Parents today probably know the term “custody” from their childhoods or from the internet. However, that’s not the term that applies 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.”
The major types of adoptions have similar procedures in court, but they also have some differences that affect how long an adoption takes.
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.
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,
What should you expect during your family law consultation with your lawyer to find the right fit?
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you appear for your Initial Status Conference, you’ll need to be prepared to discuss the case status.
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.