Is it Better to File Bankruptcy Before or After Divorce?

Posted in Divorce on September 17, 2019

A typical divorce case does not exist. Each case is unique, with complex elements such as child custody, spousal support and the division of assets setting them apart. One matter that could complicate a divorce case in Colorado is the desire to declare bankruptcy. Whether you should file bankruptcy before or after your divorce depends… read more

Division of Vacation & Sick Time During a Divorce

Posted in Divorce on September 8, 2019

Dividing assets during a divorce is often one of the most complicated aspects of a split. Assets can include not only physical property such as a home or vehicle but also financial assets such as bank accounts, retirement savings, stocks, bonds and paid vacation time. During a divorce case in Colorado, the courts require both… read more

What Is “Non physical” Domestic Violence?

Posted in Family Law on September 1, 2019

When most people think about domestic violence, they imagine one partner physically abusing another member of the household. While this tragic situation occurs all too often, it is not the only form of domestic violence. Nonphysical domestic violence can be just as harmful to victims. Nonphysical violence, abuse and harassment can harm a person mentally,… read more

What Is the Divorce Rate in Colorado?

Posted in Divorce on August 23, 2019

Divorce has to do with much more than where you live, but according to statistics, location could predict whether your marriage survives. Public record data collection gives an overview of the divorce rates in each state and city in America. Lists of the places with the highest divorce rates become a cause for concern for… read more

When Does Spousal Support End in Colorado?

Posted in Separation on August 15, 2019

Spousal support is a court-ordered arrangement in which one spouse of a divorce pays another – either in a lump sum or monthly payments. A judge in Colorado may award spousal support during a divorce case that involves an income disparity between the spouses. If one spouse stayed at home to care for the kids… read more

Stay-at-Home Mom Divorce Rights Colorado

Posted in Child Custody,Family Law on August 5, 2019

Dealing with a divorce can be difficult for any family. As a stay-at-home mom, however, you may worry more than most about what your life might look like post-divorce. You may have forfeited an education or career to care for children, relying on your spouse for financial support. Now, you may lose this support, on… read more

Pending Criminal Charges and Child Custody in Colorado

Posted in Child Custody,Colorado Laws on July 22, 2019

A history of crime could impact your child custody case in Colorado. All child custody matters boil down to one main consideration: what is in the best interest of the child. If a criminal record demonstrates to a judge that you may put your children at risk in any way, it could impact his or… read more

What Are the Four Main Issues in Divorce?

Posted in Child Support,Colorado Laws on July 15, 2019

Divorcing your spouse can come with many difficulties and concerns. In the eyes of the law, however, just four elements compromise the heart of your case. Whether you and your spouse are trying to work together for an uncontested divorce or you are already preparing for a trial, it is important to understand the four… read more

Different Types of Separation: Trial, Permanent and Legal Separation

Posted in Separation on July 2, 2019

If the tension in your relationship becomes more than just a rough patch, separation might be a positive choice for your family. Separation is not divorce. You and your spouse will remain legally married, with all the benefits that come with a marriage on paper. However, separation may impact matters such as finances and legal… read more

Can You Sue for Defamation in a Divorce in Colorado?

Posted in Colorado Laws on June 29, 2019

In the midst of a tense and emotional divorce case, inadvisable events can sometimes occur. One spouse may make statements or allegations against the other during proceedings, including those which could be damaging and potentially defamatory. In such cases, you may seek to file a lawsuit for defamation against your spouse during the divorce. When… read more

Who Pays for Your Child’s Private Education After a Divorce?

Posted in Colorado Laws on June 20, 2019

Following a divorce, many costs associated with raising children may be disputed by former spouses. One of these is the cost of a private education for the child or children. Divorced parents often dispute this because one parent may feel that this is a necessity, and therefore the other parent should pay for it. The… read more

What Is a Common Law Marriage in Colorado?

Posted in Family Law on June 10, 2019

Colorado is one of 12 states which recognize common law marriage as legal and binding. This is a form of marriage which does not require a license or a formal ceremony, but in which both parties mutually consent to be man and wife. This legal status grants both members of the couple certain rights and… read more

How to Modify a Child Support Order in Colorado

Posted in Child Support on May 22, 2019

Once the court issues a child support order as part of a divorce case, its terms are inflexible. The spouse that must make child support payments cannot choose to skip a month or change the support amount without court approval. The only way to modify a child support order in Colorado is to undergo a… read more

Can I Stop a Divorce If the Paperwork Has Already Been Filed?

