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Child Custody Case Study - Part 2

Tuesday, 09 December 2014

child-custody-coloradoCourts can’t just make up the rules as they go along. Our entire system of justice is based upon the idea that a judge will look at the evidence that both sides present, hear the evidence from any other witnesses, and then make a decision based upon that evidence, not personal speculation.

The appeal filed by Marrison Family Law in Colorado Springs claimed that the trial court essentially picked its “favorite” party here, the father. Judge Bristol ignored evidence presented by the evaluator, and gave no credibility to information presented by Maggie Bright.

By doing that, he basically abdicated his role as an impartial judge, and became a supporter, or an advocate.

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Child Custody Case Study - Part 1

Monday, 01 December 2014

mother-and-sonEvery judge knows that most cases where two parents have gone to court for custody will cause some discomfort to any children of the parties.  

There is no way around it, which flows from the child’s uncomfortable and growing understanding that there will now be a drastic change in the cozy family dynamic that used to occupy every minute of a child’s day. Even the best Colorado Springs attorneys can only go so far to stanch the tears rolling down the face of a child whose relationship with his mother and father will change forever.

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Child Custody Case Study: The Facts

Monday, 17 November 2014

child-custody-case-studyEvery day, hard-working mothers and fathers with good intentions go into family court hoping that they will be heard. And every day, many of those same people walk out of court, shaking their heads, trying to figure out why they lost custody, or why their visitation rights were dramatically reduced. 

The case of Bright v. Smith is just such an example where a loving mother was left trembling and in tears after a Colorado trial court allowed her child to be taken 1000 miles away and only permitted her to see her son under close supervision. 


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newly separatedFinancial insecurity is a major problem for many divorced women, particularly those who haven’t worked outside of the home in many years. For this reason, it’s not uncommon to see these women paying close attention to Colorado’s latest legislation about spousal maintenance. In some cases, Colorado’s new spousal maintenance laws will work in your favor but, like child support, they are subject to certain calculations and formulas and based on the combined income of the parties. If you find these formulas aren’t working in your favor, you may want to consider mediation before scheduling court date.

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colorado springs law firm 3If you have reason to believe your ex-spouse could file for bankruptcy, you need to do what you can to protect your interests. This is particularly true when it comes to any pending property settlements or joint accounts. Things change after a Colorado divorce settlement, but that doesn't mean that you should face a penalty because of your ex-spouses mishaps. Whether you've learned about a potential bankruptcy from the court or through a mutual friend; don't bury your head in the sand, take the time to find out what's going on.

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colorado springs divorce lawyer.2As a Colorado Springs family lawyer, I am often asked how to make divorce less expensive, or if it's even possible to maintain the same standard of living after a divorce. A lot depends on how amicable you and your spouse can be, and how you go about the process. An over-reliance on litigation can make a divorce very expensive, and that's not only because of the legal costs. In many cases, mediation is a much safer and more affordable route for couples, especially those with minor children.

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colorado springs child support lawyer 3We all know how quickly a relationship can deteriorate when one person is being unfaithful, which explains why infidelity is the most direct cause of divorce. When one spouse discovers that the other has been unfaithful, it can be incredibly difficult for the marriage to survive. In many cases, the cheated-upon spouse will head directly to a divorce attorney and seek a legal separation or divorce. As tempting as it may be to seek revenge by asking the courts to punish the cheater in some way, does the court even care about infidelity?

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termination parental rightsWhen you first start considering divorce, it’s easy to think it’s all about support, custody and division of assets. Few people actually think about how they will handle the emotional fallout that comes from a changing family landscape, angry in-laws, and damaged relationships. Financial and legal issues may be somewhat predictable; and if not a Colorado family lawyer can help make sense of them. However, your feelings at the end of a relationship won’t be so clear cut. The overpowering emotions that come up in a divorce usually linger long after the final divorce decree arrives in your mailbox.

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best divorce lawyersAfter a couple is officially “divorced” a final divorce decree is issued by the state. This decree is actually made up of a set of legally binding “orders” that define the terms of the divorce, and failure to abide by them could result in one spouse taking enforcement actions against the other. In other words, as one soon learns, many of the terms of the final decree are indeed anything but “final.” It is actually quite common for one party or another to request a formal modification to the certain terms, such as spousal support, child custody, or visitation.

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grandparents-rights-divorce-coloradoThere’s no doubt that grandparents play an increasingly important role in the life of a child. In fact, one recent study from the University of Chicago and the National Institute on Aging says that some 60 percent of grandparents served as caregivers to grandchildren over a ten year period.

It’s no wonder that the number of involved grandparents would make them want to fight for visitation rights after their children get divorced.

As a grandparent, you should know your rights for visitation and custody.

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