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Family & Divorce Law

How Much Does a Divorce Attorney Cost in Colorado?

Tolison & Williams | 20 November, 2018 | Divorce, Family Law, Cost

Going through a divorce is never simple. Each case is unique and can come at either high or low emotional and financial cost. Thus, the ballpark rates of dissolving a marriage or civil union in Colorado can vary depending on your personal circumstances. This post should help you estimate what exactly can positively or negatively impact the final costs of your divorce.

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What to Expect at Your First Divorce Hearing in Colorado

Tolison & Williams | 15 November, 2018 | Divorce, Family Law

When your marriage does not work out, the mounting paperwork is the last thing you want to deal with. However, filing the right documents at the right time and knowing your rights is essential to make the divorce process less stressful and emotionally draining. This post outlines the key steps of getting a divorce in Colorado. 

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Laws on the Termination of Parental Rights in Colorado

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How to File for Child Custody in Colorado

Dealing with a soon-to-be ex-spouse can be hard. When children are involved, matters can get even more complicated and emotional as you are asked to legally build up your case. If you are going to file for child custody, you need to understand how to prepare for such a case in your state. This post offers some essential guidance. 

Step 1: Sole Custody Or Shared Parental Responsibilities?

Colorado custody laws, known as “parental responsibilities," relate to the duties and responsibilities that each parent owes his or her children, and this includes decision-making and parenting time. 

Sole custody in Colorado can be given to one parent. When this happens, only one parent has time and decision-making authority, regarding education, health, and basic welfare. 

If you are seeking sole custody, it must be for valid reasons, and you must seek the advice and services of an attorney, if you plan to move forward with such a request of the court. An attorney with Denver Family Law is a good step to take.

If your ex has sole custody and you are seeking shared parental responsibilities, you will still need the advice of an attorney. You have to carefully prepare your case, and you can’t do it alone.

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How Can a Mother in Colorado Lose Custody of Her Child?

Tolison & Williams | 30 October, 2018 | Child Custody

How can a mother lose custody? For some, the idea is absolutely unfathomable. To be honest, not long ago, this was extraordinarily rare. Mothers were presumed to get custody, and when they didn’t very unique circumstances applied. Sometimes, very sad ones applied. 

Today, it isn’t written in stone that mothers will retain full custody. This post explores what can cause a mother to lose custody, how she can prevent that from happening, and what she can do to regain custody.

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How Much Does Mediation Cost for Child Custody Cases in Colorado?

In order to help parents settle custody matters amicably without going to trial, the courts may order mediation in child custody cases. This means that both parties sit down with a mediator in an attempt to come to an agreement on child custody. The job of the mediator is to ensure that both sides are heard, and to help both parents reach an agreement on issues such as visitation, where the child will live and attend school, and holiday schedules.

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What to do When Your Ex Does Not Comply with a Divorce Decree

Tolison & Williams | 24 September, 2018 | Divorce

A divorce decree, once finalized by the court, becomes an order. And that order means that both parties are legally bound by all of the provisions listed in it.

If either party does not comply, he or she risks potential charges of contempt or an order to show “cause of action.” Cause of action means that there are circumstances that somehow “required” the breach of the decree provisions, and the party who has violated the terms of the decree must show compelling reasons for doing so.

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What is The Average Cost of a Child Custody Case?

When a couple ends a relationship, things become more complex and emotionally charged when children are involved. This intensifies when the adults involved cannot agree on the best outcome for those children. There are certainly good reasons to engage in a custody dispute. Parents do this to ensure they will obtain adequate time with their children, for example, or even to protect them from being exposed to unhealthy behaviors. Even two good parents can disagree on what’s best when it comes to the child's education or upbringing.

Still, it’s important for parents to know what a custody case entails. There are emotional costs to be sure. There are also financial costs, and it’s important to be aware of those.

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How Can Fathers Win a Child Custody Case?

Custody and visitation. For a father who has not been through a divorce that involves custody of children, this can be a scary matter. What rights do you have as a father? Do the courts usually grant custody to the mother and only visitation rights to the father? 

Apart from understanding the legal aspects, preparing for custody hearings can be emotionally draining and the conversation with your spouse can easily become hostile. That’s why it’s important to approach a custody case with a solid understanding of your rights.  

Understanding Custody

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What To Do When Co-Parenting Doesn’t Work

In a perfect world, divorced couples can put their differences aside and parent cooperatively with one another. They put their heads together and come to an agreement on major issues such as house rules and education. They support one another in their parenting decisions. They’re even able to attend events together harmoniously.

Unfortunately, in reality co-parenting arrangements do not always work. Sometimes both parents play a role in this. They’re simply too angry, or they have too many philosophical differences to co-parent. Sadly, there are also situations where one parent behaves in a manner that makes co-parenting impossible. 

Let's take a look at some common co-parenting problems and how to resolve them.

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