Posted in Divorce on May 10, 2019

Not all couples in Colorado achieve amicable divorces. Some couples both agree to the divorce, but not to its terms. Others have one spouse striving for reconciliation. In other cases, a couple files for divorce only to change their minds later. If you need to recall a divorce petition you or your spouse has already… read more

What Is Imputed Income?

Posted in Child Support,Colorado Laws,Spousal support on May 3, 2019

Imputed income is a court-ordered income amount that may apply to child support cases in which one parent tries to escape financial responsibility by lying about his or her income level. The divorce courts in Fort Collins take child support orders very seriously. They will handle a parent that tries to act outside the system… read more

How to Notify a Noncustodial Parent You’re Moving

Posted in Child Relocation on April 15, 2019

Developing a custody agreement is often a long and stressful process, and the divorced parent’s lives can change in drastic ways after a custody agreement has already been established. Fortunately, the court system allows divorced parents to revisit and amend an existing custody agreement in light of changing life circumstances. For example, if your employer… read more

Determining The Best Child Custody Schedule

Posted in Child Custody on April 3, 2019

When a married couple with children decides to divorce, they must draw up a custody agreement that preserves the best interests of their children. It is in the best interests of both spouses to come to mutually agreeable terms and focus on what is best for their children. When either divorcing spouse attempts to “weaponize”… read more

Stephen Vertucci Listed as Top 3 Divorce Lawyers by Three Best Rated® for 2019

Posted in Divorce,Family Law on March 19, 2019

Stephen Vertucci was recently ranked as the top divorce attorney in Fort Collins, CO by Three Best Rated®. Qualifications for ranking as a top 3 divorce lawyer in Fort Collins included a rigorous 50-Point inspection ranging from checking reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, nearness, trust, cost and general excellence. Three Best Rated® was created to rank top businesses… read more

Who Gets Pet Custody in a Colorado Divorce?

Posted in Divorce,Separation on March 15, 2019

Studies show that pet ownership has increased in the last few decades. Since the first National Pet Owners Survey in 1988, pet ownership has gone up by 12%, from 56% of U.S. households to 68% in 2018. Studies also show the increase in pet ownership correlates to a decrease in younger generations having children. The… read more

How Alcohol and Drug Allegations Can Impact Your Child Custody Case

Posted in Child Custody on March 2, 2019

Child custody is often the most critical part of a divorce case for the parents involved. No parent wants to lose custody of his or her child. However, the Colorado courts will make a decision based on the child’s best interests. Unfortunately, your spouse may take a custody hearing as an opportunity to raise grounds… read more

What Is Considered Parental Kidnapping in Colorado?

Posted in Child Custody,Child Relocation,Family Law on February 25, 2019

The most common form of child abduction is parental kidnapping. Parental kidnapping occurs when a non-custodial parent takes children without the custodial parent’s knowledge or consent. Colorado laws define taking a child as kidnapping, even if the abductor is a parent, if that parent does not have custody or parenting time privileges. If a non-custodial… read more

When Can a Child Legally Choose Which Parent to Live With?

Posted in Child Custody on February 13, 2019

Child custody is one of the most complex matters in a Colorado divorce case. Determining which parent will receive joint, shared, or full custody of children will become a decision of the court, if the parents cannot agree to custody terms on their own. The number one factor a judge will consider when making custody… read more

Colorado Child Support Modification

Posted in Child Support on February 2, 2019

The Colorado family courts calculate child support based on both parents’ incomes, the child custody agreement, costs of childcare, and many other factors. Once the courts issue a support agreement, the paying parent must keep up with support payments to the recipient, or else face consequences, such as contempt of court. The only situation in… read more

Top 5 Most Common Reasons for a Divorce

Posted in Divorce on January 28, 2019

The divorce rate across the United States has decreased by 18% over the last 10 years. In Colorado, the trend is similar; the state divorce rate is the lowest it has been in a decade. Despite lower numbers, however, the divorce rate in Colorado is still over 20,000 couples per year. While every couple has… read more

Does Adultery Affect Alimony in Colorado?

