Overview of Annulment and Void Marriages Civil annulments and divorces are similar in the sense that they make a determination about marital status. But the vital difference between them is that divorce ends an existing, valid marriage, whereas annulment simply declares that what everyone thought was
If you’ve failed to pay court-ordered support in Colorado, the court can charge you with contempt of court. If it finds you guilty, it will require you to pay a fine or send you to jail. Here’s how contempt works in Colorado family law.
Laws governing how marital property is divided at divorce vary from state to state. Colorado law requires a division that is equitable, meaning that it is fair--it doesn't necessarily have to be exactly equal. Some couples are able to agree on how to divide everything on their own, while others seek the help of attorneys or a mediator to negotiate a settlement.
Divorcing spouses face many difficult decisions. One of the most difficult can be whether – or when – to move out of the marital home. People often have strong emotional attachments to their homes, and a house may be a couple’s most valuable financial asset.
Most states recognize the concepts of "legal custody," which refers to the right to make important decisions for a child, and "physical custody," which refers to the right to actually spend time with a child. In Colorado, courts refer to these rights and obligations as "decision-making responsibility" and "parenting time," respectively.
This article explains how the occurrence of domestic violence impacts a court’s determination of which parent should have custody of a child in Colorado. If you are a victim of domestic violence, there are a number of organizations that can help secure your safety and legal rights. The Colorado Coalition
Sometimes divorced parents relocate because of a new job or remarriage. But before you jump at the chance to take a an out-of-state promotion, you should consider the potential impact on custody. If you and your spouse share legal or physical custody, you can ask a judge to allow you to move with your
Whether it’s by choice or by chance, parenthood is a life changing event. Before having children, most of us only worried about our own needs. Once a baby arrives, the parent’s focus is on the child’s needs. What if the parent is a single mom? How does she get the child’s father to help? This article provides an overview of how to establish paternity in Colorado.
In Colorado, every child has the right to be financially supported by his or her parents, whether the parents are married to one another or not. A parent’s income is a key factor in deciding how much financial support is owed. Unfortunately, some parents try to lower the amount of child support owed, or avoid paying altogether, by intentionally reducing their income.
Just like marriage doesn't guarantee that couples will live “happily ever after,” a child support order doesn’t ensure that parents will actually make the necessary payments. When parents fail to meet their child support obligations, each state has laws designed to force compliance.
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