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Defining ‘Parental Responsibilities’ in Colorado

In Colorado, the term “parental responsibilities” is used in place of child custody. Colorado’s parental responsibility law can be found under C.R.S. 14-10-124. Under Colorado law, the general assembly believes that it is in the best interests of all parties to encourage frequent and continuing contact between each parent and their children after the parents separate or get a divorce. In order to accomplish this, the general assembly urges parents to encourage love, affection, and frequent contact between...

New Colorado Spousal Maintenance Law Explained

Colorado has a new maintenance law that went into effect January 1, 2014. The new law states that a term of maintenance will be based on percentage calculations of the parties’ incomes. The resulting maintenance calculation is based on 40 percent of the high income earner’s monthly income and subtracting 50 percent of the lower earner’s monthly income. The law also provides additional factors such as duration of the marriage, child support orders, and marital...

Will Moving Out Impact Child Custody?

When a married couple decides to divorce, one of the first questions will be, “Should one of us move out of the family home?” If the marriage has broken down due to a recent affair, or because the constant arguing has become unbearable, emotions can run high, and living under one roof may seem impossible. This question of moving cannot be taken lightly, especially if you’re thinking about moving out and leaving your kids behind. That...

Establishing Paternity in Colorado

Sometimes parenthood is a planned event, and sometimes it’s not. Either way, once you become a parent, your life will never be the same. What if the parents are not married? How does the mother get the father to help? “Paternity” refers to establishing who the legal father is of a child. When a child’s parents are married, paternity is not an issue because the law assumes that the husband is the child’s legal father....

Post Secondary Education Costs

A court may order parents to pay postsecondary education costs. “If the court finds that it is appropriate for the parents to contribute to the costs of a program of postsecondary education, then the court shall terminate child support and enter an order requiring both parents to contribute a sum determined to be reasonable for the education expenses of the child, taking into account the resources of each parent and the child.” C.R.S. 14-10-115(15)(c). Postsecondary...

My Spouse Cheated, Can I Ask for Spousal Maintenance?

If your spouse cheated on you, you may be wondering if adultery will have any impact on your ability to seek alimony, or “spousal maintenance” as it is referred to in Colorado. Spousal maintenance is money that one spouse pays to the other spouse during and after a divorce. Alimony is meant to ensure that both spouses are able to maintain a similar standard of living as they enjoyed during the marriage. Colorado lawmakers are well-aware...

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