Posted in Divorce on January 20, 2019

Alimony, called spousal maintenance in Colorado, is a court-ordered payment one spouse gives the other as part of a divorce or separation agreement. Typically, the spouse earning less income will receive the payments, while the one with greater income becomes the payer. Alimony is a guarantee in Colorado divorce cases where the combined gross annual… read more

Colorado Rules for Magistrates

Posted in Family Law on January 9, 2019

A magistrate is similar to an appointed judge but has more limits regarding his or her role in the judicial system. A magistrate only has the power to resolve certain disputes in the state of Colorado. The most common job of a magistrate is to resolve family law cases, such as temporary orders and parental… read more

What Is a Civil Union in Colorado?

Posted in Family Law on December 22, 2018

Several states now allow civil unions for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, including Colorado. Essentially, a civil union is a marriage in every way but name. Almost every law that applies to marriage also applies to civil unions. Domestic partnerships, however vary from civil unions greatly. It can be difficult to determine the differences in… read more

Colorado Military Divorce Laws

Posted in Divorce on December 17, 2018

Even when both parties agree a divorce is their best interests, it can still be a challenging time. For couples in which one or both spouses are active duty military, divorce can be even more complicated. The way each state handles military divorce is different, and federal laws are also a consideration when a military… read more

Stepparent Adoption in Colorado

Posted in Child Custody,Family Law on November 9, 2018

When a person with a biological child marries another person, the new spouse becomes the child’s stepparent. There are many situations in which a stepparent may wish to raise the child permanently with the child’s biological parent, and adoption is the best way to ensure the child has the legal protection afforded to a biological… read more

Pros and Cons of a Prenuptial Agreement

Posted in Divorce on November 9, 2018

The idea of a “prenuptial agreement” inherently bothers many people because it can feel like preparing for a marriage to fail before it ever really starts. A prenuptial agreement essentially stipulates each spouse’s rights and obligations in a marriage, particularly when it comes to financial assets. Despite the fact that many people have traditionally found… read more

Colorado Child Support Guidelines

Posted in Child Support on October 3, 2018

When relationships don’t work out, the fallout can affect many things. In some relationships, that may mean that the couple’s children go through a change in environment, especially whenever parents are divorcing. However, both parents have an obligation to care for their children, even when the parents’ relationship changes. To help ensure that children have… read more

How Long Does Annulment Take in Colorado?

Posted in Separation on October 3, 2018

When it comes to ending a marriage, most people consider divorce as the first option. However, another option is annulment, a process through which the marriage never legally existed. This can seem like an appealing option when other factors make divorce unattractive for a couple. However, an annulment is a distinct legal procedure that has… read more

Do I Still Pay Child Support in a 50/50 Custody Agreement?

Posted in Child Custody,Child Support on September 21, 2018

A custody agreement is a complex, very detailed legal document that outlines both parents’ obligations and rights concerning their children after a divorce. There are different types of custody, and countless possible formats a custody arrangement might take. Some parents may wonder if they must still pay child support in a joint physical custody arrangement… read more

How to Talk to Your Kids About Divorce

Posted in Divorce on September 15, 2018

Divorce is never an easy subject to broach with children. Depending on the ages of your children, they may not fully understand what is happening until the living situation changes. It’s essential for divorcing parents to take time to talk about an impending divorce with their children and answer their questions. Taking the time to… read more

What You Should Know About International Travel With Your Child After Divorce

Posted in Child Relocation on September 5, 2018

International travel with children has grown increasingly common over the past several years, and so have the number of marriages between parents of varying national backgrounds. Traveling with children often entails some stress, but this increases significantly when international travel is concerned. Additionally, a divorced parent may worry about an ex-spouse abducting the couple’s children… read more

What Age Does Child Support Stop in Colorado?

Posted in Child Support on September 5, 2018

The goal of a child support agreement in a divorce or separation is to provide for the child’s best interests. No matter what this looks like, the Colorado courts will strive to fulfill it. The amount of money one spouse will have to pay to the other, the frequency of support payments, and the duration… read more

Temporary vs. Permanent Protection Orders

Posted in Colorado Laws on August 30, 2018

Protection orders are invaluable to those they defend. When someone is in fear for his/her life or well-being, a protection order can provide much-needed peace of mind. Those who decide to disobey protective orders can face strict penalties, including jail time. If you’re interested in securing a protection order in Colorado, you must first understand… read more

What Is Retroactive Child Support?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11, 2018

If you and your ex-spouse have children together but the courts have yet to order a child support agreement, you may be eligible for retroactive child support, which is different from unpaid support. Retroactive support makes up the cost of support a spouse had not been paying while no agreement was yet in place. Unpaid… read more

Reasons You Should Hire a Divorce Attorney

Posted in Divorce on July 18, 2018

We increasingly live in a do-it-yourself society, which is great for things such as home improvement projects and crafting. You should leave some things, like legal matters, to the professionals, however. Plenty of research regarding DIY divorces exists, but you need an attorney to protect your rights and help you through the difficult process. The… read more

How Can I Legally Stop Paying Child Support?

