Not so long ago, spousal maintenance – what we used to call alimony – could be ordered by the Court on a permanent basis.
Colorado is one of nine states that recognizes common law marriage. This is an area of the law that seems simple, but can be very challenging to deal with when a divorce is looming.
Most people understand the term “guardian” in terms of a person who takes care of a minor child. That is one valid definition, but a guardian in legal terms is broader.
Communication is a two-way street, so set up a call if there are things you’d like to discuss.
You should head into mediation with a few goals, and a few ideas for what is necessary for a settlement, versus what is negotiable to get to that settlement. A useful concept in formulating your offers and responding to counter-offers is the BATNA
Sometimes, the Court may order or parties may agree that a parent’s parenting time needs to be supervised to protect a child’s best interests. Supervision may take place with an agreed-upon person (such as a family member or friend) or with a professional supervisor.
Let’s face it, it will be a lot less scary to talk to me about a hearing a month from now than to walk into court without a lawyer.
The Colorado legal system doesn’t show up in the national news very often. Unfortunately, on recent occasions, CNN has had something to say about our judicial branch. In particular, two judges have resigned in the last year.
Any parent who requests that the Court enter orders on parental responsibilities in Colorado is required to take a co-parenting class. The purpose of the class is
Parents today probably know the term “custody” from their childhoods or from the internet. However, that’s not the term that applies in Colorado.
“Divorces are emotional for you and the ones that love you. A third party that knows the court process will help temper down swift reactions. He can also draft your messages in a more neutral tone. He/She can convey positions that could be difficult to assume by you.”
If you’ve never hired a lawyer before, you should get familiar with how you will be compensating your lawyer.
If there are concerns about a parent’s care of a child, or extreme conflict between the parents, the Court can appoint a Child and Family Investigator, or “CFI.”
Once joint decision making is established, it is very difficult to undo, and in the meantime, you may be opening the door to ongoing conflicts.
Of course, needing an estate plan and actually getting it done are two different things. But let’s think about the advantages of taking the leap and getting an estate plan.