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Do you need a prenuptial agreement if you are not wealthy?

Protecting financial interests before marriage is not a luxury reserved only for the wealthy, but is a smart choice for all Colorado couples. If you are getting married, you would be wise to consider the benefits of a premarital agreement, also known as a prenuptial agreement. Taking this step is not planning for divorce in the future, but is an effort to provide peace of mind and protection in case of extenuating circumstances.

An appropriate division of complex marital estates

Divorce is a complex process, and it can be particularly difficult when it involves high-value assets and large amounts of money. High-asset divorces tend to be more contentious, and it is essential to have the assistance of a Colorado lawyer who can effectively navigate disputes that involve property division and spousal support.

Public and private adoption agencies

Deciding to adopt a child is one of the biggest decisions you may ever make. Adoption is a life-long commitment. If you have decided to adopt a child domestically, the next step is choosing which route to take. You can adopt a child either through an adoption agency or independently. No method is above the other, it all depends on what you personally prefer.

Relocation disputes in child custody cases

Custodial agreements are made with the expectation that the custodial parent will stay in the same city or state. Relocation affects the non-custodial parents and their visitation rights. It might also influence their relationship with the child. Custodial cases always depend on what is in the best interests of the child. The judge makes sure the child keeps receiving proper care and attention. The non-custodial parent has the right to file a complaint against the relocation.

How to adopt a child as a stepparent

Stepparent adoption applies when a new spouse of the birth parent wishes to adopt the child. It is one of the most common forms of adoption in the U.S. It is important to get the consent of both the parents, custodial and non-custodial, before moving on. Yet in some cases, consent may not be required if the parental rights of the birth parent are terminated. This may be achieved by proving that the parent has either abandoned the child, is unfit or is not the biological parent. Every step should be taken with the best interests of the child in mind.

Is a bad marriage worse for children than a "good" divorce?

Everyone who's in a troubled marriage has repeated the phrase like a mantra: "we've got to stay together for the children." The idea is that keeping the pieces of the marriage together will provide children with the level of stability they need to stay emotionally healthy. Unfortunately, this stance doesn't give children much credit. They are far more attuned to their parents' emotional states then we often realize. We tend to think we're fooling them, but they are picking up on the stress and animosity and absorbing it.

High stakes divorce for high-profile clients

When you are a celebrity, you may have a very hard time keeping much of your private life out of the public's eye. We have seen the fall out as it played out week after week for Johnny Depp and his celebrity wife, Amber Heard. Allegations of abuse were thrown out like punches, doing damage to the character of the beloved actor known by children and adults alike. Whether there was truth behind the allegations was never made clear. However, on the evening prior to the appointment to meet in court regarding the restraining order against Depp we were alerted that a settlement had been reached. The order was subsequently withdrawn by Heard.

How can mental health affect a divorce?

Nearly every situation that comes into family court can take a turn for the worse. Divorce is no different and occasionally results in the dirty laundry of both spouses being aired in the courtroom. While many complaints and allegations are of no consideration to the family court, the question of mental health can play a major role in divorce.

Understanding Colorado's complicated child support guidelines

There are few areas of family law that are easily understood and Colorado's child support guidelines are no different. While the basic foundation for child support remains relatively untouched from state to state, here in Colorado parents are allowed to modify this foundation slightly in order to agree on an adequate child support amount. However, it is important to work with a family law attorney when doing so. If parents try to impose too much change, the family court will be quick to reject their agreement.

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