Posted in Child Support on July 11, 2018

Child support can represent a significant financial expense for many noncustodial parents. If you’re paying large child support amounts each month, you may be wondering how long they last or if (and when) you can legally stop paying them. Here’s what Colorado law says about payment of child support and your rights and responsibilities following… read more

How Can I Protect My Business During a Divorce?

Posted in Divorce on July 2, 2018

A divorce brings several considerations and points of contention for couples, such as division of assets and child custody arrangements. Couples may face additional complications when one spouse owns a business, or both parties own an enterprise jointly. If you’re a business owner facing divorce in Colorado, it’s essential to take certain steps to protect… read more

Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights

Posted in Child Custody on June 28, 2018

Family law leans heavily on the concept of parental rights, which include a parent’s rights to make decisions about a child’s education, healthcare, and upbringing, as well as the right to make major decisions on behalf of a child. However, parental rights also come with significant responsibilities. A parent must provide basic necessities such as… read more

Division of Assets in a Military Divorce

Posted in Divorce on June 26, 2018

The end of a military marriage is very likely to be more complex than a typical divorce between civilians for a number of reasons. Many U.S. service members face lengthy deployment times, frequent relocation, and deal with a very complicated system of pay and benefits from the military. Regardless of what branch of the military… read more

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Colorado?

Posted in Divorce on June 21, 2018

A divorce can take a mental and emotional toll on everyone involved. Unsurprisingly, many couples who go through a divorce want the process over as soon as possible. While couples can do certain things to expedite the process, such as decide matters of child custody and asset division without litigation, Colorado sets certain time limits… read more

5 Myths About Colorado Alimony

Posted in Spousal support on June 21, 2018

Alimony, or “spousal maintenance,” is a payment structure that plays an important role in divorce. When a couple divorces, it’s likely one spouse makes more money than the other, and the judge handling the case may require alimony payments to the lower-earning spouse. In many cases, the judge will require these payments to continue into… read more

Ways to Serve Divorce Papers to Your Spouse

Posted in Divorce on June 14, 2018

Divorces are rarely simple or easy matters, and the first step in securing your divorce is often a difficult one: serving your soon-to-be ex-spouse divorce papers. After filing the necessary paperwork with the court to begin your case, the next step is serving your spouse a copy of the divorce paperwork. It’s vital to follow… read more

Colorado Custody Laws for Unwed Parents

Posted in Child Custody on June 7, 2018

The state of Colorado handles custody battles between unwed parents in much the same way as custody issues between married parents, with a few notable exceptions. It’s vital for unwed parents in Colorado to understand their rights and obligations and know what to expect from the Colorado child custody system. An child custody attorney can… read more

How to File for a No-Fault Colorado Divorce

Posted in Divorce on April 11, 2018

Colorado, as most other states, is a no-fault state when it comes to the dissolution of marriages. This means that the courts do not consider blame when considering matters pertaining to your divorce. The state only requires that your marriage be “irretrievably broken” to file for divorce in Colorado. While issues such as domestic abuse… read more

How is Property Divided in a Colorado Divorce?

Posted in Divorce on April 5, 2018

Property division laws vary from state to state. Colorado law requires that division of property in divorce be “equitable and fair,” which means that it doesn’t necessarily have to be a 50/50 split. By contrast, community property states hold that all property accrued during a marriage is subject to a 50/50 distribution. Couples have the… read more

Can Someone Go to Jail for Not Paying Child Support?

