerns about the future with a level headed person who won't react personall …

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New Book by Rachel Harris Seeks to Raise Awareness to Support the Children of Haiti

April 9, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

John Fielder and Littleton middle school student team up with new book to raise money for Haitian villages! DENVER – Nature photographer John Fielder announces his 4th children’s book: Nadia’s Good Deed, A Story About Haiti. Available at book retailers throughout Colorado on April 14. Contact: Heidi Culbertson:   303-299-9484303-299-9484, heidi@harrisfamilylaw.com In 2012 Colorado Academy 6th- grader Rachel Harris pursued John Fielder until he would agree to travel with her to Haiti! By email and letter, Harris beseeched Fielder, Colorado’s …

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Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Parenting Matter

April 8, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Child Custody In Colorado, custody is called “allocation of parental responsibilities” (APR).   The APR defines decision making and parenting time and child support.  Colorado Courts must allocate APR “in the best interests of the children”, a term defined in Colorado Revised Statutes §14-10-124. The Parenting Plan defines each parents time with the children and is filed with the Court.   In the event that the parents are unable to agree on a plan, then the Court will impose one. Decision Making Under C.R.S. …

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If my ex files for bankruptcy how will this affect our divorce settlement?

April 7, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Alimony, maintenance, and/or spoual support is protected from discharge. Divorce decrees and separation agreements are covered by 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(15). This section states that these debts are not dischargeable unless: (A) the debtor does not have the ability to pay such debt from income or property of the debtor not reasonably necessary to be expended for the maintenance or support of the debtor or a dependent of the debtor and, if the debtor is engaged in a business, for the payment of expenditures necessary for the continuation, preservation, and operation of such busi …

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New Case Law Could Make the Engagement Ring a Parting Gift When No Marriage Takes Place

April 7, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

A man's recent decision to dump his future bride via text message has proven to be expensive. When Christa Clark replied, "Your doing this through a text message????", the response she got from Louis Billittier Jr. was, "Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house." His response convinced NY State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia that the ring wasn't part of the marriage deal. According to the Buffalo News, "The state’s established law normally sides with would-be grooms. They have a legal right to claim the …

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The Harris Law Firm has two locations to serve you:

April 3, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Get Information Now The Harris Law Firm has two locations to serve you:  We are located in downtown Denver (303) 299-9484 and in Fort Collins (970) 472-1838. We are Colorado's largest family law firm and  focus exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support. Our philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible, and when you consult with one of our lawyers, the expert legal advice you receive will help you understand your rights and options according to Colorado law. When you retain this AV rated firm, the many …

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The Harris Law Firm Following Controversy Regarding Same-Sex Marriage and GLBT Rights

April 1, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

On Friday, March 28th the U.S. District Court for Eastern Division of Michigan deemed the state's ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional. The following day, Michigan's Governor and the Attorney General filed stay with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the marriage ban putting the validity of over 300 marriages in question. The U. S Government has promised to acknowledge the marriages for benefit and tax purposes, while the 6th Circuit considers an appeal. The stay is currently indefinite.

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Colorado Divorce and the Recovery Process

March 31, 2014
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Are you still recovering or attempting to recover from your Colorado divorce? Check out the divorce recovery section on our website: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/divorce-recovery We have a list of services that may be helpful to you as you continue on your journey to recovery.

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Colorado Divorce: Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)

March 21, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Spousal Maintenance Our Colorado family law attorneys can assist clients in all matters related to domestic relations, including spousal maintenance, a term, previously called alimony in the State of Colorado. Maintenance is the legal term for the money one spouse is required to pay the other spouse after divorce. While it is still possible for spousal maintenance may be ordered for life, it is generally awarded for a specific period of time. To determine the amount and duration of a maintenance award, the Colorado courts consider a myriad of factors that include: &bull …

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The Fight for Gay Marriage Continues

March 21, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Fight for Gay Marriage Continues A U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, a federal judge announced on Friday, March 21, 2014,  that Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia issue licenses for same-sex marriage. Since December of 2013, bans on gay marriage have been overturned in Texas, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia, but appeals have put those cases on hold. The Harris Law Firm handles GLBT cases. If you have a domestic relations matter, please call us at 303 299 9484303 299 9484   Call …

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Colorado Divorce: Filing an Appeal

March 19, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 before it can be brought before the Court of Appeals. A court order or decision cannot be appealed simply because you do not agree with the outcome. To file an appeal, you must have a legal reason, such as your belief that an error was made during the procedure, that the judge did …

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The Harris Law Firm: Divorce and Custody Attorneys

March 18, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm, founded in 1993,  is the largest family law firm in the State of Colorado. The firm has offices in Denver and Fort Collins, and our attorneys handle cases involving divorce, custody, child support, modifications, post decree matters and other family law matters. Our team of legal professionals is known for our expertise in Colorado family law., so if you are looking for a domestic relations lawyer to handle your Colorado case, call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484 We focus exclusively on Divorce/ Legal Separation, Child Support, Custody, and other matt …

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Save Your Marriage by Learning to Cooperate with One Another

March 14, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Cooperation Vs Compromise: Cooperation “an act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit… willingly and agreeably.” * Compromise “a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc by reciprocal modification of demands.” *   Eleanor Roosevelt wrote, “Obedience may have its uses, but it is no substitution for willing, un-coerced cooperation.“ Cooperation is about conscious, mutually beneficial choice …

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Failure to Pay Court-Ordered Child Support

March 12, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Failure to Pay Court-Ordered Child Support If you have been ordered by the Colorado court to pay child support, it is due and payable per the court order. A parent who fails to pay child support can be faced with the following consequences: Liens The other parent can place a lien on the payor’s real property, bank accounts, or on personal property, such as an automobile. Contempt Charges The other parent can file a motion for contempt and the parent who has failed to comply will have to appear before the court. License Suspension The courts can …

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Colorado Divorce: The Financial Impact of a Colorado Divorce- By Kevin Massaro

March 10, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: The Financial Impact of a Colorado Divorce- By Kevin Massaro

The Financial Impact of a Colorado Divorce: Divorce is not only an emotionally challenging experience, but it can be a financially difficult one, as well. If you are contemplating divorce, or have filed for the dissolution of marriage, it is important to talk with an experienced family law attorney who will help you to understand your rights and obligations according to Colorado law. Preparing for Divorce: •    Creating a Pre-Nuptial Agreement A pre-nuptial agreement is still the best way to minimize the costs associated with a divorce. Although a pre …

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Recovering from Your Divorce

March 10, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

A New Beginning Take the time you need to heal, and allow yourself to regroup, and re-energize, as you embark on the process of recovery. Remember that moving on is your ultimate objective. While expressing your feelings can free you from your pain, it is important not to allow the expression itself to dominate your life. Your objective is to learn from the experience, to heal, and to begin moving forward into a new and better life. You will begin your new life by making changes, which will include meeting new peopl …

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Colorado Divorce: Orders of Protection

March 7, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Orders of Protection

Orders of protection can be obtained by individuals to prevent stalking, abuse, or the threat of abuse.  At the initial court appearance, the protected party may receive a temporary protective order. Approximately 14 days later, the protected party must attend a second hearing to make the temporation order of protection permanent.  The restrained party must attend in order to contest the order. Both parties must meet the court's procedural requirements and provide the burden of proof to either enforce, or contest a protection order. If you want to file an order of protecti …

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Colorado Divorce: Property Division

March 5, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Property Division The Harris Law Firm has considerable experience assisting high net worth clients through the Colorado divorce process. When substantial assets are involved, property division can be complicated. Although property per Colorado statute is to be divided equitably, though not always equally, between divorcing spouses, it is always wise to characterize property as either separate or marital property. A spouse's separate property is that which a spouse owned prior to marriage, and /or property that was acquired by inheritance or gift, or personal injury payments. Convers …

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Talking to Your Kids About Divorce: Avoid Blaming

March 4, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

It is important to be honest with your kids about your divorce, but be careful what you say and how you say it.  Talk to them honestly, but seek to avoid blaming your spouse, and do not be critical of their behavior. This can be difficult when  there have been incidents like domestic violence or infidelity, but with a a modicum of tact and diplomacy, you can avoid assigning blame. Have a family meeting and talk your kids together to discuss what has happened and what the future looks like.  Plan a convenient time to meet and make an effort to agree in advance on an …

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Colorado Divorce: High Asset and High Conflict Cases

February 27, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Divorce: High Net Worth Clients The key to a successful negotiation in a Colorado dissolution of marriage case is that the parties fully understand the complexities and ramifications of the suggested settlement options.  The divorce attorneys at The Harris Law Firm are knowledgeable in working with high-net-worth clients with complex financial affairs and it is our intent to protect, support and advocate on our client’s behalf.  Our clients know they can count on The Harris Law Firm to provide the experience, compassion, and expertise necessary to guide them thr …

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Colorado Divorce: Enforcing a Court Order

February 26, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Modification Enforcement The Harris Law Firm has considerable experience assisting clients in the modification of parenting time, child support, and spousal maintenance orders, as well as the enforcement of court orders when a parent or former spouse is not meeting his or her parenting time or support obligations. With offices in Denver and Fort Collins, The Harris Law  Firm serves clients with enforcement issues throughout the State of Colorado. Modifying Custody, Support & Spousal Maintenance Orders A party to a custody, child support, or spousal maintenance order may …

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Colorado Divorce: Older Americans are Filing for Divorce

February 25, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Listen to the story about the "Greying of Divorce" on NPR  Here is a link to the story: http://www.npr.org/2014/02/24/282105022/older-americans-breakups-are-causing-a-graying-divorce-trend  

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The Financial Impact of a Colorado Divorce:

February 25, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Financial Impact of a Colorado Divorce: Divorce is not only an emotionally challenging experience, but it can be a financially difficult one, as well. If you are contemplating divorce, or have filed for the dissolution of marriage, it is important to talk with an experienced family law attorney who will help you to understand your rights and obligations according to Colorado law. Preparing for Divorce: •    Creating a Pre-Nuptial Agreement A pre-nuptial agreement is still the best way to minimize the costs associated with a divorce. Although a pre …

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Colorado Parenting Time: Child & Family Investigators

February 25, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Child & Family Investigators (“CFIs”) are appointed by the Colorado courts to conduct an investigation and prepare a detailed report. The report provides recommendations for a parenting schedule and decision making responsibilities. Colorado CFIs are often mental health professionals, doctors, or attorneys. The couple's lawyers generally work together to choose a CFI, and then request that the court formally appoint the CFI to the case.  If the attorneys are unable to agree, the court will select a CFI. The CFI often obtains a list of individuals fro …

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Save Your Marriage by Starting with Forgiveness

February 24, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Forgiveness Forgiveness is hands down one of the hardest things to do in life. So much is bottled up into our reasoning for why someone does not deserve for us to forgive them. They hurt me! They lied to me! They deserve to feel bad for a very long time! I need for them to feel that pain that they caused me! Unfortunately, you feel the pain of not letting something go far longer than the wrong doer. Our spouses have an uncanny ability to hurt us. They have made promises, we have expectations, and our entire lives can be shaken by the hurt that we can feel from pains in our relatio …

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The Financial Impact of a Colorado Divorce:

February 21, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Financial Impact of a Colorado Divorce: Divorce is not only an emotionally challenging experience, but it can be a financially difficult one, as well. If you are contemplating divorce, or have filed for the dissolution of marriage, it is important to talk with an experienced family law attorney who will help you to understand your rights and obligations according to Colorado law. Preparing for Divorce: •    Creating a Pre-Nuptial Agreement A pre-nuptial agreement is still the best way to minimize the costs associated with a divorce. Although a pre …

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Colorado Divorce: Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

February 20, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

A prenuptial agreement is a contract that allows a couple to decide what will become property of the marriage and what will remain each person’s separate property in the event of divorce. The pre-nup  will list the assets owned by each party as well as their debts, and will specify what each party’s property rights will be after marriage. Prenuptial agreements can be used by those getting married later in life when they have had time to acquire more assets and debt. And a pre-nup can be useful for people who have children from prior relationships. . A prenuptial agreement m …

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Give to the Children's Outreach Project!

February 19, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Building a Brighter Tomorrow...  Save the Date!   Children’s Outreach Project’s 5th Annual Breakfast Friday, May 16th 7:30-8:30 AM 8000 Pecos St. Denver, CO 80221   Please mark your calendars for Children's Outreach Project's annual breakfast meeting event. Come hear about our school's progress, updates and future planning!   Keep an eye out for additional information in the upcoming weeks regarding ticket prices, registration, and event details.   Sponsorships available starting at $250 If you are i …

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MyRA Acccounts Encourage Individuals to Save for Retirement

February 19, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

MyRA Acccounts Encourage Individuals to Save for Retirement A MyRA is a new U.S. Treasury Department sponsored savings bond that was introduced in January of 2014  by the Obama Administration to encourage individuals to save for retirement. MyRA guarantees a return on investment with no risk of losing principal. While additional details regarding this investment vehicle have yet to be released, the MyRA is essentially a tax deferred retirement savings vehicle that that is very similar to a Roth IRA. Like a Roth account, the contributions made to a MyRA are paid with after-tax dollars …

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2013 Taxes: Claiming a Child as a Dependent on Your Tax Return

February 18, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Qualifying Child To claim an exemption for your child, you must be able to answer "yes" to all of the following questions: •Are they related to you? The child can be your son, daughter, stepchild, eligible foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, adopted child or an offspring of any of them.   •Do they meet the age requirement? Your child must be under age 19 or, if a full-time student, under age 24. There is no age limit if your child is permanently and totally disabled.   •Do they live with you? …

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Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce

February 17, 2014
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. Access a group near you from the DivorceCare website by entering your zipcode at: http://www.divorcecare.org/

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Colorado Family Law: Qualifying for In-State Tuition

February 14, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Qualifying for In-State Tuition in Colorado: Tuition for students who are non-residents can be significantly higher than tuition for Colorado residents. The difference in cost prompts many parents to ask how their child can qualify for in-state tuition. In general, the Colorado domicile requirement for an in-state resident says that the student must have lived in this state for one year prior to the first day of classes. Colorado state law also provides that no person may establish domicile solely for the purpose of changing a student's tuition classification. The …

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Using a Parenting Coordinator

February 13, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Using a Parenting Coordinator A Parenting Coordinator (PC) can assist parents with divorce, post decree, and allocation of parental rights cases to resolve their disputes and implement parenting plans, without Court intervention. A PC may be appointed by the Court or by agreement of the parties, after an order concerning parental responsibilities has been entered. The parenting coordinator acts as a neutral third party  to assist in the resolution of disputes between the parties concerning parental rights and responsibilities. If the court appoints a PC without agreeme …

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How is a decree of legal separation different than a divorce?

February 13, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

How is a decree of legal separation different than a divorce? 1. Married couples who separate with a Colorado decree of legal separation cannot remarry   2. Sometimes parties are able to maintain insurance or retirement-related benefits after a decree of legal separation. Those same benefits are lost when the parties divorce. 3. Social security rules grant former spouses married ten years or more, the right to receive retirement benefits based on the other’s earning history. Survivor benefits are also available upon the divorced spouse’s death. Filing for a d …

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Colorado Child Custody: A Parent's Decision Making Responsibilities

February 12, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Along with Parenting Time and Child Support, "Decision Making" is a component of the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities. A parent's right to make decisions regarding their child's best interests refers to major decisions such as the child's health, education, and/or religion. Either parent can make emergency decisions that affect the child’s health or safety while the child is in their care. But when parents who have shared decision-making responsibilities do not agree, the courts may require the parents to mediate their dispute before bringing it …

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"Split" a powerful new film about a child's journey through divorce

February 11, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

This powerful documentary film by Ellen Bruno was made in collaboration with children ages 6 to 12, and it  explores their point of view about their parent's separation and divorce. Hear what kids have to say. To order a DVD call 800 343 5540 or send an email to: info@transitmedia.net

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Expanding Rights for Same-Sex Couples

February 10, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday evening that the Justice Department will now follow a landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex spouses, which means they will no longer be compelled to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases. The policy changes mean same-sex spouses also should be eligible to file jointly for bankruptcy and have the same rights and privileges in federal prison as inmates in heterosexual marriages. Prosecutors have used various legal challenges against the spousal privilege. But Holder made clear the federal government will no longer …

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Ten Golden Rules for a Good Divorce

February 10, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Ten Golden Rules for a Good Divorce    Margaret Walker, Esq. at The Harris Law Firm believes that a good divorce is possible. Ms Walker is concerned about families who are facing the challenges of divorce, and when a divorce involves children, The Harris Law Firm suggests following these rules to help everyone cope: Ten Golden Rules for a Good Divorce 1.    ACCEPT THAT ALL-OUT WAR IS NOT INEVITABLE. In fact, it is destructive.  Mediation and Collaborative Divorce are two choices that aim to reduce anger between divorcing spouse …

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Colorado Divorce: Who gets "custody" of the family pet?

February 6, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Couples who have to decide who gets "custody" of the family dog or cat know that this issue is often not as simple as deciding who gets the furniture. With more and more childless couples filing for divorce , pets often hold a special place in their lives, and this has resulted in a rising number of pet custody cases in the State of Colorado. In Colorado, pets are considered to be personal property, and are subject to equitable division. This means that  the court will consider a variety of factors when deciding who will get to keep the pet. If you are faced with a …

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Colorado Annulment: Deadlines to File

February 5, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Deadlines to File for a Colorado Annulment (Declaration of Invalidity): In the State of Colorado, a declaration of invalidity in must be filed within specific timeframes: Lack of capacity to consent, fraud, duress, jest/dare: Must be filed within 6 months of learning of the grounds for annulment, and only by the aggrieved spouse (or representative for a party which lacked consent). C.R.S. 14-10-111(2)(a). Lack of physical capacity to consummate the marriage: Must be filed wiithin 12 months of learning of it, by the aggrieved spouse. C.R.S. 14-10-111(2)(b) Un …

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Colorado Divorce: Annulment

February 4, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

In the State of Colorado, an annulment is called a "Declaration of Invalidity". When the marriage is annulled, or declared 'invalid', it is as if the marriage never existed. A person must be a resident of Colorado for thirty days before filing an action for annulment with the courts, unless the parties were married in Colorado. There are specific reasons that the court can use to declare a marriage invalid. There are also time limits to file for annulment based upon each reason:   • One party to the marriage "lacked the capacity to co …

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Custody: When can a non-parent file for the allocation of parental rights?

January 31, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Frequently Asked Question: If my child lives with my parents in Colorado for 6 months while I am working out of state, can they file for the allocation of parental rights? The applicable statute is C.R.S. 14-10-123.  It only says that if the child lives with a party for six months or more they have the right to file for the allocation of parental responsibilities. Even you come back and take the child for several weeks, the amount of time they live with your parents is what the courts will consider.  

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Life after a Colorado Divorce

January 30, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Life after Divorce Divorce is a life change that can leave you on your own to deal with money, kids, your career and downsizing the family home for the very first time. Dealing with these changes all at once can be overwhelming. But there are several important things to remember when you are undergoing such a transition:   1.    Know that your life will go on: In spite of what you have just experienced, know that you will create a new and better life. 2.    Consider the advantages of beginning again: There were many reasons why your …

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Colorado Divorce: Is "Nesting" an Option for Your Family?

January 30, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Creating a new parenting arrangement during divorce proceedings can take many forms. In a nesting agreement, the children remain the marital home in the beginning stages of divorce, while the parents take turns living in the home they once shared. Nesting allows both parents to have time with the children in a familiar setting and keeps the children from having to go back and forth from mom’s house to dad’s house. Keeping the kids in one household eliminates the need for duplicate rooms, beds, clothes and toys, and can help the children to prepare for the eventual transit …

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Colorado Divorce: Is the Grass Greener?

January 28, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Is the Grass Always Greener? For many people, the idea of divorce becomes appealing when they imagine what their next spouse might be like: Maybe they will be more spontaneous? Maybe they will be better listeners? Maybe they will be a little less “naggy”? Maybe they will be exciting? Maybe they will be this? or Maybe they will be that? We begin to count the “flaws” our current spouse has and swear that the next will be better. However, let’s take into consideration that with a new relationship comes new problems. Statistics show that your first marriage is th …

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RELOCATING AFTER DIVORCE

January 22, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

RELOCATING AFTER DIVORCE When divorced parents of minor children have a court order for shared parenting time, the order must be modified by the court before either party can initiate a move that will affect the parenting schedule. Even if the parents agree on the logistics of the relocation and the details of a proposed parenting plan, they must first obtain a modified court order for the arrangement to be enforceable. Disputes over relocating with children are decided based on Colorado’s “Best Interest of the Child” statute. This is the same principle used in all chi …

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Legislation Being Proposed in California Regarding Kids of Divorce

January 21, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

David Schel and Sharon Tekolian of the organization called "California-based Kids Against Divorce" recently  informed the media that the intended purpose of the legislation that they are attempting to pass is to "better prepare individuals going into marriage to fulfill their new roles as spouse and potentially as parent, to furthermore protect children given that marriage is the foundation of a family unit."   The group, which is dedicated to supporting children of divorce, will need to gather 86,105 valid signatures by Aug. 4 to put the initiative on t …

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Colorado Divorce: Call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484

January 21, 2014
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Schedule a consultation with Colorado's Family Law Team in Denver or Fort Collins by calling 303 299 9484

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Consider Timing When You Need to File an Appeal

January 16, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If a party is looking to appeal a magistrate’s decision, they need to file their petition for review within 21 days of the magistrate’s written order.  If a party is looking to appeal a judge’s decision, they need to file their notice of appeal within 49 days of the judge’s written order. Within 14 days of filing the notice of appeal, the party also needs to file a designation of record identifying what should be in the appellate record.  It is then the trial court clerk’s job to put the record together.  If transcripts are needed, the party …

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Talking to Your Kids About Your Divorce

January 15, 2014
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Talking to Your Kids About Your Divorce Children often believe that they had something to do with their parents divorce. They blame themselves for creating stressful situations and feel responsible.  Talk to your kids to help them let go of this misconception. Tell your kids the reasons for your decision to end the marriage Treat your child’s confusion with patience. They may understand one day and be confused the next. Be patient with their process. Reassure and remind your children that both parents will continue to love them and that they are not responsible for y …

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Doing What You Can in 2014 to Save Your Marriage

January 13, 2014
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

"It takes two people to couple up and get married," says Harriet Lerner, PhD, celebrated author of The Dance of Anger, "but only one to make a relationship better." Waiting for your spouse to change first, she believes, is a recipe for unhappiness and divorce. Her new book, Marriage Rules, lists 100 clear-cut, everyday ways to improve your marriage—starting with you and your own behavior. This week, we spoke with her and gleaned the ten most surprising: 1. Describe it in three sentences (or less). Your partner might say things like "I don't want …

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Colorado State Minimum Wage vs Federal Minimum Wage

January 13, 2014
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado State Minimum Wage vs Federal Minimum Wage If an employee is covered by federal and Colorado state minimum wage laws, then the employer must pay the higher minimum wage. Federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour, which is lower than the Colorado state minimum wage of $8.00. Therefore, based upon current information, covered employers in Colorado will have to pay their employees the higher value of $8.00 per hour under Colorado law beginning January 1, 2014.  

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Initiating Your Divorce in 2014

January 10, 2014
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Beginning the process of divorce. The cost. The cost  of divorce can vary widely depending on the parties involved and their lawyers. Coming to a reasonable agreement is often far less costly than taking your case to trial. The time. The time it takes to obtain a divorce also varies. In Colorado, the minimum amount of time is 90 days, but it depends entirely on the parties involved, as well as the court’s docket. Understanding your finances. Before you begin the process of divorce, it is helpful to gain a clear  understanding …

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Are You Recovering From Your Divorce?

January 8, 2014
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Take a look at the Divorce Recovery section of our website for a list of helpful professionals who can assist you with your recovery. Do you want to reconfigure your wedding or engagement ring? There is a jeweler listed. Do you need a massage? There are several massage therapists listed in this section. Do you want to work out with a personal trainer, take a yoga class, talk to a counselor? Go to: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/divorce-recovery Feel better!

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How Do I Check the Status of My Divorce?

January 3, 2014
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have filed for the dissolution of marriage pro se, rather than being represented by a Colorado family law attorney, the court will send both parties a copy of the decree via U.S. mail or email when your divorce is final. You can also call the court clerk at the local courthouse where your divorce was filed. Since a divorce is public record they can tell you the status. If you used an attorney, they can provide you with a copy of the decree.

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Protect Your Assets with a Prenuptial Agreement

December 26, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Elissa Bercovitz, a senior attorney at The Harris Law Firm, handles marital agreements. To consult with Ms Bercovitz regarding a pre or nupital agreement, call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484

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Colorado Divorce: Issues Regarding Contempt

December 24, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are faced with a contempt issue, The Harris Law Firm is here to help. If your ex is not abiding by the terms of your separation agreement, please call us today to schedule a private consultation with one of our lawyers in Denver or Fort Collins: 303 299 9484.

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Enforcing Your Court Ordered Parenting Time This Holiday Season

December 20, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a court ordered parenting time schedule for the holiday season, and the other parent is not following your agreement, they may be found in contempt of court. If you need to enforce your court ordered parenting plan, call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484 to schedule a consultation with one of our Colorado family law attorneys in Denver or Fort Collins.

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Colorado Divorce and Pet Custody

December 17, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Divorce and Pet Custody December 17, 2013 Note to couples who are about to marry or are about to divorce: Put language in your pre nuptial agreement, or your separation agreement, about who will retain the right to the family pet. Pet custody is becoming more common and will play an ever more important role in pre and post marital legal issues. The Harris Law Firm has handled cases involving pet custody in Colorado , and is happy to assist you if you are facing a similar matter. Call today to schedule a consultation: 303 299 9484  

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Divorce Recovery and Embracing the Holiday Spirit!

December 13, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

The holidays can be difficult when you are still recovering from a divorce. But it is important to move forward and enjoy the holidays anyway. Spend time with family and close friends, and let their company buoy your spirits so you can enjoy the season. Choose to find new ways to celebrate and create new traditions. Make the choice to find joy in what you have now and embrace the spirit of the holidays by looking foward to your new beginning in 2014.

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Colorado Divorce: Are You Filing for a GLBT Divorce?

December 12, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm handles gay divorce and is happy to assist you. Please keep in mind, however, that in order to file, one or both parties must live in the State of Colorado for at least 90 days. If children are involved, the kids must be here for 6 months for Colorado to have jurisdiction over parenting matters. Call us at 303 299 9484 to schedule a consultation today

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Colorado Divorce: The First Steps

December 11, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The most common issues to be addressed when one or both parties file for the dissolution of marriage in the State of Colorado are: 1) The Equitable Division of Marital Property 2) Maintenance (Spousal Support) 3) The Allocation of Parental Rights (Parenting TIme, Child Support, and Decision Making Responsibilities) If the parties cannot come to an agreement regarding parenting time and/ or the division of assets and debt, then they  must proceed to an alternative resolution for dispute or bring the case to trial.  

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Can You and Your Ex Share Some Holiday Time Together with the Kids?

December 11, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Can You and Your Ex Spouse Share Some Holiday Time Together with Your Kids? Yes, it is possible! If you and your ex are cordial, the kids are on board, and your new significant others are game, think about having a family dinner or outing with your former spouse and the children you share. If this plan works for all concerned, here are some important guidelines for success: Stay positive Choose to be happy Keep the happiness of your kids at the forefront of the occassion Plan well in advance Choose a neutral location where everyone can relax and h …

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Reducing Marital Stress During the Holidays

December 9, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

The holidays give us an opportunity to participate in many joyful cetebrations, but there are moments when the pressure of making everything just right for your family can create marital stress. And much of this stress can stem from unspoken hopes and expectations. To minimize  misunderstandings that can result from a simple lack of communication, talk to your spouse about how you would like to spend your holidays. If he expects to socialize when she prefers a quiet celebration, this can lead to resentment and unhappiness within the marriage. So before you proceed with the rest of your …

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If You File for a Colorado Divorce, Who Will Retain Custody of the Family Pet?

December 5, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Note to couples about to marry: Consider putting language in your pre nuptial agreement about pet custody! A pair of divorcing women are about to create a court battle over a miniature dachshund named Joey in what will be New York’s first matrimonial pet-custody case. “People who love their dogs almost always love them forever,” Manhattan Justice Matthew Cooper opines in his ruling granting the women oral arguments. “But with divorce rates at record highs, the same cannot always be said for those who marry.” That’s the case with Washington H …

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The Colorado Wellness Center for Girls Ages 12 to 21

December 5, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Andrea Philleo, M.S., M.S.W.  is the Founder of the Colorado Wellness Center for Girls 3775 Chase Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80212 - 303 955 5818 - www.cwcgirls.org. The Colorado Wellness Center for Girls provides a series of highly effective wellness-based programs to help girls improve their total well-being. For more information , please call the Colorado Wellness Center for Girls: 303 955 5818

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Another Hollywood Divorce: Diane Lane and Josh Brolin

December 4, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

A Los Angeles judge has finalized Diane Lane and Josh Brolin's divorce. Court records show that the couple's divorce judgment was entered by a court Wednesday. The pair were married for more than eight years when they filed for divorce in February. No details of any financial settlement were filed with the court. Lane is the star of films such as "Unfaithful" and "Under the Tuscan Sun." She had taken Brolin's last name but will no longer use it. Brolin has starred in films such as "Gangster Squad" and "No Country for Old …

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The Harris Law Firm Handles Child Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Cases

December 3, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

To schedule a private consutlation with one of our 20 Colorado family law attorneys, call us at 303 299 9484

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Colorado Custody: Enforcing Your Parenting Time Agreement

November 27, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Enforcing a Court Order for Parenting Time: When your rights  to parenting time have been violated, filing a motion for enforcement  in the Colorado courts may be required. The terms of your divorce judgment are legal obligations imposed on both parents, and a violation of the order is grounds for an enforcement action. The Colorado family law attorneys at The Harris Law Firm are prepared to file enforcement actions to ensure that the other parent abides by the terms of your parenting time agreement. If  your court ordered parenting time schedule is being ignored by your …

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Child Support and Parenting: Bode Miller Granted Custody of His Child

November 26, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

A New York court called the move by a woman who briefly dated and got pregnant by Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller 'reprehensible' after she moved from California to New York while pregnant to attend school. Those remarks came after Miller contended that his former flame, Sara A. McKenna, moved to the Empire State, or, as he sees it, the land of sympathetic judges to women, last December when she was seven months pregnant so she could keep the baby from him. The baby was born and McKenna filed for temporary custody in New York. A Family Court judge said she was 'fo …

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Call The Harris Law Firm for Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements

November 22, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Elissa Bercovitz, a senior family law attorney with The Harris Law FIrm handles pre and post nuptial agreements for the firm. To schedule a consultation with Ms. Bercovitz, call us at 303 299 9484

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Colorado Divorce: The Harris Law Firm Promoting Literacy Efforts in Fort Collins

November 21, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: The Harris Law Firm Promoting Literacy Efforts in Fort Collins

Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm, was recently part a large group of volunteers with a local Rotary club that worked to raise funds to purchase and donate dictionaries to third grade students throughout Northern Colorado.  Recently, dictionaries were recently presented to a group of very happy third grade students at St. Joseph’s elementary school in Fort Collins.  The Harris Law Firm in Fort Collins is proud to support literacy efforts for young children in Colorado.

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Calculating Colorado Child Support

November 20, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

The calculation for Colorado child support is based on the incomes of each parent, the number of children, the number of overnights for the non-custodial parent, day care costs when applicable, and and the cost of the children's health insurance. The data is input into a software program to calculate the amount of child support due each month. The child support formula is a reflection of what the Colorado legislature has determined to be the amount of money required to raise a child in this state. In most instances, the Colorado courts will follow the statutory guidelines for child supp …

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Colorado Custody: Enforcing a Custody Order

November 15, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

When a non-custodial parent refuses to return the children to the custodial parent per the terms of the court ordered plan, or violates other terms of the custody order, this is called "custodial interference.” Forms of custodial interference can include the other parent restricting access to your children by: Restricting telephone access Consistently delaying the return of the children in a timely manner: Parental kidnapping If you are a parent who is experiencing custodial interference by the child's other parent, The Harris Law Firm can he …

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How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Divorce?

November 15, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

The length of time it takes to recover from a divorce depends on the answers to a number of questions: How long were you together? How good was your relationship? How committed were you to your marriage? Did the divorce take you by surprise? Do you have kids? Was your spouse cheating? How old are you? Were you financially dependent on your spouse? But there are many other factors that must be considered when you are grieving and in the recovery process. But know that there are things you can do for yourself that will help you t …

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Colorado Post Decree Enforcement of Parenting Time

November 12, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you need to enforce the terms of your court-ordered parenting time, The Harris Law Firm is here to assist you. Call us at 303 299 9484 to meet with one of our Colorado family law attorneys in Denver or Fort Collins. The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's Family Law Team

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Colorado Custody: Obtaining the Required Financial Documentation

November 11, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

All domestic relation cases, even if you are not married and filing only for the allocation of parental rights, require that both parties exchange all financial documents. The necessary documentation will include the Sworn Financial Statement.  All financial information is obtained from both parties so that child support may be calculated.    

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Colorado Divorce- Marital Agreements: Prenuptial Agreements

November 8, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Requirements for a Colorado Prenuptial Agreement 1.The prenuptial agreement, and any amendments made to the agreement, must be in a written format 2.One party may give up statutory rights by agreeing to the pre-nup 3.Each party must disclose all assets and debts 4.Each party must voluntarily enter into the prenuptial agreement 5.If the prenuptial agreement addresses spousal support, it must not be unconscionable at the time of enforcement. Colorado courts will not enforce a maintenance provisions that are unfair at the time of divorce or legal separation, If you would like …

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An Uncontested Colorado Divorce

November 8, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

An Uncontested Colorado Divorce In an uncontested divorce in the State of Colorado, both spouses work together to negotiate a settlement rather than going to court. This approach is the most common type of divorce and according to the American Bar Association, 95% of divorces are uncontested. One of the advantages of the uncontested divorce is it that it allows both parties to negotiate the terms of  the settlement agreement, rather than having the family law judge make those determinations for you. And uncontested divorces are generally less costly and less stressful. The at …

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Colorado Divorce: Addressing Issues of Domestic Violence

November 7, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Instances of domestic violence are too often a factor  in Colorado family law cases. The media issues reports such  incidents  almost daily and victims come from a broad range of social stratification.  Acccording to recent statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: “One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.  The study also indicates that 85% of domestic violence victims are women, and historically, w …

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Colorado Divorce: Saving Your Marriage Using a Relationship Coach

November 6, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Working with a relationship coach can help you with a new or ongoing relationship or assist you with the process of ending one. Nick Meima works with individuals and couples and handles matters that include: Family conflict coaching Individual coaching Pre Martial Coaching Couples Coaching Private sessions, Intensive, and Workshops You can call Nick at 720 524 3664

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Second Wives Get Pricier Engagement Rings, Survey Finds

November 5, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Second Wives Get Pricier Engagement Rings, Survey Finds Sometimes it pays to be number two. Members of the second wives club get significantly more expensive engagement rings, according to a survey of British consumers conducted by comparejewellery.com. The survey found that the average cost of an engagement ring purchased for a first marriage was £821 ($1,395), but the figure jumped to £2,050 ($3,294) for the second. When asked why they spent more, 48 percent of second-marriage respondents reportedly said they had more faith in the new relationship, 38 perce …

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Colorado Divorce: The Harris Law Firm

November 4, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

For divorce, custody, or post decree issues, call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484 to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys

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Colorado Divorce: Helping your children cope with your divorce by providing stability and structure

October 30, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Replace chaos with consistency: While it is wise to help your children learn to be flexible, it is also important to remember that they will be adjusting to many new things all at once and this can be difficult for them to process. Strive to help your children adapt to the changes in their lives by providing as much stability and structure as you can in their daily routines. Remember that establishing continuity does not necessarily mean that you need to adhere to rigid schedules or that their routines need to remain exactly the same. But by creating basic structures within their …

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Colorado Divorce: Automatic Temporary Injunctions

October 24, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Automatic Temporary Injunction: Many people want to know if they will need to plan around any temporary restrictions during the divorce process.   You should be aware that once either one of you files the “Petition for Dissolution or Marriage” or divorce, a so-called “automatic temporary injunction” goes into effect. Basically, this is an automatic order from the Court that prevents either one of you from wasting money, making unusually large purchases, letting insurance policies lapse, harassing each other, or leaving the state with the kids with …

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Stephen Vertucci Supporting the Fort Collins Community Through Rotary

October 24, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm, recently visited St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School in Fort Collins to present hard cover dictionaries to every third grade student in the Poudre school district .  This program was a part of the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club’s annual peach sales fundraiser.  The program raised funds to purchase over 2,250 hardcover dictionaries, and The Harris Law Firm is a proud supporterof Rotary International and its efforts promote literacy among the students in our community.

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Colorado Divorce: New Alimony Law Changes Landscape for Divorcing Couples

October 22, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

New law changes alimony landscape for divorcing Colorado couples. Click here to read The Denver Post's  front page article published on Sunday, Oct 20th: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_24340928/new-law-changes-alimony-landscape-divorcing-colorado-couples

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Heading Toward a Colorado Divorce?

October 21, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Gil Milburn-Westfall, Psy. D.                                           Office: 303-347-9852 Licensed Clinical Psychologist                                       Cell: 303-638-9975 609 West Littleton Blvd. #305          …

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Child Custody Attorney: Best Interests of the Child

October 16, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado law tends to favor meaningful and continuing contact between both parents and the child following a divorce or separation. Couples who separate usually arrive at a parenting plan in one of two ways: Either the parties come to an agreement as to how the responsibilities are to be divided and the agreement is subsequently accepted by the Court; Or the Court hears evidence and, based upon the evidence, the Court crafts a parenting plan as part of permanent orders. Even in cases where one parent stipulates (agrees) to a parenting plan with little or no parental resp …

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Is Colorado a Common Law State?

