A challenging part of divorcing or establishing parental responsibilities is having to communicate and negotiate with your ex. If your case is contested, you also need to be prepared for your communications to be shared with a judge. Here are some guidelines:
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.
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
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.
Child support in Colorado is determined by a formula. It uses the parties’ incomes to calculate a base amount of support required for each parent and includes adjustments for health insurance, day care, and other agreed-upon expenses. The goal is for the parents to share the costs of raising the children in an equitable way.
When you appear for your Initial Status Conference, you’ll need to be prepared to discuss the case status.
The injunctions for parental responsibilities and divorce cases are similar, but the divorce injunction includes additional clauses.
The major types of adoptions have similar procedures in court, but they also have some differences that affect how long an adoption takes.
Many people struggle with deciding whether to change their names as part of a divorce. The Court will change your name if you request it, but
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.
Wills and trusts are two common features of estate plans. They are different ways to approach distributing your assets after death and can be used separately or together.
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.
Many people believe that when they put together an estate plan, they need to “avoid probate.” Most of the time, these are people who have heard stories about difficult family situations after a loved one’s death that have cost years or thousands of dollars. However, probate, on its own, isn’t a bad thing.
When you begin a divorce or parenting case, be prepared to share bank statements, debt statements, tax returns, and documentation of your income. Each type of document will be relevant to dividing a marital estate or for establishing child support.
No one expects a perfect performance because testimony isn’t a performance. It’s an opportunity to share facts with the court. At hearing, all the hard work you and your lawyer have put into the case comes to the Court.