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Is Your Relationship Really A Common Law Marriage?

In recent years it has become customary for couples to cohabit together, share joint bills, and raise families together without the commitment of marriage. So how does the court determine if you are common law married and whether you need a divorce? The Colorado Supreme Court recently updated requirements for common law marriage. In January … Continued

Stuck with My Spouse during Coronavirus

If one stops to think a bit about it, relationships of all sorts are going through new stresses given the Coronavirus outbreak. Even the relationships that are doing well and thriving in such a time have experienced changes that aren't necessarily helpful. It's not what life throws our way, but rather how we respond that … Continued

Formulating an Exit Strategy during a Pandemic

Emotions involved during a divorce can be compared to those of a person experiencing death, and for some, the emotions can be very intense. It’s even more difficult now that we are all basically quarantined in our own homes due to the Coronavirus. Deciding to divorce and getting a hold of your own emotions about … Continued

Who Gets The House In A Divorce?

Often, the first issue we have to solve is where the parties are going to live. Do we continue to live together until the end of the case? Does one of us move out and if so, who pays for it? Does moving out jeopardize my interest in the home? Can I change the locks? … Continued

Third Parties: Getting A Helping Hand

When it comes to legal matters, as you may be aware, things can get complicated. Sometimes, due to the issues involved in a case, it can be helpful to seek the assistance of a third party like Child and Family Investigators ("CFI") or Parental Responsibility Evaluators ("PRE"). In domestic relations or family law matters, third … Continued

Pre-Divorce Planning

If you are tensely awaiting a looming divorce, taking appropriate steps may help to put yourself in the best position possible. At the start of a divorce, legal requirements kick in.  However, if you have some advance notice that a divorce might be coming down the pike, pre-divorce planning might give you a head start. … Continued

Father’s Rights Attorneys

Some legal practitioners promote themselves as father’s rights attorneys, by providing services to men pursuing a divorce or need representation with child custody. But do these law firms really provide extra value or are they simply trying to capitalize on a specific niche? Family law represents the practice area that covers issues related to both … Continued

What is Common Law Marriage?

Common law marriage is an informal type of marriage involving couples who hold themselves out to be married, but who do not have a marriage license and have never actually gone through with a formal ceremony. Criteria for a Common Law Marriage Simply living together is not enough to constitute a common law marriage. Generally, … Continued

Safeguarding Finances In A Gray Divorce

You may have heard about the trend of divorcing late in life. A "gray divorce", as they are called, is becoming increasingly popular among the Baby Boomer generation, who are finding that ending their marriages is a way for them to take control of their lives in their later years. In fact, the divorce rate … Continued

What is Retroactive Child Support?

Parents have a duty to care for their children, even if they're not actively raising them. The non-custodial parent typically pays child support to care for their children until they reach the age of 19. Parents who are no longer together may get a court order specifying which parent pays child support and how much he/she … Continued

Should I Get a Prenuptial Agreement?

Getting married is a big decision. If you’re considering marriage, you may have heard the term “prenuptial agreement” (“prenup” for short). In short, a prenup is a legal agreement designed to protect the financial assets of one or both parties in the marriage. If for example, you’ve invested considerable money in real estate, you may … Continued

My Predictions on the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark gay marriage case which should answer the question of whether the Constitution requires states to a) allow same-sex couples to marry and b) if not, whether it requires the states to recognize those marriages legally performed in states that do … Continued

3 Questions to Consider When Contemplating Divorce

One thing still rings true in today’s society: Couples will have rough patches every so often. Whether you argue about putting the dishes away, taking out the trash, or about constantly coming home late from work during the week, having a few arguments is normal. However, if these little arguments manifest into grudges, and then … Continued

Do Grandparents Have Custody Rights According to Colorado Family Law?

Whether a child is a baby, or just about to turn a teenager, he or she is caught between a stressful and confusing situation when parents decide to divorce. While it is obvious to think about children in their time of need, people rarely think about their grandparents. Do they just end up sitting on … Continued

The Difference Between Cohabitation and Prenuptial Agreements

In an effort to work closely with clients, it is important to understand not only what problems may be going on at present, but it is also essential for your attorney to look forward and anticipate future problems. This is precisely why more and more parties seem to be entering into prenuptial agreements. What is … Continued