Posted in Child Support on March 28, 2018

Child support is a legally binding agreement. If someone you know is behind on his or her child support payments, there can be serious repercussions under federal law. The United States Code, Section 228 Title 18, establishes that willful failure to pay child support is against the law in certain circumstances. This makes a violator… read more

Benefits of a Colorado Divorce Mediation

Posted in Mediation on March 22, 2018

For many people, divorce is an upsetting experience. It changes your life not only emotionally, but financially. Over the past few years, couples going through a divorce have begun to use a divorce mediator to try to lessen the emotional and financial blows of a divorce. If you are dealing with a difficult divorce, the… read more

What If The Court Denies Your Child Support Modification?

Posted in Child Support on March 12, 2018

After a divorce, it may seem like the legal decisions are set in stone. However, life changes can happen fast and, sometimes, your divorce negotiations need to change to keep up with other changes in your life. Other times, the circumstances of your children’s lives change, and a modification may be necessary. If the courts… read more

Is Co-Parenting Right for Your Child Custody Case?

Posted in Child Custody on February 27, 2018

Divorce isn’t easy on anyone, but children often suffer the most in the dissolution of a marriage. Your Colorado child custody attorney can help you understand the laws regarding custody in Colorado. One viable option for some parents is co-parenting; if you are considering a divorce and looking for ways to make the transition easier… read more

Will My Spouse Pay Me Alimony?

Posted in Divorce on February 13, 2018

Alimony is a large part of divorce proceedings. The courts decide which spouse is going to receive financial support from the other, for how long, and how much will be received. Before 2014, Colorado judges could decide alimony according to their own discretion, and there were fewer regulations and specific formulas. Because of this, payment… read more

Most Common Divorce Myths

Posted in Divorce on January 31, 2018

Divorce has become a more common occurrence in recent times. As the trend grows, information about the technicalities of divorce has circulated amongst citizens in Colorado. Some of this information is factual and some isn’t. It’s important to separate fact from fiction and understand the actual stipulations involved with divorce law. Property and assets are… read more

Restraining Orders vs. No Contact Orders: What’s The Difference?

Posted in Separation on January 26, 2018

Both forms of legal action prohibit contact by one party to the other. One of the main differences is that restraining orders often last up to one year and are temporary. No-contact agreements are binding contracts that can be removed only by the district attorney or the judge who is working the case. Another contrasting… read more

What to Expect During a Colorado Mediation

Posted in Child Custody,Divorce on December 28, 2017

A Colorado mediation is a dispute resolution strategy that takes place in front of an impartial third-party judge or mediator. Mediation is a common strategy for families during divorce and child custody cases, with the purpose of resolving disputes before going to court. If both parties can come to an agreement during mediation, a trial… read more

5 Social Media Mistakes To Avoid During A Divorce

Posted in Divorce on December 6, 2017

Even the most amicable divorce can be complicated. What was previously a team effort suddenly turns into a potential battle between two people intimately familiar with each other. It’s like watching two football teams face off for their annual game. You know it’s going to get dirty, rough, tense, and nerve-wracking. Rules will be broken,… read more

Grandparent’s Rights Regarding Grandchildren

Posted in Child Custody on November 27, 2017

Families come apart for numerous reasons: death, divorce, abuse, imprisonment, long-term separation (e.g., military deployment), and more. In these instances, sometimes the grandparents are the most stable guardians in a child’s life. Despite this, grandparents do have automatic legal rights regarding their grandchildren, though specifics regarding custody vary from state to state. To make sure… read more

5 Reasons “Gray” Divorce Is On The Rise

Posted in Divorce on November 20, 2017

A new trend has been on the increase over the last two decades; an increase in “gray divorces,” which happen when people over the age of 50 file for divorce. More than 90 percent of the adult population gets married prior to turning 50, but between 40 and 50 percent of those couples do not… read more

What To Do When Your Ex Won’t Pay Child Support

Posted in Child Support on October 25, 2017

Child support rulings help parents maintain quality of life for their children after a divorce, but if one spouse refuses to pay required support payments, it can disrupt life for everyone involved. Raising children is expensive, and a spouse who refuses to pay court-ordered child support can cause significant financial strain on the other spouse… read more

What Does Colorado Child Support Cover?

