Colorado’s New Maintenance Guidelines – Eight Months Later
August 21, 2014

On January 1st, 2014, new guidelines for spousal maintenance (sometimes known as alimony or spousal support) went into effect after being passed by the Colorado legislature in 2013. The maintenance guidelines attempted to make maintenance more like temporary maintenance and child support that use basic spreadsheets that make the monetary amounts universal based on the […]

Gifts Versus Loans; What’s the Difference and Why are they Important?
June 30, 2014

One of the most important issues that a court decides in a dissolution of marriage action is the allocation of marital property, or in non-legal terms, who gets what. In Colorado, any property obtained by either party during the marriage (with some exceptions) is considered marital property and is divided equitably by the court. C.R.S. […]

Amendment 64 and its Effect on Colorado Family Law
June 26, 2014

Now that marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado for recreational use, it’s important to know the effects marijuana use can have on a divorce or child custody matter. People are often surprised when they face harsh consequences that a court orders in a child custody matter solely because of marijuana use (either medicinal […]

Annulments Versus Divorces in Colorado
June 18, 2014

People are often confused about the differences between obtaining a divorce (or dissolution of marriage) and an annulment. It is a common misconception that if a person wants to break a marriage, they can get an annulment solely based on the length of marriage. In Colorado, to receive an annulment there must be one of […]

Protection Orders in Family Law
April 22, 2014

It is becoming increasingly common for people to seek a protection order against their spouse during divorce proceedings.  While a protection order may be filed into the divorce case, it creates a completely separate issue that encompasses very different areas of law.  It’s important to know the process for obtaining a protection order and what […]

Prenuptial Agreements in Colorado
April 8, 2014

Most people that go through a divorce are surprised at how long and nasty of a process it can turn into.  People may rationalize that getting a divorce will be similar to breaking up with their college sweet heart; there will be some tears, but it will be over quickly and the two people will […]

Civil Unions in Colorado
March 17, 2014

In 2011, the Colorado Legislature passed the Colorado Civil Union Act which allows same-sex couples to enter into a civil union together.  The law allows same-sex couples to enter into a legal relationship as close to marriage as possible without the relationship being called a marriage in that the Colorado Constitution specifically bans same-sex marriage.  […]

Colorado and No Fault Divorce
March 3, 2014

At-Fault Divorce Historically, the legal system used to assign blame to one of the parties in the divorce and split marital assets in such a way that punished the party who was found to be at fault.  This turned an already emotional and difficult divorce into a full blown war with both people trying to […]

Am I Married by Common Law?
February 14, 2014

Ask five different people what common law marriage is and how long it takes to be in one, and you will get six different answers.  This is especially true if you ask people from around the country.  All over the U.S., each state has different time frames and requirements before a couple can be considered […]

The Many Benefits of Mediation
February 2, 2014

After initiating a divorce or a child custody dispute, there will come a time that the court asks if the parties can come to an agreement on their own, would like to try mediation, or would have to go to a trial/hearing.  If the parties cannot work out a settlement on their own, it is […]