October 14, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

There is no statute that clearly defines what constitutes a common law marriage in the State of Colorado. All that needs to be shown is that the two parties intended to be common law married and presented themselves to the public as a married couple. In order to establish a common law marriage, Courts will be looking for specific indicators such as whether or not the couple maintained joint financial accounts, or joint credit cards. The courts will ask if you filed joint tax returns, or listed your significant other as a “spouse” on insurance forms.  If other evidence sugge …

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Colorado Divorce-Moving Out During Divorce Information

October 9, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

As with many Colorado divorce and family law issues, there are some common misconceptions when it comes to dealing with the martial home. By understanding your rights, you may be able to avoid unnecessary conflict, and better protect yourself and your children. First, there is no such thing as abandonment under Colorado law. Colorado is a no fault divorce state. So, if you do decide that it is best to move out, your spouse cannot, in most cases, use this against you in a child custody dispute. However, if you do choose to move out, you must still protect your relationship with the child …

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Colorado Divorce-Division of Assets Information

October 8, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

During the divorce process, the marital estate is divided as of the date that the decree is entered. All assets and any debt that either party has accumulated during the marriage, and before the time of the dissolution, should be divided between the parties.  The Colorado divorce court does, however, consider unilateral expenditures by one party and often will put more of that debt which has been incurred prior to the dissolution on the side of the party that incurred it. To learn more about the division of assets, schedule a consultation with one of our divorce lawyers or call 303 …

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Colorado Child Custody and Parenting Time Information

October 7, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado law favors meaningful and continuing contact between both parents and the child following a divorce. Couples who separate usually arrive at a parenting plan in one of two ways: Either the parties come to an agreement as to how the responsibilities are to be divided and the agreement is subsequently accepted by the Court; The Court considers the evidence and crafts a parenting plan as part of permanent orders. Even in cases where one parent stipulates (agrees) to a parenting plan with little or no parental responsibility, there is no guarantee that the Court will …

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Colorado Child Support and Custody: Non-Payment of Child Support

October 4, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Child support is due and payable in the amount ordered by the court until it is modified by a subsequent court order.  If a substantial and continuing change exists to modify child support, then the amount can be changed, but child support cannot be waived.  Interest can be waived, but only by the person receiving the support and such a waiver has to be in an agreement which is then approved by an order. Illnesses permanent or temporary can be a reason to modify child support, but the obligation will never be reduced to zero.  A modification only goes back to the date a m …

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Colorado Child Support and Custody-Do You Need to Modify Your Parenting Plan?

October 3, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado allows for Court ordered modifications of Colorado child support a.k.a. parenting plans if the Court finds that a change has occurred and the modification is necessary to serve the best interests of the child. The statute sets a high standard for granting modifications and basically limits the granting of a modification to five reasons: Both parties agree to the modification; The child has been integrated into the family of the party requesting the modification; There has been a modification of parenting time; A party has consistently consented to the othe …

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Carrie Eckstein, Esq. of The Harris Law Firm is in the News!

September 25, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Carrie Eckstein, a family law attorney and a mediator with The Harris Law Firm, was featured on the cover of Law Week Colorado this week. In addition to being active in domestic relations law, Carrie also plays Australian football and is an active member of The Denver Lady Bulldogs. The team was formed in 2008 and within two years were USAFL National Champions. Coached by the infamously wise Bruce Durrell, the women have earned three USAFL national championships over the last three years and are looking forward to more future victories. A strong team spirit, great leadership, and inc …

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Colorado Divorce: Are you trying to recover from your divorce?

September 24, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 life shared, and a future that was planned together.  Recovering from a divorce is a complex process, and healing takes time, but it is important to know that you can, and will, begin again. If you are attempting to rebound from your divorce, take a look at our divorce recovery se …

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Colorado Divorce: Call Colorado's Family Law Team

September 23, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm, with offices in Denver and Fort Collins, handles Colorado family law issues; divorce, legal separation, post decree, step parent adoption, custody, parenting matters, allocation of parental rights, child support, modifications, and grandparents rights. The firm also offers collaborative divorce and mediation. To arrange for a consultation with one of our lawyers in Denver or Fort Collins, call us at 303 299 9484

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Working Together to Save Your Marriage

September 23, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Why are you looking for a divorce? Do you feel like roommates rather than soul mates? Is almost every word exchanged hurtful? Has been it been way too long since you have felt like your spouse has really heard you? Does it feel like you cannot even recognize the person sleeping next to you? All of these reasons lead us to feel very disconnected from the person who is supposed to always be there for us. While divorce may seem like the only option, couples therapy can be a great way to get back to where you and your spouse started. Imagine feeling the excitement from a loving touch all over …

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OBTAINING SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE DURING A DIFFICULT TRANSITION

September 17, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE DURING A DIFFICULT TRANSITION Divorce has a way of hitting with a one-two punch: difficult emotions leave you feeling drained and uncertain while at the same time new challenges demand energy and a clear head.  A therapist can help by giving you the support you need to sort out how you feel and start to heal, while also helping you navigate your changing personal, parental and social roles.  Bottom line: a therapist is someone in your corner who can help you resolve sadness and anger, stay involved as a single parent, avoid the pitfalls of co-parenting, …

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When will my child support end?

September 12, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Q: Will my child support obligation terminate when my child turns 19? A: Child support in the State of Colorado generally ends automatically when the last or only child reaches 19 years of age, but there are several exceptions: 1.The parties signed an agreement after July 1, 1997 stipulating that child support will continue after the child turned 19. 2.The child is physically or mentally disabled. 3.If the child is still in high school, support will generally continue until the end of the month following graduation. 4.The child marries before the age of 19 5.The child becomes …

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Do You Need to Appeal the Court's Decision on a Colorado Family Law Matter?

September 11, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm, with offices in Denver and Fort Collins, have three family law attorneys who are experienced in handling appeals. To arrange for a private consultation, please call the firm at 303 299 9484

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Parenting Tips for the Blended Family

September 5, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Clear and effective communication is imperative to successful parenting for blended families. 1. One of the best ways to avoid misunderstandings is  to put your agreements in writing 2. Create a monthly parenting schedule on an online calendar that is easily accessed by both families and the children 3. Have scheduled monthly parenting meetings to address and discuss areas of concern 4. Be flexible, put the needs of your child first, and above all else, maintain your sense of humor!

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The Next Divorce Recovery Class Starts on September 15th

September 5, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

$100.00 off Jeanine Lee's next live recovery and empowerment class if you mention The Harris Law Firm! Results: calm the emotions, learn what went wrong, become empowered, find peace beneath the circumstances, come into view of a new life. What: 10-week Divorce Recovery and Empowerment class When: September 15, 6:00 to 8:30 pm Where: Lafayette, CO Who: Anyone needing support before, during, or after an ending or possible ending relationship Cost: $399.00 if they mention your name. Good through September 7. Jeannine Lee 303-746-7000 info@beyonddivorce.com …

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The Uncontested Colorado Divorce

September 3, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

In an uncontested divorce, the two parties will work together to negotiate a settlement rather than going to trial.  According to the American Bar Association, 95% of divorces in the U.S. are uncontested and there are many advantages to filing in this manner: 1. An uncontested divorce allows both parties to negotiate the settlement agreement, rather than leaving these decisions to the court. 2. An uncontested divorce is generally less expensive because the attorneys do not have to  prepare for trial. 3. An uncontested divorce is also usually less stressful for both pa …

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Colorado Divorce: Do You Have a Colorado Post Decree Modification?

August 28, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call "Colorado's Family Law Team" The Harris Law Firm, with offices in Denver and Fort Collins, handles post decree issues: 1. Modification of Parenting Time 2. Modification of Child Support 3. Modification of Maintenance To schedule a consultation in Fort Collins or Denver, call us at 303 299 9484

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Colorado Child Support: Filing a Motion to Modify the Court Order

August 27, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 modification of child support modification include a significant change in income, reduced day care costs, a new parenting schedule, or the emancipation of the oldest child.    A Retroactive Modification The court will often modify child support retroacti …

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Stephen Vertucci and The Harris Law Firm are Making a Difference in Fort Collins

August 26, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Stephen Vertucci and The Harris Law Firm are Making a Difference in Fort Collins

Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm in Fort Collins, volunteered with the Fort Collins Peach Festival this past weekend.  The Peach Festival was sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Fort Collins and had concerts, food stands, peach pie eating contests, peach margaritas, and other things peaches!  The festival raises funds for, among other charities, Project Self Sufficiency, an organization dedicated to supporting single mothers obtain the job skills and education they need to be financially self sufficient.  The Harris Law Firm is proud to be associated with the R …

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Are You Still Trying to Recover From Your Divorce?

August 20, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Divorce Recovery 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 life shared, and a future that was planned together.  Recovering from a divorce is a complex process, and healing takes time, but it is important to know that you can, and will, begin again. Click here to access the divorce recovery section of our website: …

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COLORADO DIVORCE AND PET CUSTODY

August 20, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

COLORADO DIVORCE AND PET CUSTODY     When a couple separates, what happens to their pets?   Many attorneys have heard the term “pet custody,” but what does that actually mean?  Is it a lay term or a legal term?  Unfortunately, in Colorado, despite the State’s reputation for being a pet friendly state, the term “pet custody” cannot be found anywhere in the Colorado Revised Statutes.  Nor have the Colorado Courts created case law on the topic of pet custody since the legislature has failed to act.      …

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Adoption Exchange Raising Funds for Foster Kids

August 20, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Adoption Exchange Raising Funds for Foster Kids

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Colorado Divorce: Tips to Coping with the Emotional Strain of Divorce

August 14, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Tips: Coping with Emotional Strain By Rev. Nathan Mesnikoff, Memorial Hospital   •Be as patient and compassionate as you can with family, friends, and yourself.   •Spend time talking with good friends, clergy or counselors. We all need to process stressful events, and talking or writing about them in a journal, for example, can be very helpful.   •Eat well, rest when you can, get and give hugs, and try to get some exercise. Take a few moments to breathe deeply.   •Kids' number one need is to be and feel safe. Reass …

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Colorado Divorce: Don't Give Up on Your Marriage Too Quickly

August 13, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Building anything of value takes time and energy. But destroying something can be surprising quick. So, don't be in a hurry to end your marriage. Yes, marriage can be difficult and you will experience phases when it hardly seems worth the effort. But know that there are up and down cycles within relationships and these cycles are normal. So rather than throwing in the towel and filing for divorce when you and your spouse are experiencing a difficult period , try couples counseling instead. See if you can learn to communicate more effectively and be there …

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Colorado Divorce: Study Shows that Men Who are Step Dads are More Likely to Divorce

August 12, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

A new survey conducted by stepdadding.com shows that husbands who are stepdads are twice as likely to leave their wives than husbands in traditional marriages. More than 61 percent of male respondents who said their re-marriage ended in divorce also said that they were the ones who initiated the divorce action. These men were all part of blended families and were stepdads to at least one child. This is in contrast to the 30 percent of men in traditional marriages who leave their wives. Nearly two thirds of the men polled by stepdadding.com said "arguments over the kids and …

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The Harris Law Firm - Helping High Net Worth Clients with Complex Legal Matters

August 12, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm has experienced family law attorneys who handle divorce and legal separation for clients with complex family law issues. For a private consultation with one of our senior lawyers, please call us at 303 299 9484 to arrange for a consultation in our Denver or Fort Collins office.

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New Legislation Regarding Domestic Violence

August 9, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 from domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect and their right to be emotionally, mentally, and physically safe when in a parent’s care.  Although the bill modifies many statutes, some of the changes are particularly significant and should be noted by family law practitioner …

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Colorado Divorce: Choosing the Easy Way or the Hard Way

August 8, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage and you want to look back on the divorce process with as much anger and resentment as possible, then this recipe for a nasty divorce is for you! Step One (1) - Hire a bulldog lawyer who will: •tell you she'll get you everything that you want... •tell you that you have a winning case... •tell you she settles most of her cases - but will file an action for divorce before ever trying to reach an agreement outside of court... This will ensure that you pay thousands of dollars in motion fees asking the ju …

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REINTEGRATION THERAPY

August 6, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

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. Reintegration therapy is a unique form of family therapy as it requires the primary parent to relinquish some of his/ her personal feelings, let go of the past, and allow for the child to develop another relationship with another parent. This requires enormous trusting on the part of this pri …

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Colorado Divorce: New Maintenance Formula for Spousal Support

July 24, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado House Bill 1058 was signed into law on May 10th of this year. The new Colorado statute provides guidelines for maintenance awards for marriages that have lasted between three and 20 years and where the combined gross income of both spouses is $240,000 or less. The formula for permanent orders is 40% of the higher earners income minus 50% of the lower earners income. The recipient of the maintenance award, however, cannot receive more than 40% of the parties combined income. Regarding the duration of the maintenance award, a marriage of 3 years would receive spousal support for 31% …

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COLORADO DIVORCE: US Has One of the Highest Divorce Rates in the World

July 22, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

A  recent study at the Center for Family and Demographic Research has found that the U.S. has one of the highest divorce rates in the world. Research indicates that nearly 45 percent of marriages are expected to end in divorce. The study also found that the divorce rate among older adults has more than doubled since 1980 and one in four persons who gets a divorce today is over age 50. The goal of the study was to document trends, patterns, and correlate the risk of divorce among older adults. Researchers drew on information collected in the 2009 American Community …

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Colorado Divorce: Don't Be Bullied By Your Soon-To-Be Former Spouse

July 19, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Per Colorado law, the courts want divorcing couples to divide their assets and create a parenting plan that is in the children's best interests. Dont believe that you have to give your wife or husband all the assets or they will take the children from you. That is contrary to the law. If you feel that you are being bullied by your soon to be former spouse, talk to a lawyer. Having an experienced Colorado family law attorney on your side to protect you will give you the peace of mind that you need to make informed decisions based on fact. Work with an attorney who understands Colorado la …

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Colorado Paternity

July 18, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Paternity: Establishing Paternity Establishing paternity in the State of Colorado can be a complicated process, and the result depends on the answers to a myriad of questions: •    Has the alleged father signed an “Acknowledgment of Paternity” form? •    Has the alleged father submitted to genetic testing? •    Whose name is listed as the father on the birth certificate? •    Is the mother is married to another man? •    What is the age of the child? &bull …

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Colorado Divorce: The Harris Law Firm handles post-decree modifications

July 17, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a post decree matter in the State of Colorado call The Harris Law Firm, Colorado's Family Law Team. We have offices in Denver and Fort Collins and we can schedule a consultation for you right away . Call us today at 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838

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Divorce Should Be Your Last Resort - Try Counseling First

July 16, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

You will never regret doing all that you can to save your marriage. If you are experiencing troubles in your marriage, try couples counseling and speak with a marriage therapist. The Harris Law Firm has many fine counselors listed on our site. Go to our Saving Your Marriage section to find a therapist near you. However, if you finally determine that your marriage is irretrievably broken and you cannot continue our lawyers are here to assist you. But allow the attorneys at The Harris Law Firm to be your last phone call when your relationship is in trouble, and first consider enlisting the se …

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What Are My Rights in Colorado as a Step Parent?

July 15, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado court orders for parenting time are specific to the children's parents.  It is the parents who must adhere to or modify the court orders regarding their children. You must work with the children's father to determine your level of involvement in the children's lives.It is possible however, in the event of a divorce, that the step-parent can file for and often obtain court ordered parenting time with the children of their former spouse. THe Harris Law Firm handles family law matter in the State of Colorado. The firm has offices in Denver and in Fort Collins. For a c …

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Colorado Divorce: Do I Have Grounds to File?

July 15, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

What are the Grounds to file for Divorce in the State of Colorado? Colorado is a  “no-fault” state. This means courts will not consider either spouse’s misconduct or fault (e.g., adultery, mental cruelty, neglect, emotional distance, or substance abuse) when deciding how to divide property, or award maintenance. The Harris Law Firm has offices in Denver and Fort Collins and handles Colorado family law matters that include: divorce, allocation of parental rights, and post degree modifications. Set up a consultation by calling 303 299 9484 …

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Protecting Your Kids from Identity Theft

July 11, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Protecting Your Child's Identity From the time your children receive Social Security numbers, their personal information needs to be protected to insure that they don’t become targets of identity fraud.  Due to their flawless credit histories, children and adolescents have become the fastest growing sector of identity fraud. If your child has been victimized by identity theft, take immediate steps to reclaim his or her identity: 1.    Cancel all accounts that have been opened or compromised. Contact each credit card company by phone and follow up with a l …

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Colorado Divorce: Dissolutions Being Filed for Civil Unions

July 10, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado’s new civil union law took effect on May 1, 2013, and with the recognition of same-sex marriage came the rights and responsibilities of associated with a traditional marriage. These include spousal maintenance, distribution of property and assets, child visitation and child support. The new civil union act also carries provisions for the eventuality of a separation and provides for an orderly separation with more legal certainties. Seven motions for dissolution have already been filed since May 1st. Same sex unions are now legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia, …

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The Harris Law Firm Helps Single Mothers Obtain Child Support

July 9, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau has revealed a significant rise in the number of single mothers across the US. U.S. government figures show that over 60 percent of new mothers in their early 20s through 2011 were not married. In total, the number of births to unmarried mothers increased to 36 percent in 2011, up from 31 percent in 2005, among a total number of 4.1 million women who informed the census they had given birth. Single mothers in the State of Colorado who need to establish paternity, or file for the allocation of parental rights to define child support, paren …

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Recover from your divorce faster by changing your diet

July 8, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Recover from your divorce faster by changing your diet: When you are going through a divorce and are experiencing emotional sufferieng, choosing not to eat, choosing to eat "comfort foods", or eating junk food is a common response. But eating too little or eating the wrong kinds of foods can actually contribute to a lack of energy and a depressive state. But if you want to get back on your feet and recover faster, you can choose to eat healthy foods that can level or even elevate your moods. So get back on track and begin to recover from your divorce by staying away from manuf …

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Sign Up Today to Receive Our Colorado Family Law E-Newsletter

July 8, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Receive our monthly Enews and get the latest updates regarding Colorado Family Law fromThe Harris Law Firm. As Colorado's Family Law Team, we also can keep you abreast of new legislation and/or  proposed changes to current law. Email Heidi@harrisfamilylaw.com with your name and address to receive our quarterly newletter, or just send your email so we can add you to our mailing list for our monthly ENEWS.  

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Do You Have a Colorado Divorce or Custody Case?

July 5, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call Colorado's family law team. We have offices in Denver and Fort Collins. Call us today to schedule a consultation in Denver or Fort Collins - 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838

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Modifying Your Colorado Child Support Orders

July 3, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Modifying Your Colorado Child Support Orders If your child’s other parent’s financial situation has improved from the time the Colorado court  issued the original child support order, and  the change will result in an increase of 10% or more in the child support obligation, then you can file a motion to modify the order. The modification will date back to the time the motion was filed so it is important to act as soon as you become aware that there has been a significant and continuing change in your former’s spouse’s financial circumstances. …

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Colorado Divorce: Do you have a post-decree matter?

July 3, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call The Harris Law Firm to schedule a consultation in our Denver or Fort Collins office: 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838 Discuss your legal matter with an attorney from Colorado's Family Law Team!

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Preparing for Your Divorce in the State of Colorado

July 2, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 still have easy access to your financial statements, legal records, and files. Hiring a Colorado Family Law Attorney The legal procedure for ending your marriage can be challenging, but a domestic relations lawyer can guide you through each phase of the process. A family law attor …

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Colorado Springs Divorce and Custody Lawyer

June 28, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call The Harris Law Firm to speak with an attorney who practices family law in Colorado Springs, If you have a divorce or custody matter, please call us to arrange for an appointment in Colorado Springs 303 299 8484

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Colorado Divorce: The Guidelines for the Determination of Spousal Maintenance.

June 20, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Guidelines for the Determination of Spousal Maintenance. On May 10, 2013, Governor  Hickenlooper signed into law Colorado House Bill 13-1058. The new bill defines the state’s new guidelines for the determination of spousal maintenance. In the State of Colorado spousal support, or alimony, is called “maintenance.” Maintenance is the amount of court ordered spousal support paid by the higher earning spouse to the lower earning spouse each month for a specified period of time following a divorce or legal separation. The new Maintenance Act, which will go into …

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Saving Your Marriage: Try Counseling First

June 19, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

So You’re Thinking About Divorce As a therapist that specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families in transition, I see couples who don’t think that they could possibly ever love each other again. My goal, however is to help you as a couple or you as an individual really explore what ending your relationship with your spouse will really mean to you and your family. Let’s go back to your beautiful wedding day. Why were you getting married to this person? What were your hopes for your relationship? Was it passion? Romance? Someone to really hear you? Unwaverin …

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Colorado Divorce: Do You Have a Family Law Matter in Northern Colorado?

June 18, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Do You Have a Family Law Matter in Northern Colorado?

Call us at The Harris Law Firm to schedule a consultation in Fort Collins- 970 472 1838

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Legal Separation as an Alternative to Divorce

June 13, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  The primary difference between filing for a Colorado divorce and filing for a legal separation is that neither spouse is free to remarry until they are divorced. There are many reasons why people choose to file a legal separation instead of divorce, but the most common reasons are: 1. Some couples choose not to divorce for religious reasons. 2. Some couples simply want to stay married for the sake of the famiiy 3.  Some couples choose to remain married for financal reasons. 4. Some couples want to "test the waters" by dividing assets and living on their own …

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Colorado Custody: When Parenting Time is Supervised

June 12, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

When Parenting Time is Supervised There are many reasons for the Colorado court to order supervised parenting time. For example: 1. If a parent has not been involved in a child’s life and is being introduced or reintroduced to the child, having another party present during this inductory phase can help the child to feel safe. 2. If a parent has a condition which would make it unsafe for the child to be alone with him or her, having another party present during visitation would be in the best interests of the child. 3. If a parent has had instances of subs …

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Colorado Divorce: Marital Property vs. Separate Property

June 10, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 acquired by either spouse during the course of the marriage, and “Separate Property” is that acquired prior to marriage.  In the event of a divorce or legal separation, the courts seek to have marital property divided equitably, and although separate property remains the …

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How Can I Annul My Marriage?

June 7, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Is it possible to obtain an annulment in the State of Colorado?   To obtain an annulment, or the Declaration of Invalidity,  as it is called in the State of Colorado, one of the spouses must present evidence to the court indicating that the marriage is invalid.   Marriages can be rendered invalid under the following circumstances: One of the individuals who entered into the marriage lacked the capacity to consent due to mental incapacity or infirmity. This may also include being under the influence of alcohol or drugs; One of the spouses lacked …

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Tips for Planning Your Kids Summer Holidays

June 5, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Tips for Planning Your Kids Summer Holidays   Going to Day Camp -Many schools offer summer camp programs that offer both sports related activities like swimming and tennis, and creative pursuits that include art, music, crafts, and dance. Creating a Family Book Club–Go to your local library, bookstore, or your online reader and choose a book to read together as a family. Starting Music Lessons – Kids that are involved in music classes are more likely to finish high school and show better academic performance than many of their non-musical peers. Discussi …

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Dependency and Neglect Cases and the Termination of Parental Rights

May 31, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Parents are required to provide proper parental care for their children, which includes food, shelter, education,and medical attention. It is also the parent's duty to exercise the proper parental supervision and control in order to protect their children from those who may inflict harm. If a parent does not take proper care of the child, or provide proper supervision to keep them safe, then under the Colorado Children's Code, C.R.S. 19-3-100.5 to 703, the Department of Social Services may file a petition with the court against the parent and open a dependency or neglect case (D& …

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Colorado Divorce:Do You Have an Upcoming Hearing Regarding Your Family Law Matter:

May 30, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  If you want to be represented by a Colorado family law attorney at your upcoming hearing,or at any point during your family law matter, call The Harris Law Firm. To begin the process, we can schedule a consultation for you with one our lawyers in our Denver or Fort Collins office. Call us at 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838. Read more about the types of hearings that you may attend during your Colorado legal matter: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/colorado-divorce-the-hearings-you-may-attend

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A man is "Presumed" to be the father of the child if:

May 30, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

A man is "presumed" to be the child's father if: 1. He is married to the child's mother or attempts to legally marry her before or at the time of birth, or if the child is born within three hundred days after the marriage or attempted legal marriage is terminated by death, annulment, a declaration of invalidity, divorce or legal separation; 2. He marries the child's mother after the child's birth, and he acknowledges the child as his own by filing a written document with the court or the registrar of vital statistics, or he has his name put on the child's birth certificate, …

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Colorado Divorce and the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

May 29, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Finally making the decsion to obtain a Colorado divorce is one of the most difficult and emotionally challenging decisions you will ever make. It is especially difficult when you have children.  When children are involved in a divorce matter, it is important to understand your rights and options according to Colorado law. In cases where divorcing couples cannot agree on custody and visitation issues, obtaining sound advice and having strong legal representation can often make a difference in how parenting time is divide …

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Sign Up Today for Our Colorado Family Law Newsletters

May 28, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Receive the latest updates regarding Colorado Family Law fromThe Harris Law Firm. As Colorado's Family Law Team, we also can keep you abreast of any new legislation and/or  proposed changes to current law. Email Heidi@harrisfamilylaw.com with your name and address for our quarterly newletter, or just send your email so we can add you to our mailing list for our monthly ENEWS.

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Colorado Divorce and Parenting Matters: Call for a consultation today

May 27, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm, celebrating 20 years of service to the community, is "Colorado's Family Law Team". The firm has offices in Denver and Fort Collins, and handles Colorado family law matters that include: Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Parenting Matters, Maintenance (Spousal Support), Post Decree Issues, Modifications, Step Parent Adoption, Grandparents Rights, and Orders of Protection. To consult with one of our 18 lawyers in Denver or Fort Collins, please call us at 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838

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Saving Your Marriage - Try Marriage Counseling First

May 20, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Sustaining the love you had when you married means that the two of you must commit to a lasting love. Keeping this kind of love alive is about doing what you need to do every day to make your relationship work. Hence the expression "the labor of love." Relationships are about compromise and it will require a tremendous effort to get your needs met while also meeting the needs of your partner. Making your marriage work will take time, effort, energy, patience, and love. But it take two to make a relationsh …

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Colorado Divorce: The Permanent Orders Hearing

May 17, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  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, parenting time, and decision making).  The separation of marital property, debt division, and orders regarding parenting time and child support are binding. This is also the time that the judge will rule on the payment of the other party’s attorney fees. In general, a permanent …

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Colorado Parenting Time and a Parent's Use of Marijuana

May 17, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Colorado Courts used to have a no tolerance policy on the use of marijuana by a parent during their parenting time. However, since Colorado Amendment 64 passed, making the use of marijuana legal, the Courts are now focused on the issue of impairment. The court now wants to determine if a parent’s marijuana use affects their parenting ability and/or their judgment. In a case in 2010 that was heard by the Colorado Court of Appeals: Marriage of Parr, 240 P.3d 509 (Colo.App.Div.1 2010),  the court reversed a portion of the trial court's order upon a fin …

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Colorado Divorce: Are You Seeking to Recover From Your Divorce?

May 16, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Whatever the reason for your divorce, ending your marriage is a painful process.  Our unions begin with the hope for a promising future, but when our relationships falter, the sense of loss can be overwhelming. We grieve the loss of the  life we shared, and the future that we planned together. Divorce recovery is a complex process, and healing takes time, but it is important to know that you can, and will, begin again. There are many resources available to help you through this challenging time on our website's Divorce Recovery section: To find out mor …

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Colorado Divorce: Do You Have a Temporary Orders Hearing?

May 15, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  TEMPORARY ORDERS: In Colorado divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities cases, either party may request a temporary orders hearing. Temporary orders hearings will generally take place 2 to 4 months from the time the case is filed, and the issues usually include temporary visitation, child support, maintenance, payment of marital debt, and/or the temporary use of the marital home. As the conclusions to a family law cases can sometimes take more than a year in some jurisdictions, it is important to have temporary orders in place to protect you and your children wh …

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Attending the Initial Status Conference

May 14, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 divorce case, meaning you are the party being served, it is important to check with the court clerk immediately following service to determine if the court has scheduled a date for your first hearing. The initial status conference is an opportunity for both parties to inform the court of their issues. …

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Colorado Divorce- The Five Stages of Grief and Learning to Live with Loss

May 13, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross & David Kessler The 5 stages of Grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance Elizabeth Kubler Ross identified the responses to loss that many people have, but it is important to know there is no typical loss, and everyone has their own process. Denial This first stage of grieving helps us to survive the loss. In this stage, the world becomes meaningless and overwhelming. Life makes no sense. We are in a state of shock and denial. We go numb. We wonder how we can go on. We try to find a way to get through each day. Denial and shock help us to cope …

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Creating a Parenting Plan Based on Your Child's Best Interests

May 10, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Clients who are struggling to create a viable parenting plan often ask if the Colorado court’s loyalty lies with the mother. In our experience at The Harris Law Firm, the Colorado Courts are generally gender-neutral and tend to rule on family law cases based on facts that are case specific. Mothers may appear to have an advantage in parenting matters because they are often the primary caretakers for infants and toddlers. But in instances where the father has assumed the role of the children’s caregiver, it is not uncommon for the father to become the primary parent. What is important to kno …

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Modifying Your Colorado Child Support Orders

May 8, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Modifying Your Child Support Order If your child’s other parent’s financial circumstances have changed from the time the Colorado court  issued the original child support order, and the change will result in an increase of 10% or more in the child support obligation, then you can file a motion to modify the order. The modification will date back to the time the motion was filed so it is important to act as soon as you become aware that there has been a significant and continuing change in your former’s spouse’s financial circumstances. Conversely, du …

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Colorado Custody: Court Ordered Parenting Plans for Infants and Toddlers

May 6, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 Theory is that infants become attached to individuals who are sensitive and responsive to them in social interactions, and who remain as constant caregivers during the period from about six months to two years of age. An important tenet of this research is that an infant needs to develop a relation …

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Calculating Colorado Child Support

May 3, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Calculating Child Support The primary factors of a child support calculation include: The gross incomes of both parents The number of overnights each parent has with the children The cost of the children’s heath insurance Childcare expenses Maintenance obligations Other child support obligations Deductions To calculate child support, the Colorado child support formula uses the combined adjusted gross incomes of both parents. The amount of child support is apportioned to each parent based on a percentage of their contribution to the combi …

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The New Colorado Civil Unions Law Now in Effect

May 1, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  The new law legalizing civil unions in Colorado took effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, and Denver and Boulder began issuing licenses immediately.   Couples were ushered into the clerk’s office where they filled out paperwork and received their certificates. The Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office said 130 couples checked in before Wednesday’s 3 a.m. deadline, and the office planned to resume issuing civil union licenses at 8 a.m.   U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette joined Mayor Hancock and local judges and magistrates in officiating civil union ceremonies.   T …

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Colorado Child Support - Based on the Incomes of Both Parties

April 30, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Per Colorado family law, the amount of a child support obligation is based on the income of both parties. The more income a party has, the more they will be obligated to pay in child support. Income can be derived from any source. Income can be earned, or it can stem from interest, bonuses, dividends, capital gains, unemployment insurance benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, disability benefits, rental income, monetary gifts, winnings, maintenance, etc. When a party is unemployed or underemployed, the Colorado court can base the amount of child support upon that party’s potential i …

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Dividing Retirement Assets Using a QDRO

April 29, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Contributions to Retirement Accounts made during the marriage are typically treated as marital property. Any retirement assets that qualify as marital property can be divided during divorce proceedings, but the process by which they are divided depends upon a number of factors. The court must adhere to federal guidelines when dividing funds in 401(k), 403(b) and other similar types of retirement plans, but Colorado law will define how IRAs are divided.  The Division of a 401K plan and many pension plans will require a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO). If your divorce …

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It Pays to Get Along with Your Kid's Step-Parent!

April 26, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

  1. You Love Your Kids. This is the number one-reason to be nice to their stepparent. The best case scenario when your kids have a a step parent is that the new step parent will love your children too. The step parent is now a part your children's lives. Be nice to them and hope that they will be nice, caring, kind, and love your children too. 2 Help Your Kids Have a Good Relationship with Their Step Parent : It is important that your kids see their other parent. They should be happy when going over to the other parent's house to spend time with them. So encourage y …

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Florida Considering Limited Maintenance. Will Colorado Follow?

April 24, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Florida Considering Limited Maintenance. Will Colorado Follow?

  Limiting Maintenance? A bill on the governor’s desk in Florida would overhaul the maintenance (alimony) system by ending lifetime awards and allowing judges to change existing deals. Meanwhile, the Colorado legislature is considering a formula-based maintenance statute. What gives? At the core of this debate is what is fair given the changes in our culture. Current laws in many states afford broad discretion to the courts to fashion a maintenance award. Colorado currently has a balancing test, comparing, among other things, the ability to pay, the ability …

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Colorado Divorce: Valuation of the Marital Estate

April 23, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Asset Valuation: The attorneys at The Harris Law Firm have considerable experience when dealing with the valuation of marital estates and can help you obtain the present market value of even the most complex assets. Determining Fair Market Value: During the divorce process, both spouses are required to value all marital assets at “fair market value”, or what each asset would yield if sold under current market conditions.  This information will be shared with both spouses and the Colorado Court. Non-Tangible Assets: Each spouse must also identify all non …

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Call The Harris Law Firm for Colorado Post Decree Issues

April 22, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a Colorado post decree issue, call The Harris Law Firm to arrange for a consultation. We can arrange a meeting for you with one of our lawyers in our Denver or Fort Collins offices, or we can accomodate you via phone. The attorneys at the firm handle domestic relations matters in the State of Colorado: Post decree matters, modifications of child support, parenting time and/or maintenance (alimony/spousal support), divorce, legal separation, step parent adoption, grandparents rights, etc. Call us for a consultation: 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838

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Colorado Parenting Time, Marijuana, and Amendment 64

April 20, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Parenting Time, Marijuana, and Amendment 64

Read the new article by Rich Harris, President of The Harris Law Firm published by Law Week Colorado in April of 2012. Click here to access the article on our website: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/parenting-time-marijuana-and-amendment-64 The Harris Law Firm has offices in Denver and Fort Collins, and our attorneys focus on domestic relations law: Divorce, Legal Separation, Maintenance (Alimony and Spousal Support),Custody and Parenting Time, Post Decree Matters, Grandparents Rights, Step Parent Adoption, etc. Call The Harris Law Firm now to set up a consultation with one of our Colorado fam …

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How to Ensure That Couples Counseling Will Work For You and Your Spouse

April 18, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

When you have decided to give marital therapy a try, make sure that you and your spouse consider the following:   1.     Ask your marriage counselor to give you both clear directions about how to begin the healing process 2.     If you are in crisis, tell your therapist that  you and your spouse need a concrete plan to follow now 3.     Be prepared to confront yourselves in counseling so you can begin to understand and heal your deeper personal issues 4.     Make a comm …

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Divorce Care: help and healing after your Colorado divorce

April 17, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

DivorceCare helps you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You dont have to experience the pain of divorce alone. These seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through. DivorceCare offers you resources to help you deal with your pain and look forward to rebuilding your life. Connect with a DivorceCare group today » http://www.divorcecare.org/ You can also access the resources available to you on the divorce recovery section on our website: www.harrisfamilylaw.com

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You Will Never Regret Doing All You Can to Save Your Marriage

April 16, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you think that a reconciliation is possible, consider marital counseling. A good therapist can help you and your spouse to find new ways of communicating and resolving your differences. Go to the Resource Center of our website to access many fine therapists who can help you and your spouse to get your marriage back on track. http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/resource-center/saving-your-marriage

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Do you have a child custody matter in Northern Colorado?

April 14, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call The Harris Law Firm today to schedule a consultation in our Fort Collins office. Located at 1220 South College, we have 2 attorneys to serve you. Stephen Vertucci is our managing partner in Fort Collins, and Katherine Ellis is an associate attorney. The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm with offices in Denver and Fort Collins. We serve clients across the state, and our Fort Collins family law attorneys handle cases in Larimer and Weld counties, and in Windsor, Loveland, Greeley, and Boulder. Schedule a consultation now to discuss your Colorado divorce, legal sep …

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Fort Collins Divorce Attorney Volunteers to Help Senior Citizens

April 13, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Fort Collins Divorce Attorney Volunteers to Help Senior Citizens

  Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm in Fort Collins, volunteered this past week with the Fort Collins Meals on Wheels Program.  This program delivers meals to senior citizens in the Fort Collins community.  The Harris Law Firm is proud of its long history of volunteer service in the Fort Collins and Denver communities. 

