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Decisions regarding child support, including when the obligation to pay can be terminated are found in C.R.S. § 14-10-115. In addition to a parent’s income, factors considered by the Court in determining the appropriate child support order include the cost of child care, the child’s share of the health insurance costs, medical expenses, and various […]

A civil protection order – sometimes known as a restraining order – is a court order that requires one party (the defendant) to remain a certain distance from the person requesting the order. It provides protection to the filing person, provided he or she can prove there is a risk to their safety based on […]

In all cases, courts make decisions about parental decision-making and parenting time based on the best interest of the child, but what does that really mean? First and foremost, Colorado courts make every effort to ensure that a child gets time with both parents, provided that this can be done safely for the child. The […]

Creating a parenting plan that determines when a child spends time with each parent is one of the most important aspects of a divorce. It can also be one of the most challenging because it requires working within the schedules of each parent, as well as the child(ren). The busier a family is, the tougher […]

The short answer to this question is, “Yes, parents can be ordered by the Colorado court system to attend parental education classes.” In fact, most counties require parties with children to attend a parenting class before the case can conclude. The goal of participation in these programs is to educate parents about children sharing their […]

What are the Requirements for Divorce in Colorado?

Filing for divorce in Colorado is similar to filing in other states. Most states have specific requirements for filing regarding where the person lives, the length of time he or she has lived there, and his or her reasons for wanting a divorce. What qualifications must you meet to be eligible for divorce in Colorado? […]

Creating a Parenting Plan in Colorado

A parenting plan is a legal document used to guide unmarried anddivorced parents in decision-making, parenting time, and managing various childcare issues. Parenting plans in Colorado include, at a minimum: Agreement between the parties regarding parental responsibilities (decision-making); Basic schedule that reflects when the child(ren) will spend time with each parent on a regular and […]

Fred Skillern gave a lighthearted talk for transactional lawyers at the Colorado Business Law Institute, “The Rule against Perpetuities – Tips for the Rap Trap” The talk provided tips and useful information about the Rule Against Perpetuities in Colorado. The overall purpose of the talk was to make sense of the Rule Against Perpetuities and to […]

On July 11, 2014, Fred Skillern presented his annual Case Law Update  at this year’s Real Estate Symposium, sponsored by the CBA and CLE of Colorado, Inc. This is a popular continuing education conference for more than 400 Colorado real estate attorneys.  Click here to see the Case Law Update. Shareholder Michael McCormick made a […]

How Is Paternity Determined?

Has an encounter with someone in your past led to issues of paternity? This can be a frightening experience for anyone, especially if it is completely unexpected. And if either of you have doubts about the paternity, the situation is even more stressful. The good news is there are legal guidelines in place to protect […]