1. Understanding Colorado Common Law Marriage

    Colorado is a common law state, meaning that couples do not need to go through the formal marriage process to establish a legal union. While this makes things easier for couples who commit to each other but don’t want the pomp and circumstance of a legal marriage and wedding, it can also make thin…Read More

  2. What is Legal Separation in New Colorado?

    If you are married and you and your spouse want to split, you have two main options in the state of Colorado — dissolution of marriage and legal separation. When most people think about legal separation, they consider it a stepping stone to divorce, but, in fact, it is its own entity. Legal separa…Read More

  3. Child Support: What It’s For

    Child support is money paid by one parent to the other for the provision of financial support for a mutual child or children. Generally, the money is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to offset the cost burden of the child. However, in the state of Colorado, rarely is sole cus…Read More

  4. Mastering Parallel Parenting

    Divorce is a traumatic experience in anyone’s life as it symbolizes the end of a lifelong commitment two people made to each other. Generally, people do not enter into the institution of marriage lightly, so when it comes to an end, there is inevitable grief to process, especially if the end was t…Read More

  5. Understanding Godparent Rights Under the Law

    Blessing a child with godparents, and likewise, eager grandparents with a child, has been a tradition etched in Christian-based societies since as early as the 2nd Century. Godparents are selected by the parents of the child to bestow upon them the honor and privilege of stating, before God and the …Read More

  6. Understanding Stepparent Rights Under Colorado Law

    Step-parenting is a voluntary commitment taken on by a spouse who marries a spouse who already has children. With the rates of unwed mothers giving birth to children and divorce and remarriage rates at an all-time high, step-parenting is much more common in modern society. Marriage, divorce, and chi…Read More

  7. What Happens to Property in a Colorado Divorce?

    States take different approaches in determining to whom the property belongs when it is acquired during the marriage. Obviously, the property that one acquired before marriage belongs to that person. However, any increase of separate property value is considered marital property and is subject to di…Read More

  8. Can I Move Out During a Divorce?

    Divorce is often one of the most stressful times of your life. One of the hardest parts of a divorce can be deciding when – and how – to leave the family house, an exceptionally emotional process. Legally, an important question is also “How will moving out affect my divorce, as well as my cust…Read More

  9. Who Gets the Pets in a Divorce?

    For most pet owners, family pets are more than just animals. They are members of the family. This issue can become a problem when spouses decide to divorce. Who gets to keep the family pet? How are pets treated in a divorce in the State of Colorado? Pets Are Personal Property The term property can b…Read More

  10. Do I Need an Attorney for My Divorce?

    Going through a divorce can be an emotionally-charged and stressful process. It can also be an expensive occurrence, as well. For this reason, many parties try to save on costs by settling issues related to a divorce without the help of an attorney. The decision whether to hire or not hire an attorn…Read More