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Colorado Divorce: Teaching Your Kids About Money

April 11, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Financial security means that we have to plan our futures and manage our money. Going through a Colorado divorce can sometimes offer us a the teachable moments we can use to prepare our kids for life by teaching them about money, math, and budgeting: Saving: Start early and get your kids a piggy bank. Let them collect and deposit coins until they have enough to buy a special treat or toy. Even a piggy bank can teach kids to save, and give them a foundation as they learn to understand the value of money.   Budge …

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Stephen Vertucci Helping High School Students with Career Choices

April 10, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm, served as the chairman of a Rotary committee recently that hosted over 400 high school students in the Fort Collins/Loveland area for several discussions about ethics in the workplace.   Mr. Vertucci and other Rotary members met with local high school students to discuss hypothetical ethical dilemmas that students may face in their future careers.  Mr. Vertucci is proud to be associated with Rotary International and its commitment to work with local high school students and assisting them regarding their future career i …

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Parenting Time and Amendment 64

April 9, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Parenting Time and Amendment 64   “With the recent passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado, marijuana use is sure to become more of a factor in future Colorado family law cases.” - Rich Harris, President of The Harris Law Firm. Colorado Amendment 64   In 2012, Colorado voters amended the state constitution by passing Amendment 64 and making the limited possession and private recreational use of marijuana legal under Colorado law. Colorado became one of the first states to face many of the issues regarding marijuana regulation and enforcement at the state an …

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Another Testimonial from One of Our Family Law Clients

April 1, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

I appreciate all you did for me Rob. I wasn't easy to deal with at times and I know you saved me a ton. I won't forget this. I will be in touch. You're a true professional. Rey The Harris Law Firm handles Colorado family law matters, i.e: divorce and custody matters, step parent adoptions, grandparents rights, post decree modifications, contempt, and orders of protection.  

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Protecting Your Family and Your Future

March 29, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Life Insurance and Annuities: Life Insurance   As the breadwinner of your family, your annual income impacts your loved ones on a daily basis. But if you were to pass away unexpectedly, the loss of your income could be devastating to your family.  The financial impact to their lives, however, can be prevented by having enough life insurance to provide them with financial security and stability . Make sure that your loved ones are adequately protected with a life insurance policy that can provide them with t …

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Question: My spouse filed for divorce, can he cancel my insurance?

March 27, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

When a dissolution of marriage has been filed, without at least 14 days advance notification and the written consent of the other party or an order of the court,  both parties are restrained from cancelling, modifying, terminating, or allowing to lapse for nonpayment of premiums, any policy of health insurance, homeowner's or renter's insurance, or auto insurance that provides coverage to either of the parties or the minor children or any policy of life insurance that names either of the parties, or the minor children as a beneficiary.

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When Reducing Your Own Parenting Time is a Fight

March 27, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
When Reducing Your Own Parenting Time is a Fight

  When Reducing Your Own Parenting Time is a Fight   Typically, parenting time disputes revolve around one parent trying to increase their own parenting time.  On the other hand, there are times when a parent needs to reduce their parenting time with the kids. In these instances, a voluntary reduction is usually met with little if any resistance. However, when there is disagreement regarding a voluntary reduction, the parent not following the parenting schedule can be sanctioned by the court and have to pay the attorney fees of the other party.  Make sure …

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Question: Can my spouse sell my stuff after I have moved out of our home?

March 26, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Answer: After a petition for the dissolution of marriage has been filed for t, both parties are restrained from encumbering, concealing, or disposing of assets without consent of the other party or an order of the court, any marital property, except in the course of business or for the necessities of life and requiring each party to notify the other party of any proposed extraordinary expenditures and to account to the court of all extraordinary expenditures made after the injunction is in effect.

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Ryann Peyton, Esq. Comments on the Colorado Civil Unions Act

March 25, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

http://www.lawweekonline.com/section/hearsay/ Hear her on Law Week by clicking the link above!

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Staying Involved with Your Children During the Divorce

March 22, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Staying Involved with Your Children Staying involved and keeping in contact with your kids during the Colorado divorce process is important because they will need all the support and reassurance they can get from you during this challenging time. Furthermore, keep in mind that the Colorado courts will consider the depth and quality of your relationship with your kids when ruling on the allocation of parental responsibilities, which includes parenting time and decision making rights for both parents. Your involvement with your children now could translate to more court ordered parenting time …

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Residency Requirements for Same Sex Divorce

March 21, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Although Colorado now recognizes civil unions, the state still does not recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. As a result, Colorado courts do not have jurisdiction to dissolve same-sex marriages performed in other states. In order to obtain a legal divorce, you will have to petition in a state which either recognizes same-sex marriage or has agreed to dissolve same-sex marriages (i.e. Wyoming). Most states require you to meet a residency requirement prior to allowing you to petition for divorce.   It is very difficult to obtain a legal same-sex divorce if you …

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Colorado Divorce and Custody:The Importance of Managing Your Anger

March 19, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  The Battle of Anger Sonia Brill, LCSW   The battle over parenting time is one of the most costly wars waged during the end of the marriage, both emotionally and financially. Often, couples feel completely drained. Simultaneously, they feel consumed in a spiral of the custody tornado. A contemptuous marriage usually ends in a contemptuous divorce.  Despite the fights during the marriage, however, many couples often parent their children together. Yet, as the marriage dissolves, private matters about the other spouse that once were used against him or her during t …

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Don't Litigate But Instead Seek to Mediate Your Colorado Divorce

March 18, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Don't Litigate But Instead Seek to Mediate Your Colorado Divorce

Colorado Divorce Mediation If you and your spouse cannot reach a settlement agreement and you do not want a Judge make the final decisions, you can participate in mediation, where a trained and neutral third party will attempt to reach a settlement between the parties. Mediation takes place outside of the courtroom, and is a less formal and less expensive process than litigation. A good mediator will tell you where your case stands in relation to Colorado law and what a Judge might order, thus helping facilitate the settlement process. Parenting issues often arise after a divorce, and mediati …

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Using an Income Assignment to Obtain Unpaid Chid Support

March 15, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Income Assignments An income or wage assignment is used to collect unpaid child support. The notice of income assignment is sent to the payor's employer ordering the employer to withhold the court-ordered amount of child support from the obligor's wages. The employer then forwards the funds to the Family Support Registry.  Colorado employers must report all new hires to the State. Colorado who will match the new hire information to their list of those with unpaid child support obligations. An income assignment can used to deduct child support from the payor's s …

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Can a Child Decide on Parenting Time in the State of Colorado?

March 14, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

In the State of Colorado, the parents, and/or the courts decide on parenting time. For more info, please click here: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/process.cfm?task=admin.editPage&pageId=23

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Supervised Parenting Time

March 14, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

 Supervised Parenting Time:   There are many reasons why the court may order supervised parenting time: If a parent has been absent from the child’s life and the parent must be reintroduced to the child, it may be in the child's best interests if another party is present during the first few meetings Supervision may be ordered if a parent has a medical condition that could endanger a young child left alone in their care If a parent has had a history of child neglect or d …

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Help Your Kids During Your Divorce By Using Positive Language

March 12, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Remember that your divorce is also difficult and stressful for your kids, so try to positive around your children and avoid the use of negative language.  For example: No, you dont get to see your children as often as you did when you all lived in the same household, but instead of saying, “I miss you"… turn that phrase around, and at the end of your visit say “I can hardly wait until I see you again!" By expressing your feelings into a positive manner, you will help your child avoid feeling guilty or sad. And inst …

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Colorado's New Civil Unions Act

March 12, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  March 12, 2013:   The Colorado House of Representatives voted to send the Colorado Civil Unions Act to Governor Hickenlooper for signature. Civil Unions will become a reality for Colorado families on May 1st. The Harris Law Firm has a long history of representing same-sex couples and families and we have the knowledge and expertise to answer all of your questions regarding civil unions and whether it is the right choice for your family.  

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The Colorado Divorce Rate

March 11, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Per a recent report about the "U.S. Divorce Rate" released by Bloomberg in November of 2012: Colorado's marriage rate is among the top 10 states, while its divorce rate places among the top 20. The median age of first marriage is 26.9 and those marriages tend to last a statistical 20.3 years. The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm. With 19 lawyers and offices in Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado's Family Law Team handles divorce and custody matters through out the state.

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Relocation and the Allocation of Parental Rights

March 9, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

When a Colorado relocation matter is presented before the court, the judge must consider all aspects of the case including whether the move will be in the best interests of the child. The court will evaluate the all of the following: The existing parenting plan The reasons for the relocation The other parent objections Each parent’s relationship with the child The educational opportunities that are available to the child in the each location The location of the child’s extended family The benefits and/or negati …

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Colorado Divorce and Common Law Marriage

March 8, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Establishing a Colorado Common Law Marriage: The State of Colorado is one of a few states in the U.S. that still allows parties to enter into a common law marriage. In the case of People v. Lucero, 747 P.2d 660 (Colo. 1987), it was established that "A common law marriage is created by the mutual consent of the parties to be husband and wife, followed by a mutual and open assumption of a marital relationship." wife, followed by a mutual and open assumption of a marital relationship consent or agreement of the parties to be husband and wife, followed by a mutual …

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Another Testimonial About The Harris Law Firm From One of Our Recent Clients

March 7, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

A note from one of our clients whose Colorado family law matter comprised a divorce and custody issue. "Catherine: Just a quick note to say thank you so much for all the work you did for us. You are so professional and competent and  pleasant as well. We really appreciated that. Best Regards, Craig."

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Colorado Divorce:How is Temporary Maintenance Calculated?

March 6, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Pursuant to C.R.S. 14-10-114, For divorcing parties with a combined adjusted gross income of less than $75,000 per year,the Colorado courts can apply the temporary maintenance formula.  Temporary maintenance is paid while the case is pending, and until the time the decree is entered.  The formula is 40% of the higher earners income minus 50% of the lower earners income.  It is important to note that the award of temporary maintenance is at  the judge's discretion and he or she may choose not to use the formula. The judge may, for example,  forego t …

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How Do I Divide My Retirement Account Following my Divorce?

March 5, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Dividing a Qualified or Non-Qualified retirement account can be complex and will depend on the type of retirement account you own. For more information about dividing your retirement account assets, please click on the following link: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/articles/what-happens-to-my-retirement.cfm

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Do you have a post decree matter in Northern Colorado?

March 4, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm handles all aspects of Colorado Family Law. If you have a divorce, custody, or post decree matter, you can schedule a consultation at the firm by callng 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838. The firm handles cases throughout Colorado, including Windsor, Loveland, Boulder, Fort Collins, Larimer and Weld Counties.

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Do You Have a Fort Collins Divorce or Custody Issue?

March 2, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call The Harris Law Firm to arrange for a consultation with one of our 2 lawyers in the Fort Collins office. Stephen Vertucci is the firm's managing partner, and Katherine Ellis is an Associate Attorney. If you would like to discuss your divorce, legal separation, custody, or post decree matter, please call us at 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838.

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The Harris Law Firm: Celebrating 20 Years of Service to the Community!

March 1, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm is "Colorado's Family Law Team", and was founded by Rich Harris, President and Managing Partner, in 1993. With offices in Denver and Fort Collins, the firm is the Colorado's largest family law firm. With 19 lawyers, the firm handles legal matters regarding divorce and custody. If you have a family law issue, give us a call at The Harris Law Firm:   303 299 9484 or 970- 472 1838

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Do You Have a Legal Matter Regarding Divorce or Custody in the Fort Colllins Area?

March 1, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call The Harris Law Firm to help you with your Colorado divorce or parenting issues. We have 3 attorneys in our Fort Collins office and 16 lawyers in Denver. The firm handles family law issues that include divorce, legal separation, the allocation of parental rights, post decree modifications, etc. Call us at 970 472 1838 to schedule a consultation in our Fort Collins office and 303 299 9484 to schedule in Denver. We handle family law matters in counties across the state, including Weld and Larimer counties, and Greeley, Loveland, Windsor, and Boulder.

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Rich Harris Featured in KMGH Denver 7News Story About Parenting & Marijuana

February 28, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Rich Harris Featured in KMGH Denver 7News Story About Parenting & Marijuana

Rich Harris, President of The Harris Law Firm, was recently featured in a KMGH Denver 7News story about parenting & marijuana use. With the recent passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado, marijuana use is sure to become more of a factor in future Colorado family law cases. You can view the entire 7News segment in the video below:  

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Rich Harris Discusses Colorado Adultery Laws on KDVR Fox31

February 28, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Rich Harris Discusses Colorado Adultery Laws on KDVR Fox31

Rich Harris discusses updates to antiquated Colorado adultery laws on KDVR Fox31. State Rep. Daniel Kagan is sponsoring legislation that would repeal outdated statutes that make adultery illegal in Colorado. You can watch the full segment here:

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Rich Harris to Comment on the New Adultery Bill

February 21, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Rich Harris to Comment on the New Adultery Bill

On Wednesday, February 20th on Fox 31 TV News , Rich Harris, President of The Harris Law Firm commented on House Bill 1166. The new bill is intended remove the language making adultery a crime in Colorado. The House Committee meeting will take place today at 1:30 pm, on Thursday, February 21st. The Harris Law Firm, Colorado's largest family law firm, is located in Denver and Fort Collins. To speak with Rich Harris, call Heidi at 303 299 9484

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Do you have a question about divorce or custody?

February 20, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Do you have a question about divorce or custody?

Log on to www.harrisfamilylaw.com and click on Live Chat! Talk to Margaret Walker, a senior family law attorney with the firm and talk to her about divorce and custody issues.

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Colorado Divorce and Your Mortgage

February 19, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Divorce and Your Mortgage Despite the emotional challenges of a divorce, there are plenty of practical financial decisions that need to be made so that both parties involved can successfully move forward with their new lives. Divorcing couples will generally spend the majority of their time, energy and money dividing the assets, most notably, the mortgage, as it is usually the biggest liability and it demands the lengthiest process. The most common divorce scenario has one party refinancing and keeping the home and the other party being removed from the mortgage altogether. Having said th …

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Two Common Legal Mistakes of Same-Sex Couples When Combining Households

February 19, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Two Common Legal Mistakes of Same-Sex Couples When Combining Households

  Two Common Legal Mistakes of Same-Sex Couples When Combining Households When any couple enters a long term relationship, each party brings with them their own financial estates. For couples who can legally marry, there is a statutory definition of which property is “separate” from the marriage and which property is “marital property.” The same is true for couples who never legally marry but instead have a common law marriage. However, for same-sex couples, there is a distinctive lack of statutory or other guidelines which detail how the financial estate of each …

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Testimonial from one of our recent clients:

February 19, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm
Testimonial from one of our recent clients:

Dear Jennie & Heather,  Thank you so much for looking out for my best interest, your passion and commitment to helping me achieve a divorce that is favorable to me. Your professionalism and sincerity helped me feel legally safe and secure as well as understood and cared about on a personal level. Thank you ever so much for all your help! Brandon

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Saving Your Marriage: Forgiving Infidelity

February 18, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Forgiving Infidelity Consider the following before you call a Colorado Divorce Lawyer: Even though the discovery that your husband or wife has been having a extramarital affair can be one of life's most devastating experiences, it is possible to forgive and begin again.  Although it may not seem possible in the early stages, you need to 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 salvage your relationship. Recreating trust will requir …

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Can an Addiction to Pornography Affect Parenting Time in Colorado?

February 15, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Pornography Addiction and Divorce Most family law attorneys agree that there is a connection between pornography addiction and divorce.When any addictive behavior enters a marriage, this may cause the addicted party to neglect their spouse, contribute to increased levels of marital stress,and/or disregard their parental responsibilities. How Does Pornography Addiction Affect Parenting Time? Since Colorado is a “No Fault” state, a spouse’s addiction to pornography will not likely have any legal impact on the division of marital a …

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Can an Unmarried Dad Add His Name to the Child's Birth Certificate?

February 14, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

An unmarried father to add his name to the child's biological to the birth certificate, if he and the mom sign an "Acknowledgement of Paternity" form that stating that he is the child’s natural father. Then mail the form to the department of Vital Records and the father’s name will be added to the birth certificate. For more info: click on the link below http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/updates/adding-the-father-s-name-to-the-birth-certificate

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Do You Have a Child Support or Custody Matter in Northern Colorado?

February 13, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a Colorado family law matter in Northern Colorado, just call us to schedule a consultation with The Harris Law Firm. We can arrange for a meeting with one of our family law attorneys in our Fort Collins office for you right away. You can reach us at 303 299 9484. Our Fort Collins lawyers also handle issues regarding divorce, legal separation, and post decree matters.

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A testimonial from one of our clients:

February 12, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

A testimonial from one of our clients: I've been very impressed with Harris Family Law through this whole process. I'm big into giving good reviews, kudos, accolades, etc when warranted and I will do such for Harris and all of you. I'm also confident that I'll be able to refer people to you in the future that are dealing with family law issues. Thank You!! Pat

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Do Grandparents Have Rights?

February 12, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Do grandparents have rights to see their grandchildren in the State of Colorado? Although grandparent visitation and custody rights are more limiting than in other states, Colorado does recognize the rights of grandparents in this state. If you are considering filing a motion for Grandparents Rights in Colorado, please click the following link: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/articles/grandparents-rights-colorado.cfm

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Colorado Divorce: Over 50% of Divorces Occur Within the First 10 Years

February 8, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Marriage Foundation is an organization that seeks to improve public understanding of marriage and reduce the numbers of motions filed in the nation's family justice system - a total of approximately 500,000 children and adults each year. Their study has indicated that half of all divorces currently take place during the first decade of marriage. The divorce rate during the first 10 years has fallen in recent years from a peak in 1993. The study also discovered that one in five couples are divorced after 10 years, and the likelihood of divorce shrinks with each decade. Ju …

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Colorado Divorce: Post Decree Matter in Northern Colorado?

February 7, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm also has offices in Fort Collins to handle family law cases in Northern Colorado, including Boulder, Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, and Weld and Larimer Counties. If you have a divorce, custody, or post decree issue, call Colorado's Familiy Law Team at 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838 to schedule a consultation today.

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Colorado Divorce and Joint Parental Decision-Making

February 5, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  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 typically makes the day-to-day decisions such as homework, play dates, discipline, bedtimes, etc., but both parents must make the major decisions regarding the children together. These decisions would include  those affecting physical and mental health, education, general well-being …

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Stephen Vertucci and The Harris Law Firm - Giving Back to Fort Collins

February 4, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Stephen Vertucci and The Harris Law Firm - Giving Back to Fort Collins

  Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm, is a member of the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club.  He is the Chairman of a Rotary committee that holds an annual “Ethics in the workplace” discussion with over 300 Fort Collins high school seniors.  Students are divided into groups of six with a Rotarian facilitating a discussion of a hypothetical workplace dilemmas and ethical ways to resolve them.  Today was the first of six different meetings with high school seniors.  The meetings continue through April.  If you have a family law matter a …

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Colorado Divorce: How to be of Assistance to Your Attorney When Preparing Your Financial Case

February 3, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: How to be of Assistance to Your Attorney When Preparing Your Financial Case

  Helping Your Attorney Prepare Your Financial Case Included in every dissolution action is the requirement that both parties provide a detailed financial disclosure. These mandatory disclosures occur early on in each case and aside from litigation, can be the most expensive part of your case. The reason so many clients deplete such a large portion of their retainer on producing mandatory disclosures is that most people are entirely unprepared for the type of financial disclosure required by the court. In addition, it is the one area of your dissolution case where your attorney is simp …

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Can Pot Smoking Parents Lose Parenting Time?

January 30, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

 In a Colorado divorce case in 2010,  the parties court-ordered parenting plan required that the father's parenting time be  supervised due to his history of smoking pot.  In addition, he was also ordered to submit to a series   regular of urinary analyses to prove that he did not ingest marijuana.  Shortly thereafter, the father then obtained a medical   marijuana license, and filed several motions to eliminate supervision.  When this case was finally brought before the Colorado   Co …

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What are your rights as an unwed father?

January 30, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
What are your rights as an unwed father?

  So, you’re now an unwed father and you’re facing a legal action for paternity of allocation of parental responsibilities (APR) in a Colorado court. What are your rights and obligations?  Can she keep you from seeing your child?  Are the fights we’ve been having going to prevent me from seeing the child?   Is there a presumption under Colorado law favoring mothers?  What will you owe in child support?   What if the child isn’t yours? First, you have the same rights and obligations concerning the child that you would have if the …

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Avoiding Pitfalls in Parenting Plans

January 29, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Avoiding Pitfalls in Parenting Plans   Divorce is a challenging process in many ways. One is faced with making major life changes related to their home, work and most importantly, their family structure. In the midst of all this, you are tasked with the challenge of creating a parenting plan for your children that is meant to endure throughout their childhood. The parenting plan is an integral part of the divorce proceedings. It should be well thought out and be sure to address all significant areas. Often the clients I work with have sought help in addr …

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Colorado Spousal Support: Should You Agree to Modifiable or Non-Modifiable?

January 28, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Colorado Divorce: Spousal Support   Prior to negotiating for “Maintenance” in the State of Colorado, a term also called “Alimony” or “Spousal Support” in other states, the parties to the divorce case must consider whether the maintenance award will be modifiable or non-modifiable. Modifiable Maintenance Most maintenance awards are subject to modification. This means that either party can file a motion to modify the original court order. Modifiable maintenance means that the parties have the option of increasing, decre …

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Colorado Family Law and the Legalization of Marijuana

January 27, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Although the use and possession of marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, in 2012 Colorado became one of the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Amendment 20 constitutionally recognized medical marijuana as a legal practice in Colorado. What is still unclear, however, is how this new amendment will affect Colorado family law. The use of drugs by the parents of minor children is a common issue in cases of divorce and parenting time. Parenting time can be restricted when the Court has proof that a parent has used illegal drugs. The questions that Colorado family …

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The Harris Law Firm Handles High Asset and High Net Worth Divorces in Colorado

January 25, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm, the largest family law firm in the State of Colorado, has experience handling divorce matters for clients whose high net worth adds a level of complexity to their legal issues. Call The Harris Law Firm to meet with one of our senior attorneys. You can schedule a consultation in our Denver or Fort Collins office by calling 303 299 9484

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Points to Consider Prior to Filing for Divorce

January 24, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

When facing a divorce, you may have to deal with some potentially contentious issues, such as division of assets, payment of outstanding debts, spousal and child support.   Preparation is your best protection. There are a number of things you should think about consider before filing for the dissolution of marriage.   Collecting all financial information Each partner in a marriage should be aware of overall household finances and have access to financial information. Records to obtain include: --Property owned (i.e., house, car) and how it's titled --Outst …

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The Most Important Decision You’ll Make in Your Colorado Divorce

January 24, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
The Most Important Decision You’ll Make in Your Colorado Divorce

You were just served with papers.  A divorce has been filed, and you’re the Respondent. You’ll have a lot of decisions to make: where to live, what do you want, what parenting plan makes sense, etc. What do you think the most important decision in a divorce case would be?  What should we do about the kids?  Where am I going to live?  How much maintenance or child support?   No, the most important decision you will make in your divorce is what lawyer to hire.   Because that will impact every other decision in the case.    Divorce i …

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Should you and your new partner move in together when one or both of you have kids?

January 23, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Cohabitation when one of both of the partners have kids is a much more acceptable alternative now than it has been in the past.  In fact, almost 40% of American children now or will soon live in a household where one parent is living with a new partner.  According to some sources, living together without being married, when one or more parties has children, can be very stressful for the children. Sometimes working with a family counselor can be helpful. Access the Resource Center on our website to obtain a list of qualified …

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Colorado Divorce: Dividing Your Marital Property

January 23, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

PROPERTY DISTRIBUTION: Colorado is an equitable distribution state, meaning that if the parties can't agree, the property will be distributed in an equitable fashion, not necessarily equally. When dividing the marital estate, the court will base it's decisions on the following factors: 1) The contribution of each spouse to the marital estate, including the contributions as a homemaker; 2) The value of property set apart to each spouse; 3) The desirability of awarding the family home to the custodial parent, as well as the economic circumstances of each spouse; 4) Any depletion of separate pro …

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Do you have grounds to modify your child support order?

January 22, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Have you given birth or are you financially responsible for an additional child, or children, since your child support order was ordered?  Has there been an increase in the number of overnights that your child, or children, now spend with you?  Have you have experienced a decrease in your income, or has the payor of your child support received raise in pay?  Do you pay more for health insurance, day care, or transportation for your child, or children, than you did at the time your child support order was ordered? If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes …

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What is an Equitable Distribution of Marital Property?

January 22, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  What is an Equitable Distribution of Marital Property?   Because Colorado is an “Equitable Distribution” state, the division of marital property and debt is settled during divorce proceedings.  The courts seek to have all marital property, or that which was acquired during the course of the marriage, divided between the parties in an equitable manner unless an alternative agreement is made.  If the spouses cannot agree, then the Court will intervene and assist the parties in the division of marital assets and debt.   For more information about the d …

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Join Us on Feb 20 from 12 to 1 pm for Live Chat with The Harris Law Firm!

January 21, 2013
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Join Us on Feb 20 from 12 to 1 pm for Live Chat with The Harris Law Firm!

Questions about divorce, and/or Colorado Family Law? Join us for LIve Chat on Wednesday, February 20th from 12 to 1. Margaret Walker, a senior attorney at the firm will be fielding questions from our website. Just click on the Live Chat Button to participate in the session!

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Rights of an Unwed Father to Parenting Time

January 18, 2013
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Rights of an Unwed Father to Parenting Time

  The Unwed Father So, you’re now an unmarried father with a new baby. What now? As the unwed father of a young child, you can obtain the same rights and responsibilities for your child as a father who is married to the mother of his children.  If you and the mother are getting along, you’ll easily have parenting time with your child.  If you are not enjoying a harmonious relationship with the mother of your child, then she may not “allow” you to see your child.  And you can’t breach the peace to get your chi …

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Civil Unions and Senate Bill 11

January 16, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Senate Bill 11, which authorizes civil unions in the State of Colorado,  hasn't made its way through the Legislature yet, but with Democrats controlling both chambers, its passage seems likely. As soon as May 1, GLBT couples throughout Colorado may be able to obtain a civil union license via their local county clerk. And with it they will obtain many of the rights afforded to married heterosexual couples. But many does not mean all. Like other married couples, GLBT couples will be able to make medical and end-of-life decision-making for their partners,& …

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NASCAR Driver Danica Patrick Files for Divorce

January 15, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, announced on her Facebook page in November that she and her husband, Paul Hospenthal, were separating. On January 3rd of this year, she filed for divorce from her husband of seven years, Paul Hospenthal. Patrick filed in the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. She listed an "irretrievably broken" marriage as the cause for her filing.  According to court documents, Patrick and Hospenthal had a prenuptial agreement and there will be no spousal support paid.  "My spouse and I did acquire community propert …

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Family Court Services for Parents and Children

January 15, 2013
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Leanna Hale, MA, LPC, offers post divorce and post legal separation services for: Supervised Parenting Time Parent Coordinator Parent Coaching PRE Evaluations Co Parenting Supporting Groups Psychotherapy - Mediation Call her at 303 619 8526 for a consultation

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Kobe Bryant and Wife Vanessa to Reconcile After Long Separation

January 14, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

After a year-long separatiion Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa are giving their marriage another chance. The couple announced their recent decision to get back together via social media: "We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled," Vanessa Bryant posted this Friday. "Our divorce action will be dismissed and we are looking forward to a future as husband and wife" The Bryants’ marriage derailed in 2003 after Kobe admitted to infidelity. The L.A. Lakers basketball star was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Colorado. Kobe in …

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Does the Non-Bio Mom Have Rights in a Same-Sex Relationship?

January 13, 2013
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Does the Non-Bio Mom Have Rights in a Same-Sex Relationship?

  In order for the non-biological parent to have any standing to seek parental rights, the first thing that needs to happen is that Father's rights need to be terminated. It is simply not enough to have a contract or side agreement with the Father. Instead, he will need to actually file a Petition with the court and the court will need to terminate his rights.   Once Father's rights are terminated, non-biological mother has the option to complete a Second Parent Adoption of the child. This second parent adoption will give the non-biological mother the same rights and responsibilit …

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Consider an Jointly Shared Online Calendar to Schedule Parenting Time

January 11, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Many divorced couples in Colorado who have joint custody of their young children use a shared online calendar for the kids activities. Having all the information about your children's schedules readily available, can eliminate, or al least reduce, many disputes and misunderstandings.  All the necessary info about the children's activities is on the online shared calendar making it accessible, visible and easy to update. Both parties, and the kids, may have access to the calendar, and it literally keeps everyone on the same page. …

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Can I receive social security benefits as a surviving divorced spouse?

January 9, 2013
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are divorced, and your former spouse is now deceased, you can receive benefits as a surviving divorced spouse on the Social Security record of a deceased former spouse who is fully insured.  If you: Are at least age 60, or age 50 and disabled; Were married to the former spouse for at least 10 years; Are not entitled to a higher Social Security benefit on your own record; and Are unmarried, unless the following exception applies:  You remarried after age 60; or after age 50 and at the time of re-marriage you were entitled to Social Security disability bene …

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New Year's Resolution: Making Your Marriage Work

January 9, 2013
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Did you make a resolution this New Year’s Eve to make your marriage happier and more harmonious? Sometimes the two of you doing this on your own is not as easy as it sounds. You have been together a long time, you have compromised and sacrificed, and sometimes it doesn’t seem worth the effort. But as difficult as marriage is, it does not compare to the pain of a divorce. When you file for divorce, it is over. You have simply stated that you are no longer willing to try. So rather than throwing in the towel, and filing for the dissolution of marriage with a Colorado divorc …

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If you are paying child support, be sure to keep updated and accurate records

January 8, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
If you are paying child support,  be sure to keep updated and accurate records

  If you are paying Colorado child support,  be sure to keep updated and accurate records of your payments Recently a child support case came to my attention in which a father who was ordered to pay Colorado child support was contacted to pay arrearages that have been past due since the 1990's.  The father believed that he had paid the support and even had a party to celebrate his last payment.   What he didn’t have was a record of his child support payments. The child s …

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Sperm Donor Being Sued for Child Support

January 4, 2013
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

A lesbian couple in the State of Kansas recently filed a motion with the court to have their sperm donor declared the father so they can obtain child support from him. In spite of a written agreement stating that the donor would not be considered the child's father, the couple, who is having financial problems, hope to have the donor pay child support for their now 3 year old daughter. At an upcoming hearing on January 8th , the donor will ask the court to dismiss the claim. The issue, however, is based on a state law that the sperm must be donated directly through a licen …

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Happy Holidays from The Harris Law Firm!

December 24, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

From all of us to all of you, Colorado's Family Law Team would like to extend our best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday season and a new year filled with peace, prosperity and much joy! Happy Holidays Everyone!     The Harris Law Firm is the largest domestic relations law firm in the State of Colorado. With offices in Denver and Fort Collins and 20 family law attorneys,the firm focuses on matters that include divorce, custody, modifications of court orders and other matters pertaining to Colorado family law. To schedule a consultation , please call us at …

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2012 Celebrity Divorces

December 21, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Marriages come and go in Tinsel Town, but divorces are forever. Those who topped the list for the 2012 celebrity divorce roster include the following celebrity couples: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Heidi Klum and Seal Katy Perry and Russell Brand Will Arnett and Amy Poehler Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito Danica Patrick and Paul Hosperthal Mayim Bialik and Michael Stone Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli Please note as of this post, Kim Kardashian is still married! The Harris Law Firm handled divorce and custody …

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Each year, 115,000 women lose their private health insurance after a divorce

December 20, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Researchers from the University of Michigan analyzed national data from 1996 through 2007 on women aged 26 to 64 and found that women's overall insurance coverage remains lower for more than two years following a divorce. The study indicated that there are approximately 1 million divorces each year in the U.S.about 65,000 U.S. women a year lose their health insurance coverage in the months following divorce because they no longer qualifed as dependents under their husbands' insurance , or they could not afford to pay the premiums for private coverage. …

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Help to minimize the negative effects of your Colorado divorce on your children:

December 20, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Help to minimize the negative effects of your Colorado divorce on your children: Confide in your friends and family regarding disagreements with your former spouse and/or your worries about finances. Protect your children from having to hear about these kinds of concerns. If you are having a disagreement with your former spouse, keep your conflicts and frustration away from your children. Try not to ask specific questions about your child's time with their other parent. In spite of what you are going through, it is important to encourage your chil …

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Colorado Divorce: Think Twice Before Attempting to Spy on Your Soon to be Ex

December 18, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Think Twice Before Attempting to Spy on Your Soon to be Ex

  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 to the conversation consents to the recording. (Some other states require both parties to consent.) If you’re not a party to the conversation, recording that conversation is eavesdropping, a crime under Colorado law. The use of hi …

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Keeping Your Marriage on Track During the Holidays

December 18, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

The stress of the holidays can take it's toll on your marriage due to financial concerns, entertaining and accomodating holiday company, having your routines disrupted, etc. Work together to minimize your marital stress during the holidays by trying the following: Stay away from too many holiday treats,and eat healthier meals consisting of lean protein, veggies, whole grains, and fruit.     Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake     Agree on a holiday budget for gifts and travel   &n …

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Colorado Family Law and Pornography Addiction

December 13, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

  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 increasing number of pornographic sites now available on the internet continues to be a factor in domestic relations cases. Experts say that the chemical response of the brain to pornography may be similar to that of highly addictive narcotics such as heroin or morphine.  When people …

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Dynasty Trusts and Implications for Divorcing Spouses

December 13, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Dynasty Trusts and Implications for Divorcing Spouses

  Dynasty Trusts and Implications for Divorcing Spouses What Is a Dynasty Trust? Briefly, a dynasty trust is a technique designed to allow its creator to pass wealth from generation to generation without the burden of transfer taxes, including estate and gift tax and the generation skipping transfer tax (GSTT). The technique passes wealth to successive generations of descendants with distributions and operation of the trust being controlled by the terms initially established by the grantor of the trust. The trust is irrevocable and, once funded, the grantor no longer has control of …

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Child abductions by parents rises by almost 90% in the past decade

December 13, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to recent data, the number of children abducted and taken abroad illegally by an estranged parent has increased significantly in the past decade. A parent who shares parenting time with the child's other parent in the US has no legal right to take their child from his or her country of residence without permission from the other parent or a court order. This problem exists across the globe and parental child abduction is not faith or country specific  The Hague Convention aims to ensure the return of children who are illegally taken abroad by a parent. How …

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Has Substance Abuse Become an Issue in Your Marriage?

December 12, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Substance Abuse and Colorado Divorce Introduction People abuse substances for varied and complicated reasons, and their dependence on, and their need for, their substance of choice often far out-weighs the needs of their families. The abuse of a substance, whether it is drugs or alcohol, will produce some form of intoxication that alters judgment, perception, focus, and/or physical control. The problems caused by substance abuse will interfere with every aspect of the user’s personal life and can inflict collateral damage on their health, career, finances, and their relationsh …

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Does an Unwed Father Have Parental Rights?

December 10, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

For an unwed father to have parenting time, he must first file for the allocation of parental rights in the county where the child resides. The Colorado courts want both parents involved in the life of the child, barring any endangerment issues. For more information regarding father's rights in the State of Colorado, call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484. With 20 lawyers and offices in Denver and Fort Collins, we can schedule a consultation for you right away.

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When a Colorado Divorce is Your Final Option:

December 8, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Find a divorce lawyer who specializes in Colorado family law. Hiring a lawyer is expensive,but a good and experienced lawyer will usually get you a much better settlement regarding the division of assets and the allocation of parental rights that you would receive if you filed on your own. They will also expedite the process through the court system. But as you go through your divorce, remember that your lawyer is not your therapist. Work with a therapist on the emotional issues. They usually charge a flat fee and do not bill in six minute …

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Kim Kardashian's divorce still pending after one year

December 6, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Although over a year has passed since Kim Kardashian filed for divorce in the State of California, she and Kris Humphries are still married. Mr. Humphries and his family law attorneys are seeking an annulment as opposed to a divorce settlement, which has delayed the process. Humphries continues to claim that their marriage was a fraud engineered by the publicity seeking Kardashian family.   Ms. Kardashian is currently on a publicity tour of the Middle East, and continues to date Kanya West.  

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Adjusting to Divorce: Growth in Healing

November 29, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Adjusting to Divorce: Growth in Healing by Bennett Ostroff, Psy.D.   Divorce is often a disruptive and emotionally draining process that involves changes in one’s physical, psychological, economic, and social life. Divorce usually represents a number of losses – a spouse, a marriage, a lifestyle, friends and family – and people who experience this loss must go through a grieving process. While individual reactions to divorce vary significantly, it is not uncommon for people to experience a range of emotions, including anger, sadness, guilt, hopelessness, lonel …

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Family Law Issues in Weld or Larimer County?

November 26, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call The Harris Law Firm, Colorado's Family Law Team,  at 303 299 9484

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Happy Holidays From The Harris Law Firm!

November 21, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

To each of you, from  all of us at The Harris Law Firm, all the best for a lovely holiday season and a Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/enewsletter/images/harris_env_2012.png" http://www.holidaygreetingsfromharrisfamilylaw.com

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The Secret to a Long Marriage

November 19, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

I have a friend who has been married for 30 years to a man with whom she had 4 children, 3 of whom are now grown. As you can imagine, this woman and her husband have had many challenging times in the past 3 decades, including many months of separation while he worked overseas, infidelity, the death of a child, his occasional unemployment, and ultimately the "empty nest syndrome". Listening to her story was fascinating in that the two of them had experienced so much heartache, but have remained together for over 3 decades and are still committed to each o …

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The Harris Law Firm Welcomes Robert Pomper

November 14, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
The Harris Law Firm Welcomes Robert Pomper

The Harris Law Firm is pleased to announce that Robert Pomper has joined the firm as a Senior Associate. Mr. Pomper has over 20 years of experience as a family law attorney and will be practicing domestic relations law in the firm's Denver office.

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The Harris Law Firm Wishes You a Happy Holiday Season!

November 12, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm wishes you a bountiful Thanksgiving, a joyous holiday season, and a very happy new year!

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The Harris Law Firm: Take a look at our "Divorce Recovery" section

November 9, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/divorce-recovery 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 life shared, and a future that was planned together.  Recovering from a divorce is a complex process, and healing takes time, but it is important to know that you can, and will, begin again. A …

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Colorado Divorce and Post Decree Matters

November 8, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a post decree matter in the State of Colorado, please call The Harris Law Firm. With offices in Denver and Fort Collins we have 20 lawyers to serve you. Call us at 303 299 9484 or 970 472 1838. We can arrange a consultation for you right away

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November is National Adoption Month!

