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Does a change in circumstances merit a change in child support?

Life doesn't stop changing just because the divorce is over. At some point, you may find that certain provisions of your divorce order no longer work with the rest of your life. Often, financial changes impact child support capabilities and needs, and these changes could be significant enough to merit a court-ordered increase or decrease in the amount of child support you pay or receive each month.

Having a plan is beneficial when negotiating child custody

If you are considering getting a divorce, there are porbably a number of different matters weighing on your mind. Given the gravity and finality of a divorce, you probably have concerns and maybe some anxiety about how to proceed, especially if there are children involved.

Drafting a prenup is not planning for a marriage to fail

Engagement is an exciting time for Colorado couples as they plan a wedding and begin to make plans to start their lives as a married couple. During this time of preparation, few people want to think about the possibility that it will not last, but it can be quite practical to plan for certain contingencies in the future.

Division of property can be a sticky ordeal during divorce

Divorce is hardly ever an easy process no matter how long or short of a time you have been married. The legal issues that tend to cause the most headaches during this type of family law proceeding are marital property and debt division.

Making Summer Work with Split Custody

Having split custody of your child is a difficult situation to be in. There are all sorts of reasons why having a split custody set-up is beneficial and worthwhile, why it makes sense for parents from all different walks of life. Having both parents involved in a child's life is ideal, and it takes a very special family and a lot of commitment on the part of both parents to work out the complex scheduling of a split custody arrangement. Everything down to what school a child attends to what sport leagues they participate in and what friends they get to spend time with after school really depends on where the child lives, and so developing a split custody arrangement in a way that benefits the child takes a lot of cooperation and sacrifice on the part of both parents.

When Your Spouse Stops Paying Child Support

Raising a child after divorce is difficult and expensive. Fortunately, Colorado law compels both parents to provide financial support for their children when the marriage is terminated. Sadly however, some parents begin to shirk this financial responsibility, either right away or over time. When this happens, there are steps you can take to pursue the support your child needs and deserves.

The Impact of the Holidays on Divorce

Thanksgiving and Christmas can be unintended catalysts for divorce. These holidays can increase stress and conflict for married persons and former partners going through divorce proceedings. For most of us it is a stressful holiday season to begin with. That's why it is even more important for litigants to have a skilled advocate and counselor in their corner during this time of year.  The holiday season itself may not be a good time to begin divorce proceedings; however, January is the busiest month for new divorce filings largely due to couples waiting until after the holidays to divorce.

Military Divorce in Colorado and Complex Issues

Divorce is never easy, but divorces involving service members with civilian spouses can raise some additional issues. Before you officially file for divorce or legal separation, familiarize yourself with issues commonly impacting military divorces to help yourself understand how to best move forward with separation.

Domestic Violence, Divorce, and Protection Orders

The areas of family law and criminal defense frequently intersect when it comes to domestic violence matters. When a spouse or parent makes allegations of domestic abuse or child abuse, it quite often affects the judge's decision about which parent gets what court-ordered parenting rights and responsibilities. In Colorado, a spouse or partner who has reason to believe they are in "imminent danger" due to the other spouse/partner may file a motion with the court for a temporary restraining order. A temporary restraining order is issued without a hearing or opportunity for the accused spouse/partner to respond or present any evidence that the allegations are untrue. After a temporary restraining order is issued, the parties must appear before the court within fourteen (14) days for a hearing on whether the temporary restraining order will be made a permanent protection order against the accused spouse or partner.

Dangers of DIY Divorce Forms

As someone considering getting a divorce, you have probably conducted a few or several online searches inquiring about your divorce options. The sheer amount of information about divorce can be very overwhelming. From law firms to start-up companies trying to commercialize the divorce process, it can easily become confusing as to what is legitimate and what is not.