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Can I File For Divorce and Child Custody At The Same Time?

In any divorce in Colorado, if there are children, a court will always consider child custody or the parental responsibilities for each of your children or the child that's in the marriage. It's a mandatory requirement and is one of the major things that a court considers and has to determine in finalizing any divorce. If you are going through a parent custody battle, or need parental responsibilities help, or...
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What Is The Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody?


In Colorado, there's not a difference between legal and physical custody. The court will consider and will determine in any divorce or in any allocation of parental responsibilities what is called parental responsibilities. That means parenting time, which is mostly overnights, and then the decision making that each parent has on the health and welfare of a child. To learn more, watch the video.   For more information about family...
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What Are The Steps For Getting A Divorce In Colorado?

The steps for getting divorced in Colorado are fairly easy and straightforward. To start a dissolution of marriage or divorce, you file a petition for dissolution of marriage with a court in the county where you reside. You would then have to disclose certain financial documents. You have to go to mediation in most counties and in mediation if you're not able to resolve the issues or agree with your...
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AMERICA’S TOP 100 ATTORNEYS® LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT SELECTION   July 26, 2017 – Announcing the Lifetime Achievement selection of Mike Miller among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award. Selection is not achieved based on a single accomplishment or...
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How Long Does It Typically Take To Get Divorced?


The time in Colorado to get divorced depends wildly between various counties. By statute, someone can get officially divorced within 91 days of the service of the documents on the other spouse or the other party. Generally speaking, if you have that go to trial in Colorado for your divorce case, you could be anywhere from six to eight months to a year before your divorce is finalized. For more...
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How Is Child Support Determined In Colorado?

Child support is determined here in Colorado by the calculation of each party's gross income, the calculation of the amount of overnights that each party has with the children or child, the amount of money that's spent for daycare, for health insurance, for extraordinary expenses. When all of those numbers are calculated, the court will make a determination of the child support based on each of those numbers and based...
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What Is Parenting Class And Will I Have To Take It?


In Colorado, anytime you have a divorce or an allocation for parental responsibilities case that's filed and obviously involves children. You do have to take what's called a parenting after divorce class. Watch the video to learn more. 
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What Should I Look For In A Divorce Attorney?

Finding a divorce attorney who fits you is one of the most important things that you can do in your divorce and for yourself in the divorce process. You will be spending a significant amount of time communicating with this individual, working with this individual, and relying on this individual's advice, guidance, and help throughout the entire process. One of the most important things that you would want to consider...
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What Is A Parenting Plan And How Are They Determined?


A parenting plan in Colorado is the overall plan by which each party determines and takes its parenting time or its time with each child. It's based initially on the best interests of the minor children or the child. What that means is the ability of the parents to co-parent, the ability of the parents to make decisions together, what is ultimately in, what is called the best interest of...
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Do You Have To Be Legally Separated Before Filing For Divorce?

In Colorado you do not need to be legally separated before you file for divorce. We've had many instances where the parties continue to live together in the same household before, during and even through the very end of a divorce process. I wouldn't encourage people to continue to live together just because of the amount of stress and anxiety and disputes that arise during a marriage but you do...
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How Is Property And Assets Divided During A Divorce In Colorado?


In Colorado, property and assets are one of the many things that a court has to consider in completing a divorce and the divorce process. Assets specifically are divided equitably, is what the statute requires, and what in practice that means is usually a fairly equal division of the assets between the parties. Watch the video to learn more.  For more information about family law or divorce matters in Colorado,...
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How Should You Prepare For A Child Custody Case

Proper preparation of your divorce or your allocation case is critical. Initial preparation involves making sure that your attorney or your other representative really understands the case, understands all of the facts, the circumstances, your interaction with the children, the children's interaction with you, the relationship that you have with your significant other. That first step to make sure that everyone is on the same page is critical to any...
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What Are The Grounds For Getting Divorced In Colorado?


In order to get divorced in Colorado, the specific grounds that you need to be able to assert to a court is that the marriage is irretrievably broken. When a marriage is irretrievably broken, a court will inquire whether there really is no saving a marriage, that it really is over. The court doesn't get too involved in whether you've done marital counseling or any other type of marriage therapy,...
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If I Have Custody Of My Child Can I Move Out Of State?

The ability to move out of state is one of the more difficult problems that a court addresses here in Colorado. The general rule is that you cannot move out of state if you have some other parental relationship or parental responsibilities matter that has been decided here. If a child has lived here the appropriate amount of time by statute, or is otherwise invested or has ties to Colorado,...
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Can I File For Divorce And Child Custody At The Same Time?


In any divorce in Colorado, if there are children, a court will always consider child  custody or the parental responsibilities for each of your children or the child that's in the marriage. It's a mandatory requirement and is one of the major things that a court considers and has to determine in finalizing any divorce.
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What Is Spousal Support/Alimony And How Is It Determined?

Spousal support in Colorado is now called maintenance. It also used to be called alimony. That language has changed in the statute. Maintenance is calculated in Colorado based on a statutory formula where 40% of the higher earner's gross income is offset by 50% of the lower income gross earnings. There are some other factors that go into the calculation of maintenance, including the need of a particular party for...
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How Are Decisions Made About Parental Responsibilities?


The court will determine parental responsibility on a standard which is the best interest standard. There are several factors that the court will take a look at in calculating what is the best interest for each child. Watch the video to learn more. 
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How Is Child Support Determined In Colorado?


Child support is determined here in Colorado by the calculation of each party's gross income, the calculation of the amount of overnights that each party has with the children or child, the amount of money that's spent for daycare, for health insurance, for extraordinary expenses. Watch the video to learn more 
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Who Is Responsible For Outstanding Debts That Were Accrued During The Marriage After Divorce?

Debt is always one of the many things that a court considers in the calculation of a marital asset and debt division and also in a divorce. If a debt is premarital, it may not be counted or could not be counted into a debt calculation, and if a debt is marital in nature, it usually will be counted when the court divides assets and debts.  Depending on how acquired the...
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What Should I Look For In A Divorce Attorney?


Finding a divorce attorney who fits you is one of the most important things that you can do in your divorce and for yourself in the divorce process. You will be spending a significant amount of time communicating with this individual, working with this individual, and relying on this individual's advice, guidance, and help throughout the entire process. Watch the video to learn more. 
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