Colorado Divorce Information

Colorado Child Relocation Laws

Prior to 2001, a custodial mother could relocate with her child even though the non-custodial father would be remaining in Colorado and objected to the move. As long as certain conditions were met, the court almost always granted the move. Now, though, any move of a custodial parent must be in the best interests of the child, according to updated Colorado child relocation laws. Since Colorado began using the “best interests of the child doctrine” as a determining factor in parental relocation, the court does not automatically grant a presumption or advantage to either parent. Neither do they allocate the Read more

New ‘Best Interest’ Colorado Child Custody Law

When parents go to court to battle over whom shall be the parent with the most parental rights, the judge must decide who is the better and most appropriate parent for the job. By the time a child custody case reaches this level, there are commonly numerous written reports from mediators, social workers, therapists, doctors, and other professional personnel associated with the custody case. Perhaps the saddest example, nationally, of children being with the wrong parent is the Josh Powell case. For those who don’t remember, Josh was the dad who grabbed his two boys from the social worker at Read more

Drastic Changes To Colorado Alimony Laws

The amount and duration of alimony in Colorado has been standardized for all family law courts in the state, as part of new alimony legislation. Prior to the passage of House Bill 13-1058, Colorado alimony (renamed “spousal maintenance”) awards varied greatly from judge to judge and were left to the discretion of the court. The new legislation provides a well-defined, clear-cut formula for the first time in the history of Colorado alimony laws. The Basic Calculation If a couple makes $300,000 or less, the formula is 40 percent of the higher income earner’s adjusted gross income, less 50 percent of Read more

Three Steps To Hiring The Right Denver Divorce Lawyer

Are you going through a divorce in Colorado and looking for a Denver divorce lawyer? Do you need a competent Colorado Springs divorce attorney? Are you looking for legal guidance on your separation in Boulder? If you’re facing a divorce in Colorado, follow these three steps to find the right Colorado divorce attorney for your case. 1. Get Referrals When you’re looking for a divorce lawyer, don’t immediately turn to the phone book or Google. You’ll find too many options, and you won’t know which ones are worth looking into. Instead, narrow down your choices by asking your friends who Read more

Colorado Child Custody Questions Answered

Colorado family law attorneys provide answers to frequently asked questions with regards to child custody in Colorado. Who will get custody of our child? There are not set rules on who will automatically get custody of the children. There are statutory factors that the court must consider in awarding any decision regarding minor children. What is joint custody? What is sole custody? Colorado does not have joint custody or sole custody. Colorado uses the term parental responsibility – which can either be joint or primary.  If you equally share in overnight visitation with the minor child, you have joint parental Read more

Understanding Colorado’s Laws on Divorce and Property

When considering property division at the time of a legal separation or dissolution of marriage, there are two general types of property to consider: marital property and separate property.  Generally, “marital property” is property acquired by either spouse after the marriage. C.R.S. 14-10-113(2). Once property is deemed marital, then the Court considers how to divide the marital property. The individuals’ separate property remains their own. In Colorado, marital property is divided without regard to marital misconduct or fault. The Court divides property as it deems equitable or fair, which does not necessarily mean the property is divided equally. In making the decision Read more