Three Things You Need to Know about Spousal Maintenance in Colorado

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 they will be ordered to provide financial support for their ex-spouse and the sacrifice will...
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What’s the Difference between Divorce and Legal Separation in Colorado?

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 or personal beliefs about marriage, or because of practical reasons, such as insurance. Though not...
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What is the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act?

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 child might have endured otherwise. If you believe your child is in danger and needs...
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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 put into a difficult situation because of their own child’s relationship with his or her...
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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 be made by the children’s parents, the court will enter a ruling in the best...
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What Does Colorado Law Have to Say about Parental Decision Making?

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 the parenting time schedule that the parents follow after divorce, whenever possible, Colorado attempts to...
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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 the case. Colorado courts award maintenance payments based solely on need, so there is no...
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What Do I Need to Know about Child Support and whether Child Support can be Terminated in Colorado?

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 other expenses. The law can seem quite complicated to those who are not yet familiar...
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What Role Does “Best Interest of the Child” Play in Colorado Custody Cases?

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 goal is for parents share the rights and responsibilities associated with the child’s care jointly,...
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Is it Possible to Modify a Parenting Time Agreement?

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 it is to create a parenting time arrangement that works for everyone. Complicating matters...
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