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Archived Posts - December 2008

Celebrity Divorces for 2008

December 31, 2008
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Admin Admin

The biggest divorce news of 2008 came when Madonna and Guy Ritchie filed for divorce in mid-October.  Other high profiles divorces this year included model Christie Brinkley, and actors Robin Williams, Liv Tyler, Morgan Freeman, Chris Kattan, and talk show host Star Jones. 2008 also included a number of short marriages: Ivana Trump and Rossano Rubicondi, who married in April, announced that they have separated. Actress Kate Walsh and her husband Alex Young have moved on after only 15 months, and Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds marriage was dissolved after only 2 weeks. David Duchovny …

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When Can A Child Decide?

December 30, 2008

Many states in the US will allow children to decide with whom they wish to reside when they reach a certain age. In Colorado, a court is not required to rule in favor of the child's request. A court may consider the child's wishes, depending upon the child's maturity, the reasonableness of the request, and to what extent the Court perceives the child's wishes as his or her own. To view this article in it's entireity, please click here 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 Co …

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Actor Alec Baldwin Writes Divorce Guide for Men

December 30, 2008

Actor Alec Baldwin, who stars with actress/writer Tina Fey on the NBC sitcom, "30 Rock", is also the author of a new book for men regarding the divorce process. Baldwin, who was married to actress Kim Bassinger, recently published a book about divorce titled "A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce."

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The Division of Marital Assets

December 29, 2008
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Admin Admin

The first step in dividing marital assets is obtaining and reviewing financial information from both parties. Generally, the assets and debt that a married couple accumulates during the course of the marriage are divided between them as fairly as possible. To view this article in it's entirety, please click here: 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 matte …

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Divorce and Taxes

December 26, 2008

In short, maintenance payments must be declared as income by the person who receives them, and are tax deductible for the person who pays them. Child support payments, however, are neither taxable to the payee or deductible by the payor. More detailed tax information can be provided by your attorney or by a tax professional. To view this article in it's entirety, please click here: 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 …

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To a Peaceful and Joyous Holiday

December 24, 2008
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Admin Admin

And all the best to each of you during this festive season. From Rich Harris and Everyone at The Harris Law Firm

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Divorce: What to Tell Your Children

December 22, 2008

It is important to be honest with your children during the divorce process. Speak to them in a direct manner and emphasize that your separation is permanent. Reassure them that the divorce is not their fault. Stress that the stabiliity and structure of their lives will remain constant, and they are and will continue to be loved by both parents. Finally, encourage them to talk to you about their feelings and allow them to openly express their emotions in a safe environment. To view this article in it's entirety, please click here: Located in Denver (303) 299-9484 and Fort Colli …

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How Long Do I Have to Pay Child Support?

December 19, 2008

In Colorado, child support is generally due and payable until the child is 19 or is otherwise emancipated. 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 …

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Legal Separation and Filing Tax Returns Jointly

December 17, 2008
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info Post Divorce Info | Author: Admin Admin

    Under 7703(a)(2), legally separated parties are viewed as unmarried. Therefore, it may be assumed that if classified as unmarried, then the parties may not file taxes jointly. 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 yo …

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Rights of an Unwed Father

December 16, 2008
Categories: Child Support and Parenting Time Helping Kids Cope | Author: Admin Admin

  It is difficult to say with any certainty what rights an unwed father has prior to the determination of parental responsibility. This is one of the reasons why the father should submit to a paternity test following the birth of the child. Since Colorado favors the involvement of both parents, the Court usually awards each parent at least some parenting time

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Relocation: Determining the Best Interest of the Child

December 15, 2008

Relocation is a material change in circumstances and if the parties are unable to readjust the custody and visitation arrangements, the Court is required to examine the statutory factors to determine the best interests of the children. To view this article in it's entirety, please click here:

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Moving Out - Some Common Misconceptions

December 12, 2008

In a divorce, every couple must, at some point, deal with the decision of who moves out of the martial home. It is important to understand, however, that in these circumstances, you will not forfeit your financial rights to the property. To read this article in it's entirety, please click here:

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Can I File for Divorce on My Own?

December 12, 2008

When an individual decides to be "pro se", or to represent themselves in a divorce action rather than using an attorney, they should be aware that it can be difficult to "undo" the orders that are entered in the divorce decree. For this reason, it is always wise to at least consult with an attorney prior to filing for divorce to discuss possible strategies and some of the potential issues that may arise during the proceedings. To view this article in it's entirety, please click here:

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Divorce and Seniors

December 11, 2008
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Admin Admin

Divorce is difficult at any any age, but it can be especially challenging for elderly couples. The emotional impact of separation is difficult after so many years together, and the financial considerations may also magnified as well. Additionally, limited health insurance options and long term care needs can also be a significant issue. To read this article in it's entirety, please click here:

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What is a Legal Separation?

December 10, 2008

A legal separation is very similar to a divorce. In fact, the court will address all of the same issues involving the parties' children and finances, and the case will result in the parties have separate rights, responsibilities, and liabilities in the eyes of the law. The only difference is that the marriage will not be dissolved, so neither party will be eligible to marry another. To view this article in it's entirety, please click here:

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Military Law and Divorce

December 9, 2008

If you or your spouse are in the military, there are special military laws and issues that must be considered in . For instance, a service member who is currently deployed may have the right to request that a divorce proceeding be delayed until his or her return. Military compensation and benfits also operate differently than those in the private sector. Thus, in a military divorce, it is important that you discuss your situation with a family law attorney who is familiar with military law and can guide through the additional complexities. To view this article in it's entirety, please c …

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Creating Postive Interactions with Your Ex Spouse

December 8, 2008

For a great many individuals, going through a divorce is a traumatic process.  Learning about the emotional phases that divorcing couples commonly experience , perhaps with the assistance of a qualified therapist, may help you to make this transition and establish a different but healthy relationship with your former spouse.

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What Constitutes a Common Law Marriage?

December 5, 2008

  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, Courts will be looking for specific indicators such as whether or not you 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” on insurance forms. If other evidence suggests that you are …

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Dividing Marital Assets

December 4, 2008

Pursuant to C.R.S. Sec. 14-10-107(4)(b)(I)(A) & (D), a party is restrained from transferring, encumbering, concealing, or in any way disposing of, without the consent of the other party or an order of the court, any marital property.        

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Can I Ask My Spouse to Pay for the Divorce?

December 3, 2008
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Admin Admin

You can request that your spouse pay for your attorney's fees, but there is no guarantee that the Court will grant your request. The Court will compare your relative positions in regard to income and property and if there is a disparity, the Court will generally attempt to create a balance by awarding the requested attorney fees.

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Do I Need a Lawyer?

December 2, 2008

When dealing with family law matters, including divorce and issues regarding parenting time, working with an experienced attorney can protect your rights according to Colorado law. Having a professional to guide through the legal process, can ease your anxiety and give you the peace of mind you need to make the right choices. To view this article in it's entirety, please click here:

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