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Family & Divorce Law

Can You Change Lawyers in the Middle of a Divorce?

The short answer to this question is “yes.” You contract with a lawyer for his or her services, and you pay an agreed-upon amount as those services are provided throughout your divorce.

But at any given time, you may decide that you want a different attorney.

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What is a Divorce Deposition?

If you’ve watched legal dramas, the term “deposition” may already be familiar to you. While the process of giving a deposition usually looks intimidating in the movies, in reality, it’s not as nerve-wracking as you might think.

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What Happens If You Violate Your Own Restraining Order?

Tolison & Williams | 4 June, 2018 | Family Law

Sometimes having a restraining order in place is the only way to keep yourself protected from unwanted communication and harassment.

Yet, life circumstances often change and take unexpected turns, putting you in a position where you can be hit with a contempt charge for having that order in place.

If you or a loved one is facing a situation in which a restraining order has been - or could be - issued, it's important that you understand the basic implications behind this legal measure. 

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How Much Does a Paternity Test Cost in Colorado?

In Colorado, there are a few different ways for paternity to be established. First, if a couple is married or they separated shortly before the birth of a child, the man is presumed by the state to be the father. 

If the parents are not and have never been married, the father may sign an affidavit of paternity or allow his name to be included on the birth certificate. If someone outside of the relationship is thought to be the father or there are doubts to paternity coming from either the father or mother, a paternity test will need to be administered. 

Costs and Establishing Paternity

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How is Child Support Determined in Denver?

Divorce affects children to varying degrees, but one thing they shouldn't have to worry about is how they'll be cared for. And that's what child support is all about.

In Colorado, the legislature has developed statewide guidelines for calculating child support. Using a mathematical formula, these guidelines take into consideration several factors: custody arrangements, incomes of both parents, and, of course, the parenting plan that has been worked out through the divorce attorney or a family lawyer.

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What is the Meaning of Laches in Family Law Cases?

Here in Colorado there have been a handful of recent cases in which the "laches" defense has been invoked. While this defense is rarely used and upheld, it is a tactic that could be used in certain situations within family law cases. 

Laches doesn’t prevent litigation. Instead, it is used as a defense. Understanding this term is important if you plan to pursue child support payments or spousal maintenance. 

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The Colorado Child Adoption Laws Parents Should Know

Tolison & Williams | 28 March, 2018 | Adoption

Family law is complex. It encompasses everything from prenuptial agreements, to separation and divorce, to child custody and adoptions.

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What You Need to Know About Joint Child Custody Laws in Colorado 

Anyone researching Denver family law may be surprised that Colorado law does not refer to custody. Instead, it refers to parental responsibilities.

In spite of this unusual title, any family lawyer will tell you that these parental responsibilities are assigned and divided based upon the best interests of the child.

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What You Should Know About Marital Reconciliation

Tolison & Williams | 28 February, 2018 | Divorce

When a couple is considering a divorce, oftentimes one of two things happens. The couple may opt to live separately while considering their options and possibly pursuing counseling. In other cases, the couple may live separately and also file for legal separation.

As the time passes some couples decide to reconcile -- it’s a beautiful thing, however, this decision often involves certain legal impacts. 

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Modifying Child Custody and Visitation in Colorado

Tolison & Williams | 17 February, 2018 | Child Custody

When parents legally separate or divorce, the judge will determine custody along with a visitation schedule. However, there is no guarantee that these orders will remain permanent.

There are various scenarios where the current arrangements may no longer be in the best interests of the child. In these cases, one or both parents may petition the courts for a modification.

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