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Social Media & Divorce: The Rules

These days, the vast majority of adults have at least one social media account. While you may not log on to Twitter or Instagram, the odds are you at least have a Facebook account. So, if you’re headed for divorce, this post is for you. Once in a while we’ll come across or hear about someone’s post that will cause us to shake our heads, and think, “Why would they post that on Facebook?” In today’s...

What You Need to Know About Divorce & Taxes

As we enter into the holiday season, it reminds us that soon it will be New Year’s and once again, time to file our taxes. Naturally during this time of year, our clients have questions about how divorce impacts their tax obligations. If you’re getting divorced and the divorce will be final before the end of the year, you’re probably wondering, “What do I need to know about filing my taxes after a divorce?” Also, who gets...

Parenting Time

Parenting time in Colorado is determined by stipulation of the parties or a court’s conclusion. While parents can agree through casual conversation or formal negotiation, any indecision or issues will lead to a court’s determination. In Colorado, a court typically determines parenting time by applying the “best interests of the child” standard. Noted by the state legislature, this statutory standard is used when co-parenting is difficult to accomplish due to the parents’ ability, or inability,...

If it Ain’t Broke, You Should Still Fix It: Why Custody Orders are Important

There are many situations in which a parent may be reluctant to avail himself or herself of the civil court process for orders involving parenting time. When things are going well, it is often difficult to make changes. It is especially difficult when you aren’t familiar with the law that governs your current parenting situation or aware of how involving the court may drastically improve your situation. You likely aren’t aware of the nightmare scenarios...

Facebook Divorce Selfies Go Viral

In August, Mr. and Mrs. Neuman went to municipal court in Calgary, Alberta to get divorced. The couple had already taken the required seminars and filled out the forms. On their way out, the divorced couple did something unusual – they stopped in front of the courthouse sign and snapped what has been dubbed a “divorce selfie,” and the pair were smiling. The former Mrs. Neuman posted the pic on Facebook and within a few...

Colorado Common Law Marriage – Facts and Myths

Common law marriage has been recognized in Colorado for over 100 years. Yet, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding common law marriage. Many of my clients have shared their misconceptions regarding common law marriage with me, during my time as a family law practitioner in Colorado. This article will address the three most common myths about common law marriage I have heard throughout my legal career. The most pervasive myth I have heard regarding...

Ashley Madison Hack Threatens Marriages

Marriages and love lives may be at risk after customer data from the infidelity website Ashley Madison was released in an unprecedented privacy breach that is rattling users and causing some divorce attorneys’ phones to light up like Christmas trees. Last month, hackers dumped millions of email addresses, many of which belonged to service members, U.S. government officials, and high-level executives, raising concerns worldwide about Internet security. The cyber-attack against Ashley Madison, which is owned...

Are more divorces filed in the summer?

It seems that the summer of 2015 has been setting records for Hollywood A-listers who seem to be dropping like flies in recent months. First it was Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, then it was Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and now Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani have announced their plans to split. Why so many divorces this summer? Some people agree that the warmth gets people out of the house and makes them feel...

Are You Eligible To Receive Spousal Retirement Benefits After A Divorce?

The short answer is “Maybe.” According to the Social Security Administration, you are eligible to receive benefits on your ex-spouse’s retirement benefits if you meet the required conditions. The first prerequisite is that you must have been married for at least 10 years. You must also be at least 62 years old and unmarried. Finally, you must not be entitled to a higher benefit than your ex-spouse. Likewise there are conditions for your ex-spouse. He...

Same-Sex Divorce Now Legal in All 50 States Due to Supreme Court Ruling

Amidst the rainbow-colored flags in celebration and picket signs in protest of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in June 2015, it is easy for many to overlook the other impacts the decision has created. Most notably, same-sex couples were simultaneously granted the right to divorce from their spouses in all 50 states, not just the ones that recognized their union. With this newfound right coming into play, many same-sex married...

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