November 7, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
November is National Adoption Month!

    Adoptions Assisted by The Harris Law Firm November is National Adoption Month!   There is a common misconception in Colorado that all adoptions require a registered Adoption Agency to facilitate an adoption. However, many adoptions do not require you to pay an Adoption Agency. Step-parent adoptions, Second-Parent Adoptions, Custodial Adoptions, and Kinship Adoptions are all adoptions that the Harris Law Firm can assist you with.   Step-parent Adoption o   Who can adopt: Step-parent o   When is a child eligible: When any o …

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Colorado Custody: Father's Rights in Denver and Fort Collins

November 5, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm also helps Colorado dad's establish their rights to parenting time. Call The Harris Law Firm in Denver or Fort Collins to arrange for an initial consultation and speak with an attorney about a father's right to parenting time. Call 303 299 9484

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Ask about our "Questions About Divorce Seminars?" in Denver and Fort Collins

November 5, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Our free seminars are held once a month in our Denver and Fort Collins offices! Call Heidi for more information: 303 299 9484

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Divorce Recovery Workshop November 8th from 7 to 9 pm

November 5, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Welcome to Denver Divorce Recovery and Rebuilding Group! The group's goal is to recover from your divorce and rebuild a meaningful life. The 10 week class is open to men and women in all stages of relationship loss. The class follows a book and workbook that address 19 building blocks to moving forward in your life. The people in it, called the rebuilders, become a supportive network for healing and growth. I have a new class starting this Thursday, November 8th, 7-9 pm in Lonetree. There will be helpful tools to learn from each of the participants as well as from the program. You are welcome …

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Colorado Child Support: Disability Insurance and Child Support

November 2, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  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 have disability insurance? If the disabled parent receives disability insurance benefits from the employer, then the disabled parent should continue to pay child support. If the amount of the benefits is less than the income that was used to calculate child support, then the disabled pa …

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An Uptick in Divorces for Those Over 50

November 1, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to a recent study in Ohio called the "Gray Divorce Revolution",  the divorce rate among couples age 50 and over has more than doubled since 1990. The national divorce rate, however, has been trending downwards since it's zenith in the 1980's. The study has predicted the number of divorces for those in this catagory could exceed 800,000 per year by 2030.  Statistics also indicated that more than 600,000 people age 50 and older obtained a divorce in 2009, or one in four. In 1990, only one in 10 …

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Dating After Divorce: When Should I Introduce the Kids?

October 31, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Timing is everything when attempting to integrate "his and her children" into a new relationship.  The kids have already experienced a loss and may be hesitant to get involved with your new love, or conversely, they may be tempted to get attached too quickly. This is why you must consider how the introduction will affect your children. Consider the phases of a new relationship. You begin with the courting phase, the time where you begin to know each other. This is followed by the dati …

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Colorado Divorce: The Harris Law Firm has now 2 offices and 20 lawyers to serve you

October 29, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a family law matter in the State of Colorado, i.e. divorce, legal separation, custody, parenting time, modification of a post-decree issue, step parent adoption, grandparents rights, etc. , please call us to arrange for a consultation at 303-299-9484. We have 19 lawyers, and offices in both Denver and Fort Collins. Rich Harris - Owner and Managing Partner Stephen Vertucci - Partner and manager of the Fort Collins Office Jennie Wray - Partner (Denver) John Tatlock - Special Counsel (Denver) Kevin Massaro - Of Counsel (Denver) Margaret Walker - Senior Assoc …

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Testimonials from Clients of The Harris Law Firm

October 29, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Take a look at the new testimonials section for The Harris Law Firm. Take a look to see what our clients are saying about the firm and our attorneys by clicking on the link below: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/denver-divorce-testimonials.cfm If you have a family law matter in the State of Colorado, give The Harris Law Firm a call today so we can arrange for a private consultation for you in our Denver or or our Fort Collins office: Call 303 299 9484 With 20 family law attorneys, The Harris Law Firm is the State's largest domestic relations law firm and Colorado's Family Law Te …

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Colorado Divorce: Helping Your Adult Children Understand Your Divorce

October 26, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to a recent study by AARP, the current divorce rate for couples over the age of 50 has almost doubled since 1990. Adult children of divorced parents are often bereft at the news that their over- 50 parents are divorcing, and it is important to help your kids to understand and accept the fact that your marriage is no longer working. Try to help your adult children understand what you are feeling. This is your marriage and your life. Let them know that you can still be an active part of their lives, but you n …

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Colorado Divorce: Should you settle or go to trial?

October 26, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are involved in a Colorado family law matter, you will either settle your case or you will go to trial. The attorneys at The Harris Law Firm understand that creating a settlement is often in your best interests for a number of reasons. 1. Creating a mutually agreed upon settlement will often support a much better relationship for you and your former spouse 2. A settlement will help you to co-parent in a much healthier fashion 2. Creating a settlement is less expensive than having your lawyer prepare for trial If you are, however, dealing with a very difficult former …

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Colorado Custody: Parental Matter in Colorado?

October 25, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a Colorado legal matter involving custody, parenting time, or child support, The Harris Law Firm can help. With 20 family law attorneys and offices in Denver and Fort Colliins, we can schedule a consultation for you right away. Call Colorado's Family Law Team at 303 299 9484.

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Russell Crowe missing his kids while preparing for divorce

October 23, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Soon to be divorced actor Russell Crowe revealed his emotional pain  today via Twitter.  Apparently he is very much missing his two sons with wife Danielle Spencer. His message to his friends and fans read: "I’m sending out positive connective energy to any dads who are separated from the kids they love.” Russell and Danielle, 43, met 22 years ago on the set of The Crossing and wed in a chapel on their farm in Australia in 2003. The actor's filming schedules and time away from the marital home is thought to have contributed to the …

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Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to Finally File for Divorce

October 22, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

After they file for the dissolution of marriage, the couple will divide the enormous fortune that they accumlated during their 6 year marriage. A large settlement for Demi is likely since Ashton earned a total of $24 million last year. While it appears that Ms. Moore is grieving the end of her marriage, Mr. Kutcher has been involved in a new romance with Mila Kunis. The couple has no children together. Ms. Moore has 3 daughters by former husband Bruce Willis.

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Colorado Divorce: Do you have a family law matter in Fort Collins?

October 21, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm has offices in Denver and Fort Collins. If you have a family law matter, give us a call to schedule a consultation right away: 303 299 9484

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Our New Colorado Family Law Educational Series is Coming Soon!

October 21, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Watch for The Harris Law Firm's educational series on Colorado family law coming soon. The series will cover topics that include Colorado Divorce, Custody Matters, Spousal Support, Post Decree Issues, Modifications, Step Parent Adoptions, Grandparents Rights , and more!

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Attorney with The Harris Law Firm, plays Australian Football for the Denver Bulldogs.

October 18, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Attorney with The Harris Law Firm, plays Australian Football for the Denver Bulldogs.

Carrie Eckstein, an associate attorney with The Harris Law Firm, plays Australian Football for the Denver Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are a women’s team in the United States and over the weekend, they played the Australian Rules Football Championships in Mason, Ohio,   The Bulldogs competed against five other teams from New York; Boston/Baltimore/Washington D.C.; San Francisco; Minnesota; and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.   The Denver team entered the tournament as the two-time defending national champion and made it a three-peat in decisive fashion,   winning all four games …

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Russell Crowe working to recover from his separation

October 17, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Working on his craft as a means to recover from a devastating breakup seems to be the answer for Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe. Mr.Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer have recently filed for divorce to end their 9 year marriage. Crowe has admitted, however, that is was indeed his work schedule that was the likely cause of their decision to separate. The couple and their 2 young sons live in Sydney, but Mr. Crowe's acting career more often than not takes him far from home. He has spent most of 2012 working on location for films being produced outside of Austrailia.

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Colorado Divorce: Post Decree Matter in Fort Collins?

October 16, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a post decree legal matter in Northern Colorado, please call The Harris Law Firm. With offices in Denver and Fort Collins, our 20 lawyers are here to help. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 303 299 9484, and we will arrange a time for you to discuss your post decree issue with one of our family law attorneys.

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Save Your Marriage at the Marriage Boot Camp!

October 7, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Marriage Boot Camp is an intense 4 day marriage seminar designed to solve serious relationship problems by utilizing non-threatening games, drills and exercizes to get couples into the very core of the issues that plague their lives. Marriage counselors trust the Marriage Boot Camp and our Marriage Retreats to provide marriage help in breaking through seemingly impossible marriage problems. Couples that have attended the marriage retreat rave about how it has changed their lives and saved their marriages. This includes Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed in the episode "Wedding Boot Ca …

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Post Colorado Divorce: Begin Your Recovery

October 7, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

When your relationship has ended, the emotional pain can be debilitating. The challenging effects of the loss of a relationship will touch all aspects of your life, including your family, finances, and business, personal, and social life.  As you become more aware of your emotions and begin to make new and healthy choices that support your personal growth, your life will improve. The Divorce Recovery and Rebuilding Groups offer a safe place to grieve your divorce and learn necessary steps to help you rebuild your life. With the right tools and guidance you can create a p …

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Colorado Divorce: Do you have a post decree legal matter?

October 6, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a post decree legal matter, call The Harris Law Firm. With offices in Denver and Fort Collins, our 19 lawyers are here to help. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 303 299 9484, and we will arrange a time for you to discuss your post decree issue with one of our family law attorneys.

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Colorado Divorce: Let Your Kids Know That Your Divorce is Not Their Fault

October 6, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Clear up misunderstandings Many children of divorce often believe that they are partly to blame for their parents separation. They recall, for example, instances where they argued with their parents, performed poorly in school, or created problems within the family. To ensure that your children do not blame themselves for their mother and father's separtion, you can help them by being truthful, direct, and compassionate. Communicate: Tell your kids why the two of you decided to get a divorce. When you communicate to them why your relationship wit …

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Divorce Recovery Tips

October 5, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Top Ten Tips for Divorce Recovery 1. Ask for support from your family and friends 2. Allow yourself time to grieve 3. Be prepared to go through the stages of the recovery process 4. Face each challenge as it arises 5. Let others know when you could use company 6. Identify and talk about your feelings      7. Accept your new reality  8. Move on only when you ready   9.  Be willing to make mistakes 10. Trust that it will all work out

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Colorado Divorce: Thank you to The Harris Law Firm!

October 2, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Thank you to The Harris Law Firm!

From a client: Dear Harris Law Firm: Thank you for all of your help. I had a great experience with the firm, and the others I worked with. Thank you again. Nathan

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Colorado Divorce and Custody Matters In Fort Collins

October 1, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call The Harris Law Firm to arrange for a private consultation with our 3 family law attorneys in our Fort Collins office, now located at 1220 South College Avenue in Suite 200. Stephen Vertucci, Esq. is the managing partner of the Fort Collins location, and Katherine Ellis is an Associate Attorney with the firm. You can schedule a meeting in our Northern office to discuss your case and your rights and options according to Colorado law. Just call 303-299-9484 or 970-472-1838. If you have a case in Weld or Larimer counties, or in Lovel …

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If you think your Colorado Child Custody case may go to trial:

September 27, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  When you are involved in a Colorado child custody case, it is important that you understand that the Courts, and potentially a Child Family Investigator (CFI), will examine both parents conduct, judgment, and decision making abilities in regard to their minor children.   If your case proceeds to litigation, and/or a Child Custody Investigation, it is important that your attorney be able to present your parenting skills in the best light possible.    Consider doing the following:   Education ·         …

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The Larimer County Bar Association and The Harris Law Firm Invites You:

September 12, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Larimer County Bar Association PROFESSIONALISM COMMITTEE AND YOUNG LAWYER DIVISION INVITE LAWYERS IN FORT COLLINS TO CELEBRATE: At one or more Friday Morning Social Hours in October! Each Friday this October the LCBA and sponsoring law firms will be holding a “Coffee and Doughnut Hour” from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at locations around the county. Our hosting firms will offer light breakfasts and morning beverages and a casual venue to allow attorneys an opportunity to socialize and build open, friendly, and professional relationships. The “Coffee and Dou …

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Colorado Divorce: Can my spouse take me off of his health insurance after he filed for divorce?

September 11, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

    Both parties are restrained, without at least 14 days’ advance notification and the written consent of the other party or an Order of the Court, from canceling, modifying, terminating, or allowing to lapse for nonpayment of premiums, any policy of health insurance, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, or automobile insurance that provides coverage to either of the parties or the minor [child][children] or any policy of life insurance that names either of the parties or the minor [child][children] as a beneficiary.

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Child Support Arrearages Accrue with Interest

August 30, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Child Support Arrearages Accrue with Interest

In re Marriage of Murray, 790 P.2d 868 Child support is the right of the child.   Child support arrearages are debts which become final money judgments when due and not paid. See § 14-10-122(1)(c), C.R.S. (1989 Cum.Supp.); In re Marriage of McCue, 645 P.2d 854 (Colo.App.1982).   Interest accrues on arrearages from the date each installment becomes dues. In re Pote, 847 P.2d 246 (Colo. App. 1993).   § 14-14-106. Interest Interest per annum at four percent greater than the statutory rate set forth in section 5-12-101, C.R.S., on any arrearages and child suppo …

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Upcoming Divorce Seminars Sponsored by Arapahoe Library District

August 29, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Upcoming Divorce Seminars Sponsored by Arapahoe Library District

Margaret Walker, a Colorado family law attorney with The Harris Law Firm is a mediator and a collaborative attorney. On September 18th, she will be discussing financial aspects of divorce at the Smoky Hill Library from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. On September 20th, she will be discussing the same topic at the Koelbel Library from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The talk will include a discussion about issues that include jointly owned real estate and using using financial planning techniques. Joan Rogliano, who has had training in divorce issues for realtors, and Deb Johnson, a certif …

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Colorado Divorce: Mediation is an affordable alternative to litigation

August 28, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Mediation is an affordable alternative to litigation

If you are filing for the dissolution of marriage and prefer not to hire attorneys to represent you, think about mediation as an alternative to litigation. The Harris Law Firm has three mediators at the firm: Margaret Walker, Carrie Eckstein, and Kevin Massaro. Our mediators work with their clients to come up with the best possible plan for the division of assets and debts, and to creating a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the children involved. At the end of the mediation, the goal is to come to an agreement and the mediator will provide what is called a Memorandum of Und …

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Colorado Divorce: The "No Fault" Law

August 27, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado's "No Fault" law pertains to matters regarding domestic relations. When a couple files for the dissolution of marriage, or a legal separation in the State of Colorado, the courts seek to have the parties to the divorce action divide their marital assets and debts, and create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the minor children.   The "No Fault" law means that the Colorado courts do not need to know why the marriage failed because they believe that the reasons why your relationship is being dissolved are highl …

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Colorado Divorce: Governor Hickenlooper and Wife File for Divorce

August 24, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Gov. John Hickenlooper and his wife, Helen Thorpe, are separating after 10 years of marriage.  The couple has a 10-year-old son, Teddy. The Hickenloopers offered the following statement:   After ten years of marriage that have added tremendous love and depth to both of our lives, we have decided to separate. This decision is mutual and amicable. We continue to have the utmost respect for each other, and we remain close friends. We intend to continue functioning as a family that spends a great deal of time together. In fact, we will embark on our annual family vacation …

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Colorado Divorce: Do women recover from divorce faster than men?

August 22, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Women deal with loss and grief differently than men. A woman will often immerse herself in her suffering and seek the counsel and support of friends, family, and/or a mental health professional. Men, conversely, will often bury their pain in work, sports, or at their local bar. By grieving and addressing her pain, a woman will often recover more quickly from a divorce because she is consciously dealing with her loss. Men sometimes have the idea that life goes on and they seek to simply move past the emotional obstacle and many times even begin a new …

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Colorado Divorce Vs Annulment or "Declaration of Invalidity"

August 21, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Admin Admin

Annuling a marriage based on the length of time one has been married depends on the reason for the invalidity.  The Colorado statute is below: Paragraphs (1)(a) to (g) are the reasons for invalidity.  Paragraph 2 lists the time limits for each reason. C.R.S. 14-10-111 (1) The district court shall enter its decree declaring the invalidity of a marriage entered into under the following circumstances: (a) A party lacked capacity to consent to the marriage at the time the marriage was solemnized, either because of mental incapacity or infirmity or because of the inf …

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Thinking about a Colorado Divorce? Your First Call Should Be to a Marriage Counselor

August 17, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

If your marriage is rocky, begin by scheduling a consultation with a couples counselor to discuss what is going on and what you can do to put your relationship back on track. Talk about the issues that have lead up your current dissatisfaction and what the two of you can do to heal your marriage. You can start by accessing the "Saving Your Marriage" section of The Harris Law Firm's website and peruse the names of therapists in your area. Remember  that your first call should be to a qualified fa …

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Colorado Divorce: Helping Kids Cope

August 16, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

What does a child need from divorcing parents?       I need both of you to stay involved in my life. Please write letters, make phone calls, and ask me lots of questions. When you do not stay involved, I feel like i am not important and that you do not t really love me. Please stop fighting and work hard to get along with each other. Try to agree on matters related to me. When you fight about me, I think that I did something wrong and I feel guilty. I want to love you both and enjoy the time that I spend with each of you. Please support me and the time that I spend …

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Mediation and Drafting a Settlement Agreement

August 15, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Mediation and Drafting a Settlement Agreement

  While there are several parts to resolving your case at mediation, one of the most important is drafting a confidential settlement statement for the mediator.  The confidential settlement statement forces you to evaluate your case, it’s strengths and weaknesses, and whether your requests are realistic.  It makes no sense to ask for something that is not realistic, or not practical.  And the confidential settlement statement also helps the mediator be ready to work with you at the start of the mediation, instead of paying for three professionals while the mediator i …

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Colorado Divorce: Collaborative Law Keeps the Process Private

August 14, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Collaborative Law Keeps the Process Private

Most people who choose the Collaborative process do so in part for privacy issues.  They do not believe that the legal process in which they are going through is anyone’s business but their own. Litigation most often requires the filing of motions with the court to establish interim financial and parenting arrangements.  The local court rules require parties filing a motion with the court that involves financial issues to file a Financial Declaration and supporting financial records.  While the financial records are “sealed” and not available to the public, th …

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Helping Kids Cope: A Family’s Heartbreak - A New Book on Parental Alienation

August 7, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation, is the true story of one parent’s struggle to maintain a normal, loving relationship with his young son in the face of overwhelming odds. From the emotionally devastating actions of the child’s other parent, to a court system and mental health community ill-equipped to deal with a destructive family dynamic, A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation is both an education in parental alienation and an eye opening experience for parents who don’t believe th …

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Colorado Divorce: Could You Remarry Your Ex?

August 6, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Lena Henderson and Roland Davis,both  85 years old, married as teenagers during WWII, but divorced in 1964.  Then they remarried just this past weekend! "I always thought it might happen," said Mr. Davis, a veteran whose second wife died in January of this year.  "It was always in the back of my mind, and we are both grateful that we could get together again." "We just kept thinking about each other, even though we were so far apart," said Henderson, also a widow after her second marriage.  

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Music legend Stevie Wonder, 62, has filed to terminate his 11-year marriage to Kay Morris.

August 3, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Music legend Stevie Wonder, AKA Stevland Morris, 62, has filed to terminate his 11-year marriage to Kay Morris. Mrs. Morris, AKA Kai Millard Morris is a fashion designer . According to court documents,  the couple separated in October of 2009, and irreconcilable differences are the reason for the  divorce. Mr. Morris is asking for joint custody of the couple's two sons - Kailand, 10, and Mandla, 7, and he has agreed to pay Mrs. Morris spousal and child support.

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Colorado Divorce: Post-Decree Modifications

August 3, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Even after a divorce has been finalized, situations may arise that will require that you modify child support and/or a maintenance agreement.  If you are seeking a modification after your divorce, please contact The Harris Law Firm  to schedule a consultation with a lawyer who can review your options, discuss strategy, and help you find a solution to your legal matter. When deciding a Relocation case or Cusody issue, the court will consider: •The parent’s reason for relocation •The other parent's objections to …

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Anything You Post on Facebook Can and Will Be Used Against You in Your Divorce

August 2, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Anything You Post on Facebook Can and Will Be Used Against You  in Your Divorce

  Facebook Status Update    “Any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances.”  So said Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson back in 1949.  That statement was just as true in 1949 as it is today.  In 2012, we also have to consider statements made via Facebook, email, Twitter, blogs, text messages, etc.     In today’s world of electronic and social media, everyone involved in a family law matter should be very cautious what they share with others.  …

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Divorced in Colorado? See The Harris Law Firm's New Divorce Recovery Section!

August 1, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/divorce-recovery Divorce Recovery: A New Beginning Take the time you need to heal, and allow yourself to regroup, and re-energize, as you embark on the process of divorce recovery. Remember that moving on is your ultimate objective. While expressing your feelings can free you from your pain, it is important not to allow the expression itself to dominate your life. Your objective is to learn from the experience, to heal, and to begin moving for …

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Colorado Divorce: Family Law Matter in Northern Colorado?

July 30, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call The Harris Law Firm to schedule an appointment with a family law attorney in our Fort Collins office. Our new Fort Collins office is located at 1220 South College Avenue in Suite 200. Stephen Vertucci is a partner with the firm and the manager of the Fort Collins location, and Katherine Ellis is an Associate Attorney with the firm. Schedule a consultation by calling 970-472-1838 or by completing our request a consultation form online. The attorneys will meet with you in Fort Collins to discuss your case and your rights and options according to Colorado law. If yo …

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Saving Your Marriage: 5-Minute Conversations to Change Your Relationship

July 25, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

 "Fight Less, Love More: 5-Minute Conversations to Change Your Relationship without Blowing Up or Giving In," Even the most thoughtful among us can commit the following communication blunders that can wreak havoc on a marriage.  Avoid a Colorado divorce and put your marriage back on track, and check out the blunders below. Minor changes in your daily conversations can help you achieve significant results! Blunder #1: Not Respecting Your Mates Privacy If your spouse asks you, “Why did you tell them that about me?” then you’re guilt …

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Free QUESTIONS ABOUT COLORADO DIVORCE Seminar!

July 24, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Free QUESTIONS ABOUT COLORADO DIVORCE Seminar!

Sign up now for our free Seminar on Wednesday, August 8th from 12 to 1 pm.   Questions About a Colorado Divorce? Attend Our Free Seminar! Please join attorney Margaret Walker, Esq. for a Free Seminar on Wednesday, August 8th from 12 pm to 1 pm at The Harris Law Firm: 1125 17th St. - Suite 1820 Denver, CO 80202 (17th and Lawrence in The Chase Bank Building) RSVP: 303.299.9484 Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colo …

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The Importance of Co-Parenting

July 23, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Just because your marriage has ended, your separation from your former spouse will not terminate your interaction as co parents. Hence it is important to create a positive working relationship that focuses on the best interests of your children. Even though your co-parenting plan will be unique, there are basic guidelines that will make the process more effective: Respect your differences: Your parenting styles will be different and unless the children are being endangered, learning to accept those differences will make your  life easier. Create …

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Colorado Divorce: Mediation is the Kindler and Gentler Approach to Ending a Marriage

July 20, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Mediation is the Kindler and Gentler Approach to Ending a Marriage

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Because our court systems are overburdened, the State of Colorado encourages people to attempt to settle their problems outside of the courtroom by using varying forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR.) Mediation is a specific type of ADR, and a process that can be either court-ordered or voluntary. Mediate: Save Time and Money: While not all disputes are appropriate for mediation, this alternative can be a means to speed up the resolution process by keeping the case out of the courtroom. Cases that can be resolved using the mediation process are far le …

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Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: A Model Divorce

July 19, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

In the world of celebrity divorces, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise reached a reasonable settlement in record time. And there was no courtroom drama, no trial, and no Mission Impossible for this dynamic duo. Their process was civil, mature, and not for public consumption. Hopefully their separation can be a model for others who want to end their marrige simply and without drama. It is far less stressful to terminate a marriage in an amicable manner, and also far less expensive. Here is why the Cruise style of divorce makes more sense: A Settlement is Less E …

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Eek! They’re Back – When an Absent Parent Wants to Resume Parenting Time

July 17, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Eek! They’re Back – When an Absent Parent Wants to Resume Parenting Time

Eek! They’re Back – When an Absent Parent Wants to Resume Parenting Time 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 time. Whatever the reason for the separation, when an absent parent wants to resume parenting time it can create emotional turmoil for everyone involved.  Questions about …

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The Harris Law Firm Presents an Ethics CLE in Larimer County

July 16, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
The Harris Law Firm Presents an Ethics CLE in Larimer County

  Who: The Harris Law Firm and the Larimer County Bar Association What: Ethics CLE and Reception Speaker: Janet Drake Senior Assistant Attorney General Time: 3:30 p.m.to 5:00 pm Date: July 25th Location: Larimer County Justice Center, Conference Room B on the Second Floor Cost: Free to LCWBA and $25 for non-members

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Protect Your Children From the Pain of Your Divorce.

July 16, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Protect Your Children From the Pain of Your Divorce.

    Parents involved in a Colorado divorce must seek to protect their children from the pain of their decision to separate before, during and after the dissolution of marriage. Being aware of your own negative behaviors, however untentional they may be, is an important aspect of protecting your children   Negative Behaviors of Divorcing Parents Include:   ·        Involving your child in the divorce , making derogatory remarks about the other parent, or asking the children to take sides. It also …

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This New Book is the Perfect Gift from Moms to Daughters!

July 13, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
This New Book is the Perfect Gift from Moms to Daughters!

"Wisdom and Recipes" is a new book for mothers and daughters by Colorado author Heidi Culbertson. This volume is a must read new book for young women who are starting to grow up and become more independent. Written for women, and specifically for mothers and daughters, this wise little volume full of practical wisdom and fabuous recipes. It is a book to treasure that will serve as an ongoing and gentle reminder from mothers to daughters that says, "Remember all that I taught you, be careful out there and don't forget to eat!." Wisdom …

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Can Your Colorado Divorce be Collaborative?

July 12, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Can Your Colorado Divorce be Collaborative?

Putting your children's needs ahead of your own during the split can make the process less acrimonious Author: Jen Weigel -chicagotribune.com - July 2012 (Submitted by Margaret Walker, Esq., senior attorney, mediator and collaborative lawyer with The Harris Law Firm in Denver, CO) If you've gone through a divorce, you know how challenging it can be to keep your emotions in check. Add children to the mix and the damage can be devastating. But experts say more divorcing couples are seeing the benefits of putting down the boxing gloves and placing their children's needs first. "There …

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The Harris Law Firm Adds New Online Chat Feature to the Website!

July 10, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Go to www.harrisfamilylaw.com, and access our online chat feature to discuss your Colorado family law matter! You can also give us a call to arrange for a consultation with one of our lawyers: 303 299 9484

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Sign Up Now for Our Free Divorce Seminar on July 19th From 12 to 1

July 10, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Sign Up Now for Our Free Divorce Seminar on July 19th From 12 to 1

Questions About Divorce? Come to The Harris Law Firm's Free Seminar on Thursday July 19th from 12 to 1 pm 1125 17th Street - Suite 1820 Denver, CO 80202 Join Senior Attorney and Mediator, Margaret Walker, Esq and learn more! RSVP at 303 299 9484

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Divorce Coaching: Learning to Co-Parent with Your Former Spouse

July 10, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Divorce Coaching: Learning to Co-Parent with Your Former Spouse Are you tired of your emotions getting in the way of completing your divorce process? Are you wishing you could co-parent in a more respectful way? Could you use some help for how to listen to someone you’d rather not talk with? Do you wish he or she would listen to you better? Are your kids getting stuck in the middle of their parent’s conflict? Read this recent article by Divorce Coach, Joanne Bauman, Ph.D. at: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/divorce-coaching-learning-to-co-parent-with-your-former-spouse

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Colorado Custody: DNA testing: What is a “Father”?

July 6, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Custody: DNA testing:  What is a “Father”?

    Under Colorado law, a child can only have one presumed natural Father, and DNA test results do not necessarily answer the question of who a child’s Father is.  For example, if one man has acted as a child’s father for years through accepting the child into his home and holding out the child as his natural child, then that man may be the child’s presumed natural Father regardless of the results of genetic testing.  Also, if a child is born to a married couple, then the Mother’s husband is presumed to be the child’s natural father regard …

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Colorado Custody: The Do's and Don'ts of Child Custody Cases

July 3, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Custody: The Do's and Don'ts of Child Custody Cases

GENERAL CUSTODY CASE TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS   If you are involved in a case that could involve a custody dispute, it is very important that you understand the Court – and potentially the roles of a Child Family Investigator (known as a “CFI”) or a Parental Responsibilities Evalutor (“PRE”). They will take a close look at each parent’s decisions, judgments, and conduct, with regard to the children. Basically, each party’s parenting abilities are placed under scrutiny. Click on the link below to see the &ldquo …

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"Marriages Come and Go, but Divorce is Forever." Nora Ephron

June 27, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  "Marriages come and go, but Divorce is Forever." This is a recent quote by the late Nora Ephron. Ms Ephron's was a writer and director whose work included "Sleepless in Seattle", "When Harry Met Sally", and "Heartburn", a film that was loosely based on her own failed marriage to Carl Bernstein. Mr. Bernstein was the Washington journalist who became famous when he broke the news about the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration. Ms. Ephron was divorced twice and was one of the first female writers to find humor in the suff …

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Colorado Child Custody: Relocating With the Child

June 27, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Child Custody: Relocating With the Child

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 relocation. In an initial custody determination, such as a dissolution of marriage, allocation of parental responsibilities, or a paternity action, the case of Spahmer v. Gullette and C.R.S. § 14-10-124 control how the court will approach an argument for relocation.   C.R.S. §14-10-124 o …

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Millionaire Vanishes After Wife Asks for Divorce

June 26, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Florida millionaire Guma Aguiar is still missing at sea. He disappeared from his 31 foot sailboat last week, shortly after his wife, Jamie, asked for a divorce. Divers are now searching for Mr. Aguiar. Aguiar's mother, Ellen, filed a petition last Thursday hoping to gain control over her son's $100 million estate. Court records show that Aguiar assigned guardianship of his personal property from his wife over to his mother "in the event of my incapacity," just last month. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/missing-florida-millionaire-w …

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New Divorce Study by Harvard Ph.D. Shows that More Women Initate the Process

June 22, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 40 to 79. The most common reasons the women cited for divorce were verbal, emotional and physical neglect. Many of the husbands, however, were completely surprised by their wives discontent. More than 25% of the men said that they were blindside …

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Colorado Custody: Wallerstein Studied the Effects of Divorce on Children

June 21, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Judith S. Wallerstein, a psychologist who touched off a national debate about the consequences of divorce by reporting that it hurt children more than previously thought, with the pain continuing well into adulthood, died on Monday in Piedmont, Calif. She was 90. In 1971, Ms. Wallerstein began studying 131 children from 60 divorced families in Marin County, Calif. She followed them for 25 years, conducting intensive interviews every five years. Not unexpectedly, many of the children were extremely distressed soon after the divorce. But she was surprised to find that the problems often lasted …

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Colorado Divorce: Divorce Rate for Those Over 50 has Doubled in Recent Years

June 19, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Divorce rates in the US have generally remained constant with the exeption of the baby boomer generation. A recent report by MSNBC stated, "the divorce rate of those 50 and older has nearly doubled in the years from 1990 to 2009." Reasons for this pheneomenon could include longer lifespans, willingness to divorce once children move out, and greater financial security. There who have had an interesting interpretation of "till death do us part" vow include actor Spencer Tracy and billionaire Warren Buffett …

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The Harris Law Firm has joined forces with the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Clinic

June 18, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
The Harris Law Firm has joined forces with the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Clinic

  The Harris Law Firm has joined forces with the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Clinic to provide legal services to children whose parents’ are involved in protection order proceedings in the Denver County Protection Order Court.  RMCLC has provided training to our, and many other attorneys, to step in as Guardian Ad Litem to investigate for the court, the best temporary care and control orders for the children in these families.  The attorneys will talk to the parents, meet and maybe interview the children, write a report for the court and then appear at the hearing to re …

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Colorado Divorce:The US Divorce Rate has Doubled Since 1960

June 18, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  The rate of divorce in the United States has increased by 50% since 1960, according to the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. Though divorce rates leveled off during the recession, competition among divorce lawyers has increased -- and ads promising  "Divorce for $299" reveal how desperate for business they've become. Those low prices are not a scam, says Randy Kessler, chair of the American Bar Association's family law section, but they usually apply only to parties who have already agreed on the terms and just need the lawyer to fill in …

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Parental Consent Not Required for a Non-Parent to Petition for APR

June 18, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Parental Consent Not Required for a Non-Parent to Petition for APR

  In Re B.B.O., 2012 CO. 40 No. 10SC623 On May 29, 2012, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its ruling in the matter of “In the Interest of Child: B.B.O.” In short, the Court held that consent by parents is not necessary for a nonparent to have standing to petition for allocation of parental responsibilities.  The pertinent facts are as follows: B.B.O. is the biological child of “Berry” (Mother) and “Olds” (Father), and the half sister of “Virginia.” B.B.O. had been in the sole physical care of Olds and Virginia for six years pre …

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Unmarried Fathers: Child Support, and Custody

June 18, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

For an unmarried father to have parenting time in the State of Colorado, he must first file for the allocation of parental rights (APR) in the county where the child resides. ( If he is not on the birth certificate, he must begin the process by establishing paternity. To confirm parentage, he must submit to a DNA test, and if the test is confirmed, he can file for the APR)  The court ordered APR will establish the father's paternal rights to parenting time, it will determine of the amount of child support due, and it will define decision making rights …

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Colorado Divorce: Who Gets Custody of the Family Pet?

June 16, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Who Gets Custody of the Family Pet?

  Pets and Divorce   If you are going through a divorce and your pets have become an integral part of your family, you may be wondering where your furry companions fit into the picture.   For example, you may have been surprised that the Petition for Dissolution requires the disclosure of the parties to the action and the children of the marriage but that there was no place for your pets. You may have thought, well surely once I submit my asset and debt disclosure documents I will be able to list my pets there. After all, pets are considered property under Colo …

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Colorado Child Support: Failure to Pay Court-Ordered Child Support?

June 14, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Admin Admin

Did you know that there are potential criminal ramifications for failure to pay child support? Colorado law provides for a jail sentence up to 6 months, the suspension of the payor's driver's license, and the interception of tax refunds for those who refuse to pay. If you are in need of help from a delinquent spouse, the attorneys at The Harris Law Firm can help! Or if you are accused of this crime, but have valid or extenuating circumstances, we can help defend you. The attorneys at The Harris Law Firm have many years of experience in this area and we are here to assist yo …

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Courtney Cox and David Arquette File for Divorce:Can they still be friends?

June 13, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

David Arquette filed pro se to divorce his wife of 13 years, Courteney Cox.  The pair cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce, and Mr. Arquette has asked for joint parenting time of their 8 year old daughter, Coco. He did not ask for spousal support.  The couple separated in October of 2010, but hope to remain friends so that they can continue to co-parent.

