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In the majority of civil law suits in Colorado, the Court's role is to make sure that the law is followed during the law suit and in the determination of the verdict. A jury is typically the finder of fact and the Court remains neutral in terms of the interests of the parties.

Tagged in: Child Custody

I hear from people all the time that are wondering if they will be able to request maintenance/alimony in their divorce proceeding. Although there is a formula in Colorado for most cases of child support, maintenance is decided by a Judge on a purely subjective basis.

I wrote the article "The 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Enter a Colorado Civil Union" for the April 17th edition of Out Front Magazine.  I thought I would also place it here on my blog so that you could forward it to anyone you know that mig...

What a breakthrough!When Governor Hickenlooper signs the Colorado Civil Union Bill into law we will have accomplished a major breakthrough for same sex couples on many levels.  From my vantage point as a family law attorney, it mean...

How did this happen?I have had a number of calls lately from parents that have felt blindsided by a Judge's decision in a custody matter.Often times the parent was not represented or their attorney was not well versed or experienced in litigating famil...

Don’t miss this event because it directly affects you and your clients that are going through divorces with children or continue to have child custody issues following divorce. You will also be exposed to new possible opportunities to participate ...

TO:  ALL LICENSED COLORADO THERAPISTSSAVE THE DATE:  Friday, January 18th, 2013Time:  8:30AM to 11:30AMPlace: TBA in the Denver AreaContinuing Education Credits: In processSponsorship and Registration:  Co-sponsored by and Registrat...

Reactive vs. Prospective We get calls from many people who want to file for Divorce or start a Child Custody matter.  Typically attorneys are right on board with this.  After all, this is what we do for a living.  However, in many c...

CAMFT Annual MeetingThis past week I had the privilege of speaking to the Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapists at their annual meeting.  Part of my presentation was to give them an update on the work we are involved with in addre...

Happy Holidays Everyone!I know for many people who are contemplating divorce that the holiday season can be very trying and I imagine that if you are a therapist you are very busy helping people through this time.  In fact, statistically, most peo...

The Frustration and the Decision to Move Forward or Not:I speak to a number of people (mostly women) every month about bringing an action against their former spouse for back child support or maintenance.  Sometimes these women have sued before an...

Why have changes been made?In April of 2011 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado made the first in a series of expected changes to the way the Colorado Court System will utilize the services of Child and Family Investigators (CFI's).Follo...

One in two marriages end in divorce. Once this was just another statistic, no surprise to anyone. Now, however, if you are contemplating a divorce or actually engaged in one, that statistic has become a personal crisis. A divorce creates an upheaval in...

In a recent opinion, the Colorado Court of Appeals reviewed two questions relating to the treatment of separate real property in a divorce.  They also made one new determination in the treatment of accrued vacation and sick time as property to be divided.

The Child Support FormulaHere in Colorado, child support is calculated using a formula.  There are exceptions for high income families, but for the most part the formula is utilized.There can be exceptions and complexities to the fo...

Tagged in: Child Support

It is hard enough to make decisions around prescription drug therapy for your child, but when it involves divorced parents it can become an area of conflict in co-parenting.  Talk about escalating an already stressful situation.Default Joint Decis...

Tagged in: Child Custody Divorce

I had lunch this week with one of the Certified Divorce Financial Analysts that we work with in our divorce cases that involve maintenance.  Her name is Deb Johnson and the work she has done in some of our cases has made a critical difference in b...

Where is my Judge?I was reading a recent Colorado Appeals Court decision today about the limited powers of magistrates in Colorado and it reminded me of the confusion that many clients have about the difference between the role of the judge in the...

Reported In The Denver Post:The Denver Post reported last Sunday, December 5th, 2010 that Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is being considered for inclusion in the fifth edition of the 2012 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (...

Matthews & Matthews expands services to include Family Law MediationMatthews & Matthews PC has expanded their family law services to include Family Law Mediation.  Mediation services are now offered by Leslie Matthews, the Firm's Managing ...

Tagged in: Divorce Mediation

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