Posted in Child Support on October 18, 2017

When a couple with children divorces, the Colorado court system uses the divorce proceedings to determine the best interests of the children going forward after the marriage ends. Since the divorcing couple will likely move into separate homes, custody and child support payments are common elements of divorce proceedings. In the state of Colorado, child… read more

Colorado Permanent Orders Hearing

Posted in Divorce,Separation on October 12, 2017

There are many steps to a divorce case in Colorado. The final stage is the Permanent Orders Hearing. During this conclusive hearing, the judge reviewing the divorce will make the final determinations concerned marital asset and debt division. The judge will also determine maintenance awards, such as spousal support or alimony. If the divorcing couple… read more

Are Mothers Favored In The Child Custody Process?

Posted in Child Custody on September 27, 2017

There has been a tremendous amount of public discussion over equal rights in recent years. One significant issue seems consistently ignored despite these trends is the treatment of fathers in the child custody process. This is an area of life that leaves men at a distinct disadvantage compared to women, and the family court system… read more

What If A Parent Doesn’t Honor A Child Custody Schedule?

Posted in Child Custody on September 14, 2017

Of all legal proceedings, child custody arrangements are often the most contentious. Once established, however, they are legally binding unless amended by a judge. So what happens when a parent doesn’t honor the prearranged child custody schedule? Issues Concerning Custodial Parents It’s important to remember that a child custody arrangement is a court order. A… read more

Serving Your Divorce Papers In Colorado

Posted in Divorce,Separation on August 31, 2017

Maybe you’re in the beginning stages of contemplating a divorce, or maybe you’re getting ready to file an official motion. No matter what stage you’re at in considering a divorce, the idea of taking the next step can be scary. Knowing about the process can help put your mind at ease and prepare you for… read more

Understanding Uncontested Divorces in Colorado

Posted in Divorce on August 22, 2017

If you and your spouse have an amicable relationship and agree on all child custody and property division matters, you may want to consider filing for an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorces are the fastest and most cost-effective kind of divorce. The state of Colorado refers to these kinds of divorces as “decrees upon affidavit.” Do… read more

The Impact of a DUI on a Child Custody and Divorce

Posted in Child Custody,Divorce on July 31, 2017

A DUI charge is never easy to face, but it can feel even more stressful if it accompanies divorce and child custody proceedings. On top of your existing emotional and financial strains, a DUI creates the need for yet another attorney, mandatory court appearances, and potential jail time and fines. If you are looking for… read more

How Can I Pay Child Support If I Am Unemployed?

Posted in Child Support on July 24, 2017

There may come a time when you can no longer afford your court-ordered child support payments. You may have recently incurred unexpected bills, received a demotion at work, or even lose your job. The unemployment rate in the U.S. was 4.8% in the beginning of 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While this… read more

What If My Spouse Won’t Agree To A Divorce?

Posted in Divorce,Separation on July 17, 2017

When two people experience irreconcilable differences in a marriage, both parties typically want to complete the divorce process as quickly as possible. But this isn’t the case in every relationship. Sometimes, one party wants to stay married or delay the process by refusing to participate. If your spouse won’t agree to a divorce, there are… read more

What Factors Does A Judge Consider In A Colorado Child Custody Case?

Posted in Child Custody,Separation on July 10, 2017

Custody battles are some of the most dreaded aspects of divorce cases in Colorado. No parent wants to fight for the right to have child custody – nor prove to a judge that he or she is a “good” parent. In Colorado, the law refers to child custody as “parental responsibilities.” When both parents agree… read more

How To File For Child Custody Modification In Colorado

Posted in Child Custody,Separation on June 12, 2017

There may come a time when you need to make changes to your child custody agreement. Custodial and noncustodial parents can file for modifications to child custody in Colorado. The courts support safe and supportive living arrangement changes, and prefer these kinds of modifications to disruptive changes. The courts will only accept a child custody… read more

What Happens if I Am Unable to Make My Child Support Payment?

Posted in Child Support,Separation on May 30, 2017

During divorce or legal separation negotiations, the Colorado courts will calculate child support payments based on the monthly gross incomes of both parents and estimates of what each parent spends on the children. The noncustodial parent (the parent without primary custody) will pay his or her share of the obligation to the custodial parent. To… read more

Can You Lose Custody of Your Child if You Miss Too Many Visitations?

Posted in Child Custody,Separation on May 23, 2017

After a legal separation or divorce, the courts may order a child custody (or “parenting time”) agreement, in which one parent does not have full or joint custody, but visitation rights. Visitation rights in Colorado grant non-custodial parents the opportunity to visit children in supervised or unsupervised settings on a pre-determined schedule. Shared parenting time… read more

What Are Different Types of Alimony?