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Colorado Custody: Summer is a Good Time to Review Your Parenting Plan

June 12, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Custody: Summer is a Good Time to Review Your Parenting Plan

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 is expected to decide which school the children should attend, and then register the children. When the parents share joint decision making, the parents should discuss the children's school options, and then make a joint decision where the children should attend school and …

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Colorado Divorce: Save your marriage by calling a therapist first

June 11, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are experiencing marital problems, calling a Colorado family law attorney should be your last phone call, not your first one! Begin by talking with a qualified marriage counselor together to discuss how you can get your marriage back on track. Honest and open communication is imperative and holds the key to a healthy relationship, and a counselor may be able to help you both to start sharing again. Go to the Saving Your Marriage section of The Harris Law Firm's web site to find the names of therapists, or confide in a friend wh …

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Colorado Divorce, Custody, and Relocation Cases

June 6, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado relocation law requires the Court considering such a request, to determine whether the parent's relocation with the child “is in the best interests of the child." The court will consider all relevant circumstances, including parenting time factors, and the following reasons: why the parent wishes to relocate with the child;   why the other parent objects to the proposed move;   the history and quality of each parent's relationship with the child since earlier court orders;   the educational opportunities for the …

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Top 5 Questions to Ask When Consulting with a Colorado Divorce Attorney

June 5, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Top 5 Questions to Ask When Consulting with a Colorado Divorce Attorney

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Consulting with a Divorce Attorney By: Rich Harris, President and Managing Partner of The Harris Law Firm                   You are in the midst what is arguably the most difficult and stressful moment of your life.   You are facing the breakup of your family.   You are likely terrified about your finances and what will happen to your kids.                 You have made the wise decision th …

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Colorado Divorce: Legislative Conflicts for Same-Sex Marriages

June 5, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act rejected federal recognition of same-sex marriages in the United States and abroad and declared that no state need recognize a same-sex marriage in another state. The conflict between state and federal law - and between states - creates double worlds for gay marrieds in nearly every area of their financial lives. Last week, the U.S. Appeals Court in Boston ruled that DOMA unfairly denies federal benefits to same-sex couples married under state law. The decision would apply to couples in the First Circuit, where Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Connect …

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Colorado Divorce: Preparing for a Divorce

June 4, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

• Set up your own bank accounts. Whether your deposits come from wages, investments, or divorce funding, you'll want to keep your money (and information about its sources) separate from your spouse's funds. • Apply for your own credit card(s). You need to establish credit in your own name. You also need one or more credit cards that your spouse can't cancel, and you'll probably want to keep your purchases private. Big purchases could help persuade a judge that you need less support or that you're capable of paying more. • Get your own cell phone and equip it with a new passcod …

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Colorado Custody:Talking to Your Children About Your Decision to Divorce in Colorado

June 4, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

When you are certain of your plans to separate, talk to your kids about your decision to live apart. If possible, have both parents present for this discussion, and try not to be angry or assign blame to the other parent. You might even consider a practice run so that you do not become upset.   Tailor the discussion to your child's age, maturity, and temperament, but be certain to reassure your kids that what happened is not their fault. Tell your children that sometimes parents love for one anothe …

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The Divorce Hotel May Soon Offer U.S. Couples a Weekend Getaway - from each other

May 29, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

At the Divorce Hotel in the Netherlands, unhappily married couples can check out of their marriages with a weekend package that includes lawyers, mediators, psychologists, and luxury accommodations. The couples arrive on Friday, check into separate rooms,  and the hotel staff provides them everything they need to leave on Sunday with their divorce papers. Jim Halfens, the Dutch entrepreneur who came up with the idea says, “Divorces can cost a lot of money and a take lot of time. But at our Divorce Hotel, the paperwork is completed&n …

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Colorado Divorce and Authoritative Parenting

May 25, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Authoritative Parenting     Over the last several years, as more and more research on different parenting styles has emerged, counselors have been faced with the daunting task of communicating this information to parents. The most significant findings to date have revealed four primary styles of parenting: neglectful, authoritarian, permissive and authoritative parenting, each of which can be found to exist on two distinct continuums. The first continuum is based on the level of responsiveness a parent exhibits with regard to a child's wants and needs. This can range from a parent …

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Colorado Divorce: Stepfamilies and Blended Families

May 24, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Stepfamilies and Blended Families     Today, at least one-third of all children in the United States are expected to live in a stepfamily before they reach age 18.  Born of conflict and loss, newfound commitment, and often heart-wrenching transition, stepfamilies and blended families face many lifestyle adjustments, challenges, and changes.   In a stepfamily, or blended family, one or both partners may have been married before, losing a spouse through divorce or death, and one or both of them may have children from their previous relationship(s).  They fal …

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Colorado Divorce: Divorce Recovery Counseling

May 24, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Divorce Recovery Counseling     Divorce is one of the most stressful and painful life events that a person will ever experience.  Even when accompanied by good reasons or positive feelings, it is still the death of a dream and the end of one’s hope for the relationship.  Whether the ending is sudden or anticipated, the wound can be deep. Divorce recovery counseling can help individuals cope and move past a divorce.   The grief that arises is often overwhelming.  Sometimes accompanied by anger or other feelings, grief can be expressed in var …

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Rich Harris: Colorado Family Law Attorney, Business Leader, and Humanitarian

May 22, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Rich Harris: Colorado Family Lawyer, Business Leader, and Humanitarian By M. Taylor Oaks Rich Harris, President of The Harris Law Firm is a family lawyer practicing in Denver, Colorado.  Rich is a business leader and humanitarian.  Rich founded The Road to Hope to assist the children of Haiti. The Road to Hope envisions a Haiti where children can grow up strong, healthy, and free from the trauma of abandonment.  Rich, his wife Lisa, and eight board members manage The Road to Hope.  The organization raises money to help fund sustainable projects improv …

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Save Your Marriage By Avoiding the "Blame Game"

May 18, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Admin Admin

Denver therapist, Jim Neuman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., discusses the traumatic impact of divorce and the negative defense mechanisms often employed by both parties during dissolution of marriage cases.  He encourages divorcing couples,and couples who are attempting to stay together, to assess their marriages and to identify and take ownership of their own mistakes so as to not to repeat them in the future. To view this article in it's entirety, please click here:

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Colorado Divorce: Can a Parent File to Relinquish Their Parental Rights?

May 17, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Admin Admin

The relinquishment of a biological parent's parental rights in the State of Colorado is possible when a step-parent adoption is in progress. The courts do not want the biological parent to surrender their obligations to the child(ren) before there is step-parent who is willing to assume the legal responsibilities associated with the raising of a child. Until then, the custodial parent should seek to obtain child support from the other parent for the present and future benefit of the child. Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Fir …

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New Book by Forensic Accountant Discusses the Discovery of Assets Prior to a Colorado Divorce

May 16, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

A new book by forensic accounting expert, Mark Kohn is called How They Stash the Cash. This new volume shows how people who are filing for divorce attempt to hide marital assets.  If you are concerned that your spouse is not disclosing all of his or her assets, consult with your family law attorney to discuss the possibility of hiring a forensic accountant.  "Forensic" means "suitable for use in a court of law", and it is to that standard and potential outcome that forensic accountants generally have to work. Forensic accountants …

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Colorado Divorce: Providing a Good Role Model for Your Children

May 14, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to Bill McLeod, author of "KICKIN BUTT AS A SINGLE PARENT", divorced parents should always seek to be good role models for their children. He says, "children may not always listen to you, but they will never fail to imitate you." You can pick up a copy of Bill's book,  KICKIN BUTT AS A SINGLE PARENT", at Amazon.com

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More Work to be Accomplished on the Colorado Civil Unions Bill

May 11, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Colorado bill that would have granted civil unions to same-sex couples failed to advance to a full vote before the last day of the legislative session this week. Hickenlooper, who supported the bill,  told reporters, "This is a circumstance where we are depriving people of their civil rights." The Colorado bill would have allowed domestic partners to make medical decisions for each other and become eligible for certain insurance and retirement benefits.   Nine states already allow civil unions or domestic partnerships, while another eight plus the Distr …

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Colorado Divorce Question: Stepparent Decision Making for Children

May 10, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Q: I have joint parenting time with my former spouse. My new spouse wants to share in decision making. Can I give her that right? A: Unless a stepparent has court ordered "third party rights", a biological parent cannot simply confer rights to their stepparent/spouse to allow the stepparent to interfere with the decision making rights of the other biological parent. In cases where the stepparent is relentless in imposing their will on the parenting matter, any violation of the biological parent’s rights may be grounds for the biological parent to take legal action against th …

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Colorado Divorce: Filing an Appeal or Request for Reconsideration

May 10, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If a Colorado court has already ruled on in your family law case, you may be able to file a motion with the court to:   1. Modify the order 2. Appeal the order 3. Reconsider the order 1. If your circumstances have changed significantly since the Court’s initial ruling, you may want to modify the child support, parenting time, decision making, or maintenance order to match the change in your current circumstances.   2. If you had a final hearing on your divorce and there were contested matters ruled on by the judge, you have the right to appeal th …

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Colorado Divorce: Dividing Marital Property

May 9, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Divorce and PROPERTY DISTRIBUTION Colorado is an equitable distribution state. This means if the parties cannot agree, the property will be distributed in an equitable fashion, but not necessarily equally. When dividing the marital estate, the court will base it's decisions on the following factors: 1) The contribution of each spouse to the marital estate, including the contributions as a homemaker; 2) The value of property set apart to each spouse; 3) The desirability of awarding the family home to the custodial parent, as well as the economic circumstances of each spouse; …

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Divorce in Colorado: For Women Over 50

May 8, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

Going through a divorce after the age of 50 can leave a woman heartbroken, afraid, and worried about money.  To be suddenly told by a husband of many decades that  their marriage is over and she must start working again and fending for herself is frightening. For women who have spent many years as stay at home moms, these challenges are even greater when they need retraining or entry into a new career.  Women must be realistic about their financial  needs when going through divorce, and careful planning is imperative.: Work with a financial expert to& …

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Colorado Custody: Step Parents and Parental Rights

May 2, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Custody: Step Parents and Parental Rights

  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 of situations, this is how he responded:   In one of my earliest cases in the State of Colorado, a very experienced family court judge said:   “Dad, you have rights.  Mom, you have rights.  Step …

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Colorado Family Law: Recent CFI Changes

April 30, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  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 consideration the relevant factors for determining the best interests of the child. Id. While the CFI is required to consider the wishes of the child, the CFI need not adopt such wishes in making recommendat …

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Colorado Custody: Have Some Summer Fun with Your Kids!

April 30, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have been through a Colorado divorce, or are legally separated, have some summer fun with your kids as a single parent: 1. Adventure Golf and Raceway: Miniature golf and electric go carts! www.adventuregoldandraceway.com 2. Denver Art Museum: One of the best collections in the Western US! www.denverartmuseum.org 3. Plains Conservation Center: Learn to make cheese, butter, and soap and experience the Colorado! www.plainscenter.org 4. Gondola Rides on the Platte River: veniceonthecreek.com 5. Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the IMAX Theater: www.dmns.org 6. Lazer Tag: T …

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Saving Your Marriage by Dr.Parrott

April 29, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before (and After) You Marry (Hardcover) ~ Leslie Parrott (Author), Les Parrott III

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The Harris Law Firm Welcomes Lawyer #20!

April 29, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm is pleased to welcome another new associate! Thomas P. Cossit, Esq. has joined the firm and will be working in our Fort Collins office. A skilled litigator, Mr. Cossit will be handling family law matters throughout the State of Colorado. The Harris Law Firm is pleased to have Tom Cossit as a part of Colordo's Family Law Team.

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Colorado Divorce: When Can a Child Decide on Parenting Time?

April 27, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  In the State of Colorado, there is no statute that references a specific age at which a child can determine the parent with whom they wish to live. A parent can file a motion with the Court requesting a modification to the parenting agreement, in which case the child’s wishes can be considered by the Court, but there is no guarantee the Judge will rule in favor of the child’s request. To what extent the Court takes the child's wishes into consideration completely depends on the child' maturity, the reasonableness of the request, and to what extent the Co …

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Colorado Divorce and Sole Proprietorships

April 25, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Sole proprietorships are usually challenging for the owner in a dissolution.  Since a sole proprietorship is a pass-through entity for tax purposes, the owner is responsible for paying the taxes on the income earned.  Income is generally determined by subtracting the costs of doing business, the business expenses, and paying the taxes on the remaining net income.  However, as a matter of practice in a dissolution case, those expenses are always examined to see whether there are non-business-related expenditures, such as personal items, that have been treated as expenses. …

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Colorado Divorce: Talking to Your Children Together

April 23, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Talking to Your Children Together

When you and your spouse decide to separate and divorce, it is important to tell the children together (or if that is not possible) tell them the same thing.  Children will have been aware of the problems in the relationship and may have been worrying about a divorce.  They may be concerned that their behavior is the reason for the separation.  At this point, it is good for parents to meet with a Child Specialist to talk about how to tell the children about the divorce.  The child specialist can help you make the information fit the child’s developmental stage so that …

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LGBT Families: Please join us for a free panel discussion on May 10th

April 19, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
LGBT Families: Please join us for a free panel discussion on May 10th

  Strategies for LGBT Individuals, Couples, and Families   Members of the LGBT community face unique challenges in today’s society. From protecting loved ones to planning for life’s milestones,specialized legal and financial strategies are necessary to help achieve your goals. Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to learn about these strategies. You’ll hear how a holistic approach to your personal financial well-being can enable you to live a confident life. Featured guest panelists will include Dr. Jane E.Ginsberg, PsyD; Dennis W. Newman, JD, est …

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The Emotional Rollercoaster of a Colorado Divorce

April 19, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm
The Emotional Rollercoaster of a Colorado Divorce

  The emotional rollercoaster of divorce:   Attorneys are also known as “counselors,” but are not therapists or mental health professionals.  And yet, we see our clients experience a variety of emotions, sometimes conflicting at the same time, and other times progressing over the course of the case.  Family law attorneys are problem solvers.  We specialize in resolving the legal issues and the financial issues that face your family in a divorce or legal separation.  Many times by resolving those concerns, a client’s emotional health is conso …

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The AARP Bulletin Recognizes Beth Wilkins, a Paralegal at The Harris Law Firm!

April 17, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Beth Wilkins, a paralegal with The Harris Law Firm, is an active volunteer with Wills on Wheels. The organization is a volunteer committee of paralegals and attorneys throughout the Denver area. One of Beth's recent clients was Jean Turner of Denver. After Ms. Turner's handicapped son passed away, Jeanne needed to update her will for her three surviving adult children. But Turner, 79, had neither the money nor the mobility for the legal task. She lives on Social Security and a small pension as a retired hospital nurse assistant and suffers back pain so severe she is homebound. So Beth …

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Frequently Asked Questions regarding LGBT Colorado Family Law

April 12, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Frequently Asked Questions in LGBT Family Law Q: If I am legally married to my partner in another state, can I obtain a Colorado divorce in Colorado? A: Colorado courts can address the division of your property and the allocation of parental responsibilities related to your children, but Colorado cannot grant you a legal divorce. You will have to obtain a legal divorce from the state in which you were married or another state which recognizes same-sex marriage. Q: My partner and I have a child. My partner is the biological parent of our child. How can I become a legally recognized p …

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Marc Anthony Files to Divorce Jennifer Lopez

April 12, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Singer Marc Anthony has officially filed for divorce from Jennifer Lopez, his wife of 7 years. Anthony has cited "irreconcilable differences" and has requested joint custody of their two children. Mr. Anthony and Ms. Lopez have four-year-old twins, Max and Emme. Anthony filed to dissolve the marriage on Monday, after almost nine months after they announced their intention to separate.   In June of 2011, the pair made an announcement to the media: "We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable co …

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Colorado Custoday:Child Support or Parenting Time Issue in Northern Colorado?

April 11, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Custoday:Child Support or Parenting Time Issue in Northern Colorado?

Call The Harris Law Firm, with offices in Denver and Fort Collins, to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss your Colorado Family Law issue. The Harris Law Firm handles cases throughout Northern Colorado: Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Weld, Larimer, etc. . Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you …

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Zen and the Art of Divorce?

April 3, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Who knew that British comedian Russell Brand was also a philosopher? After obtaining a divorce from pop singer Katy Perry, the comedian turned philosopher says that he does not intend to dwell on his failed marriage because he finds that it is “meaningless” to hold on to anything “negative.” Brand, who is also an actor and yoga enthusiast,  filed for divorce from Perry in Los Angeles at the end of 2011. He recently told the press that he is at peace with the end of their 14-month union and doesn't h …

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Was the Kardashian Wedding a Publicity Stunt?

April 2, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Kris Humphries says that he will not divorce Kim Kardashian until she admits publically that the wedding was a publicity stunt and the marriage was staged by her and her family. He is also demanding a public apology from her.  Apparently Mr. Humphries has turned down a $7 million dollar settlement to ensure his silence, but he has refused the offer. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/kris_to_kim_say_it_was_fake_EHjFVlJvKVh00DWdCll1SL#ixzz1qtLY9kbV

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Check Out The Harris Law Firm's New Divorce Recovery Section!

April 2, 2012
Categories: Divorce Recovery | Author: Harris Law Firm

http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/updates/check-out-our-new-divorce-recovery-section The Divorce Recovery Section is an ongoing list of "Partners" to The Harris Law Firm who can help the recently divorced heal from the process and create new and healthy beginnings. If you would like to be a partner and have your company name added to The Harris Law Firm's Divorce Recovery  list, just give us a call at 303 299 9484 Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclu …

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New Book Shares the Secrets of Happily Married Women

March 29, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

 In author Iris Krasnow's new book, she interviewed 200 happily married women who have been with their husbands from 15 to 70 years. The inverviewees share how they have stayed  married in a culture where 50% of all marriages in the US end in divorce. Her new book, available now is called: The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes To Stay Married Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody …

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Colorado Divorce: Separate Vs. Marital Property

March 28, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Once an interest is deemed to be “property,” a court must then determine whether such property is marital or separate for purposes of dividing the marital property. Hunt, 909 P.2d 525, 529 (Colo. 1995). Under the Act, “marital property” is defined as “property acquired by either spouse subsequent to the marriage except: property acquired by gift, bequest, devise, or descent; property acquired in exchange for property acquired prior to the marriage or in exchange for property acquired by gift, bequest, devise, or descent; property acquired by a spouse after a …

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Colorado Divorce: Are we common law married?

March 28, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  A:  There are no clean-cut designations that determine whether someone is common law married or not. All that needs to be shown is that the two of you intended to be common law married and presented yourselves to the public as a married couple. In order to establish a common law marriage, the Courts will be looking for specific indicators such as whether or not you presented yourselves to public as husband and wife, maintained joint financial accounts, or joint credit cards. They will also ask if you filed joint tax returns, or listed your significant other as a “spouse&rdqu …

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Colorado Divorce: Being calm, rational, and organized is the best way to prepare.

March 27, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

For most people, the experience of divorce is a highly emotional one, and the accompanying feelings of anxiety and stress can be overwhelming. When our emotional states become erratic , our judgement can become impaired, and our abiility to make reasonable decisions can be diminshed. When you are going thorough the process associated with the dissolution of marriage, it is imperative that you maintain your cool, keep calm, and focus on the end result. When you are dealing with issues that comprise your finances and your children, it is important to be rational, prepared, and …

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Colorado Custody: Helping Your Kids Cope with a Colorado Divorce

March 27, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Talk to your children about how they are feeling during this difficult time. Divorce can leave deep emotional scars on children, and communicating with them about what is going on is imperative to their healing process. Be there for them when they need you, and discuss how this transition is going to evolve over time. But most importantly, let your behavior set an example for your kids, create structure in their lives, and let them know that you are there for them. Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law …

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More Divorces Filed in the First Quarter of the Year

March 26, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to a recent analysis by Findlaw.com, a consumer legal advice website, the month of March is the most popular time for couples to file for divorce. With Westlaw, the leading legal research database, FindLaw.com analyzed divorce filings across the U.S. for over 3 years and have found some interesting conclusions.  The 2008 - 2011 analysis revealed that divorces spike in January, continue to rise and peak in late March. The reasons for  divorce being more prevalent in the first quarter were not defined by the reseach, but  there are several prom …

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Free "Questions About Divorce?" Seminar at The Harris Law Firm on 4/12/12

March 19, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Please join us on Thursday, April 12th from 12 to 1 at The Harris Law Firm for our free monthly divorce seminar. Senior Attorney, Margaret Walker will be presenting. The seminar is held at our offices: 1125 17th St, Suite 1820 To RSVP - call us at 303 299 9484

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INTERNET SAFETY for COLORADO KIDS

March 15, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
INTERNET SAFETY for COLORADO KIDS

CHEEZO    INTERNET SAFETY for COLORADO KIDS Sponsored by THE HARRIS LAW FIRM 303-299-9484 Cheezo provides internet safety programs for school age children in the State of Colorado. The Cheezo Internet Safety Team, headed by Investigator Mike Harris, was the first to conduct internet investigations starting in 1996, and since the programs inception, the team has provided over 2,000 educational presentations.  Our program is designed for the age specific audience, and organized in an assembly format.   You can schedule a presentation with the Cheezo Team from Januar …

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Your Day in a Colorado Divorce Court: Dress for Success

March 14, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  When you are about to appear in a Colorado Family Law Court regarding your divorce or custody case, begin by showing your respect to the court by dressing appropriately. When you appear in court, it is important to dress simply and conservatively: For men: Always appear clean and pressed. Consider wearing a collared shirt, and tailored slacks. Adding a sports coat and a tie is optional. If this is not possible, wear a new pair of jeans and a polo shirt. For women: Always dress appropriately by appearing in outfits that are traditional and conservative.  …

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Could Colorado Soon See Changes to Laws Regarding Spousal Support?

March 12, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Could Colorado Soon See Changes to Laws Regarding Spousal Support?

  Here are two views on Massachusetts’ new maintenance laws: http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/09/opinion/murphy-alimony-overhaul-con/index.html http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/09/opinion/hitner-alimony-overhaul-pro/index.html     The State of Massachusetts has embraced a recent change to their laws regarding spousal support (known as “maintenance” in Colorado).  Massachusetts law regarding alimony paid from one spouse to the other after divorce has changed.  The previous law awarded alimony for a lifetime, and if the payor remarried, the new spou …

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Colorado Divorce: Online Child Support Calculator

March 9, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Child support calculator:     http://www.courts.state.co.us/Forms/Forms_List.cfm?Form_Type_ID=94   This is also available from the Resource Section of The Harris Family Law website under CHILD SUPPORT AND PARENTING TIME: www.harrisfamilylaw.com Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best …

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Free "Questions About Divorce?" Seminar on Thursday, April 12, from 12 to 1

March 8, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Questions about divorce, legal separation, or child custody? Join Margaret Walker, Esq. and come to our free seminar on Thursday, April 12th from 12 pm to 1 pm at: The Harris Law Firm: 1125 17th Street (17th and Lawrence in the Chase Bank Building) Suite 1820 Denver, CO 80202 To RSVP - call 303 299 9484      

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Creating a Post-Colorado Divorce Plan for Your Future

March 7, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  The key to life after divorce is to follow a Colorado post-divorce plan. With so many things affecting your life during and after your divorce, a plan can bring a lot of comfort and needed stability to your life and help you to move more positively into the future. There will inevitably be many things that you cannot control as much as you would like to during this process, so it is important to take hold of those things which you can control and use them to surround yourself with calm during the storm. Just like your children will need predictability, comfort, and safety in order to f …

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Colorado Custody: Mom and Dad's Colorado Divorce

March 7, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Dear Mom and Dad: I know you are divorcing, and you say it is for the best, but please know that there are things that I need from both of you during this sad and confusing time: I need you both, so please stay involved in my life. Your presence makes me feel safe. If we cannot see each other every day, please call, text, email Skype,and/or write letters, and ask me lots of questions. When you are involved in my life, I feel loved. Don’t argue, bicker and fight, but instead, try to agree on matters related to me. When you fight about me, I feel …

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Filing for Annulment (Declaration of Invalidity) or a Colorado Divorce?

March 6, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

 Colorado Divorce vs. Annulment C.R.S. § 14-10-111 states that a court has the authority to declare a marriage invalid for several reasons such as: (a) One person lacked the ability to consent to the marriage.    (b) One person did not have the physical ability to consummate the marriage by sexual intercourse, and the other person did not know about it when they got married.  (c) One person was not old enough to consent to the marriage, and that person did not have parental consent. (d) One person tricked the other person through some type of fraud, and the f …

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Call The Harris Law Firm for Colorado Divorce or Post Decree Matters

March 6, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a Colorado divorce, or post-decree matter, call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484 to see how one of our 18 family law attorneys can assist you. With offices in Denver and Fort Collins, we can arrange a consultation for you to determine how we can help. To set up a consultation, please call us today.

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Get Your Marriage Back on Track Now!

March 2, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

When you and your spouse are experiencing problems in your marriage, consider relationship counseling to discuss your issues. Calling your family therapist should be your first call and calling your family law attorney should be your last one!  Dont ignore the problems in your marriage, but work through them by addressing the issues with a professional trained to help. For a list of qualified therapists in your area, go to the Saving Your Marriage section of our website and keep your marriage happy and healthy. Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (9 …

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Looking for a Licensed Therapist in Colorado?

March 1, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Please access the Colorado Divorce or the Saving Your Marriage section of our website in the Resource Section to access a list of qualified therapists in your area.

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Check Out Our New Colorado Divorce Recovery Section!

February 27, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Divorce Recovery: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/divorce-recovery 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 life shared, and a future that was planned together.  Recovering from a divorce is a complex process, and healing takes time, but it is important to know that you can, and will, begin again. …

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Colorado Child Custody & The Allocation of Parental Responsibility

February 27, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's Family Law Team. The firm focuses exclusively on domestic relations matters in the State of Colorado, and Colorado family law is our only practice area. When you consult with one of our 18 attorneys regarding the allocation of parental rights and/or parenting time and child support issues, the expert legal advice that you receive will help you understand your rights and options according to Colorado law. When you retain The Harris Law Firm, the many years of combined experience provided by our team of family law attorneys will ensure t …

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Can You Have a Happy Colorado Divorce?

February 14, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Yes, it is quite possible to have a civil divorce, and many couples have had this experience. Especially in recent years, ending your marriage does not have to be litigious or angry. "Now that we have had several decades of high divorce rates, we may know how to do divorce a little better and in a way that minimizes the pain,” says Andrew Cherlin, author of The Marriage-Go-Round and a professor at Johns Hopkins.  Not that happily divorced couples simply go back to being friends. “It takes as much energy to be happily divorced as it does to be happily married,&r …

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Colorado Divorce or Post Decree Matter in Denver or Fort Collins?

February 13, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a post-decree matter involving child support, parenting time, or maintenance issues, call The Harris Law Firm to arrange for a private consultation with one of our 18 family law attorneys in Denver or Fort Collins. Call Heidi Culbertson, our Director of New Client Development at 303 299 9484.

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A Judges Thoughts on Colorado Divorce and Custody

February 10, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

 Please read this interesting blog post regarding the thoughts of a family law court judge who rules on divorce and custody cases:  A few weeks ago I had lunch with a judge whom I respect very much.  We were talking about difficult parenting discussions I have had with clients and she stopped me with this story:   “Do you know what I say to couples who turn up in my courtroom?  First, I ask them what they are doing in my courtroom.  They explain they are there to settle a custody issue.  I then ask them, "Do you love your children?     …

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Keeping Colorado's Kids Internet Safe

February 10, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/internet-safety-for-colorado-kids CHEEZO: INTERNET SAFETY for COLORADO KIDS Sponsored by THE HARRIS LAW FIRM 303-299-9484  Cheezo provides internet safety programs for school age children in the State of Colorado. The Cheezo Internet Safety Team, headed by Investigator Mike Harris, was the first to conduct internet investigations starting in 1996, and since the programs inception, the team has provided over 2,000 educational presentations.  Our program is designed for the age specific audience, and organized in an assembly format.   …

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See Our Colorado Divorce Recovery Section!

February 10, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/divorce-recovery   Divorce Recovery 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 life shared, and a future that was planned together.  Recovering from a divorce is a complex process, and healing takes time, but it is important to know that you can, and will, begin again.

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Making Your Marriage Last

February 8, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Make a list of what you need from your partner: List 5 things that you want from your partner List 5 issues that you would like to eliminate from your relationship: These can be behaviors, methods of communication or non-communication, personal problems, etc. What baggage have you brought into your relationship?   Each partner carries emotional issues from the past into the current relationship. It is important to know what those issues are. Are you emotionally available? It is not uncommon to unconsciously build emotional walls that prevent close …

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How do Colorado divorce lawyers handle their own divorces?

February 8, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  When involved in family law matters, most Colorado divorce lawyers know that they should try to stay out of court and settle their cases without ever going to trial. Divorce attorneys know that coming to an agreement regarding the division of assets and parenting time will save them energy, time, and money. The also realize that litigation will eliminate the possibility for an amicable agreement, and the litigation process is expensive and will leave both parties feeling frustrated and disillusioned.   Family law attorneys understand that most divorce …

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Do You Have Grounds for an Annulment or Should You File for a Colorado Divorce?

February 7, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Annulment: What Does it Take? Colorado courts may grant a “declaration of invalidity” (commonly known as an “annulment”) where: (1)   A party lacked the ability to consent to the marriage due to mental incapacity or the influence of drugs or alcohol; (2)   A party cannot consummate the marriage through sexual intercourse and the other party did not know beforehand; (3)   There was a fraudulent misrepresentation that goes to the essence of the marriage; (4)   One or both parties entered the marriage under duress; (5)& …

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Ryann Peyton Elected VP of the GLBT Bar Association for 2012

February 6, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Ryann Peyton Elected VP of the GLBT Bar Association for 2012

Ryann Peyton, an associate attorney at The Harris Law Firm has been elected as the VP/ President Elect of the GLBT bar association for 2012. She will automatically become president in 2013. Congratulations to Ryann Peyton!

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Recent Research Indicates Divorce is More Stressful for Younger People

February 6, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to Hui Liu, a professor of sociology at Michigan State University, recent research suggests that younger people have fewer coping skills than older people when dealing with the emotional stress associated with the dissolution of marriage. The study indicated that younger people need more support from their families, friends and society as a whole to deal with the emotional aftermath of divorce. There were 1,282 participants of various ages in Liu's research that measured the health status between those who rema …

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Colorado Divorce: It is Possible to Have a Kind and Gentle Divorce

February 2, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

It Takes Two.  Rather than blaming your spouse for all the problems in your marriage, seek to discover how you participated in the demise of your relationship. We all need to recognize our own participation in the difficult events of our lives so that we can learn from our mistakes. Don't perceive yourself as a victim during this difficult time, but own your participation in the unraveling of your marriage, and seek to move on as a stronger and healthier individual.   Prepare for a New Life:  Yes, you will need to grieve the end of your marriage, but don't allow you …

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Points to Consider Before You File for a Colorado Divorce:

February 1, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Preparing fora Colorado Divorce: 1. Find Out What You Own. Assets and debt are generally divided in an equitable manner. Begin by identifying what you own and what you owe.  Obtain records and statements for the following: Bank Accounts (savings and checking accounts, loans, etc.) Investment Accounts (brokerage and retirement accounts) Insurance Policies Real Estate Records Trust Agreements and Wills Credit Card Records Prenupital or Postnuptial Marital Agreements Records of Law Suits and /or upcoming settlements 2. Establish accounts under your own name.  &n …

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Colorado Custody: Helping Your Kids Cope with Legal Separation or Colorado Divorce

January 31, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

If your children are having difficulties coping with your separation or divorce in Colorado, get them some help. Go to the Resource Section of our website and access HELPING KIDS COPE in the drop down box then go to the THERAPISTS tab to find many qualified children's counselors in your area. Or simply click here: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/resource-center/helping-kids-cope/therapists Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Ch …

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Common Law Marriage Age of Consent

January 27, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Common Law Marriage Age of Consent Today you hear numerous couples claiming that they are married under the common law (or possibly disagreeing with one another whether or not they are). Everyone always appears to disagree over the differing requirements, but no one ever seems to discuss at what age you can legally bind into a common law marriage. Most assume that eighteen years of age is the minimum age, but surprisingly the age requirement is much, much younger. In Colorado, the statutory age of consent for ceremonial marriage is eighteen. Nevertheless, persons betwee …

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Can I retain my health insurance benefits on my spouse's plan aftera Colorado divorce?

January 20, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  In Colorado, a Legal Separation and a Divorce are accomplished by the same process.  The only difference is at the end of the Legal Separation you are not free to remarry.  In a Legal Separation you have to divide debts and assets as well as make provisions for children the same way you have to in a divorce.  Sometimes health insurance will continue for the spouse with a Legal Separation.  You would have to clarify this with your insurance.  Federal law will not allow people to keep former spouses on health insurance when the divorce is final. Located in …

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Can you protect the appreciation of separate property from joining the marital estate?

January 20, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Can you protect the appreciation of separate property from joining the marital estate?   Yes.     Pursuant to C.R.S. § 14-10-113, the marital appreciation of separate property will normally become part of the marital estate. However, pursuant to C.R.S. § 14-2-304, “parties may contract with respect to disposition of property upon separation of the parties.” The bottom line is that if you form a valid marital agreement then you can protect the appreciation of your separate property from joining the marital estate, and you will not …

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Colorado Divorce Recovery Class: Sunday, January 22

January 19, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Colorado Divorce Recovery Class:   Date and time: Sundays starting Jan 22. 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Location: Lafayette. Please call for location. Payment: $350.00.  Credit card, cash or check accepted.  Bring: Water bottle, something to write with, an emergency contact number, and your payment.  Contact: Jeannine 303-499-1987; Jeannine@RebuildingDivorceRecovery.com        Jeannine@jeanninelee.com To RSVP, please call: 303-499-1987    Jeannine Lee, CPCC, ACC, GRC, CMHC  

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Reasons for Supervised Parenting Time in Colorado

January 19, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  The courts have various reasons for the implementation of supervised parenting time in the State of Colorado: 1. If a parent has not been actively involved the child’s life and is being introduced or reintroduced, the courts often order that the parenting time be supervised during the early stages of the process. 2. If a parent has a medical issue that could compromise the safety of the child, the courts may order that supervision is necessary.   3. If a parent has been found to be neglectful of the child in the …

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Can I Obtain Legal Guardianship of My 15 Year Old Sister?

January 18, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Guardianships always require the permission of the parent, so an informal guardianship will work as long as the minor child's mother agrees that the child should live with you.  There is a form JDF 751 that allows the mother to delegate to you most of the decision making for the child.  Schools in the Metro area generally allow a child to be enrolled based on this form.  Whether she can be on your health insurance will depend on your health insurance provider.    This type of guardianship is relatively easy, inexpensive and effective.  If the mother ask …

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Actor Sean Penn Named as Ambassador at Large to Haiti

January 17, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

 

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Are extraordinary expenses for medical expenses added to Colorado child support?

January 17, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Adjustments for health care expenditures for children. (a) In orders issued pursuant to this section, the court shall also provide for the child's or children's current and future medical needs by ordering either parent or both parents to initiate medical or medical and dental insurance coverage for the child or children through currently effective medical or medical and dental insurance policies held by the parent or parents, purchase medical or medical and dental insurance for the child or children, or provide the child or children with current a …

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I filed for the Dissolution of Marriage in Colorado . Can I Change My Mind?

January 17, 2012
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

  After you file for a Colorado divorce, you can dismiss the petition for the dissolution of marriage with the court anytime before the other person files a response.    Once a response has been filed,  the two of you must agree to dismiss the petition.  

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Is My Ex Entitled to the Tax Benefit if He Did Not His Pay Child Support in 2011?

January 16, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

C.R.S. 14-10-115 (13) Emancipation. (a) For child support orders entered on or after July 1, 1997, unless a court finds that a child is otherwise emancipated, emancipation occurs and child support terminates without either party filing a motion when the last or only child attains nineteen years of age unless one or more of the following conditions exist:   (I) The parties agree otherwise in a written stipulation after July …

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The Harris Law Firm and The Road To Hope Continues Its Dedication to the Children of Haiti

January 13, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
The Harris Law Firm and The Road To Hope Continues Its Dedication to the Children of Haiti

  In remembrance of the 2-year anniversary of the Haiti quake, Rich Harris of The Harris Law Firm remains dedicated to The Road to Hope.   Denver, CO – January, 2012 - The Road to Hope is a non-profit organization founded by Rich and Lisa Harris dedicated to helping the children of Haiti. They are a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization. Donations and contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. The Road to Hope supports organizations that share their goals of building self-sustaining communities that directly affect the lives of children. Their vision is a Haiti …

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Consult with an Attorney Before Filing for an Order of Protection

January 13, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Consult with an Attorney Before Filing for an Order of Protection

An order of protection will prohibit the restrained party from contacting the protected party, and from coming within a specified distance of the protected person.  13-14-101(2.4) (a), C.R.S.  Contact can be direct or indirect, and behavior such as sending a letter, or leaving a note, or communicating with the protected party through a third person who is not your attorney, or even sending flowers, is a violation that can result in criminal charges.  When a motion for a protection order is filed, the court will conduct an ex parte hearing (a hearing ju …

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Calculating Child Support Using Imputed Income

January 11, 2012
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  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 wage if the non-working spouse did not have a college degree, significant job training, or much work experience. Currently the monthly income for minimum wage is $1,324.57 You must determine which amount is the most appropriate to calculate support. Located in Denver (303) 299-94 …

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What are my rights as a legal guardian?

January 10, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  § 15-14-201. Appointment and Status of Guardian A person becomes a guardian of a minor by appointment by a parent or guardian by will or written instrument or upon appointment by the court. The guardianship continues until terminated, without regard to the location of the guardian or minor ward.   § 15-14-208. Powers of Guardian (1) Except as otherwise limited by the court, a guardian of a minor ward has the powers of a parent regarding the ward's support, care, education, health, and welfare. (2) A guardian may: (a) Apply for and receive money for the support of …

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Siblings to Sue Adams County Social Services for Failure to Protect Them

January 6, 2012
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that three siblings can sue Adams County social workers over their alleged failure to protect them from abuse. The children were preteens when they told adoptive parents they were severely abused in the home of their biological mother and later in foster care. According to the Denver Post, the adoptive parents lost a lawsuit against Adams County over claims that social workers had a duty to disclose the children's background. Thursday's ruling allows lawyers for the children to proceed with claims that the children had a right to be free …

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If you are married to a narcissist:

January 5, 2012
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Published on February 7, 2011 by Karyl McBride, Ph.D. in The Legacy of Distorted Love   While there is some truth that who we marry reflects our own emotional development, there is also a different and more complicated flavor involved when one is drawn into a narcissist's world. For instance, Mark and Marcy married. They had two children. Mark continually emotionally abused Marcy throughout the marriage as well as the children. He had no emotional connection to the children and they were not attached to him. Marcy was the psychological parent and always has been. Then Marcy dec …

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Divorce Recovery Class on Sunday, January 15th

January 4, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Sunday, January 15th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Cairn Christian church * Lafayette Reduced Price: $375.00. Payment plans available. Jeannine Lee, CPCC, ACC, GRC, CMHC   303-499-1987  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanninelee Jeannine@rebuildingdivorcerecovery.com   …

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My former spouse is still paying on a life insurance policy on me. Is that legal?

January 3, 2012
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
My former spouse is still paying on a life insurance policy on me. Is that legal?

