Archived Posts - May 2011

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 peop …

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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 …

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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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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 business or …

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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, s …

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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) 515 …

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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 / - 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. …

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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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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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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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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:

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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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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 …

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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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