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Beloved movie still praised over handling of divorce and custody

In the entertainment industry, the end of a relationship is often either the subject of a romantic comedy or a thriller, as the two sides either reunite or end up harming one another. However, there is one movie that is still being praised over the way it handled the subject of divorce and child custody. Though the premise of "Mrs. Doubtfire" was far-fetched at best, it is likely that many Colorado families felt that it portrayed a realistic outcome as the parents learned to work together after a divorce.

Family law: Dealing with gopher parents in Colorado

Divorced gopher parents who keep popping in an out of their children's lives are not healthy. There are many family law tools in Colorado that can help parents as single individuals so this kind of thing doesn't happen. A gopher parent is usually one who doesn't have a hand in discipline and conveniently shows up usually when all is well and fails to stick around in the hard times, so co-parenting with this type of individual can be a challenge.

Stepparent adoption is another aspect of family law

When one thinks of adoption, it is likely that one pictures a home comprised of a mother and father who are opening their home to a child in need. However, another aspect of family law is the formal adoption of a child by a new stepparent. Though this is the second most common type of adoption, it is one that Colorado families may not consider to be as life-changing for the child involved.

General guidelines for parental visitation rights after divorce

Before 1999, the general terms that were used to refer to child custody and the time spent with a non-custodial parent were sole custody and parental visitation. There has been a concerted effort to ensure that children are permitted as much access to both parents as possible after a divorce or separation. Colorado has updated its laws to reflect the idea that children benefit the most from shared time with both of their parents.

The prenup conversation may lack romance, but it can ease divorce

In general, the majority of engaged couples focus on the idea that their vows will last the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, an estimated half of marriages will end in a divorce. In spite of the fact that it may not be a romantic topic, Colorado residents may discover that a conversation concerning a prenuptial agreement may be the most important one they will have.

Marital agreements might help prevent protracted disputes

In 2012, the Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act was proposed in order to ensure that these types of contracts would be accepted by divorce courts equally. Though the intentions behind the Act are beneficial, only two states, including Colorado, have adopted it. Couples residing here may be in a better position when they seek to have marital agreements enforced in court.

Don't set aside financial goal setting during divorce

Moving through the end of a marriage is a busy time, but it is important for spouses to remain focused on their financial goals. The decisions made during a Colorado divorce will shape the financial futures of both spouses for many years to come. Setting solid goals during the divorce process is important. 

Tax bill could change post-divorce financial landscape for many

Colorado residents have likely heard discussions on the currently proposed Republican tax plan. The bill is being sold as a means of cutting taxes and improving the lives of middle-class Americans. In reality, however, there are numerous provisions laid out in the proposal that could create financial turmoil. An example is found in the proposed elimination of the alimony tax deduction, an issue that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans who have gone through a divorce.

What role does a divorce coach play for Colorado families?

For Colorado parents who are planning to end their marriage, maintaining or establishing good communications with their partner is important. When a couple shares one or more children, they remain closely connected, whether they like it or not. Those who are able to work together to place the interests of their children above their own emotional needs should consider working on their communication skills. That's where a divorce coach comes into play.

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