  Generally wills, beneficiary designations on accounts such as retirement plans and insurance policies that have the spouse as beneficiary are revoked upon divorce.  This means that if a person forgets to change the spouse as the beneficiary on the retirement plan, the spouse would not inherit, but the contingent beneficiary or estate would receive the benefit.  If you remember the name of the insurance company, you may be able to talk to them about the policy.  If you bought the policy through a broker or sales person, you may be able to check with them.  Check the …

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Colorado legislator's new bill proposes a cooling-off period prior to filing for divorce

January 3, 2012
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Posted: 01/03/2012 01:00:00 AM MST Updated: 01/03/2012 08:13:15 AM MST By Lynn Bartels The Denver Post     A state lawmaker who wants to make it more difficult for parents to divorce said he initially had no idea that legislators a decade ago killed a similar proposal dubbed the "Dr. Laura" bill. Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said he believes his proposal stands a better chance because it makes exceptions, such as in cases of domestic violence or sexual abuse. The bill would require parents who have minor children and are considering divorce to …

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Colorado Divorce: Accessing Your Divorce Records

December 31, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  The Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics operates a web site where the general public may access information regarding marriages and divorces. Colorado treats these records as confidential because of identity theft concerns so you must apply to the State Vital Records office for official Marriage or Divorce verification.                          The application lists eligible recipients of the record, which includes relatives and organizations with a f …

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Before you name your child, take a look at this list!

December 30, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

This week the Pope declared war on parents naming babies after celebrities, fruit or popular sports cars. In an address to parents, the ever-progressive pontiff pleaded with worshipers to 'give your children names that are in the Christian calendar'. So Apple, Brooklyn and Ferrari are out, Francisco and Giulia are in.   But Benedict's not the only authority figure to stamp down on one of the sillier by-products of celebrity culture. The following names have all been banned around the world for reasons of taste, decency or just plain daftness. 1) Talula Does The Hula …

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Colorado Custody: Modifying the Parenting Plan Based on Relocation

December 29, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  If you are relocating out of the State of Colorado, and want to take your child with you, you must first file in Colorado to modify the court ordered parenting time before you move. Before ruling on a relocation case, the court will consider the following: Your reasons for relocating to another state Why you believe that it is in the child's best interests to accompany you, rather than stay in CO with the other parent. The objections of the child's other parent to the proposed relocation …

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Cololrado Custody: Be a Better Co-Parent in 2012!

December 28, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

1. Try not to criticize your child's other parent. You and your ex will never parent your children in the same way, so at some point you must accept this fact and move on. Try not to be so judgmental 2. Your kids need you to accept their other parent. In time your children will know why you divorced. There is no need to share the details with them. Let your kids love and respect their other parent, and have a meaningful relationship with them. Remember that a less than adequate spouse can often be a very good parent. 3. Be the parent you …

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Arnold and Maria Back on Track?

December 27, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Report: Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s marriage may not be terminated after all.  According to TMZ, Shriver is having doubts about pursuing a divorce, which she filed for on July 1 of this year. According to TMZ’s source, Shriver is torn because her strong religious beliefs do not recognize divorce. To make things more complicated, Schwarzenegger desperately wants her back, and has reportedly been ”extremely sweet” to her since their split, showering her with gifts. The couple spent Christmas together wi …

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Consider Your Financial Situation Before You File for a Colorado Divorce!

December 23, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Consider Your Financial Situation Before You File for Divorce! •If you have been living on two incomes, consider that you will be living on your own resources following the divorce. •If the bulk of your marital assets are in real property or a business, it will take time to obtain your portion of those assets after the divorce is final •Divorce proceedings can be complex, and you will need to have enough cash to live on until you and your ex-spouse reach an agreement. Before you file for divorce, make sure that you have enough assets to live on your …

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Colorado Divorce: Post Decree Modifications During the Holiday Season

December 22, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The holidays often trigger legal issues that include disagreements regarding parenting time and unpaid child support, and/or maintenance. If you have a Colorado divorce or post decree matter that you would like to discuss with a Colorado family law attorney, please give us a call at The Harris Law Firm. You can contact us at 303 299 9484 to schedule a private consultation. We will be available online over the holidays.

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Colorado Divorce Amongst the Elderly

December 20, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

                  While I don’t have hard data to prove this, The Harris Law Firm is certainly seeing more and more “gray” Colorado divorces.   And, these cases bring with them some unique challenges.                 In my opinion, we lack verifiable evidence to support the current rates of divorce, much less divorce amongst the elderly. In fact, the U.S. Census has only recently begun trackin …

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Wife of Kobe Bryant has Filed for Divorce in California

December 19, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Tired of his infidelities, Vanessa Bryant, wife of Basketball Star Kobe Bryant, has filed for the dissolution of marriage in California after 10 years of marriage. In a comunity property state, Vanessa is very likely to be entitled to 50% of Kobe's annual earnings for the last decade. The LA Lakers star is expected to earn in excess of $25 million in 2011. THe couple never filed a pre-nuptial agreement. Vanessa is being represented by Laura Wasser, who recently represented Kim Kardashian in her divorce from athlete Kris Humphries. According to the petition …

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A Great Holiday Gift for Mothers and Daughters!

December 19, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
A Great Holiday Gift for Mothers and Daughters!

"Wisdom and Recipes" is a new book for mothers and daughters by Colorado author Heidi Culbertson. This volume is a must read new book for young women who are starting to grow up and become more independent. Written for women, and specifically for mothers and daughters, this wise little volume full of practical wisdom and fabuous recipes. It is a book to treasure that will serve as an ongoing and gentle reminder from mothers to daughters that says, "Remember all that I taught you, be careful out there and don't forget to eat!." Wisdom …

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Colorado Family Law for Those in the Medical Profession

December 16, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm has 18 attorneys who focus on Colorado family Law. John Tatlock, Special Counsel to the firm, and Associate Attorney, Elizabeth Howard have had many clients with domestic relations issues who work in medicine. With their clients varying work schedules, both John and Elizabeth have had success in crafting parenting plans that take into account the sometimes irregular employment schedule of those who are health professionals. If you are in the medical field, and have a family law matter, call Colorado's Family Law Team at 303 299 9484. We are here to help.

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Do you have a child support or parenting time issue in Northern Colorado?

December 16, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Call Colorado's Family Law Team! The Harris Law Firm now has offices in Denver and Fort Collins. We handle divorce, legal separation, post decree issues, as well as matters regarding child support and parenting time. If you have a case in Northern Colorado, call us to schedule a consultation:  303 299 9484 Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in …

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The Etiquette of Social Media During and After a Colorado Divorce

December 14, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

During or After a Colorado Divorce: 1. Do Not Attack Your Ex Via Social Media:  You will never regret maintaining your online poise and dignity during times of high stress and emotionalism. 2. Remove Former Comments: Remove any comments that you made on your ex's profile or photos. Even the most of positive posts can sometimes cause confusion for you and for your ex when beginning new relationships. 3. Using the Block Feature: If you are not on good terms with your ex, and they are using Facebook …

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The Recession and Your Colorado Divorce

December 13, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Recession and Divorce Thirty-eight percent of couples considering divorce or separation have postponed those plans due to the recession, according to a study released earlier this year by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. The reason? Divorce is expensive, and with the economic downturn, families don't have the money necessary to start over. Those couples who choose to go through with divorces are facing new financial challenges, such as determining what to do with upside-down mortgages or establishing individual credit in a tougher regulatory environment. Here a …

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Candace Bushnell, Author of "Sex and the City", has Filed for Divorce in New York City

December 7, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- "Sex and the City" scribe Candace Bushnell has filed for divorce from ballet dancer Charles Askegard after nine years of marriage, the New York Post said. Bushnell, 53, allegedly discovered after starting divorce proceedings that Askegard, 43, was having an affair with ballerina Georgina Pazcoguin, his frequent collaborator.   It is unclear at this time if Ms Bushnell and Mr. Askegard have a prenuptial agreement, or if Mr . Askegard will be dancing again in the Nutcracker. Read more: http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/TV/2011/12/06/Bushnell- …

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Dividing Debt After a Colorado Divorce

December 5, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to ex-bankruptcy judge and lawyer R. Glen Ayers, "Most divorce decrees allocate liabilities for pre-divorce obligations between the former spouses. So, the husband agrees or is ordered to pay certain credit card obligations and similar debts. The wife may agree or be ordered to pay a car note or some other debts. While the divorce decree may allocate responsibility between the spouses, that decree does not release either spouse from the obligation to the creditor." In other words, while your decree may specify who is to pay what, it does not release either of you from your …

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Call The Harris Law Firm to Discuss Colorado Post Decree Modifications

December 2, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a parenting plan that needs to be modified or enforced, or have a Colorado divorce, call The Harris Law Firm to arrange a consultation with one of our 18 family law attorneys in Denver or Fort Collins.

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Colorado Divorce and The Holidays

November 28, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

You would not think that the holidays would spur an upward trend in the filing of family law matters in Colorado, but it is one of the busiest times of the year for domestic relations attorneys. If you are experiencing a family law issue and would like to speak to one of 18 attorneys at The Harris Law Firm, please give us a call. We will be happy to arrange a consultation for you right away. Please call Heidi Culbertson at 303 299 9484

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Colorado Custody: Do You Have a Child-Related Legal Matter in Colorado?

November 23, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Colorado Child Support and Parenting Time: As a preliminary matter, in Colorado the commonly used term "custody" has been statutorily replaced with the legally mandated term "allocation of parental responsibility." The legal term “parental responsibility” encompasses both parenting time and decision-making responsibilities. Colorado law favors meaningful and continuing contact between both parents and the child following a divorce. Couples that go through a divorce usually arrive at a parenting plan in one of two ways: Either the parties come to an agree …

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Colorado Custody: Helping Kids Cope with Divorce

November 22, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

1998 - Random House - Paperback - 1st Edition Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way By M. Gary Neuman L.M.H.C. With Patricia Romanowski New - Collectible Divorce is painful and confusing. Perhaps now more than ever, you want to give your child all the love, support, and guidance he or she needs, but everything seems harder and more complicated. Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way can help. Based on Gary Neuman's phenomenally successful Sandcastles program, which has helped more than fifty thousand children cope with divorce, th …

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Colorado Divorce or Child Support matter in Boulder, CO, give us a call!

November 21, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm handles family law cases in counties throughout Metro Denver, as well as Boulder, El Paso, Fort Collins, and counties throughout the State of CO. If you would like to speak with an attorney at the firm about your CO family law matter, give us a call at 303 299 9484

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Divorce Attorney Jennie Wray Handles CO Family Law Cases for Military Personnel

November 14, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Divorce Attorney Jennie Wray Handles CO Family Law Cases for Military Personnel

This case represents a victory for military members and how the Court system can accomplish the right thing with good lawyering. This was an allocation of parental rights case(APR), and both parties are in the military. The Father stationed in Florida, and the Mother lives in Colorado.  Back in February 2011, the Mother, who is the opposing party. filed her APR regarding a 6 month old child.  The Mother was extremely restrictive regarding what, if any, time she would allow the Father to have.  She insisted if he wanted parenting time, it must be supervi …

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Attorney-Client Relationship as it Pertains to the Guardian Ad Litem

November 11, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

  People v. Gabriesheski¸ ___ P.3d _____ (Colo. 2011)               In this criminal case involving sexual assault on a child, the Colorado Supreme Court held that no attorney-client relationship existed between a child and a guardian ad litem.               With all due respect to the majority, Justice Maritnez’s Dissent (in which Justice Bender joins) is far more persuasive, well reasoned, and truly representative of the role of the Guardian ad Litem. …

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Divorce Lawyer, Stephen Vertucci, Esq., a Volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Fort Collins

November 10, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm, is a proud Meals on Wheels volunteer in Fort Collins through his involvement with the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club.  Stephen recently delivered meals to eight Fort Collins residents who have various medical needs.  The Harris Law Firm is proud to be a part of such an important program!

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Colorado Divorce: Divorce or Legal Separation in Northern Colorado?

November 9, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Divorce or Legal Separation in Northern Colorado?

Call The Harris Law Firm to schedule an appointment with Stephen Vertucci, a partner with the firm and the manager of the Fort Collins office. He will meet with you to discuss your case and your rights and options according to Colorado law. If you have a family law matter in Weld or Larimer counties, or in Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, or Windsor, call us at 303 299 9484

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Divorce Lawyer Carla Scarpone Named "Up and Coming Attorney for 2012"!

November 9, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Divorce Lawyer Carla Scarpone Named "Up and Coming Attorney for 2012"!

Carla Scarpone Named "Up and Coming Attorney for 2012" by Law Week Colorado! The Harris Law Firm congratulates Carla on receving this honor!  If you have a family law matter in the State of Colorado and want to meet with Carla Scarpone, Esq., you can schedule a consultation with her by calling 303 299 9484

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This New Book is a Must Read for Any Woman Who Has Left a Difficult Relationship

November 7, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
This New Book is a Must Read for Any Woman Who Has Left a Difficult Relationship

The Tragic Kingdom by Colorado author Gloria Kennedy, and wonderfully illustrated by Jackie Penny, is every woman's story. It is a tale of love and loss but this time with a happy ending for the princess! Whimsical and inspiring, a great holiday gift for your women friends. To obtain a copy, email the author at gjkennedy55@gmail.com

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Do You Have a Family Law Matter in Northern Colorado?

November 3, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one of our attorneys, the expert legal advice you receive will help you understand your rights and options according to Colorado law. And when you retain this AV rated firm, the many years of combined experience provided by your legal team will ensure that the resoluti …

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Stephen Vertucci Presents Rotary Award to Police Officer Carrie Wills

November 3, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Stephen Vertucci Presents Rotary Award to Police Officer Carrie Wills

Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm, presented the Rotary Emergency Services Award to Fort Collins Police Office Carrie Wills this week.  The award, created to recognize outstanding service by a Fort Collins or Larimer County Police Officer, Sherriff’s Deputy, Fire Fighter, or Paramedic, is presented to an individual who exhibited outstanding courage or bravery in an emergency situation.  This year’s recipient, Officer Carrie Wills, was the first responder when a 49 year old man contacted 911 reporting he was going to commit  suicide and that he had se …

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Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween!

October 31, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Tips for parents to share with children about trick-or-treating: Cross at intersections only Never cross a street by walking between parked cars Before crossing, look left, right and then left again, and remember to also listen for traffic Wear light-colored or reflective clothing at night If there is no sidewalk available, walk as far off the roadway as possible on the side of the road, facing oncoming traffic Obey all traffic signs and signals Carry a flashlight during the evening hours

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Ryann Peyton on Board of Directors for the Colorado GLBT Bar Association

October 27, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Ryann Peyton on Board of Directors for the Colorado GLBT Bar Association

Ryann Peyton, a family law attorney at The Harris Law Firm, and the recipient of the Up and Coming Lawyers award from Law Week Colorado in 2011, handles the firm's family law cases for the GLBT community. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Ryann Peyton to discuss a domestic partnership or cohabitation agreement, the allocation of parental rights, dissolution mediation, a donor insemination or surrogacy contract, a health care directive or power of attorney, please call The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484 and ask for a member of our New Client Development Team to arrang …

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The Harris Law Firm and the CBA Working to Help Military Service Members

October 26, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm has, for the past several years, participated in the American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project.  We are often called on to offer legal advice to JAG officers assisting military members stationed around the world who have family law issues.   As an adjunct to this project, the CBA is starting an initiative to promote pro bono service for military members on a statewide basis.  This effort is being spearheaded by Supreme Court Justice Bender, and The Harris Law Firm will be an active participant on the panel for this proje …

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Colorado Family Law: Medical Marijuana Use is Not Necessarily Endangerment

October 25, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  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 entered the decree,  the State approved his medical marijuana application.  He filed a pro se motion to remove the UA provision from the parenting plan, but the magistrate denied his motion.  He filed a timely motion for ma …

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Post Decree Relocation Cases in Colorado? Call The Harris Law Firm

October 24, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are considering moving out of state, and need to readdress your current parenting plan, call The Harris Law Firm. We have attorneys in our Denver and Fort Collins offices who can work with you to discuss the modification of the allocation of parental rights and the best interests of your child(ren). Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in …

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Colorado Divorce: Broken Hearts, Pricey Jewelry, and Getting Engaged in Colorado

October 21, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  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 when the engagement falls apart. When the promise of marriage never comes true, who gets to keep the engagement ring?   Although Colorado is a “no fault” state when it comes to seeking a divorce, when it comes to keeping the engagement ring, the person responsible fo …

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The Harris Law Firm Handles Family Law Cases in Northern Colorado

October 21, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a Colorado Family Law matter in Weld or Larimer Counties, or Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor or Greeley, call The Harris Law Firm! You can reach us at 303 299 9484 to schedule a consultation with Partner Stephen Vertucci or Associate Attorney Katherine Ellis today. The Harris Law Firm handles cases involving divorce, custody, modifications, post decree matters, step parent adoption, maintenance, spousal support, orders of protection (restraining orders), pre-nupital agreements, marital agreements, high conflict and high profile cases, mediation, and family law for …

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Fort Collins Family Law Attorney Helps Kids in Northern Colorado

October 19, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm, recently presented 3rd grade students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Fort Collins with hard cover, color dictionaries as a part of the Rotary Read Committee of which he is a member.  “Rotary Read” is committed to promoting literacy among children in Northern Colorado.  Over the summer, the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club sold over 60,000 Palisade western slope peaches to raise funds to purchase enough dictionaries so that every 3rd grade student in the Poudre Valley School District would receive the very own diction …

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The Harris Law Firm Supports the Women and Children of The Haven

October 19, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm supported the women and children of The Haven at a fundraiser on October 18th at the Denver Athletic Club. The Haven is an 89-bed Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) located in Denver, Colorado for women, mothers and their infants. Licensed by the Colorado Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD), the program offers long-term, intensive treatment for clients with addictions. Clients are referred from the Department of Human Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the criminal justice system, homeless shelters, friends and family members, or through self-re …

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Divorce or Custody Matter in Northern Colorado?

October 18, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a Colorado family law matter in Weld or Larimer counties, or in Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor, or Fort Collins, please call The Harris Law Firm. We will arrange a consultation with partner Stephen Vertucci, or associate Clair Kauffman for you to discuss your case so that you can understand your rights and options according to Colorado law. You can reach The Harris Law Firm at 303 299 9484

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Colorado Child Custody: A Consistent Parenting Plan Can Comfort Your Child

October 11, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Creating daily schedules and consistent organization in the lives of younger children can bring them comfort during your divorce. Although this concept is widely recognized in the world of child psychology, many parents are unware that the implementation of routines are also helpful to  older children as well. Consistency makes people, and especially children,  feel safer and more secure because they know what to expect. Knowing that routines are in place, even when have to go between the homes of their parents, ca …

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Business Valuation in Colorado Divorce Cases

October 11, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

On Oct 11th, John Tatlock presented a CLE to Arapahoe County Bar Assocation on business valuation in divorce cases. In many Colorado divorces, a critical issue in the division of property between the spouses will be the value of any business that is a marital asset, whether shares in a corporation, membership interests in a limited liability company, general or limited partnership interests, or the value of a sole proprietorship, such as a consulting business, etc. Call us  to arrange a consultation with John Tatlock, Special Counsel for The Harris Law Firm to discuss valuation …

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Free GLBT Family Planning Seminar from 12 to 1 on Wednesday, Oct 19th

October 10, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Please join Ryann Peyton, Esq for a Free GLBT Family Planning Seminar from 12 to 1 on Wednesday, Oct 19th at The Harris Law Firm 1125 17th Street Suite 1820 Denver, CO 80202 303 299 9484 Please call to RSVP

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Is Ashton Kutcher Channeling Former Two and Half Men Star Charlie Sheen?

October 10, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Actress Demi Moore has allegedly consulted with a California divorce attorney to discuss the possible dissolution of marriage from her husband of 6 years, Ashton Kutcher.  Apparently some very damaging photos of Ashton in a partying mode were released to the press, and Demi is not happy.  However, the couple was recently photographed linked arm in arm  in Los Angeles on Friday night while attending services at the Kabbalah Centre. Let's hope that Ashton was just temporarily channeling Charlie Sheen, the former star of Two and Half Men …

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When You File for Divorce in Colorado, You Can Mediate, Litigate, or Collaborate

October 5, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

When you file for divorce, your options are litigation, mediation and the Collaborative Divorce Practice.    The divorce process for each option is the same, but the methods are quite different.    The Collaborative Divorce: This method will combine collaborative divorce attorneys, and, if necessary, a team of professionals to assist you through the divorce process. These can include financial experts, mental health professionals, divorce coaches, etc. To begin the Collaborative Process, divorcing parties must agree in writing that yo …

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When Your Ex Becomes Your Roommate After a Colorado Divorce

October 4, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Couples often endure their marriages because of the kids, but now they often live together following their divorce because of the house. Before the economic downturn and the collapse of the real estate market, couples sold the house, divided the equity and moved on. Now with tight financial sitations, couples are having to rethink "moving on" and are staying together in the marital home as roommates. Although this is a less than ideal arrangement, it is important to be realistic about your options. When faced with this arrangement, try to&n …

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If You Decide to Live Together, Protect Yourselves with a Cohabitation Agreement

October 4, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

A study by the Pew Research Center found that 39 percent of Americans think that living together is better than getting married. A recent census report found that 7.5 million heterosexual couples lived together in 2010, up 13 percent from 2009.  And as the number of couples choosing to live together rather than marry has increased dramatically, so have the court battles created by their break-ups. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that almost half of its 1,600 members are seeing an increase in litigation between cohabiting couples. Nearly …

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Colorado Divorce: Wise Advice to Those with Family Law Issues: Stay Cool!

October 3, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

By Kevin Massaro, Of Counsel to The Harris Law Firm: One of the best attributes a client can have in a family law situation, be it divorce or assignment of parental responsibilities (APR), or a post decree matter, is simply keeping cool. These matters are emotionally charged, even in the best of cases.  Your ex will do something you don’t like, guaranteed.  It may be that you think the new boyfriend is a derelict, or you think that having a six year old kid ride a four-wheeler with grandpa is dangerous, or you may just be sick of hearing his/her voice.  And often, your e …

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Planning for the Changes and Challenges of a Colorado Divorce

September 30, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Filing for a Colorado divorce will alter every aspect of a person's life, and it's aftermath will affect your finances,  your family dynamics, and even those within your social circle. You must prepare for the fact that ending your relationship will create on ongoing series of difficult challenges.  Before you file for divorce, consider the following issues. 1. Consider the number of people in your life who will be  affected by your divorce: you and your spouse, your children, your families, your friends, your ne …

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Two Ways to Avoid a Colorado Divorce Court

September 27, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

There are two effective methods to avoid the ongoing bitterness associated with Colorado divorces that go to trial. 1. A Collaborative Divorce allows each spouse to have an attorney, but both spouses and their lawyers agree in writing not to go to court. 2. In Divorce Mediation, a trained neutral party works with the spouses to create their own agreement. The resulting document is called a Memorandum of Understanding. Collaborative law and divorce mediation are two ways that allow divorcing parties to work together. These processes reduce conflict and often create t …

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Please Become a Fan of The Harris Law Firm on Our NEW FACEBOOK Page!

September 26, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

   Be a fan of The Harris Law Firm on our new Facbook page!     http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Harris-Law-Firm-PC/172565999450362?ref=ts Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one of our attorneys, the expert legal advice you receive will help you understand your rights and optio …

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Divorce or Child Custody Issues in Loveland, Weld or Larimer Counties?

September 24, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a Colorado Family Law issue and you would like to obtain quality legal representation, call The Harris Law Firm, Colorado's Family Law Team. Please contact partner Steve Vertucci to schedule a consultation in our Fort Collins office at 123 North Collins in the Excecutive Suite.   If you have a  legal matter in Fort Collins, Longmont, Windsor, Loveland, Greeley, or in Larimer or Weld counties  that includes divorce, legal separation, custody, child support, maintenance, step-parent adoption, a post decree issue, o …

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Man Faces 18 Year Prison Term for Vandalizing His Ex Wife's Home

September 22, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  58-year-old Ronald Dean Smith was was accused of breaking into his ex-wife’s Stapleton home in September 2010 and pouring bleach into the baby grand piano, leaving cleat marks on her hardwood floor, and placing uncooked chicken in the heating vents of her house.  The court found Mr. Smith guilty Wednesday of breaking into his ex-wife's house and causing thousands of dollars in damages to her home. The court convicted of second-degree burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies.     Acc …

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Colorado Divorce After Long-Term Marriages is Becoming More Common

September 19, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Most couples file for divorce after they have been together from 3 to 15 years. But divorce among those who have been married for 20 years or more is becoming more and more common. The reasons for divorce among those who have had long term marriages vary, but some of the things most often heard by divorce attorneys include the following: Affairs, emotional distance, lack of companionship, and finances play major roles in divorce. Sometimes one of the parties is just emotionally and psychologically ready to be on their own. When the kids "leave the nest&q …

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Save Your Marrage by Adopting Positive Behaviors:

September 14, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

  How to Save Your Marriage: Ø  Be Dependable: Healthy relationships are based on trust. Be true to your word and be someone who your partner can count on. Ø Don't be Jealous: Jealousy is the kiss of death in a relationship. Like envy, jealousy is an emotion that only furthers divisiveness between parties. Ø Forgive: Everyone is going to disappoint you at some point during the course of your relationship. Learn to forgive, and hope that your partner will do the same for you. Ø Be Romantic: Men and women need to keep …

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Do Not Obtain Divorce Advice from Friends, Family or Non-Divorce Professionals

September 13, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Typically, all an unhappy spouse has to do is breathe the word “divorce,” and everyone they know begins to share their personal experiences, offer opinions and give well-meaning advice. While their intentions are good, and it is natural that those around you will want to provide comfort and support,  it is important to remember that everyone's situation is different and everyone's divorce will be unique. It is also important to realize that your state's divorce laws are subject to change, and family law differs widely from state to state. …

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Your Credit Card Agreement Trumps Your Colorado Divorce Decree

September 13, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

A Colorado divorce decree is a legal, binding document. However, if you signed a credit card agreement, or a loan document,  stating that you agree to the terms of financial responsibility, then you are financially obligated to pay, regardless what your divorce decree may state.  If you find yourself in this situation, the credit card company doesnt want to hear the terms of your divorce decree, they just want to be paid. So if your spouse was court -ordered to pay the debt, and has not done so, this is a matter for your family law attorney to address. L …

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Congratulations to Colorado Divorce Lawyer John Tatlock!

September 9, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm
Congratulations to Colorado Divorce Lawyer John Tatlock!

          Congratulations to John Tatlock, Special Counsel to The Harris Law Firm, for being selected for membership in the Doyle Inn of Court as a “Master,” an attorney with more than 13 years experience in active practice.

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Become a Fan of The Harris Law Firm on Our New Facebook Page!

September 8, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Become a Fan of The Harris Law Firm on Our New Facebook Page! Attention Harris Friends:? As of September 23rd, The Harris Law Firm will be closing our Facebook account, and creating a new business account!? Please "Like" us and become a fan of the Firm on our new Facebook page!   http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Harris-Law-Firm-PC/172565999450362?ref=ts)  

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Colorado Custody: "Bad Mothering" Lawsuit Dismissed

September 6, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

 Margaret Walker, a Senior Attorney at The Harris Law Firm commented the following article from the Chicago Tribune, and addresses the degree of harm that can be caused by one parent attempting to alienate their children's other parent: "This shows how far some parents would go to inflict pain on the other parent.  There is no way to imagine the pain that has been inflicted on the children, however. Children can thrive during and after a divorce if parents work together to support the child’s relationship with the other parent.  Children can be reduced to …

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Marriage Rates per the US Census

September 6, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Year Marriages Population Rate per 1,000 total population 2009 2,080,000 306,803,000 6.8 2008 2,157,000 …

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Colorado Divorce: Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Your Kids

September 2, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Yes, divorce is hard on your kids too, but remember to take good care of yourself while you are all experiencing this tremendous loss of family. When you take care of yourself, you will have the strength and optimism necessary to share with your kids during this trying time. Take time with your friends, talk to a counselor, and  try to schedule some alone time to reflect and to strategize. You must stay strong, or you will not be able to be the parent your children need you to be. Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's lar …

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Filing for Divorce in Loveland, or Larimer or Weld Counties?

August 29, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm has a Fort Collins office at 123 North College. Call 303 299 9484 to schedule a consultation today!

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New Book is a Great Gift Idea for Mothers and Daughters!

August 25, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
New Book is a Great Gift Idea for Mothers and Daughters!

"Wisdom and Recipes – Things I Would Have Shared with My Daughter" is a new "MUST READ" book written for mothers and daughters. More specifically, it is intended for mothers to share with their daughters as they begin to grow up and become more independent. Before your daughter leaves home to make her own way in the world, the wisdom and recipes contained in this volume may serve as a gentle reminder from you that says, “Remember all that I taught you, be careful out there, and don't forget to eat!” Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 21, 2011 A Colorado …

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Colorado Divorce: Partner Stephen Vertucci Handles Family Law Cases in Fort Collins

August 23, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a domestic relations matter and are seeking legal counsel in Weld, Larimer or Boulder counties, please give us a call to arrange for a consultation with Stephen Vertucci. Mr. Vertucci is a partner with The Harris Law Firm and handles divorce and custody issues from our Fort Collins office. Call us at 303 299 9484 to arrange a consultation

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Colorado Custody: Never Bad Mouth Your Ex to Your Kids

August 22, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to Bill McLeod, Colorado author of the new book "KICKIN' BUTT AS A SINGLE PARENT", it is important to spare your child's feelings by never making disparaging remarks about their other parent. Although that person may be your loathsome former partner, it is important to remember that he or she is also  your child's mom or dad. According to Bill, when you say unpleasant things about your ex in front of the children, they will remember your unfortunate comment long after you have forgotten it. Know that …

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Colorado Divorce: Would You Use a Reconciliation Service?

August 18, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Decades ago, common advice to divorcing couples was "try to work it out". People used to understand that life was cyclical and chances were high that a couple could get their relationship back on track if they stayed together. But in a culture that elects presidents based on "change", people now seem to think that good relationships can be found anywhere from the internet to the local pub. Based on this concept,  when our current relationship goes awry, we simply create a new one. A recent survey in Minneapolis interviewed 2500 c …

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Colorado Divorce: Is there a bright side to divorce?

August 17, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

For those going through it, divorce has a bright side. Regardless of cause or outcome, divorce provides an opportunity and incentive to re-invent one’s self as a person and a parent, to re-examine and adjust priorities and value systems, to construct a healthy living environment in which true fulfillment can occur. Not surprisingly, those individuals who are able recognize and take advantage of this opportunity are the most likely to thrive following the dissolution of a marriage; and are the “best” clients to work with from a practitioner’s point of view.  &n …

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Colorado Divorce: Read About the Rights of Unmarried Fathers

August 17, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are an unmarried father, or would like to know more about their rights, check out our Fathers Rights page: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/rights-of-unmarried-fathers Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one of our attorneys, the expert legal advice you receive will help you understand your rights …

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Stephen Vertucci with The Harris Law Firm Volunteers for Kids in Fort Collins

August 15, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

This past week, Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm in Fort Collins, volunteered with the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club to raise funds for “Eat a Peach for a Third Grader” program.   This program sells western slope grown peaches to support the purchase of hard cover, full color, dictionaries for every third grade student in the Poudre Valley school district.  This program has become a Poudre Valley School District tradition and something each third grader looks forward to each year!   For more information about how you can purchase a ca …

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Colorado Child Custody: A New Book by Actor, Alec Baldwin: "A Promise to Ourselves"

August 11, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Alec Baldwin’s new book, “A Promise to Ourselves,” is about divorce, fatherhood, and parental alienation.  Available on Amazon.com   Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Parental Alienation, Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one of our attorneys, the expert legal advice you receive will help you understan …

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Life After a Colorado Divorce

August 8, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Grieving is imperative, but at some point you will have to realize that life goes on. When you are going through the natural grieving process, keep in mind  that you can and will have a happy, productive and meaningful life after your marriage. Don't get mired in regret, but learn from your mistakes and your experiences, and strive to move on. Get back in the game and check our divorce recovery section on our website at harrisfamilylaw.com Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law f …

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Free Questions About Our Colorado Divorce Seminar!

August 5, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Come to our free "QUESTIONS ABOUT DIVORCE" seminar on Thursday, August 18th from 12 to 1 pm. Located at: The Harris Law Firm 1125 17th Street - Suite 1820 Denver, CO 80202   Please RSVP- Space is limited! 303 299 9484

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Helping children cope with divorce: Listen and reassure

August 4, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Helping children cope with divorce: Listen and reassure Support your children by helping them to express their emotions, and commit to listening to their feelings without becoming defensive. Your  job is to reassure them and address their fears and clear up misunderstandings. Show them your unconditional love. The bottom line: kids need to know that your divorce is not their fault.

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2011 Divorce Statistics:

August 3, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

There are over 2 million marriages annually in the US: close to 50% of them end in divorce. Second marriages don’t fare much better with over 60% ending in divorce. Third marriages; 73% end up divorcing. Following a divorce; a women’s standard of living and that of the children’s drop by an average of 27% according to the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. New studies are showing that children do suffer much more trauma than originally thought after a divorce. Massachusetts appears to have one of the lowest divorce rates in the nat …

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Colorado Divorce: Doing What it Takes to Save Your Marriage

August 1, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

For a list of therapists and marriage counselors in your area, please access a list of qualified professionals from the Resources Section of our website. You will never regret exhausting every avenue in an effort to save your marriage. Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one of our atto …

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Allocation of Parental Rights for Lesbian Couples

July 29, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Every family law practitioner has a war story or two concerning parenting actions between unmarried parties. For many lawyers, custody battles between unmarried parties can be considerably more contentious than the typical custody battles found in dissolution of marriage matters. There are several theories for why APR disputes seem to surpass dissolution disputes in length, cost, and emotional damage. However, whether or not the reason has to do with a dynamic unique to unmarried partners: children which may not have been “planned” or parties who never intended to be tied together …

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The Intricacies Of Relocation Cases; A Win Or Lose Situation

July 28, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  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 location, and allocate the parenting time and decision making in the children’s best interests pursuant to C.R.S. §14-10-124, taking into consideration the parents’ geographical locations. Spahmer v. Gulette, 113 P.3d 158 (Colo. 2005).   However, when a p …

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Will the New Child and Family Investigation Guidelines Hinder the Process?

July 27, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  When Colorado’s Supreme Court amended the Child and Family Investigation (CFI) guidelines earlier this year, the court drastically limited the amount that could be charged for the CFI investigation and the ensuing report, among other significant amendments. While no one doubts that the drafters' intentions were valid, those conducting the investigations have concerns that they will not be able to devote the time necessary to evaluate serious issues. Cutting costs will mean reducing the amount of hours that can be dedicated to the case, and a less than thorough investigation ultim …

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Garage Sale Litigation

July 22, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  In the July 2011 DMagazine there was an article entitled, "Highland Park's Finest Garage Sale". The article reads, "Our next door neighbor recently held a garage sale. At the edge of the driveway, she'd placed a cushion-less leather couch. "Where are the cushions?" I asked when I walked over. The answer came not from the owner herself but from a second neighbor after an awkward silence, "Her ex-husband took them.", the second neighbor whispered. The owner moved behind a ladder, which wasn't for sale. "So what's a buyer supposed to do?" I a …

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Senate to Hold Initial Hearing on Equal Rights for Same Sex Couples

July 21, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the agency that currently denies federal recognition and benefits to same-sex married couples. The Obama Administration says that it will support legislation to repeal DOMA and replace it with the Respect for Marriage Act, which would overturn DOMA. The bill, introduced by California Senator Dianne Feinstein, would uphold the principle that the US government should allow gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples. The Senate is scheduled to hold an initial hearing today on the Respect fo …

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What is the best parenting plan?

July 21, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Prospective clients on the verge of divorce often ask, "What is the best parenting plan for our children? Some therapists say that depending on the age of the kids, equal time in parenting is not always the best solution. Younger children, infants and toddlers, often need more consistency in their lives, and being shuffled between two homes can be problematic for them. Studies indicate that when the children are about 3 years old, they become more able to balance being in two homes without showing signs of stress. Counselors also say that it isnt the am …

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Will Colorado Revise Maintenance Guidelines?

July 21, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

BOSTON (AP) - Legislation to revise Massachusetts spousal support guidelines was unanimously approved on July 20th by the state's House of Representatives. The new bill would establish guidelines for spousal support payments including placing limitations on the duration of the payments, and terminating the possibility of the "lifetime" maintenance awards. According to Rep. John Fernandes, a Milford Democrat and the House chairman of the Alimony Reform Task Force, "The legislation establishes a …

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Re-Read Your Divorce Decree

July 21, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

In the first few months following the dissolution of your marriage,  review the terms of your divorce to ensure that you do not have any upcoming deadlines, and make sure that your former spouse is upholding his or her legal obligations defined by the divorce decree. There are often deadlines associated with the closing of joint accounts, the refinancing of a home, and the resolution of other financial issues. Be aware of the dates that you are required to complete certain obligations. If you are required to transfer titles, property, …

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Breaking up is hard to do....but it may also be impossible.

July 20, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

As almost 8,000 of couples in the GLBT community plan their upcoming weddings in the State of New York, many other couples are in a quandary regarding their right to divorce. Since the federal government, and most states in US, does not recognize gay marriage as a legal entity, many GLBT couples are left without a method of terminating their marriages. For example, an out-of-state couple who travels to New York to marry, or a couple who lives in-state and then moves to California cannot divorce in Massachusetts becaus …

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Child Support Enforcement

July 19, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Child support is generally paid via: 1. Payments made directly by the payor to the recipient 2. Payments via an income assignment from the payor's place of employment to the recipient 3. Payments from the payor to the Family Support Registry for the benefit of the recipient   Colorado has various methods that a family law attorney can pursue regarding the collection of back child support: 1. Issuing an income assignment 2. Filing a verified entry of support judgment and affidavit of arrears. When judgem …

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A "Must Read" New Book for Single Parents!

July 19, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

This New Book by Bill McLeod is a "Must Read" for Newly Divorced and Single Parents Everywhere!  Kicking Butt as a Single Parent by Bill McLeod has 99 tips that every single parent must have! Go to Amazon.com to order now!

