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Facebook Divorce Selfies Go Viral

In August, Mr. and Mrs. Neuman went to municipal court in Calgary, Alberta to get divorced. The couple had already taken the required seminars and filled out the forms. On their way out, the divorced couple did something unusual – they stopped in front of the courthouse sign and snapped what has been dubbed a “divorce selfie,” and the pair were smiling. The former Mrs. Neuman posted the pic on Facebook and within a few …

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 …

Are more divorces filed in the summer?

It seems that the summer of 2015 has been setting records for Hollywood A-listers who seem to be dropping like flies in recent months. First it was Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, then it was Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and now Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani have announced their plans to split. Why so many divorces this summer? Some people agree that the warmth gets people out of the house and makes them feel …

Are You Eligible To Receive Spousal Retirement Benefits After A Divorce?

The short answer is “Maybe.” According to the Social Security Administration, you are eligible to receive benefits on your ex-spouse’s retirement benefits if you meet the required conditions. The first prerequisite is that you must have been married for at least 10 years. You must also be at least 62 years old and unmarried. Finally, you must not be entitled to a higher benefit than your ex-spouse. Likewise there are conditions for your ex-spouse. He …

Same-Sex Divorce Now Legal in All 50 States Due to Supreme Court Ruling

Amidst the rainbow-colored flags in celebration and picket signs in protest of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in June 2015, it is easy for many to overlook the other impacts the decision has created. Most notably, same-sex couples were simultaneously granted the right to divorce from their spouses in all 50 states, not just the ones that recognized their union. With this newfound right coming into play, many same-sex married …

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. …

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