Posted in Divorce,Separation,Spousal support on May 9, 2017

Alimony is one of the more hotly debated aspects of many divorce cases. Alimony, referred to as “spousal maintenance” in Colorado, is a court-ordered payment one spouse must give to the other spouse after a divorce or legal separation. A spouse may have to pay alimony for the maintenance and support of a dependent spouse…. read more

How Is A Legal Separation Different From A Divorce?

Posted in Divorce,Separation on April 24, 2017

If you and your spouse no longer want to be together, you have two main options: legal separation or divorce. Understanding the difference between these two – and the litigation and/or judgments they may entail – can significantly help you and your spouse navigate tricky legal processes. Separations and divorces can be complex, but the… read more

What Are the Differences Between Contested and Uncontested Divorces?

Posted in Divorce,Separation on April 12, 2017

While any divorce case can be a headache for all involved, some are more complex than others. As is the case in most states, there are two types of divorce available in Colorado: contested and uncontested. A contested divorce is one in which the spouses cannot agree on one or more key issues – culminating… read more

Filing For Child Relocation in Colorado

Posted in Child Relocation,Separation on April 6, 2017

A divorce is hard on everyone in the family, especially the children. Many times, the custodial parent will want to move to a new city or state and start life anew. While the parent may feel this necessary, child relocation is often a contentious subject between the two parents, because one will feel that their… read more

Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Attorney in Colorado

Posted in Divorce on March 31, 2017

When two people decide to end their marriage, the proceedings can be expensive, tearful and downright confusing. Each state, while mostly similar, has different laws about how assets are divided, custody is awarded and compensation is determined. So what should you ask your lawyer about your divorce? Meeting With Your Attorney Any information, even that… read more

Protecting Your Assets During A Divorce

Posted in Divorce,Separation on March 22, 2017

In a divorce, it’s usually more than the people that become separated; assets owned conjointly, or even those you owned before marriage, can go to your ex-spouse. This is often the most contentious subject in a divorce, but there’s ways your can protect your assets so that you can keep them. While the discussions may… read more

What Is a Parenting Plan?

Posted in Child Custody,Child Support,Divorce on March 15, 2017

In a divorce proceeding, both the courts and the parents are focused on what is in the best interest of the children involved. Routine and predictability are important for children, as they provide emotional stability and allow them to adjust to a new and difficult situation. Parenting plans go a long way to providing this predictability, giving children their best shot at adapting to a new environment and flourishing.

Are Children’s Choices Taken Into Account by the Courts During a Divorce?

Posted in Child Custody,Divorce on March 9, 2017

Divorce proceedings can be stressful, particularly when there are children involved. The matter of custody is often the most contentious, as both parents want a say in the upbringing and welfare of their children. In an ideal situation, parents come to a custody arrangement out of court, with the help of a mediator and their respective attorneys. In fact, some judges require mediation before setting a custody hearing.

Factors Parents Should Consider When Determining Child Custody

Posted in Child Custody,Divorce,Separation on February 23, 2017

Divorce, even when amicable, is rarely an easy process. When there are children involved, the issue of custody can be hotly contested and traumatic for both the children and parents. To minimize disruptions to your family life and streamline the process, take time to prepare for your child custody hearing. These are the factors recommended… read more

What Are Different Types of Child Custody?

Posted in Child Custody,Divorce on February 16, 2017

Child custody decisions are often the most difficult parts of a divorce or dissolution of marriage. If you and your spouse have minor children and are going through a divorce, there are many parental responsibility decisions you or the courts will have to make. There are several different child custody agreements – now legally referred… read more

How is Child Support Calculated?

Posted in Child Support,Divorce on February 7, 2017

Any divorce between couples with minor children must undergo parental responsibilities planning (what the courts used to call custody agreements) during the divorce or dissolution of marriage process. Parental responsibilities include parental time, decision-making power, and child support payments. Each state has its own rules for calculating child support, or the financial support one spouse… read more

Factors to Consider When Filing For Divorce

Posted in Divorce,Separation on January 26, 2017

Every divorce case is different, but one thing remains the same – the more prepared you are for the process, the easier it will be. Filing for divorce is never easy. It’s an emotionally charged and complex legal process that requires adequate thought and planning. Retain a lawyer to be your advocate during this difficult… read more