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Colorado Divorce: Appearing in Court Via Skype

July 18, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Yesterday, Margaret Walker, a Senior Attorney with The Harris Law Firm had a permanent orders hearing in Judge Stern's courtroom in Denver.  Her client was out of state and appeared via Skype. His appearance was arranged so that his image and voice were projected on an IPad, and he could be seen and heard by the judge and by the other party. A Verison Wireless Card and Ms. Walker's computer were used to access Ms. Walker's office files.  The "connection" was very clear and her client could …

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Colorado Custody: Parenting Time Via Skype

July 18, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Online Parenting Time: Divorced parents are often separated from their children by great distances. Skype or other online internet communication technology, such as Skype or Google Talk, can make it easier for parents and children to stay connected. Even babies and small children who can’t talk on the telephone satisfactorily, are often able to relate to a person they see on the television or computer screen. Experts say that parenting can be accomplished even from long distances if the parent is patient and willing to work at the child’s level. If a chil …

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2 Types of Grandparents Rights in the State of Colorado

July 14, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

There are two types of cases involving grandparent’s rights:   1. In order to file for grandparent’s visitation, there needs must be an existing Court action open, or the grandparent’s child (the child’s parent) needs to be deceased.   2. In order to file for the allocation of parental responsibilities, the child must have been in the grandparent’s physical custody for at least 6 months.?   * Another option for grandparents entails filing for guardianship, which would require that the grandparent petition the court.   Generally, speak …

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When Can a Child Decide on Parenting Time?

July 14, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

In the State?of Colorado, there is no statute that references a specific age at which a child can determine the parent with whom they wish to live. A parent?can file a motion with the Court requesting a modification to the parenting agreement, in which case the child’s wishes can be considered by the Court, but?there is no guarantee the Judge will rule in favor of the child’s request. To what extent the Court takes the child's wishes into consideration completely depends on the child' maturity, the reasonableness of the request, and to what extent the Court perceives the child's …

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The Common-Law Check List

July 14, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Common Law Checklist:     Joint tax returns     Beneficiary on insurance     Joint accounts or jointly held property     Socially represented themselves as married     Those who will testify that they believed the couple was married     The wearing of wedding bands     Woman’s adoption of the man’s surname     Indication of marital status on employment applications   &nb …

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The Ground Rules for Saving Your Marriage

July 12, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Establish some ground rules for making negotiations positive and safe: a) Strive to be kind and upbeat throughout your discussion, b) Safety is a priority during your meetings--be kind and avoid anger at all times, c) if you are unable to reach an understanding, agree to reconvene later.   Identify the issue from the perspective of both parties. Seek to understand your spouse's position, and state it clearly to your partner, before you agree on a solution to your problem.   Consider all possible solution …

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Kids: It's Not Your Fault!

July 12, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Children often feel that they are responsible for their parents divorce because they remember the times they argued with their parents, or got in trouble. Help your children let go of this misconception by talking to them and addressing the following points: Explain to your children why you and their other parent decided to obtain a divorce. This can be a sensitive subject, and you will have to careful about the details, but letting the kids know the real reasons for your decision can help them to understand that your divorce was not their fault.& …

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A "Must Read" New Book for Single Parents!

July 12, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

A "Must Read" New Book for Single Parents!  Kicking Butt as a Single Parent by Bill McLeod has 99 tips that every single parent must have!  Go to Amazon.com to order now! Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one of our attorneys, the expert legal advice you receive will help you und …

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To Marry or Not to Marry?

July 5, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

More than 2 million couples in the US will marry in 2011, but recent U.S. Census Bureau stats show that fewer than half of the households in the United States are currently comprised of married couples. In the past decade, the number of unmarried couples increased 25 percent as more people chose to live together rather than be married. A Pew Research Center study in 2010 showed that an increasing number of Americans now believe that marriage is obsolete. Apparently many people think that with half of all marriages ending in divorce, the institution has b …

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Women: Healing From Divorce in a Healthy Manner

June 29, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Yes, divorce is hard and the entire process can be emotionally devastating, but be careful how you deal with your pain. Women going through a divorce often result to external means by shopping, having plastic surgery, or trying to create a new relationship before they have had time to heal. Shopping: For many women, shopping is a common method of  dealing with the emotional void. You are sad and you feel empty, so you go out and buy something new. Instead of purchasing something, deal with your pain in a more proactive manner. Go talk to someone about how you fee …

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McCourt's Divorce Leads the LA Dodgers to File for Bankruptcy in Delaware

June 27, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming the refusal of Major League Baseball to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat. The Chapter 11 financing permits the Dodgers to use $150 million for daily operations and buys time for the team to seek a media deal, the team said in a news release. The statement read that the day to day operations of the team would not be effected. Bankruptcy protection will provide the Dodgers with a process to address its immed …

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New York Approves Legislation to Allow Gay Couples to Marry

June 25, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

As New York's gay couples celebrate their right to marry, and they can also take comfort in the fact that, if their marital bliss is temporary, they also have the right to file for divorce. New York State senators voted 33-29 on June 24th  to approve legislation that gave gay couples the right to marry. New York is the sixth and most populous U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage. With the right to marry, and formal laws in place,  same-sex couples also obtained the right to divorce, and the domestic relations law …

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The Harris Law Firm Accepts "Above and Beyond" Award for Pro Bono Work

June 24, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm has received the “Above & Beyond” Award from Arnold & Porter and The Colorado Lawyers Committee for their service in the Legal Night program.   Legal Night is a program offering free legal advice to the low income communities in North and West Denver.  There was a reception and awards presentation on Wednesday night, June 23rd, from 5-7pm at the downtown law firm of Arnold & Porter.

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Can I Obtain a "Quickie Divorce" in Colorado?

June 20, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Yes, but not in Colorado. You can obtain a "quickie divorce" in the Dominican Republic, but it may  or may not be valid in your State. Some States in the US will not recognize Dissolution of Marriage decrees from the DR, so to save time and money, consider using a lawyer or mediator and filing for divorce in the US.  If you two can come to an agreement regarding the division of assets and parenting time, have an attorney draw up the necessary documents and file the paperwork for you. If you cannot agree, then utilize the services of a trained mediator, who wi …

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The Under-Employed Parent and the Calculation of Child Support

June 17, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Both parents are responsible for supporting their child. If one parent is accused of being under-employed, the court could say that they might be able to earn more, but that they are not shirking  their responsibility and the court may rule not to impute income to them.If you have similar situation and are considering going to court, it would be wise to have a lawyer review your situation and give you perspective. It is also a good idea to check out the actual difference in the child support to see whether the issue is worth arguing  - go to www. …

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Join The Harris Law Firm at Pride Fest Colorado!

June 16, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The 2011 Pride Fest Colorado will celebrate diversity this weekend, June 18 and 19 at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. Come to booth #L - 8 and talk with attorney Ryann Peyton about GLBT family law matters and sign up for our free seminar on July 13th at The Harris Law Firm. The seminar will be held at the firm: 1125 17th St, Ste 1820, Denver, CO 80202. To RSVP for the Free Seminar, call us at 303 299 9484

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Can Your Marriage be Saved After an Affair?

June 15, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

While it is entirely possible to have a relationship thrive after an instance of marital infidelity, it is not easy. If you are trying to save your marriage after you have had an affair, you have to prioritize your relationship and make your spouse your first priority.  Your spouse needs to know that you are sorry, remorseful, and you want your marriage to work. You must begin this process by being responsible and compassionate to your betrayed partner. Be empathic and work to understand the hurt they have suffered. Healing your relationsh …

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Rebuilding Divorce Recovery Seminar

June 15, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Overcome the emotions of divorce Learn what went wrong Start designing your new future   Rebuilding Divorce Recovery Seminars   Cost:  $394.00.  Payment plans available. Format:  10 weeks, 3 hours per night.    Call about upcoming seminars!   For more information call Jeannine:  303-499-1987 

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Are You Getting Enough Sex?

June 13, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

A recent survey reports that as many as 20 million married Americans aren't getting enough sex from their spouse on a regular basis. According to the poll, many married people are dissatisfied with the lack of lovemaking and want to have sex more often. Almost 61 percent of married men with ages ranging from 45 to 55 say that having a good sex life is a critical part of a healthy relationship, and 47 percent of married women  in the same age group agreed. According to Denise A. Donnelly, an associate professor of sociology at Ge …

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The Tax Consequences of Divorce

June 10, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Equitable Division of Assets Colorado is an equitable distribution state where you and your spouse must divide your assets according to "whatever is fair" according to the family courts. Equitable division of assets is often a 50/50 split, but you and your soon to be former spouse can also agree out of court and decide how to split assets. The court will generally go along with the proposed agreement if it is fair.  The Federal Tax-Free Transfer Rule Usually Applies According to IRS Code Section 1041, you can divide most asset …

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If you want to save your marriage...

June 8, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are seeking to save your marriage, put the fun back in it, and go out on a date together! Dating is important for couples with young children because they need some "just us" time, and important for couples without kids because they often spend too much time working. Therapist Elisabeth Joy LaMotte says: However, the longer I work as a couples therapist, the more convinced I become that the place where many good marriages can start to deteriorate is rooted in a couples' joint failure to recognize the importance of making time to date. I practically beg the married coup …

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Having Coffee with Your Kids New Step-Mom

June 6, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

The first meeting between the divorced mom and and the new stepmom is going be awkward, but plan a meeting anyway. Call her, and set up a 30 minute meeting to have coffee and talk about the kids. Your ex-husband's new wife is going to have an influence on your children, so getting off to a healthy an positive start with her is important not just to your peace of mind, but also for your children. A one on one meeting between the two of you will humanize your relationship and can help to create a foundation for working to …

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Divorce Affects Children's Social Skills and Academic Progress

June 3, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Young children whose parents have divorced not only struggle with anxiety and depression that affects their social skills for at least two years after the divorce but they also have difficulty with math skills.  YAHOO = window.YAHOO || {}; YAHOO.Media = YAHOO.Media || {}; YAHOO.Media.SocialButtons = YAHOO.Media.SocialButtons || {}; (function(){ var o_facebook_iframe_url="http://l.yimg.com/b/social_buttons/facebook-share-iframe.php?u={url}&t={title}"; YAHOO.Media.SocialButtons.conf = { tracking: { _S: 97631923, …

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Schwarzenegger-Shriver to Divide $500 Million

June 2, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Like his soon-to-be ex-wife Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger has hired a celebrity divorce attorney. Attorney Robert Kaufman will represent the former governor in his divorce from his estranged wife.  Kaufman, who has also represented Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Simpson in their dissolutions, is known for keeping his celebrity clients business off the newstands. Apparently Kaufman has already spoken with Shriver’s attorney Laura Wasser about how to proceed with the divorce negotiations. Wasser has also represented …

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HFL Partner Stephen Vertucci Raises Funds for Needy Families

May 31, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Stephen Vertucci of The Harris Law Firm volunteered with the Rotary Breakfast Club of Fort Collins to solicit donations of baby food and diapers from customers outside various Fort Collins grocery stores.  The results were fantastic!  Over 1,100 pounds of food and supplies were raised in 6 hours!  Throughout the weekend, over 5,000 pounds were raised!  These donations are given to the Larimer County Food Bank who provide assistance to the most vulnerable families.  These donations make up 80% of the food and diapers the Larimer County Foo …

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Hollywood Couples Question the Institution of Marriage

May 27, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Penelope Cruz and hubby Javier Bardem--whom she married in July 2010--welcomed their first child in January 2011. Nevertheless, she told Britain's Psychologies magazine in July 2009 that she was doubtful about the necessity of marriage. "I don't know if I believe in marriage," she said. "I believe in family, love and children."    Though Marisa Tomei told USA Today that she's "been lucky in love" with boyfriend Logan Marshall-Green, she isn't in a hurry to tie the knot anytime soon. "I'm not that big a fan of marriage as an institution and I don't …

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Colorado Family Law and Complex Family Issues

May 26, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau defined family as "two or more people who are related by blood, marriage, or adoption who are residing in the same house together." Only five years later, in 2011, what we now define as "family" still includes the "traditional" family of a husband, wife and 2.5 kids, but also includes same sex couples, single parents, and married and unmarried couples. Families now include international adoptions, foster children, and step children from both parents. Blended families have become a social norm because people …

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Colorado Divorce: Should I Introduce My Child to the Person I am Dating?

May 25, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 some history together. You don't have to wait forever, but wait until the relationship has reached a level of stability. When you two are serious about creating a future together, that is the time to introduce the children. Kids often form attachments quickly, and when a person …

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US Divorce Rate Declines, But the 7-Year Itch Continues

May 25, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

After decades of increases, U.S. divorces are leveling off with couples now slightly more likely to reach their 10-year wedding anniversary. But the "seven-year itch" among couples persists, with nearly one out of two first marriages estimated to end in divorce. Roughly 75% of those who have married since 1990 reported they reached their 10-year anniversary. That's up about three percentage points for both men and women who married a decade earlier in the 1980s, when divorce rates in the U.S. had peaked, according to Census figures released Wednesday. The Census report partly attri …

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Colorado Divorce: Hiring the Experts

May 24, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  The attorneys at The Harris Law Firm say that you should consider working with other divorce experts to make certain that your assets and mental health are protected during the divorce process. Let us help you build your team!   A forensic accountant:  If you are concerned about hidden income/assets/liabilities and/or the possible dissipation of marital assets (vacations taken by your husband with his girlfriend and gifts he might have bought her)?  A forensic accountant helps explore these concerns and may also be very useful when one or both spouses own a …

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Colorado divorce rate plummets during recession

May 23, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The divorce rate in Colorado has dropped to 4.2 percent per 1,000 people, a rate hit only once — in 2003 — in the past 21 years. In 2007, the year the recession began, the rate was 4.4 percent, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The latest data available are from 2009. Those familiar with divorce, from lawyers to investment advisers to marital therapists, say the drop is mostly because of economic issues: People can't afford to maintain two households or pay an attorney. Often, the house is worth less than when it was bought, so there is no equity for eith …

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Colorado Divorce: Understanding Your Spouse's Communication Style

May 23, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Communication means really trying to understand what it is your spouse is trying to tell you.  For example, when men stop talking, it often means that they have said what they have to say, but a woman's silence usually means that she is very upset.  A happy and healthy relationship will require an understanding of these differences.  If your man is silent don’t be offended, he isn’t ignoring you and guys, if your lady is silent, you’d better figure out what you’ve done to upset her. Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and …

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U.S. Census Report Shows Divorce Rates Declining

May 20, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Recent findings by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate divorce rates for most age groups have been decreasing since 1996 by an average of about 5 percentage points. The reasons include: Couples are waiting longer to get married One third of men and women ages 25 to 29 have never married. Census statistics show: In 1996, 19% of 25- to 29-year-old women who had been married were divorced, but only 14% were in 2009 -- a decease of about 30%. For 30- to 34-year-old women, there was a smaller decrease of about 20%. The rate of divorce among older …

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Maria Shriver Hires Divorce Lawyer: Will She Terminate Her Marriage?

May 19, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Former California First-Lady Maria Shriver has hired Laura Wasser, Esq. a  prominent Los Angeles domestic relations attorney. It has been reported that Shriver hired Wasser prior to the breaking news that her husband, Arnold Schwartzenegger, had fathered a child with a member of their household staff. Whether Ms. Shriver intends to file for a legal separation or the dissolution of marriage is still not clear, but the Kennedy women have a long history of putting up with their husbands' extra marital affairs. However, Maria is from a different generation and may not be a …

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Bill would ban parents from having sex at home while getting divorce

May 18, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Updated: Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 8:47 AM EDT Published : Monday, 16 May 2011, 6:16 AM EDT BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A new bill in Massachusettes would ban parents from engaging in sexual relationships within the home until their divorces are final. The bill is meant to prevent domestic violence and shield children while the divorce is underway. The bill would prevent divorcing parents from conducting a dating or sexual relationship within the home until the divorce is final. Attorneys at The Harris Law Firm said that the passing of such a bill in the State of Colorado would be u …

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Living Together After the Divorce is Final

May 13, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Before filing for divorce, spouses should consider the costs of separation. Begin by creating a balance sheet showing your monthly household income verses expenses. The next step is to divide both incomes in half, double the amount of the household expenses, and subtract total expenses from the net income. This is the amount of extra income that will be available to you after you have paid your post-divorce monthly expenses. When creating a new budget, many couples find that there will be little, if any, excess income available to them once they have paid their monthly bills. It …

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Dont Ask Your Child to be the "Go Between" in Your Colorado Divorce

May 12, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Triangulation sometimes occurs during the divorce process when a third party is drawn into the demise of a couple's relationship. At best, the Go-between” can act as a mediator, but at worst can help to create a communication breakdown between the divorcing parties . Unfortunately , children sometimes try to act as the “Go-Between” for their divorcing or divorced parents, trying to bridge the gap between them. Parents can also put  their children in the middle by asking them for information about the other spou …

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Sir Paul McCartney to Marry Wife #3!

May 11, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Sir Paul McCartney, 68, and his girlfriend of four years, New York businesswoman Nancy Shevell, 51,are engaged to be married. The rock and roll legend started dating Shevell in the Hamptons during the summer of 2007. This will be McCartney's third marriage. He married Linda McCartney in 1969 and  Heather Mills in 2002. Shevell is divorced, has one son, and is vice president of her family's business, New England Motor Freight, Inc., and the Shevell Group of Companies. She is also a member of New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority …

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Arnold and Maria Schwartzenegger: Will the Power Couple Divorce?

May 11, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

  In  a joint announcement, former California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger and his wife, former newswoman, Maria Shriver announced that they are now living apart. Ms. Shriver has recently left the couple's home in the posh Brentwood neighborhood of West Los Angeles.  It has been reported that Mr. Schwarzenegger's infidelties have played a role in their decision to live separately, but they announced that they will continue to co-parent and to work on the future of their relationship together. From the beginning, their …

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How long does it take to recover from divorce?

May 10, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Divorce recovery is a highly personal process, and it depends on many factors. These include the length of the marriage, your age,  the age of your children, your financial status, and how prepared you were for the demise of your marriage. Grieving the loss of your relationship is as inevitable as it is normal, but part of the process is to accept your grief. Begin by asking for the help and support you need from your family and friends, and obtain the assistance of a counselor if possible. As difficult as it is when your marriage com …

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Working on Your Marriage

May 10, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

The ups and downs associated with marriage are to be expected, but when tensiona are running high, consider talking with a licensed marriage counselor to help you through difficult times. Go to the "Saving Your Marriage" section of our website to access of list of therapists in your area: www.harrisfamilylaw.com

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Living Unhappily Together is More Tragic than Divorce

May 9, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  A successful marriage is a supportive partnership, but sometimes our unions are simply not destined to last forever.  What if the two of you stop growing together and begin to grow apart? What if you spend all of your time together in a state of disagreement? Forever is a long time and if you have exhausted all other reasonable options in an effort to save your marriage,  it is important to be able to talk to your spouse about a civil conclusion to your marriage when you know it has ended. Staying in a relationship that is no longer work …

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Obtaining Affordable Health Care After Your Divorce

May 5, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Another important point to consider prior to filing for divorce is obtaining affordable health care. Prior to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that was signed into law March of 2010; many spouses depended on their partner for healthcare coverage. While COBRA (Consolidate Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) has long been an available option, it is usually expensive and is only available for 3 years after the date of the final decree. Spouses with pre-existing conditions often had difficulty locating a plan to insure them, but the new health care bill has provided acces …

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Could the Rising Divorce Rate in 2011 Signal an Economic Recovery for the U.S.?

May 2, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm, the largest family law firm in the State of Colorado, has seen an increase in business in the first 4 months of 2011. Are the rising number of divorce cases a leading indicator meaning that our faltering economy is on the mend? Read more:   by Virginie Montet Virginie Montet – Thu Apr 28, 4:29 pm ET WASHINGTON (AFP) – A telltale sign of US economic recovery: the divorce rate is on the rise, after falling sharply in 2008 and 2009. "People were afraid they were going to lose their jobs so they were very cautious about ge …

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Attorney Stephen Vertucci Talks to High School Students About Career in Law

April 29, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Attorney Stephen Vertucci volunteered at the Rocky Mountain High School Career Expo this week to answer questions from graduating high school students who have an interest in becoming an attorney.   Discussions ranged from describing “a day in the life” of an attorney, what it is like to take a bar exam to describing what your first year of law school will be like.  This program was coordinated through the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club Vocational Services Committee, of which Mr. Vertucci is a member.

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Much Happiness to the Royal Couple, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

April 29, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Royal Wedding was a great success, the much anticipated dress was perfect, the weather cooperated, and they even  kissed twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to the great joy of the crowd below!  Everyone at The Harris Law Firm wishes the Prince and Princess all the best for a very happy marriage and a successful partnership, and hopes that this is indeed true love and no one in the Windsor family will ever regret the fact that newlyweds did not sign a prenuptial agreement!

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US Divorce Rate Declines, But the 7-Year Itch Continues

April 27, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

After decades of increases, U.S. divorces are leveling off with couples now slightly more likely to reach their 10-year wedding anniversary. But the "seven-year itch" among couples persists, with nearly one out of two first marriages estimated to end in divorce. Roughly 75% of those who have married since 1990 reported they reached their 10-year anniversary. That's up about three percentage points for both men and women who married a decade earlier in the 1980s, when divorce rates in the U.S. had peaked, according to Census figures released Wednesday. The Census report partly attri …

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US Divorce Rates Have Dipped During the Recessession

April 26, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Per The Financial Times: US Divorce rates have dipped during the recessession as unemployment surged and the housing market collapsed. The rate decreased in 2009 to 9.7 from 9.9 in 2006. It makes sense since it is more difficult to split up amid high unemployment and a plunge in housing prices.  One divorce lawyer told the newspaper that one of her clients wanted to split with his wife in 2008, but had to stay married because the bank wouldn't lend him the money to buy her portion of their property. "People no longer argue about who's keeping the house, but about who's stu …

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Free "Questions About Divorce?" Seminar

April 25, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Join Senior Associate Margaret Walker on April 28th from 12 to 1 pm for a Free Seminar at The Harris Law Firm 1125 17th Street Suite 1820 Denver CO 80202 To RSVP, call 303 299 9484

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Stephen Vertucci Supports Rotary Read

April 25, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Attorney Stephen Vertucci, managing partner of The Harris Law Firm in Fort Collins, is a member of Rotary Read, a committee focused on promoting literacy in Fort Collins elementary students.  Each year, the committee raises funds to sponsor a well known children’s author to visit students to discuss their writing process, the joy of reading and what inspired them to be a writer.    This year, Rotary Read presented noted author Natasha Wing.  Ms. Wing, the author of “The Night Before Kindergarten” and its subsequent series of children’s …

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Charlie Sheen Should Have Supervised Parenting Time

April 21, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

It was no surprise to anyone that actor Charlie Sheen was unsuccessful in his attempt to obtain full custody of his twin boys, Bob and Max. In the Los Angeles courtroom this week, the judge was unimpressed when Sheen had bragged about the magnitude of his former drug use. Sheen's ex-wife Brooke Mueller, who like Charlie has her own share of drug problems, recently checked into a rehabilitation center after refusing to submit to a court ordered random drug test. Despite their problems, Judge Hank Goldberg ruled to keep Charlie and Brooke's court ordered …

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Colorado Family Law: New Rules Will Guide Child Family Investigators

April 20, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Family Law: New Rules Will Guide Child Family Investigators

Please note the following changes that have been made to CJD 04-08 and JDF 1318.   CJD 04-08 Amended April 14, 2011 – Appointments of Child and Family Investigators Pursuant to C.R.S. 14-10-116.5 and revised JDF 1318 Order Appointing Child and Family Investigator   * The CJD and JDF 1318 Order of Appointment were changed to:   1. Establish a cap of $2,000.00 for the investigation and report; 2. Require further order of the court and specific findings of extraordinary circumstances to justify fees and costs that exceed the cap; 3. Eliminate the CFIs authority t …

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Rich Harris Comments on Parenting Time and the Best Interests of Children

April 19, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

The State of Alabama is currently weighing proposed changes to their child custody laws aimed at uniting broken families. Rich Harris, President and Managing Partner of The Harris Law Firm, Colorado's largest family law firm, commented on this on Monday, "Legislation like this, while perhaps well-intentioned, is harmful to kids. There should not be any presumption, other than kids deserve the best, healthiest home environment. Sometimes that is with dad, but sometimes that is with mom. Mandating forced equal parenting, when one parent is uninvolved or whose work schedule prevents it, simp …

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If You Pay Child Support, Get Copies of the Paperwork from Family Support Registry

April 19, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
If You Pay Child Support, Get Copies of the Paperwork from Family Support Registry

James Powell of El Paso County in Colorado Springs, Colorado has been paying child support for years, but for the benefit of someone else's children, not his own children! Powell stated: "The money that has been taken out of my paycheck every month has gone into someone else's account," Powell recently discovered the problem when he got someone else's child support paperwork in the mail. Powell said that he and that man have the same name and their ex-wives' names are similar. Powell believes that thousands of dollars have&nbs …

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The Harris Law Firm Supports the Fort Collins Running Club

April 18, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Family Law Attorney Elizabeth Howard and Allie Shearer of The Harris Law Firm, (Located in Denver and Fort Collins), supported the Fort Collins Running Club on Sunday by competing in the annual Horse Tooth Half Marathon! The Horsetooth Half Marathon was voted Colorado's #1 Half Marathon in 2006 and the Best After Race Party in 2007 by readers of Colorado Runner Magazine. The Horsetooth Half Marathon, owned by the  Fort Collins Running Club was established in 1973, and is one of the most popular, oldest, and continually run races in Colorado.

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Using a QDRO to Divide a Qualified Plan During Divorce Proceedings

April 15, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

In general, ERISA rules do not permit a participant in a qualified plan to assign the participant's interest in the retirement account to another individual. These rules are intended to ensure that a participant's retirement benefits are available to provide financial support for the participant's retirement years. A limited exception to this rule is provided for assignments of retirement benefits through qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs). Under the QDRO exception, a domestic relations order may assign some or all of a participant's retirement …

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Colorado Custody: Divorce is Difficult for Kids Too!

April 15, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Help your kids get through this period in a manner that minimizes their stress: Do not argue in front of your children: Whether in person or on the phone, do not have heated conversations with the other parent when your children can hear what you are saying. Keep the details of your divorce private: The details of your divorce should remain between you and former spouse. Do not involve your children in matters that should remain private. Be Civil .  Keep your interactions with your ex spouse civil and professional. Set a good example for your kids and …

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Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas Continue to Support Each Other

April 14, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Award winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, wife of Michael Douglas, is currently being treated for a bi-polar disorder at Silver Hill, a treatment center located in posh New Canaan, Connecticut. Treatment for bi-polar disorder is usually entails a combination of medication and cognitive behavior therapy designed to manage the highs and lows of manic depression. Her  courageous decision to report news of her treatment may inspire others who suspect that they are also in need of care. Attorneys at The Harris Law Firm say that this unfortunate disorder is often the …

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Free Questions About Divorce Seminar

April 14, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Free Questions About Divorce Seminar hosted by Margaret Walker, Esq., a senior family law attorney with The Harris Law Firm Topics covered will include Colorado divorce and the allocation of parental rights (custody, parenting time, visitation, and child support) Please RSVP for this FREE DIVORCE SEMINAR at The Harris Law FIrm by calling 303 299 9484 Space is limited

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Pick Up a Copy of the May Issue of HERLIFE Magazine

April 7, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Pick up a copy of the May issue of Her Life Magazine! Kathy Sabine, the Weather-Woman from 9 News will be on the cover, and Rich Harris, President and Managing Partner of The Harris Law Firm will be featured in the same issue!

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Fort Collins Divorce and Child Custody

April 6, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you have a family law matter in Weld or Larimer Counties, The Harris Law Firm is here to help.  Stephen Vertucci, a partner with the firm, and associate attorney Jonathan White, work together as a team to handle issues that include divorce, child custody, modifications, and post decree matters. To schedule a consultation at our Fort Collins office, please call the main number at 303-299-9484.

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Save Your Marriage: Go to the "Ask a Therapist" Form on Our Homepage

April 5, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Having trouble in your marriage? Go to our homepage and you can ask a marriage counselor a question online. You will receive an answer to your question within 48 hours!

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Is Divorce Different When There are $Millions to Divide?

April 1, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Is Divorce Different When There are $Millions to Divide? The family law attorneys at The Harris Law Firm deal with high asset and high profile family law cases on a daily basis. They say that it is not unusal for the parties involved in these cases to have a variety of asset classes, and thus their income and/or net worth may not be readily transparent. The attorneys said that the use of forensic accounting is more common in cases where the division of assets entails many millions of dollars. Forensic accountants are often called upon to utilize their in-depth …

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Parents of Twins More Likely to Get Divorced

March 31, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Parents of twins may be slightly more likely to get divorced than parents without twins, according to a new study. The findings "are not surprising, given the stresses that caring for (twins) brings," Dr. John Moore, a pediatrician at Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke who was not involved in the study, told Reuters Health. The difference in divorce rates was small - only 1 percent - and the authors say they can't be sure what would account for the added risk. It's possible, they note, that either the emotional or financial stre …

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No Fault Divorce Means Keeping "Dirty Laundry" out of the Courtroom

March 30, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The "No-Fault" Divorce Law is now applicable in all 50 states. This means that either spouse, with or without the consent of the other,  can file for and obtain a dissolution of marriage for any reason. The fact that your spouse may have had countless affairs throughout your marriage will have no bearing on your divorce case. The courts will not award the injured spouse more assets or more parenting time based on infidelity alone. In fact, clients must be careful about airing "dirty laundry" in a court of law because they risk alienat …

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Hiring a Family Law Attorney vs. Representing Yourself in a Court of Law

March 29, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

For a variety of reasons, many people choose to represent themselves when dealing with divorce, custody, child support or other family law matters. Making the decision to choose an attorney to represent you,  verses representing yourself,  may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make regarding your children's future and your financial security. We often meet clients who have attempted to represent themselves, but found they became overwhelmed and/or made significant errors, and are now trying to "undo" what happened in the …

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The Harris Law Firm Seeing More Divorces in Rural Areas

March 28, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

By SABRINA TAVERNISE and ROBERT GEBELOFF So it is a bitter mark of modernity that even in rural America, divorce is up nearly sevenfold since 1970, giving the county the unwelcome distinction of being a standout in this category of census data. Divorce is still less common here than the national average, but its sharp jump illustrates a fundamental change in the patterns of family life. Forty years ago, divorced people were more concentrated in cities and suburbs. But geographic distinctions have all but vanished, and now, for the first time, rural Americans are just as likely to be divorced …

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Remember to Address the Issue of Grown Children

March 25, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Older couples who file for divorce often have children who are no longer minors. But the fact that custody and parenting time issues do not exist, does not mean that the best interests of the children are being addressed.  If you are a parent with adult children, think about creating a financial plan, such as a trust,  that  clearly defines how you will distribute your assets to your children in the event of your passing. Otherwise, it is more likely that your new spouse, and/or his or her heirs, who will become the n …

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Factor in Taxes on Retirement Accounts Before Dividing Marital Assets

March 24, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

For couples over 50, retirement assets held in 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and other retirement accounts may represent a significant portion of their net worth. At age 59 1/2,retirement assets can be distributed without penalty, but the distribution is still subject to taxes upon withdrawal. If an individual is subject to a 30% tax bracket , then the net value of the account is really only about 70% of the statement balance.  According to the lawyers at The Harris Law Firm, before marital assets are distributed during a divorce, it …

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Social Media Posts are Being Used as Evidence in Divorce Cases

March 22, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Information posted on Facebook, Twitter, other social media sites, and email records can all be obtained as evidence in Colorado divorce proceedings. So if you are currently involved in a divorce action where there is potential conflict regarding parenting time, child custody, or the division of assets, be aware that damaging information collected from these channels can be used against you. Twenty percent of divorces now involve obtaining information about the opposing party via an online social media site, and an increasing number of Denver divorce attorneys say they are seei …

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Relocating Following a Divorce – How This Can Affect Your Kids

March 22, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are considering a long distance move from your former spouse after your divorce is final, you must first consider the effect a move may have on your children.  When the custodial parent moves far away from the other parent, the separation can cause child to suffer from grief and separation anxiety. They have not only lost the daily interaction with their mother and father together as a family, but now the great distance from one parent makes consistent contact even more difficult . Additionally, a long distance move will also deny your& …

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Strategize Before You File for Divorce

March 21, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

STRATEGIZE WITH A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Before you file for divorce, consider meeting with a Colorado family law attorney to discuss strategy. A domestic relations attorney will help you to understand your options according to Colorado law. Parties to divorce often create agreements that are not in their best interests because they were not fully informed or aware of  their rights. One of our lawyers can help you to strategize by working with you to create budget for your future living expenses,  to divide assets in an equitable manner, and craft a parenting plan that considers the b …

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Colorado Child Custody: Try a Free Co-Parenting Calendar!

March 17, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Finally a co-parenting calendar for divorced or separated parents! To obtain a free and easily shared calendar with your co-parent, just call Co-Families at 720 221 7797 or email them at info@cofamilies.com  

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TOP TEN LAWYERS OF THE DECADE!

March 17, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Congratulations to Rich Harris for being selected as one of the finalists for the Top Ten Lawyers of the Decade by Law Week Colorado!

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Colorado Divorce: Fort Collins Family Law Cases

March 16, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: Fort Collins Family Law Cases

For Colorado divorce and child custody issues in Weld, Larimer, Boulder counties and Loveland, call The Harris Law Firm in Fort Collins. Partner Steve Vertucci and Jonathan White can be reached at 970 472 1838. The office is located at 123 North College, in the Executive Suite #200.The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's Family Law Team.

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Colorado Civil Unions Bill for Gay Couples

March 14, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Judiciary committee of the Colorado Senate approved a bill on Monday that would grant homosexual couples many of the same rights currently reserved for married heterosexual couples. Senate Bill 172, sponsored by Denver Democrat Pat Steadman, would "authorize any 2 unmarried adults, regardless of gender, to enter into a civil union," which would afford them eligibility for public assistance benefits, rights to visit one another in a correctional facility, and the ability to inherit property, among other rights. The bill passed its first legislation hurdle as the Judiciary Commit …

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Colorado Divorce: Ask a Marriage Counselor a Question Via from the HFL Website!

March 11, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Ask a marriage counselor a question via our website and receive an answer in 48 hours! Just click on the email form on the upper right hand side of our website!

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Women in Military are Twice as Likely to Divorce as Their Male Counterparts

March 9, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Recent statistics from the Pentagon indicate that women in the military are twice as likely to divorce as their male counterparts. . In 2010, 7.8 percent of women in the military obtained a divorce, compared with 3 percent of military men. Women in the military also get divorced at higher rates than their peers outside the armed services. Why military women are more burdened by divorce is unclear, but societal pressure is likely a factor. One speculation is that while more traditional men join the military, women who are attracted to military life are less conventional — an …

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Colorado Custody: Should Unbalanced Parents Have Unsupervised Parenting Time?

March 8, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Example: Per the attorneys at The Harris Law Firm, it is very possible that actor Charlie Sheen will have his parenting time modified soon. Sheen and his soon to be ex wife Brooke Mueller have 2 year old twin sons,  Bob and Max, and he also has  2 young daughters, Sam 6, and Lola 5, by former wife Denise Richards. Following his very recent and ongoing public rages, the apparent mental decline of the actor is of the utmost concern to the mothers of his children. Given the public nature of his exploits, alleged drug abuse, and the questiona …

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The Complexity of Famliy Law Cases for the Non-Traditional Family Continues

March 7, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Per the lawyers at The Harris Law Firm, Colorado's family law team: Until we have laws that govern same-sex marriage, the family law cases associated with these non-traditional families is going to continue to be highly complex. A recent decision by the Texas Court of Appeals illustrates the complexity of one particularly ugly gay divorce. The partners lived in Houston but they traveled to Canada in 2003 to get married and then they registered as domestic partners in California in 2005. Because of the restrictions on gay partnerships and parentage in Texas, they arranged for a surrogate in C …

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Social Media Cited in One of Every Five Divorce Cases

March 4, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm
Social Media Cited in One of Every Five Divorce Cases

According to a recent survey of divorce lawyers by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the use of information obtained via Facebook and other forms of social media has been cited in more than 20% of divorce cases. Lawyers report that when one spouse begins to communicate via social media with a love interest from their past, their ongoing communication often leads them to a deeper connection. Typically, people who begin these interactions have no intention of having an affair, but the more they communicate, the more likely it is that they will create a meaningful relationship a …

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Colorado Divorce: The Go To Family Law Firm in Fort Collins

March 2, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado Divorce: The Go To Family Law Firm in Fort Collins

For family law matters in Loveland, or Weld and Larimer counties, The Harris Law Firm also has an office in Fort Collins, Colorado. Located at 123 North College, in Suite 200 of the Executive Center,  you can arrange a consultation with Stephen Vertucci, a partner at the firm, or Jonathan White, an associate, to discuss divorce, legal separation, parenting matters, or post decree issues. Call 970 472 1838 to schedule a meeting today.

