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Divorce is more than the end of a relationship—it is a legal division of one household into two. For marriages that have lasted for years, the division of property, custody, and less-obvious assets may prove deeply complicated. For spouses who are trapped in abusive relationships, seeking safety for themselves and any children would be the foremost issue, a subject that is addressed in our resources.

At The Harris Law Firm, we know that divorce brings up a great deal of questions. That’s why we have provided articles on the subject of divorce, to help guide spouses seeking divorce to the direction they need to go. Whether your questions is about staying safe while divorcing an abusive spouse, or it is about the division of property in Colorado, these resources offer the answers to many of your basic questions.

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Getting a divorce is a very taxing experience emotionally. Sadly, some cases require one of the parties to take additional precautions in order to protect themselves or their children. In some situations, it can be difficult and painful to protect yourself during divorce. One option, of course, is ...
In January of 2000, the Colorado Supreme Court implemented what is known as the “Simplified Dissolution Project” in three Colorado counties. The project was the result of a growing dissatisfaction with the adversary process in domestic relations cases and a concern that the court system was not only ...
Besides mediation and arbitration, there are many other processes and different types of divorce that parties can use to resolve their cases without going to court. One is to combine mediation and arbitration, a process sometimes referred to as med/arb. In med/arb, a third party neutral may start ...
Effective March 18, 2003, the Colorado State Legislature raised the fees for filing many court actions, including domestic relations cases, by fifty percent, in order to accommodate the rising cost of divorce support resources. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey explained, “Falling ...
Collaborative family law is a relatively new and non-traditional way of practicing law whereby the attorneys for both of the parties in a family dispute agree to use cooperative strategies rather thanadversarial techniques and litigation. The focus in collaborative law is to try to create an ...
Colorado Divorce Timeline Though the Colorado divorce timeline varies from couple to couple due the complexity of the case and delays, continuances, full dockets and other issues related to the court, the divorce process timeline has three stages that every divorce must go through: Preliminary Stage ...
You may hear these questions from your children regarding their parents divorce. Knowing the right way to respond is critical to helping your children adjust to their new situation. Why Does Divorce Happen? Divorce happens when a husband and wife decide they no longer want to be married to each ...
A very common issue that arises in Colorado divorce and custody cases is contempt of court. Contempt of court cases, in regards to divorce/custody issues, occur when one party does not follow the court’s orders of payment of child support, maintenance, visitation, or any other clear rulings. Divorce ...
The period between filing for divorce and obtaining the final decree can be challenging because decisions must be made about finances, property, and parenting time. Frozen Assets : After a divorce action is filed, the Court will issue a temporary domestic order instructing both parties not to ...
When deciding who gets what in a divorce, all property must first be classified as “marital” or “separate” before the court can divide it. Marital property is owned by both parties and is subject to division; while separate property is typically only owned by one spouse and is not subject to ...
The Harris Law Firm offers unbundled legal services through our LawYourWay℠™ Unbundled legal services are a cost effective way to obtain legal services and support from a Colorado family law attorney without being represented by a lawyer. Unbundled services will allow you to consult with an attorney ...
Existing mid way between litigation and mediation, collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution for couples going through a divorce that can help in avoiding parental alienation. Although separate counsel represents each spouse, and the attorneys act as advocates for their clients, ...
Choosing full legal representation to handle your Colorado divorce is an extremely important decision that cannot be taken lightly. While there are several different types of representation options for people considering divorce, full representation (retainer plus hourly rates) is one of the most ...
Arbitration involves the use of a third-party neutral to decide a controversy instead of a trial court judge; it is one of several different types of divorce. The arbitrator may be selected by the parties or appointed by the court. Disputing parties may want to avoid using the courts in order to ...
Mediation is becoming an increasingly common alternative to litigation when it comes to divorce in Colorado. In Colorado divorce mediation, the parties discuss what they would like to see happen during their divorce with a neutral third party helping them achieve their desired outcomes. Mediators ...
If a father was married to the mother of a child at the time the child was conceived or born, it is generally assumed that he is the biological father, and additional proof is not required unless this assumption is brought into question. Paternity may also be presumed if the father’s name appears on ...
