Fort Collins Family Law Blog

When a legal issue arises in your family, the best way you can protect yourself and the ones you love is by consulting a family law attorney who understands how to help you.

Moving to a new home is an adjustment for children

The changes that come with a divorce are hard for everyone involved. One challenge for children might be having to move to a new home. Some children have lived in the same home for as long as they can remember and the thought of having to leave it is difficult.

Parents who are facing the possibility of moving need to prepare the children for what's to come. It might not be easy but moving is a good signal that your new life is starting. Consider these points as you work with your children regarding the move:

Avoid these missteps in your high-net worth divorce

Divorce is never an easy process even if, in the beginning, it seems like you both agree on every aspect. In fact, there are so many moving parts to divorce, that the chances of ending things without even a minor battle are very slim.

For instance, while you might reach an easy decision on who gets the main house in Fort Collins, you could find yourselves fighting over the dog, the living room furniture, the weekend cabin in Aspen or even the retirement accounts.

Be sure to choose an attorney who will assist you in resolving these issues without blowing them out of proportion.  Give us a call for a consult to get creative ideas on how to work out your differences -- without creating more conflict!

Opting for legal separation: How it differs from divorce

As someone who is not happy with your spouse, you might think that a divorce is your only option. You don't want to go through a divorce, and you'd rather stay married due to the benefits it provides. You aren't interested in getting married again.

Someone like you is a great candidate for a legal separation instead of a divorce. Others may wish to use a legal separation prior to a divorce.

Getting an international divorce in Colorado

It is becoming increasingly common for marriages to either take place outside of the United States or end when spouses are living in different countries. If you want to file for a divorce in Colorado but your spouse is currently living outside of the United States, you might be confused as to how you move forward with your divorce filing.

Such divorce filings do have the potential to become complicated, because American family law needs to interact with international law and potentially the law of the country in which your other spouse is living. Therefore, it's a good idea that you take the time to learn about how the law applies to you before taking action in filing for your international divorce.

Child support payments don't have to be mystifying

Child support payments are often a confusing aspect of child custody situations. These payments are made from one parent to the other, but are meant to support the children. In actuality, the payments are made to the kids but they need an adult to manage their financial interests.

It is up to the recipient parent to determine how the support money is used. The paying parent usually won't have a say in how it is spent unless the child's needs are going unmet. Here are some important things to know about child support payments:

Why is gray divorce on the rise?

Gray divorce is more common than ever. Since the 1990s, reports from the Pew Research Center show that the rate of divorce has doubled for those who are at least 50 years old.

Are you shocked? Many people feel that way. They assume that getting to 50 years old, which often means decades of marriage, also means that divorce is no longer on the radar. The statistics show otherwise, as more and more retirees and other older couples decide to call things off.

Reasons for requesting a custody modification in Colorado

When you have a child and you are sharing custody with the other parent, change is unavoidable. Custody plans are in place to protect your child and give them the best upbringing possible. Therefore, when situations change, it means that the child custody plan may need to change, too.

As a parent who is considering requesting a child custody modification, you may wonder if the effort is necessary, or whether you even have a valid reason for requesting a modification. If you believe that a change in the current child custody plan will benefit your child because of certain changes that have occurred, then it is likely that your reasoning will be valued by the courts. The following are some of the most common reasons why child custody agreements are modified.

What will the Colorado courts do with your home during a divorce?

There are many nerve-wracking uncertainties in any pending divorce. Unless you have a legally valid prenuptial agreement on record or you agree on all terms about the divorce, it's hard to predict any details about the outcome of your divorce. In fact, the inability to predict the outcome can often leave people struggling through an unhappy or dysfunctional marriage instead of seeking divorce.

One common concern focuses on the biggest asset many couples obtain during the course of their marriage. The family home often represents the biggest purchase and one of the largest monthly expenses for your family. The equity in your home may very well be the most sizeable asset from your marriage. It is a common source of complication during a high asset divorce.

Is uncontested divorce a good fit for your needs?

When a couple realizes that their marriage is over, they may look for the quickest, easiest way to achieve divorce and go their separate ways. In many cases, this is far more complicated than the couple may realize, especially if they choose to file for divorce representing themselves.

Filing for divorce pro se, or representing oneself in court, is growing in popularity, especially among couples who seek an uncontested or summary divorce. Uncontested or summary divorce streamlines the process for couples who meet state specific standards that determine that who may file.

Stepparent adoptions: What if the other parent doesn't agree?

It's a beautiful experience to fall in love with your stepchild. In fact, many stepparents are so attached to their stepchildren that they would like to adopt them and become the children's official parent.

In order for this to happen, however, the other biological parent will usually need to agree to the process. In some cases, if the other parent sees the stepparent's love for the child, the stepparent might gain the approval he or she seeks. But what happens if the other parent protests the adoption?

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