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One of the most important considerations individuals have when they are going through a divorce is spousal maintenance, also known as spousal support or alimony. Some people stay in an unhappy marriage because they are concerned they will not receive enough financial support to survive living a separate life from their spouse. Others are concerned […]

Divorcing your spouse is not the only option available when you no longer want to live as a married couple. A legal separation puts into place many of the boundaries and guidelines of a divorce, but it does not officially end the marriage. For some couples, this is a better option because of their religious […]

Though it is rare, there are divorce and custody cases so volatile that a parent considers kidnapping his or her own child. Unfortunately, even when that parent believes he or she is acting in the best interest of the child, parental kidnapping is illegal and will result in a scenario far worse than whatever the […]

Are Grandparents Legally Entitled to Visitation?

Divorce and custody issues do not only affect parents and their children, they also affect other people who play an important role in a child’s life, including grandparents. Unfortunately in many families, grandparents are pushed to the sidelines and their relationships with their grandchildren damaged because of their own child’s divorce. Grandparents might also be […]

How is Child Support Determined in Colorado?

The amount of child support payments someone must pay is often a hotly contested issue during a divorce or custody case. Even when both parents want to do right by their children, there is a tendency to question how fair or reasonable payments are when the opposing party makes the request. When an agreement cannot […]

When parents are married they are free to make decisions any way they choose as long as their children are not endangered. It is assumed family decisions will be made together and in the best interests of the children, which is also the goal once parents are divorced and the court becomes involved. Regardless of […]

Spousal Maintenance in Colorado

What Factors Determine the Amount and for How Long Spousal Maintenance is Paid? There is a great deal of confusion when it comes to spousal maintenance payments in divorce. Popular culture has led people to believe that spousal maintenance, sometimes called support or alimony, can be used as a punitive tool, but this is not […]

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 […]

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 […]