Does Your Decision-Maker Need To Be A Parenting Coordinator Too?

I was recently appointed to a case as a Decision-Maker only, and not as a Parenting Coordinator/Decision-Maker, which caused me to analyze the statutes for each to determine whether a Decision-Maker needs to be a Parenting Coordinator as well. A Parenting Coordinator is appointed by the Court to assist in the resolution of disputes between the parties concerning parental responsibilities, including but not limited to implementation of the Court-ordered Parenting...
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Child Visitation Rights

Colorado courts must the best interest and well-being of children when parenting time issues are at hand. One of the top priorities of the court is to ensure a child has regular contact with both parents, so long as it is safe, in instances when only one parent has custody. This contact is officially known as visitation. Visitation can create a great deal of turmoil in a divorce proceeding and...
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What Happens when an Order of Protection is Violated?

Domestic abuse accusations are taken seriously by the Colorado court system. Violating an order of protection is a class 2 misdemeanor and is punishable by three months to one year in jail, as well as fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. Violation occurs when someone has been served with a protection order and disobeys it by contacting or coming within the specified distance of the person or persons being protected....
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Court Appointed Child Representatives

The State of Colorado does all it can to protect children in families that are going through difficult transitions. This includes appointing a legal representatives for the child to ensure that child’s best interests are protected during court proceedings. According to C.R.S. § 14-10-116, which addresses the guidelines for appointing a legal representative for a child: (1) The court may, upon the motion of either party or upon its own...
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Temporary vs. Permanent Civil Protection Order

Civil protection orders are common in divorce and in situations where a relationship that was once good goes wrong. Sometimes the only way for someone to protect him or herself is to seek a civil protection order, sometimes called a restraining order. Civil protection orders can be temporary or permanent. The purpose of each is the same: • To prevent assaults and threatened harm • To prevent domestic abuse •...
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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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