Going It Alone (If You Have No Other Choice)

Lawyers are expensive, thus, not everyone can afford to hire a lawyer. Even so, anyone may find themselves facing a court appearance for one reason or another. A person who represents his or herself in court is referred to as appearing pro se.  Representing yourself, even if you are a lawyer, is never advised. Indeed, "a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client" is a popular expression about self-represented lawyers in the legal community.  Needless to say, non-lawyers are at an even greater disadvantage when 'going it alone' in court. The good news is that there are things [...]

September 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Which State Has Jurisdiction Over My Kids?

Colorado's population has exploded over the past twenty years.  Most of us who live here are from other places, and left behind families, lives, and histories in the places we came from. Many of us moved to Colorado for a change in lifestyle, while others end up here by way of their careers.  In some cases, people move to Colorado following a divorce or breakup from their significant other in another state.  Sometimes they bring their children to Colorado, sometimes the children stay behind with their ex. Parents living in separate states often leads to confusion when the need to [...]

August 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Leave Me Alone: Preventing Contact in the Colorado Court System

If you have someone in your life that you'd rather not be around, you're certainly not alone.  Most of us know people who, for one reason or another, we don't get along with, whether it be a personality conflict, a history of disputes, or otherwise. When that person is your ex, the feelings of aversion are even more acute. But what does it take to prevent someone from legally contacting you?  There are different ways an individual can be prohibited from contacting someone under Colorado law.  Frequently, people want a restraining order to prevent their exes from harassing them. However, [...]

August 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Navigating Legal Paternity

Human beings have a fundamental need to know and understand who we are and where we come from.  Knowing who our parents are is often necessary to understanding ourselves, regardless of whether we are like our parents or completely different. So what happens when a child’s biological, or natural father is unknown?   In Colorado, a child’s mother, or a man who believes he is a child’s father, or even the state can file a paternity action with the court to determine parentage and child’s legal father.  Legal paternity in Colorado is governed by the Uniform Parentage Act which can [...]

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Parental Responsibilities and Child Custody in Colorado

Divorce alone is an unsettling matter for everyone involved. From taking the first steps in filing the case to dividing assets, there are hundreds of details to comb through. All of the effort and energy that is put into even the opening discussions are stressful on both spouses involved. When children and parental responsibilities are involved, the stress is heightened. Most parents want nothing more than for their children to be kept out of their dispute with the other parent unless absolutely necessary. The simple fact is that children are very much involved in the divorce, even if kept out [...]

June 19th, 2018|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|Tags: , |0 Comments

Marital Property: What’s Mine Is Not Yours. Or Is It?

Divorce is usually not an easy decision, and hardly ever a simple process. When it comes to division of assets, what constitutes martial property is one of the first in questions that must be asked. Colorado is a separate property state. This means that in the case of a divorce, all assets will be divided into one of two categories: marital property or nonmarital (separate) property. In Colorado, only the marital property and debt can be fairly and equitably divided. Nonmarital, or separate, property is most commonly property that was acquired prior to the marriage. However, property acquired during marriage [...]

May 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Child Custody, Divorce|0 Comments