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Colorado Divorce: Avoid it by Keeping Your Marriage Strong

February 22, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are married and have kids, you want your marriage to stay strong. Divorce is not only complicated, it is expensive! Keep your marriage in tact by following one simple rule: Spend time together as a couple. Yes it is difficult to find the time to get away, your work life is complicated, family time is important, and getting a babysitter can be challenging, but not spending time together can take a toll on your relationship. Dont put your marriage at risk by focusing all of your time on everything but the two of you. Take a break and go out on a date, and spend some quality …

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Survey Shows Society Still Believes in the Nuclear Family

February 21, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

According to a recent report by the Pew Research Center, many respondents indicated that most people agree that kids are better off when being raised by both parents. The survey indicated that 7 out of 10 respondents said that single women raising a child without the benefit of a male partner was a problem because they were concerned that working women abandoned by their husbands cannot devote as much time to the children as the children need. Of the people who participated in the survey, 74 percent of men say that kids are better off when both parents are involved,&n …

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"Ask a Marriage Counselor"

February 18, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Harris Law Firm is adding a new section to our website! The "Ask a Marriage Counselor" form will allow you to ask a therapist a question about saving your marriage. Just fill out the form and you will receive an answer to your question in 48 hours! This new service will be available soon!

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Colorado Divorce: Until Debt Do Us Part

February 14, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Morris Armstrong, On Wednesday February 9, 2011, 4:40 pm EST "I am not responsible for paying the mortgage. My ex is, and it states that in the divorce decree." This is a cry that I have heard more times than I care to remember. When people go through a divorce they make the mistake of believing that the separation papers are binding on the rest of the world, and that is far from the truth. Without attempting to be a legal eagle, I think that the best term to describe a divorce decree might be a divorce contract. That term that might make the parties realize that the docume …

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Your Kids Need a Relationship with You and Your Ex

February 13, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

When you find yourself struggling with your former spouse regarding parenting issues, remember the following: Your Kids Need a Relationship with Both Parents. Following a Colorado Divorce, it is important to know that your children need to have a good relationship with both parents. Be Flexible and Be Willing to Compromise: Keep your kids best interests in mind, you may be able to avoid disagreements about the daily details of your parenting plan. Take a Deep Breath. Stay calm and think about what is best for your children. Keep their best in …

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When Do I Start Dating Again?

February 10, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Divorce is painful, and some people need more time to recover than others. After obtaining your final divorce decree, allow yourself at least six to twelve months to adjust to the fact that you are single.  Rather than beginning to date right away, use this time to adjust to your newly single status and get together with friends and family, take a class, go on a weekend getaway, get into therapy, and take time to discover the new you. When you grieved the loss of your marriage, and regained your self-confidence, your optimis …

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Colorado Divorce: Cutting the costs

February 7, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

By Kathy M. Kristof Personal Finance - February 6, 2011 It may seem unromantic, but just about the only people who are busier than florists this time of year are divorce attorneys. Whether it's because Valentine's Day forces couples to face romantic disappointments or because many people put off cutting marital ties until after the holidays, February tends to kick off high season for divorce. And nothing could be worse for your finances than a contentious marital split, said Mark Baer, a family law attorney in Pasadena. Baer has compiled data to prove it. Married couples have significantly …

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Blue Valentine: Marriage on the Rocks

February 4, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Go see the Oscar nomtinated film Blue Valentine, a film that centers on a contemporary married couple, and charts the evolution of their relationship over a span of years. The essence of the film is straightforward; don't give up on marriage, but be smart about who you choose. Dont rush into marriage, but take the time to get to know your partner before you tie the knot. Be careful not to create unrealistic expectations about your partner, and most importantly, remember that what you do not like about this person will not necessarily change over time. This emotionally gri …

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Is Kelsey Grammer getting remarried before his divorce is final?

February 2, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Can you get remarried before obtaining your divorce decree? Kelsey Grammer, who is about to marry  his new fiance' on February 25th in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel is about to find out! According the lawyers at The Harris Law Firm, a subsequent marriage will be rendered invalid if one of the parties is still legally married. But Grammer, who says that he "will not postpone his happiness" has already sent out invitations to 150 of his closest friends to the upcoming wedding ceremony even though he has not yet obtained a dissoluton of marriage&n …

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Will Denise Richards File to Modify Her Parenting Plan with Charlie Sheen?

February 2, 2011
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Per the lawyers at The Harris Law Firm, family law courts hold modifications to court -ordered parenting schedules to a very high standard. Child endangerment is one of the reasons that the courts will consider when a party has filed to modify parenting time. Denise Richards, former wife of actor Charlie Sheen, recently talked to the press following her ex's recent hospitalization. She said that she will not allow her children to be supervised by Charlie's guests when he is overbibing during his parenting time with their two young daughters. If she files …

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Eva Longoria and Tony Parker Have Ended their Marriage

January 31, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Eva Longoria, 35, and Tony Parker, 28, who married in 2007, quietly ended their marriage on Friday in the State of Texas. Longoria originally filed for the dissolution of marriage in California before Parker filed his own petition for divorce in Texas. Filing inTexas became the logical choice, because they had filed their prenuptial agreement in that state. The two have been spotted out together several times since they filed to terminate their union, suggesting that they ended their marriage amicably and on good terms. The couple have no …

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Divorce Coaching at No Charge!

January 28, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Divorcecoaching.com is a new website that offers divorce coaching! The site contains a number of helpful resources to women who are facing the end of their marriages, and also to those who are struggling to rebuild their lives following a divorce. The site was developed by divorce coach Jennifer Horton, and the site includes informative articles on the effects of divorce, an inspirational blog, a teleseminar series and a free ebook titled: The Six Questions that Initiate the Divorce Healing Process. For a limited time, Divorcecoaching.com is now offering a free 60-minute, …

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Positive Communication Will Keep Your Marriage Strong

January 26, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Positive and ongoing communication will keep your marriage strong and on track 1.) Research indicates that when couples begin to assign blame and make accusations, that positive communication will come to a halt. 2.) When one party becomes critical or contemptuous, this will also act as a barrier to productive communication. 3.) If either party begins to become defensive, and attempts to excuse negative behaviors, this will also curtail any positive interaction. Negative behaviors and the failure to communicate will often create an atmosphere where neither party is able interac …

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Lottery Winner May Have to Share Millions of Marital Assets

January 21, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

When 29-year-old single Idaho mom Holly Lahti became the $190 million winner in the $380 Mega Millions lottery, she did not accept her winnings in person. Instead, she simply resigned from her bank teller position, and moved to a warmer climate with her two children. Still married to her estranged husband, Joshua Lahti, from whom she had been separated for eight years,  it appears that Holly Lahti will be required to divide her newly acquired wealth. Married in 2001, they were both charged after an instance of domestic violence in 2003.  Since then …

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Rocker John Mellencamp and his Almay-Model Wife Elaine File for Divorce

January 20, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Rocker John Mellencamp and his Almay-model wife Elaine Irwin announced that they have filed for divorce after 18 years of marriage. Court documents indicate that Mellencamp and Irwin separated in September 2010, and have confirmed that the pair signed a prenuptial agreement. A child custody agreement in currently in place. The couple has two children, ages 15 and 16.

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Need Marital Advice?

January 20, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Researchers at Brigham Young University offer an extensive online marital assessment, called Relate, for couples and individuals. The detailed questionnaire, at www.relate-institute.org, takes about 35 minutes to complete and generates a lengthy report with color-coded graphs depicting a couple’s communication and conflict style, how much effort each partner puts into the relationship, and other things. The fee is $20 to $40. Here's how it works: You complete a comprehensive, research-based questionnaire about the four major predictors of marital stability. We provi …

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Save Your Marriage!

January 20, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Access the Resource Center on our website for a list of therapists who work with married couples in crisis! www.harrisfamilylaw.com

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Divorcing Wisely

January 18, 2011
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Divorce is an unpleasant process for all concerned, but if you proceed wisely you can minimize the pain: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/process.cfm?task=admin.editPage&pageId=345 Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one of our attorneys, the expert legal advice you receive will help you understand y …

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Questions About Divorce? Attend Our FREE Seminar!

January 13, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Come to our free seminar on Thursday, February 10th from 12 pm to 1 pm at The Harris Law Firm: 1125 17th St, Suite 1820, Denver, CO 80202. Margaret Walker, Esq. will lead the seminar. To RSVP - call 303 299 9484

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Texas Court of Appeals Grants Gay Divorce

January 12, 2011
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

DALLAS – The Texas Attorney General ruled that the court can't block a divorce granted to two women who were legally married elsewhere, an appeals court ruled Friday. A judge in Austin granted a divorce last February to Angelique Naylor and Sabina Daly, who were married in Massachusetts in 2004 and then returned home to Texas. A day after the divorce was granted, Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott filed a motion to intervene in the case, arguing the judge didn't have the jurisdiction to grant the divorce because Texas has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The judge ruled th …

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Making Time for Each Other: Date Night for Married Couples

January 6, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Share your expectations with each other regarding your upcoming date Agree that date night is just for the two of you to reconnect and enjoy each other's company Calendar date night at least once a month and make your evening together a priority Your date should last at least 2 hours and be away from home Choose events for date night that you will both enjoy and look forward to. Schedule child care prior to your evening out together Have a good time!

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Appellate Court Rules that Divorce Settlement Will be Reopened Due to Worthless Assets

January 6, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Attorney Steven Simkin recently appealed the courts decision regarding his divorce settlement. His portion of the assets that were divided per the divorce decree included a now worthless $2.7 million investment portfolio managed by Bernard Madoff. Simkin and his wife divorced in 2006 after a 33-year marriage, and the divorce settlement included over $6.5 million in payments from Simkin to his ex. Simkin asked that the divorce settlement be adjusted to reflect the fact that a large portion of his share of the deal was an investment account that was a worthless asset. A majority of the five …

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Kelsey Grammer Will Divide Marital Assets that Exceed $100 Million

January 5, 2011
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Former Fraser star, Kelsey Grammer wants his pending divorce from third wife Camille Grammer to be finalized as soon as possible, but the divorce will cost him a bundle. Grammer has asked the California court that the dissolution of marriage be granted as quickly as possible so he can marry British flight attendant Kayte Walsh. Ms. Walsh will be his fourth wife. Unlike Colorado, where it takes a minimum of 90 days to obtain a divorce, the minimum amount of time that it takes to obtain dissolution of marriage in the State of California is six months after the petition is filed. Camille …

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How to Address Infidelity

January 4, 2011
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Do you think that your spouse may be cheating? There are signs to look for when you suspect infidelity. But remember even if your wife or husband has had an affair, it may not be the end of your marriage. Before you call a Denver divorce attorney at The Harris Law Firm to file for a Colorado divorce, consider couples counseling to see if you can repair the damage to your marriage together. There are many qualified counselors listed on our website. http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/process.cfm?task=admin.editPage&pageId=330 Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 47 …

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2010 Celebrity Divorces

December 28, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Award winning actress Sandra Bullock divorced husband Jesse James in 2010. They have no children together, but Bullock adopted a little boy from New Orleans. Sandra had also been a stepmom to James' kids from his previous relationships. Actor Charlie Sheen and his third wife, Brooke Mueller, agreed to divorce this year. The couple married in May 2008 and has twin sons, Bob and Max. Country music singer and actress LeAnn Rimes and husband Dean Sheremet, a television actor, finalized their divorce this year. They had no children together. Country music singer Shania Twain and her …

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Merry Christmas at The Arapahoe House from The Harris Law Firm!

December 27, 2010
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Merry Christmas at The Arapahoe House from The Harris Law Firm!

    www.arapahoehouse.org    Jenny Kang, a Paralegal with The Harris Law Firm collected a sleigh-load of gifts for the families of the Arapahoe House. Arapahoe House is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing a continuum of accessible, affordable, and effective services for individuals and families with alcohol, drug or other behavioral health problems. Thank you Jenny Kang!  

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

December 23, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

All of us at The Harris Law Firm wish you a very happy holiday season!

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Do You Need to File for Enforcement?

December 20, 2010
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

At the close of litigated family law proceedings, Colorado Courts enter permanent orders to establish the rights and obligations of the parties involved. In cases where both parties have agreed upon a settlement, the terms of the agreement are included in the final settlement agreement or permanent orders. The enforcement or modification of a court order is the goal in post decree matters. If you need to file for enforcement, call The Harris Law Firm, Colorado's family law team at 303 299 9484 To access this article about enforcing a Colorado court order in it's entirety: plea …

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Creating a Colorado Divorce Settlement Agreement

December 16, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If the parties to a Colorado divorce action are able to come to an agreement regarding the division of marital assets and debt, and a parenting schedule, they will prepare a Separation Agreement that defines the terms of their settlement. The Separation Agreement is submitted to the family law court for review. If the Court determines that the terms are fair to the parties involved, the Court will approve the agreement. Once approved, the terms become Orders of the Court, and the parties are subject to contempt if the terms of the ag …

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Trust Accounts and Colorado Divorce

December 15, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

If a spouse who is a party to a Colorado divorce is a beneficiary of a trust, their interest in the trust may constitute marital property under Colorado law. When trust issues are involved in a divorce matter there is generally a collaboration between the Colorado divorce attorney and the trust lawyer to determine if marital property exists within the trust. A Trust is a legal entity that can hold title to property for the benefit of one or more other persons or entities. The person who sets up the trust is called the Creator, Grantor, Trustor, Donor, or Settlor. Th …

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What is a "No Fault" Divorce?

December 15, 2010
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

   A "No fault" divorce means that the Colorado divorce courts do not inquire into the reasons for the dissolution of marriage. The reasons for your divorce or legal separation may include issues like infidelity, lack of communication, and/or problems regarding money. Although the reasons for the termination of your marriage are important to you, and addressing them will be equally important as you move through the divorce process with your divorce attorney, the Colorado courts are focused on having you divide your martial assets and debt in an equitable manner and cr …

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Attorney John Tatlock Presents Special Program to Holme Roberts and Owens

December 14, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Attorney John Tatlock Presents Special Program to Holme Roberts and Owens

  On December 13th, 2010, Colorado family law attorney John Tatlock, Special Counsel to The Harris Law Firm , P.C., delivered a presentation to the litigation practice group at Holme Roberts and Owens on the practice and procedure for obtaining binding deposition testimony from an organization, in contract to depositions from individual persons.The presentation focused on the issues, problems and best practices for taking the official binding testimony from corporations, partnerships,banks and governmental agencies. John Tatlock practices Colorado family law with …

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Making Your Marriage Work

December 10, 2010
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

    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 immediately. The more time you wait without making an effort to remedy the problem, the more likely is becomes that the issue will escalate.   Spend Quality Time Together   When you find that you …

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Be Careful Who You Date!

December 10, 2010
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

  When The Harris Law Firm’s client began dating a previously married woman, little did he know that he would be swept into a legal fight with the woman’s vengeful ex-husband. Nearly two years and several thousand dollars in attorney’s fees later, the firm assisted the client in defeating husband’s scorched-earth litigation tactics and in recovering the lion’s share of the attorney’s fees he had to spend in defending himself from the ex-husband’s aggressive and unrestrained litigation.   Husband opened his legal attacks by c …

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2010 State of Our Unions Report

December 7, 2010
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

  Marriage Strongest Among Well-Educated, Less So Among Moderately Educated                   The University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values’ Center for Marriage and Families issued its 2010 State of Our Unions report on marriage yesterday, December 6. The report, titled “When Marriage Disappears: The Retreat from Marriage in Middle America,” observes that the institution of marriage appears to be attenuating among “Middle Americans …

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Helping Your Children Cope with Divorce

December 7, 2010
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

What I need from my mom and dad: A child’s list of wants I need both of you to stay involved in my life. Please write letters, make phone calls, and ask me lots of questions. When you don’t stay involved, I feel like I’m not important and that you don’t really love me. Please stop fighting and work hard to get along with each other. Try to agree on matters related to me. When you fight about me, I think that I did something wrong and I feel guilty. I want to love you both and enjoy the time that I spend with each of you. Please support me and the time …

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Divorce Funding: Investing in Your Divorce

December 6, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Balance Point Divorce Funding is a new Beverly Hills lender that offers to cover the cost of divorce. Their services include paying your lawyer, searching for assets that your spouse may be hiding, as well as maintaining your current lifestyle. All this in exchange for a share of the divorce proceeds. The concept is part of a larger trend of companies that invests in the lawsuits of others, supplying the plaintiffs with the funds they require to assist them in obtaining even more assets from defendants. According to recent estimates, …

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Stephen Vertucci, Esq. Teaches Ethics Class to Fort Collins Students

November 29, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Stephen Vertucci, Esq. Teaches Ethics Class to Fort Collins Students

  Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm in Fort Collins, was the chairman of a committee that provided a three day “Ethics in the Workplace” exercise for over 400 Fort Collins area high school students.  The program was sponsored by the four Fort Collins area Rotary Clubs and its vocational services committee of which Mr. Vertucci is a member.  The students were divided according to career interests, and placed in discussion groups of 6 with a Rotarian who worked in that particular field.  Rotarians asked the students challenging, but practical, wo …

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Mediation and Collaborative Law

November 24, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm
Mediation and Collaborative Law

On November 4th, at the Colorado Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference, Margaret Walker, a family law attorney and mediator with The Harris Law Firm , discussed Collaborative law and the divorce process .  Her presentation, " A Marriage Made in Heaven: Using Mediation in Collaborative Divorce" outlined the benefits of using mediators in the collaborative process to control costs. As a board member of the Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals, Ms Walker voted with the Executive Council of the Family Law Section to support the introduction of the Uniform&nbs …

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Eva Longoria and Tony Parker File for Divorce, but what State has Jurisdiction?

November 23, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker have filed for divorce, but Tony filed in Texas after Eva filed in California. Issues regarding jurisdiction in divorce are more complex than in civil cases. The jurisdictional requirements for an order or judgment for support or attorneys' fees are entirely different from those to obtain custody. Similarly, a court may have jurisdiction to dissolve a marriage, but not be able to issue binding judgments regarding support or custody. For example, a California court could issue a child support order against a father living in California, based on the fathers contact …

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The Harris Law Firm's Fort Collins Office

November 23, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Fort Collins office of The Harris Law Firm is managed by firm partner, Stephen Vertucci, and Katherine Ellis is an associate. The firm is located at 123 North College Avenue, in Suite 200 of the Executive Center, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one …

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Divorce Becoming More Common in Long Term Marriages

November 17, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Recent research shows that the divorce rate among couples who have been married for 2, 3 or even 4 decades is becoming more common. Although it is significantly lower when compared to a divorce rate of almost 50% among romantic  newlyweds, divorce among the long-married is still higher than it was a generation ago. Experts say that the reasons for the dissolution of marriage include the fact that we are simply living longer, and our current culture has a more open-minded acceptance than it did in the past. The public's perception remains that married cou …

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Divorce Rate in Michigan Declines

November 15, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The Divorce rates in Michigan are declining statewide for two reasons: 1. Couples are marrying later in life, and thus have more realistic expectations about the insitution of marriage 2. The economy in Michigan is suffering and fiances are a factor in the state's lower divorce rate. When a couple divorces, they are dividing their income in half, doubling expenses, and dividing debt, including the debt they incur filing for divorce. To read more about marital debt in the State of Colorado please click here: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/articles …

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Author Nora Ephron Brings Wisdom and Humor to her Divorce Memoirs

November 9, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

In her new book I REMEMBER NOTHING: And Other Reflections, the always humorous author and screenwriter Nora Ephron reflects on the effects of her two divorces on her life and the lives of her two children. The author of Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail says: "The most important thing about me, for quite a long chunk of my life, was that I was divorced. Even after I was no longer divorced but remarried, this was true. I have now been married to my third husband for more than twenty years. But when you've had children with someone you're divorced from, divorce defines ever …

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Relocation and Modifying Your Colorado Parenting Plan

November 8, 2010
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

In the State of Colorado, following a divorce, parental rights are outlined by parental agreements or the Allocation of Parental Rights (APR) When a custodial parent wishes to relocate, the court must consider the following before modifying the parenting plan: The reason for the relocation  The objections of the other parent The child's relationship with each parent The impact of the relocation on the child Educational opportunities for the children in the current and in the new loca …

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Miley Cyrus is “Not Taking Sides” in her Parents’ Divorce

November 5, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Miley Cyrus, the “Can’t Be Tamed” hitmaker is said to be “upset” by her parents divorce. After 17 years of marriage, 49-year-old singer Billy Ray Cyrus and 43-year-old wife and mother Tish Cyrus, have filed to obtain a dissolution of marriage. A source told People.com that Miley is not taking sides, and is trying to keep the matter private while her family works through this challenging time. Billy Ray filed for divorce on October 26, and announced the pair were hoping for people to pray for them to get through the emotional time. In a state …

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How do Colorado Judges Address Child Support and Parenting Time?

November 5, 2010
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Before the Judge rules regarding the allocation of parental responsibilities (child support and/or parenting time), he or she bases the decision on Colorado's ”Best Interest of the Child Statute“. The Colorado statute specifically states that there should be “frequent and continuing contact” between the children and both parents, unless a parent presents a danger of physical or psychological harm to the children. Evidence of such danger might be explicit, such as a conviction for domestic violence, another violent crime, or a crime th …

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More on Divorce Insurance

November 4, 2010
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 3, 2010) - Just weeks after the launch of the nation's first divorce insurance, Los Angeles Divorce Attorney Mark Baer is cautioning 'would be' insureds to think carefully before investing in this novel insurance; the consequences may very well outweigh the benefits and destroy the sanctity of marriage. Over the years he's practiced law, Attorney Baer has helped hundreds of couples dissolve their marriages with the goal of causing the least amount of damage to their families. As a mediator, a collaborative law attorney and an experienced litigator, …

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The Cost of High Conflict Marriages and Divorces

November 4, 2010
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

In my work with children and families over the years, I have seen many children who are caught up in the conflict of their parents, whether they are together or not. Next to abuse and abandonment, seeing children involved in a high conflict custody battle or exposed to daily parental conflict, is particularly devastating. Unfortunately children too often become emotional pawns between warring parents and they feel powerless, confused and anxious. While no well meaning parent really wants to hurt their children, it is easy for parents who are in pain or are in a lot of conflict, to lose sight …

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Charlie Sheen to Divorce Again

November 3, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

US actor Charlie Sheen filed for divorce from Brooke Mueller, his wife of two years, just days after being taken to hospital following a reported drunken incident at the Plaza Hotel in New York. The star of sitcom "Two and a Half Men" filed for the dissolution of marriage at the Los Angeles Superior Court to divorce Brooke Mueller, whom he wed in May 2008 but split from on Christmas Day 2009 when arrested in Aspen, Colorado for allegedly assaulting her. Sheen, 45, and Mueller, 33, have twin sons Bob and Max, born in March 2009. The couple have a pre-nuptial agreement, according to …

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More Women and Middle Class Couples Seeking Pre Nups

November 3, 2010
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm
More Women and Middle Class Couples Seeking Pre Nups

Pre Nups: Plan for the Worst and Hope for the Best More and more middle class couples are taking a cautious approach to marriage and drafting prenuptial agreements before saying "I do". Family law atttorneys are seeing more women and middle-class couples seeking marital agreements, which can include adultery clauses, protection of retirement benefits and even custody of the dog, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), which represents more than 1 600 lawyers. “It's a planning tool. Given that half of marriages end in divor …

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Helping Your Kids Cope During the Divorce Process

October 29, 2010
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

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 through the changes you are facing separately and together: Don't ask your kids to take sides in your divorce. Tell them that you love them, and will allow and encourage them to love both parents. Tell your children that your divorce is NOT your fault. Tel …

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Saving Your Marriage: Don't Take Each Other for Granted!

October 28, 2010
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

If you are taking your spouse for granted because you believe that your partner will always be there for you, you are making a huge mistake. Take the time and make the effort to be kind, thoughtful, appreciative, respectful, supportive, and affirming towards your spouse. Not taking your spouse for granted means going beyond remembering your anniversary and your spouse's birthday. Not taking your spouse for granted means being tuned in to how your spouse feels and what your spouse thinks. If you dont know, take the time to simply ask! Not taking your spouse for granted means you listen, you d …

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Filing an Appeal for a Family Law Case

October 28, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

There is no set time line for an appeal. In most cases, an appeal filed with the Colorado Court of Appeals will take approximately five to seven months. Although the deadlines may vary, the general deadlines for filing an appeal with Court of Appeals are as follows: Within 45 days of the date the final order is entered by the trial court - the appeal process must be initiated within 45 days of the final order from the trial court. This is done by filing a Notice of Appeal. Within 10 days of filing the Notice of Appeal - the individual filing the appeal must file a listing of the documents …

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Nineteen is the Age of Emancipation in Colorado

October 26, 2010
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Nineteen is the Age of Emancipation in Colorado

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 until each child reaches the age of eighteen or has graduated from high school. In addition, some parenting plans include agreements that encompass post-secondary schooling. The Court does not have jurisdiction to force the parties to make agreements for the child past this age, but the parents ma …

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Colorado's Spousal Support (Maintenance or Alimony)

October 25, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
Colorado's Spousal Support (Maintenance or Alimony)

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 through appropriate employment and the ability of other spouse to pay support. Colorado Maintenance is based on the specifics of each case and the discretion of the Judge. The facts that the Judge will consider are: 1. The financial and non-financial contribution of each part …

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Inheritance Rights for a Relinquished Colorado Child

October 25, 2010
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Inheritance Rights for a Relinquished Colorado Child

    When a Colorado birth parent relinquishes his or her parental rights under the Colorado Revised Statute Title 19 Children's Code, what rights does the child have to inherit? It depends if the child is subsequently adopted. Under C.R.S. 19-5-104(5), after a relinquishment, the relinquishing parent or parents no longer have legal rights or obligations to the relinquished child. However, the relinquishing parents have a support obligation to the child. Likewise, a relinquished child's status as an "heir" does not cease at the time of relinquishment and the child …

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A New Twist on the Traditional Family Relationship

October 23, 2010
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

To see this article by partner, Stephen Vertucci, Esq. in it's entirety, please click here: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/a-new-twist-on-the-traditional-family-relationship When we think of an heir at law, we usually think of intestate estates—that is, dying without a Last Will and Testament. When we think of adoption, we usually think of an adult adopting a child. A stepfather adopting his wife’s young son, for example. But there is another kind of adoption. Colorado specifically provides for the adoption of an adult, too.

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Divorce Becoming More Common in China

October 22, 2010
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

There was hardly any confusion about marriage and family life in old China. Traditional Chinese culture frowned on divorce. An ancient proverb admonishes newlyweds: "You are married until your hair turns white." In practice, of course, men played a more dominant role in Chinese families and got away with most things, including marital dalliances. It was shameful for women to marry more than once while it was easy for men to take one or more concubines. But the times are changing in modern China. The economic miracle that followed the country's opening to the outside world after 197 …

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What is "Equitable Division of Property"?

October 22, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Often people hear the term "equitable division", and they think  that phrase means an equal (50/50) division of property in a dissolution of marriage proceeding. However, the courts are vested with discretion in dividing up martial property and distributing it among the parties. Equitable division, therefore, is not a guarantee of an even 50/50 split among the parties. A court may divide and distribute property as it deems just based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to one spouse's foregone income or educational opportunties, one spouse …

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U.S. Cities with the Highest Divorce Rate

October 21, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The top 10 cities reign for marital discord. 1, Panama City, FL 2, Sierra Vista, AZ 3, Charleston, WV 4, Medford, OR 5, Reno, NV 6, Deltona, FL 7. Pueblo, CO 8, Palm Bay, FL 9, Jacksonville, FL 10, Grand Junction, CO  

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Does Marriage Bring a Great Degree of Happiness?

October 21, 2010
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

But betting on marriage to bring you happiness may be a risky gamble since about 48 percent of marriages end in divorce [source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. Nevertheless, psychologists have pointed to marriage as the single most reliable happiness indicator. Across nations and ethnic groups, people report greater happiness from marriage than career, community or money [source: Seligman]. A 2005 survey from the Pew Research Center substantiates these assertions. Forty-three percent of married respondents reported that they were "very happy," compared to 24 percent of …

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Choose Wisely When Hiring an Attorney to Draft Your Pre-Nup

October 21, 2010
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Nicolas Granatino, the soon to be former husband of German Heiress Katrin Radmacher, arrived at the London Supreme Court with his lawyer , the notable Fiona Shackleton, to hear the ruling on his divorce case. French citizen Grantino challenged their prenuptial contract and the one million pound divorce settlement with his former wife, a German heiress Katrin Radmacher, who is said to be worth over 100 million pounds. Britain's Supreme Court ruled in favor of the German heiress today in a divorce case that gives new validity to having a prenuptial agreement written by an exp …

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During Recession, Divorcing Couples Divide Debt

October 19, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Rich Harris, President of The Harris Law Firm, was interviewed recently for article published by the Denver Business Journal regarding how the current recession has effected the number of divorce cases in Colorado. Rich Harris said: Assets are worth significantly less than they were a few years ago, which means divorce cases are more contentious. We now spend a lot of time fighting over the divison of debt rather than assets. Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divor …

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Spouse Held Accountable for "Extravagant Spending"

October 18, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

      In a divorce trial today, Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm, was successful in protecting 100% of client’s assets from the spouse due to the extravagant manner in which the other spouse was spending money during the divorce proceedings. The Court found that the opposing party had spent marital assets during the proceedings that exceeded day to day reasonable needs and as a consequence, the Court awarded client of The Harris Law FIrm 100% of the client's retirement assets, bank accounts, investments and equity in the marital residenc …

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Partner Stephen Vertucci Promotes Literacy in Fort Collins

October 15, 2010
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm
Partner Stephen Vertucci Promotes Literacy in Fort Collins

As a part of the Fort Collins Rotary Breakfast Club, Stephen Vertucci, Partner with The Harris Law Firm, sells Palisade peaches to raise funds to purchase hard cover, color dictionaries to be given to each third grader in the Poudre Valley school district.  The program is a part of Rotary READ, a section of Rotary devoted to promoting literacy and enthusiasm for reading among elementary students in the Fort Collins area.   This year’s program was a resounding success.  Over 1800 cases of peaches were sold which helped purchase 2500 dictionaries.  In September, Mr. V …

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Colorado Divorce: More on Common Law Marriage

October 15, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/common-law-marriage Please access the article on common law marriage by Partner Stephen Vertucci

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Expressing Love

October 13, 2010
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

The 5 Love Languages™ What if you could say or do just the right thing guaranteed to make that special someone feel loved? The secret is learning the right love language! Millions of couples have learned the simple way to express their feelings and bring joy back into marriage: The 5 Love Languages, Dr. Gary Chapman’s New York Times bestseller! Words of Affirmation—Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, "I love you," are important—hearing the reas …

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Courtney Cox and David Arquette Agree to Separate

October 13, 2010
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

Courteney Cox and David Arquette, parents to 6-year-old daughter Coco, have agreed to a trial separation. In a recent statement, the couple said: “The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage. We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply. As we go though this process we are determined to use kindness and understanding to get through this together.We are comfortable with the boundaries that we have established for each other during this separation and we h …

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Can My New Spouse Adopt My Child?

October 11, 2010
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

In order to file for a step parent adoption,in the State of Colorado you have to file a motion with the court to have the biological father’s parental rights terminated before your new spouse can adopt the child. The Harris Law Firm can help, and we have an attorney who specializes in the area of step-parent adoption and termination of parental rights cases. Our firm will ensure you have the proper guidance thoughout the  Colorado Step Parent Adoption process. Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris L …

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See Our Post -Divorce Checklist

October 8, 2010
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/the-post-divorce-checklist Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one of our attorneys, the expert legal advice you receive will help you understand your rights and options according to Colorado law. And when you retain this AV rated firm, the many years of combined experienc …

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Couples With Daughters More Likely to Divorce

October 6, 2010
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm

        By COURTNEY HUTCHISON, ABC News Medical Unit Little girls may be sugar and spice and everything nice, but having a daughter might boost a couple's risk of divorce, according to 2000 census data. Not only did researchers find that couples with sons are more likely to stick together, unmarried pregnant couples were more likely to have shotgun weddings if the baby was going to be a boy and divorced mothers of boys are more likely to remarry and stay remarried. Does this mean that daughters are matrimonially risky and sons are marriage saviors? Not so fast, psych …

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Could Your Career Choice Make Or Break Your Marriage?

October 5, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Based on Census data from 2000, and current research by Radford University, the chance of a marriage ending in divorce could be predicted by your career choice. Research indicated that Forty-three percent of marriages end in divorce when one or both of the spouses work as a dancer or choreographer. Bartenders and massage therapists have the second- and third-highest rates of divorce. Agricultural and nuclear engineers had the lowest divorce rates. By Cindi Remy

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Points to Consider Before you File for Divorce

September 29, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

You and your attorney will be spending a great deal of time together during the divorce process, so it is important that you hire a lawyer that you trust. The dissolution of marriage can be emotionally exhausting, so choose someone with whom you are comfortable discussing the details of your situation. Consider interviewing several lawyers before you hire counsel and remember that many reputable and seasoned attorneys often charge a consultation fee. It is worth paying a nominal fee to obtain an experienced lawyer. To review this article in it's entirety, please click here- http://w …

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Collaborative Divorce Goes to Hollywood

September 27, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

Cameron Crowe, Nancy Wilson Divorcing By K. McKinney | Published: September 24, 2010 Director Cameron Crowe and his wife, Nancy Wilson, filed divorce papers this week in Los Angeles. Wilson, a member of the rock band Heart since 1974, technically filed the divorce petition (available at TMZ.com) but it appears to be a collaborative divorce in which both parties have worked together to settle all related matters prior to filing in court. Wilson, a singer and songwriter from the rock band Heart, filed divorce papers Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. Sh …

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Kids' Divorce Art Gallery - Helping Kids Cope

September 21, 2010
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

From the Colorado Center for Divorce Mediation, please visit their Kids’ Divorce Art Gallery:  Expressive Imagery of Children's Experience of Divorce To access, please go to the following site: http://www.coloradodivorcemediation.com/art/gallery.asp As goes the Chinese proverb, “A picture is worth ten thousand words.”  Listen as young artists speak:

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Signs that Your Spouse May be having an Affair

September 21, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

        What do you look for when you think your spouse may be cheating?   These words may be an indication that your spouse is having an affair. They want you to know that they still love you, but are currently in love with someone new.   Most serious relationships begin as friendships.   Cell phone and credit card bills may start going to the office, and new passwords will protect computer access. For the entire article, please click here: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/signs-that-your-spouse-may-be-cheating Located in Denver (303) 299-94 …

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Divorce for Law Enforcement Professionals

September 21, 2010
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time | Author: Harris Law Firm
Divorce for Law Enforcement Professionals

Read a recent article by Kevin Massaro, Esq., Of Counsel, with The Harris Law Firm: http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/worsethan-gunfire-divorce-and-law-enforcement-professionals Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Collins (970) 472-1838, The Harris Law Firm is Colorado's largest family law firm.  Focusing exclusively on Colorado Divorce and Colorado Child Custody and Support, the firm's philosophy is to work with you to resolve your legal matter in the best way possible. When you consult with one of our attorneys, the expert legal advice you receive will help you understand your righ …

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Super Model Stephanie Seymour to Reconcile with Billionaire Husband

September 21, 2010
Categories: Saving Your Marriage | Author: Harris Law Firm

Former supermodel Stephanie Seymour and entertainment tycoon Peter Brant are ending their high-profile divorce proceedings and "reconciling" out of court, the couple said today. "The parties have withdrawn their divorce action and are reconciling," the two told ABC News in a statement, asking that their privacy "be respected." The couple was in a Connecticut court this morning and was expected to face off over custody of their three children and a fortune that includes lavish homes in some of the most exclusive destinations in the country Located in Denver (303 …

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How We View the American Family

September 17, 2010
Categories: Misc | Author: Harris Law Firm

New research on this topic is contained in a book length study by Brian Powell,an Indiana University sociologist, called "Counted Out; Same Sex Relations and American's Definition of Family." Between 2003 and 2010, three surveys by Powell and his team showed a significant shift toward counting same-sex couples with children as family, from 54% of respondents in 2003 to 68% in 2010. In all, more than 2300 people were surveyed.

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Family Law Judges Prefer that Litigants Have Legal Representation

September 17, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

The better the litigant is prepared for their hearing, the more efficiently the court operates. Thus, Colorado family law judges prefer fully represented and fully prepared litigants, and say that the inexperience of pro-se litigants often has a negative effect on the operation of the court. Clients benefit from having the direction of an experienced family law attorney who can guide them through a myriad of  legal and court related issues. And using an experienced domestic relations lawyer means that your documents will be prepared and executed with for …

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The best parenting plan allows both parents to be involved in the life of the child.

September 15, 2010
Categories: Helping Kids Cope | Author: Harris Law Firm

Children of divorce need to be allowed to have healthy and separate relationships with both parents.  If one parent  has a strained relationship with the other parent, and/or decides that the behavior of the other parent is inappropriate for the child, they must work to resolve the issue without involving the child. Children must be free to create a relationship with their other parent on their own terms without undue influence. Parents who are obsessed with alienating their child from the other parent are often vehement in …

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Divorce ceremonies give Japanese couples a new way to untie the knot

September 9, 2010
Categories: Post Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

One by one, Japenese couples are walking through the legal steps of finalizing their divorces: dividing property, determining child custody and arranging the college fund. But when it comes to settling the heartache over the end of a marriage, Japanese couples are finding that the legal system had no formal recovery process. Thus the new divorce ceremony. One in four marriages in Japan now ends in divorce, yet it's still considered a cultural taboo. These increasingly popular divorce ceremonies help some Japanese cope with the country's changing social norms, accordin …

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9 Questions to Ask a Family Law Attorney Before You Hire Them

September 7, 2010
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm
9 Questions to Ask a Family Law Attorney Before You Hire Them

  1. Have you ever been found in violation of an ethics rule?   Attorneys are held to high ethical standards regarding how they practice law and the customer service they provide for clients. If an attorney violates these rules, their license to practice to law can be suspended, revoked or placed on probation. Practicing law with the highest degree of ethics is at the core of what we do at The Harris Law Firm. In our firm, none of our attorneys have ever been found in violation of any ethics rules.   2. Is family law the only area of law you practice?   Th …