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10 Tips to Prepare for a Divorce in Colorado

A divorce is a major decision that affects the entire family. Once the decision is made, the right preparations can save heartache, time, energy, and money. It is an emotional time with an uncertain outcome, but you can take several steps to help get ready for divorce in Colorado. 1) Seek Advice: You should not isolate yourself during a divorce. Instead, seek advice from someone with experience. A family lawyer can help navigate the process …

Legal Separation vs. Divorce

While some people may use the two terms interchangeably, legal separation and divorce are two very different things under the law. If you and your spouse wish to go your separate ways, understanding the differences between divorce and separation can simplify the complex legal process and help you choose the right option for your needs. What Is a Legal Separation? Legal separation is where spouses live separately and have their own assets but remain legally …

5 Things to Not Do When You Find Out Your Spouse is Cheating

When you find out your spouse is cheating, you might be feeling many emotions like anger, hurt, betrayed - you may even want to reciprocate. Getting back at your partner may sound like a good idea to you and your friends, but here are five things you should NOT do: Do not tell your kids. It’s possible they already know. You may need to seek a counselor to get them through this tough time. It …

April D. Jones Receives Outstanding Women in Business Award by Denver Business Journal

April D. Jones, President and CEO of April Jones Law Firm, PC, was awarded the Outstanding Women in Business Award by the Denver Business Journal in August 2021. She shares her success stories of work and life transformations during the pandemic. April started her law firm 20 years ago and celebrates her exponential growth today with 5 additional attorneys and several members on her support staff. In her interview with the Denver Business Journal, April …

How to Have a Mindful Divorce

We’ve all heard the divorce horror stories. The ones where a spouse drained the couple’s bank account, racked up the credit cards, alienated the children, or drove the couple into bankruptcy. These types of stores abound, but that doesn’t mean that all divorces have a bad ending, or that your divorce story has to end the same way. “Is it possible to achieve a mindful divorce?” Absolutely, but to have a mindful divorce, the spouses must be respectful …

Is it Better to File Bankruptcy Before or After Divorce?

Adultery and financial problems are two leading causes of divorce, but for the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus on the latter and the issue of bankruptcy. As you can imagine, money problems often lead to divorce and ultimately bankruptcy. And because divorce and bankruptcy are often interconnected, we’re frequently asked, “Should I file bankruptcy or divorce first?” and “Does it matter?” Yes, the timing definitely matters but there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach to …

Should I Divorce After the Holidays?

Each year between the months of October and December, our clients ask us, “Should I wait to divorce until after the holidays?” The answer, “It depends on your circumstances.” Is domestic violence an issue? Is one spouse verbally abusive and controlling? Is one spouse currently having an affair? Are there minor children involved? In the absence of domestic violence, it’s not uncommon for couples with children in the home to hold off on their divorce until after the …

Rights of Stay-At-Home Parents in Divorce

In the face of divorce, stay-at-home moms and dads face unique challenges. Usually, they have been financially dependent on their breadwinner spouse and they may not have any income sources of their own. So, an impending divorce can cause them to wonder, “Will my spouse get the kids because I’m unemployed? Is alimony (spousal maintenance) guaranteed since I’ve been out of work?” Whether you’ve been a stay-at-home parent or if you’re unemployed at the moment, you …

When Does Alimony End in Colorado?

Colorado refers to alimony as “spousal maintenance.” In a Colorado divorce case, a judge may order the higher-earning spouse to pay the lower-earning spouse maintenance while the case proceeds through the court. This is often called “pendent lite maintenance.” Once the divorce is finalized, the judge may also order short or long-term maintenance. Usually, such payments are paid on a biweekly or monthly basis for a specified length of time. Permanent alimony on the other hand, has …

Best Parenting Advice for Divorcing Spouses January 11, 2018

When parents decide to divorce, they know they’ll have to deal with child custody and support and have those matters worked out before the divorce can be finalized. While child support and child custody can be stressful, they don’t usually strike fear in the hearts of parents the way fear of parental alienation does, or a damaged relationship with their children because of the divorce. If you’re heading towards divorce, you’ve probably heard horror stories of friends or family whose lives were damaged …

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Our team includes attorneys licensed to practice in multiple states including April D. Jones in California, Patrick G. Barkman in Texas, the Cherokee Nation, the Northern District of Texas, and the District of Colorado (United States Court of Appeals 10th and 5th Circuit), and Stuart Wallace in Illinois.