Every adoption in the state of Colorado requires three background checks for the adopting parent or parents.
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?”
It’s common for kids to have behavior issues before or after transitions. You may see some more pushing boundaries than usual, or some sadness or acting out. It’s the parents’ job to not exacerbate those issues.
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 hire a lawyer, you take a lot of stress and work off your plate. However, what you have left to do still has a huge effect on your case. How can you ensure that your lawyer can do the best possible job for you?
Not so long ago, spousal maintenance – what we used to call alimony – could be ordered by the Court on a permanent basis.
“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.