Not so long ago, spousal maintenance – what we used to call alimony – could be ordered by the Court on a permanent basis.
The injunctions for parental responsibilities and divorce cases are similar, but the divorce injunction includes additional clauses.
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.
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.
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.”
The major types of adoptions have similar procedures in court, but they also have some differences that affect how long an adoption takes.
When I meet with parents of teenagers, I’m frequently told that “she’s 13, so she gets to decide where she lives,” or asked “how old does he have to be before he gets to decide?”
What should you expect during your family law consultation with your lawyer to find the right fit?
If you’ve never hired a lawyer before, you should get familiar with how you will be compensating your lawyer.
Parents today probably know the term “custody” from their childhoods or from the internet. However, that’s not the term that applies in Colorado.
When you appear for your Initial Status Conference, you’ll need to be prepared to discuss the case status.
While some people may believe that their spouses should be punished for bad behavior during the marriage, the no fault policy means that the court doesn’t have to air the parties’ dirty laundry, or make moral decisions rather than legal and equitable decisions.
The courts in Colorado require that parties dealing with divorce or parental responsibilities be financially transparent to the other parties and the Courts. In order to understand parties’ financial situations,
“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.”
The Court generally requires parties to mediate before going to a hearing. This means that even if you’re sure your case won’t settle, you should make a good faith effort in mediation.