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What You Must Know About Establishing Paternity in Colorado

To “establish paternity” means to determine who the legal father of a child is. When a child is born to married parents, the law automatically assumes that the mother’s husband is the child’s legal father. But when a child is born to unmarried parents, paternity will need to be established in order for the court to issue an order for child support and, for the father to invoke his parental rights (child custody and visitation). Without …

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in Denver

Are you a victim of spousal abuse or is your husband or wife abusing your children? If your spouse is threatening imminent bodily harm upon you or your children, or if he or she has physically abused a member of your family (including you), you could be a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence refers to verbal abuse, sexual abuse, or physical abuse committed by one family or household member against another member of the family …

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 …

Can I Stop Paying Child Support if I Can’t See My Kids?

Unfortunately, this happens more than child custody attorneys would like to admit: The mother and father aren’t getting along or the mother is bitter so she won’t let the father see his children. Sometimes, mothers will go to great lengths to ensure their exes won’t see their kids. For example, a mother may take her children away for the day, or she may take them out of town on the father’s weekend. When mothers hide their children …

Avoiding Parental Alienation

Divorce is hard, but it’s much more challenging when the spouses are constantly at war before, during and after the divorce process. As a general rule, when we hear about children of divorce who are traumatized by the experience it’s because their parents did not split amicably. Unfortunately, contentious divorces can have long-lasting effects and some of the most devastating are those that affect the couple’s children and their relationship with one or both parents. In …

Finding a Missing Parent for Child Support

Are you a parent whose former spouse has gone MIA and is not paying child support? Or, perhaps you were never married to your child’s other parent, but you have custody and he or she has not paid child support in a long time. Either way, you haven’t heard from him or her in some time and you haven’t received child support in months, if not years. What can you do? Is all hope lost? Unfortunately, noncustodial parents, the …

Can a Father Win Sole Custody in Colorado?

Thirty years ago, mothers almost always ended up with custody of the children in a divorce. This wasn’t just the case here in Colorado, that was the case nationwide. But fast-forward to today, and a lot has changed. Fathers are now getting equal consideration in child custody cases. Why the shift? One of the major reasons the family courts have changed their attitudes towards fathers is the number of women who are in the workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, …

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 …

Protecting Your Credit in a Divorce

Most adults have heard horror stories from people who claim that their divorce ruined their credit. While many of these stories are true, it doesn’t mean it has to happen to you. If you’re on the brink of ending your marriage, don’t let money matters take a backseat while you’re navigating the divorce. Here are our tips for safeguarding your credit during a divorce: 1. Close joint accounts. Joint accounts are those that are in both spouses’ names. …

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