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How Remarriage Impacts Alimony in Colorado

In the United States, spouses are expected to financially support each other and that does not necessarily end when a couple divorces. Often, one spouse will methodically withdraw from the workforce in order to take care of the couple’s home or to take care of the couple’s children full-time. Such extended absences from the workforce can affect a spouse’s earning capacity, and thus, the spouse who was unemployed or working part-time during a marriage can...

Divorce: Should You Sell Your House?

Ask any realtor, and they will quickly tell you that a significant portion of their business comes from sellers who are in the middle of a divorce, and there is a very good reason for this. Often, it makes the most sense for the divorcing parties to sell the marital home and go their separate ways, but not always. If you are headed for divorce and you and your spouse own a home, one of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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