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:
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.
The major types of adoptions have similar procedures in court, but they also have some differences that affect how long an adoption takes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
There are several ways to make your child support payments in Colorado.
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.”