The two areas where stepparents most frequently assert their rights as parents are with respect to adoptions and visitation. While the Colorado Legislature has established the general procedures and divorce support resources for both of these actions, there are many other factors considered by the ...
Prior to negotiating for “Maintenance” in the State of Colorado, a term also referred to as “Alimony” or “Spousal Support” in other states, the parties to divorce proceedings must consider whether the maintenance award will be modifiable or non-modifiable. Modifiable Maintenance Most maintenance ...
QUESTION: What is the difference between simply separating from my spouse, a legal separation and a divorce? ANSWER: 1. A “Separation” simply means that the two of you are now living apart. You do not need to file court documents in order to separate, but you should talk to an attorney about several ...
The dissolution of marriage in the State of Colorado can be a lengthy and complex legal process fraught with unexpected events and trying delays. We have found when our clients have a general conceptual awareness of the chronology of the divorce proceedings , this can help to alleviate many of their ...
Prior to negotiating for “Maintenance” in the State of Colorado, a term also referred to as “ Alimony ” or “Spousal Support” in other states, the parties to a Colorado divorce proceeding must consider whether the maintenance award will be modifiable or non-modifiable. Modifiable Maintenance Most ...
Pet custody in divorce can be very contentious. Many pet owners are as close to their pet as a parent to their child. Further, pet owners often refer to themselves as the mother or father of their pet who they adopted, not purchased. However under Colorado law, pets are still characterized as an ...
In the 1970’s, most states in the nation adopted a “no fault” divorce policy. Governments reasoned that the policy would temper the nastiness, finger-pointing and emotional havoc associated with full-blown divorce trials. Additionally, it was thought to be better to give individuals more freedom to ...
Colorado Divorce Maintenance Laws In Colorado, alimony or spousal support is called maintenance. When considering whether an individual qualifies for collecting alimony/maintenance, the Court will apply the following three criteria in its determination: (1) whether a party has insufficient property ...
The Colorado Legal Forms You'll Need if Filing On Your Own If you plan to handle your divorce by yourself or to use unbundled legal services, you will need access to numerous Colorado legal forms throughout the process. All of these are posted and updated regularly on the State of Colorado Judicial ...
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 ...
A motion is a request made by a party upon which the court issues a ruling or order. The goal of temporary orders is to establish legally binding guidelines that will increase stability during a separation and the time leading up to the Colorado divorce. By filing a motion for temporary orders, your ...
The Judiciary Committee defeated HB 1022 Concerning the Elimination of the 90-day waiting Period. The bill would have eliminated the 90-day waiting period for parties to obtain a decree of dissolution. The Family Law Section testified in opposition to the change. The sponsor of the bill tried to ...
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, ...
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 ...
Marital Property vs. Separate Property When considering the division of property during a legal separation or dissolution of marriage in the State of Colorado, there are two types of property that the court will consider: marital property and separate property. “Marital Property” is property ...
Initial Status Conference (ISC): When you file a Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage, most courts will immediately set a court date for the Initial Status Conference (ISC). This first hearing may be set even before your spouse has been served. If you are the respondent to a divorce case, ...
Pro se is a Latin term meaning “on one’s own behalf,” and in the legal arena, a pro se party in a divorce is representing him or herself instead of being represented by a lawyer. If you are contemplating divorce or have been asked for a divorce, you have to decide if you will hire an experienced ...
The divorce process can seem daunting when you don’t understand what the process entails or how long it will take. But increasing your level of understanding about the legal process can help to reduce your stress: Although every case is different, even individuals who are on good terms with their ...
After your case is over, there may be discussion about appealing the Judge’s findings. Many people assume that they can appeal a ruling in the hopes that a different judge will see things differently and rule in their favor. However, an appeal is not a “rehearing” of your case, but rather focuses on ...
Colorado is a no fault state. This means several things for your divorce case: First, you no longer need to explain to the Court why you are requesting a divorce. In the past, one spouse had to prove that the other party had abandoned the family, committed adultery, or otherwise behaved badly. ...
Colorado is an "Equitable Distribution" state, meaning that issues regarding marital property and debt during a Colorado divorce are generally settled between the parties by a signed Marital Settlement Agreement within the Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. All marital property will be divided in an ...

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