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How to Tell Your Kids You’re Getting a Divorce

Keep it about the kids– NEVER discuss adult issues with your children. No matter what is going on between Mom and Dad, they only need to know about the issues that will impact them. This includes where they’re going to live, and how often they’re going to see you. Also, it is important to be honest. If you don’t know the answers to some of their questions you need to tell them that you don’t...

Good News for the Psychological Parent

A recent decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals is good news for those seeking parental responsibilities. In re the Parental Responsibilities of M.W. the Court found that a psychological parent could be granted parental responsibilities under C.R.S. 14-10-123(1)(c) without having to show that the child’s biological parents are unfit. In this case the biological Mother’s boyfriend, who was present when the child was born and who lived with the minor child until she was two years...

Co-Parenting

For divorced or separated parents trying to communicate with the other parent, share information, create a schedule for exchanges and school activities can be fraught with conflict. A website where the parents can connect and communicate in a neutral environment and have a record of communications goes a long way to reducing conflict and increasing accountability. Weparent.com recommends these websites for co-parenting: jointparents.com notbaggage.com sharekids.com

Can My Kids Testify in My Custody Case?

I am often asked by my clients if their children can testify in their divorce case. This is turn results in a lengthy answer. It often hinges on the age of the child, and the nature of what the child would testify to. Before I tell my client their options, I first explain to my client that just because a child testifies or expresses his or her wishes to the court, that does not mean that he...

Can You Get High? Custody & Marijuana

Can you get high? Your custody case and marijuana: The short answer is yes, you can get high and still be granted parenting time with your kids. But just because it is legal, does not mean a high parent is a good parent. I find that the Courts are treating marijuana similarly to alcohol. Yes it is legal, but you shouldn’t be drunk around your kids. So just like you shouldn’t be drunk around your...

Teenagers & Their Parents’ Divorce

The teenage years are awkward all by themselves. Dealing with physical changes and changes in friendships. First dates and first pimples. Peer pressure and parental pressure. It’s a very volatile time in life. Sometimes teens are very vocal about how they feel. Other times, they can seem okay while they’re emotions are all over the place. If their parents are going through a divorce, it is yet another change. Something else to get used to....

Kids Grow Older, Schedules and Lives Evolve

After the court has made final orders as to parenting time, the facts and circumstances of the lives of the parties and children continue to change. Oftentimes parties outgrow a custody order because of many factors that could not have been contemplated 2 or 5 or 10 years earlier. Children develop hobbies, special interests, and special needs that require changes in schools, doctors, neighborhoods, etc. and parents are required to be flexible in dealing with their children’s needs...

Do You Need a Parenting Coordinator?

By Jenny McDonald, Jones Law Firm, P.C. WHAT IS A PARENTING COORDINATOR? A parenting coordinator provides intervention and assistance to parties in high-conflict divorce and parental responsibility allocation issues. This person is a neutral third party who helps parents resolve conflicts and disputes that arise concerning parental responsibilities. The parenting coordinator has the ability to implement a court-ordered parenting plan. With a parenting coordinator, it is hoped that parties will work through disputes as they...

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