Colorado & Florida Family Law Blog

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Signs a Marriage Won’t Last

Unfortunately, not all marriages are destined to last. In the beginning, no one imagines themselves getting a divorce, or having a short marriage; they think they will beat all the odds.  But sadly, some of the marriages come to an end for different reasons. Issues and disagreements are normal in any relationship, but there are […]

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Can A Divorce Affect Your Credit Score?

During the divorce process, a person has a lot on his or her mind. From the finances to the children, a divorce can affect many aspects of a person’s life; however, one aspect often doesn’t cross people’s minds: their credit score. Divorce does not directly affect a person’s credit score, but many people suffer from […]

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How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer

The divorce process is a stressful, emotional time in any couple’s life. This process settles a lot of important situations in a person’s life including finances, assets, and children; both couples are hoping for the best possible outcome. With all that said, you want the best lawyer working for who has your best interests in […]

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Reasons to Hire a Divorce Lawyer

The divorce process is notorious for being pricey. Because of this, many people may be tempted to opt for self-representation and to file for divorce on their own.  Although this may work to some people’s advantage, most people should consider hiring a divorce lawyer. If you think there may be a financial or custody battle […]

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What Can Happen Without a Prenup?

Talk of a prenuptial agreement, or “prenup”, can be a very touchy subject with a significant other. Often when one party has a substantial amount of money more than his or her partner, this topic is brought up. It is worth the conversation. Some people find prenups insulting and unromantic, while others think just think […]

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Streamlining the Divorce Process

So many things can be simplified – divorce included. With a streamlined divorce, your life can be less stressful and emotionally draining. If you want the divorce to go through smoothly and quickly, it is best to devote a lot of your time and energy to it, like having a second job. By streamlining the […]

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Is Limited Representation Right for You?

  Legal services and representation aren’t known to be cheap; unfortunately, many people cannot afford these services and are unable (or do not want to) pay large, upfront retainers. For this reason, I offer limited representation services, also known as “unbundled” legal services. Unlike some firms and service plans available out there, I do not […]

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Divorce Filings After the Holidays

Did you know divorce filings jump up by almost one-third after the holiday season? In the new year, the first Monday after the holidays is known as Divorce Day. On this day, many attorneys get bombarded with divorce emails. January, in general, has the most legal breakups than any other month. According to research done […]

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Is Mediation Right for Me?

Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party helps a couple sort out and resolve issues in regards to their divorce.  A mediator guides the couple through the list of decisions that are required for a divorce. This is a less stressful way of ending a marriage, especially if children are involved. In […]

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What is a Facebook Divorce?

A Facebook divorce is a term that refers to the role that social media plays in separations, divorces, and even child custody cases. Facebook divorce is how it is referenced, but all other social media sites are included in the term. If you participate in social media, your whereabouts, history, and actions are all publicized […]

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ALIMONY BILL SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS SQUARE OFF IN FLORIDA CAPITOL

As more than 100 of them crammed the waiting room and hallway of Gov. Rick Scott‘s office on Tuesday, advocates and opponents of this year’s alimony overhaul bill had a hollering battle over the contentious legislation. The opponents, led by Florida National Organization for Women lobbyist Barbara DeVane, scheduled a meeting with Scott’s staff at 11 a.m. to […]

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Prenuptial Agreements Done Right

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many are thinking of marriages and, for those marrying later in life or not for the first time, prenuptial agreements as well. Although not romantic, prenuptial agreements, or “prenups” make sense for those who are coming into a marriage with property or money and also children whom they would like to […]

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Changes in divorce law coming?

SB 250 filed to change the way divorce law and divorces are handled in Florida courts State Senator Tom Lee has filed a bill (SB 250) to amend Florida divorce law which rules on alimony and child custody. To be considered in the 2016 regular session, the bill – 41 pages in length – would change the […]

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Co-parenting Tips for Halloween!

The month of October starts a string of end of year family holidays including: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve, amongst many other special days and celebrations. Due to divorce, all of the days you miss with your children, regardless of age or occasion, test the relationship and communication you […]

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What Ashley Madison hackers can teach us about adultery and divorce

Last week Ashley Madison, the website that is marketed as an online dating service for “discreet encounters” and “extramarital affairs,” was hacked. Those responsible threatened to release information about millions of the website’s customers who have engaged in such casual encounters. This led to widespread speculation (albeit highly unlikely) that there would be a run […]

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Blending families takes work, planning

Carol and Mike Brady made the whole concept of blended families look so easy. Even their trials and tribulations were resolved with smiles and handshakes among rivaling siblings. But life isn’t a television sitcom and there are countless challenges when it comes to such mergers. Your new life as a stepparent might mean having to […]

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Domestic violence often plays role in divorce

One-in-four women and one-in-seven men will become victims of severe violence during their lifetimes. Every minute 20 people become victims of intimate partner violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The statistics are staggering and all too familiar, particularly in cases involving divorce where emotions run high. Such was the case in […]

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Same-sex marriage opens adoption option

For same-sex couples who have children, either through birth or adoption, often only one of the two is the legal parent. However, as the tide has changed, and same-sex marriage is becoming legal in more states, couples that have children are finding a secondary benefit to marriage – being able to legally adopt their partner’s […]

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Second alimony reform bill filed

Florida Senator Kelli Stargel has joined her legislative colleague Representative Colleen Burton in filing a bill designed to change the state’s alimony reform laws. As I wrote on Tuesday, Burton’s bill ( HB 943 ) goes a long way toward changing the current system, while at the same time appeasing those who have been against […]

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Preparing for life after divorce

Before you got married, you may have had a good handle on all of your finances. You knew what your car payment was, how much you paid for rent, utilities, what you spent on food and all of your other living expenses. But after you were married, perhaps you let your family’s financials fall under […]

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Debunking Divorce Myths

There are numerous misconceptions when it comes to divorce. Often, situations that could be resolved fairly amicably become highly contested because one of the parties is operating under the mistaken belief that the myth is actually the reality. Below are three of the most common misconceptions. UNLESS I HAVE CUSTODY, I WILL ONLY SEE MY […]

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Permanent alimony can break the bank

Those who favor alimony reform have long suggested that no one should be forced to pay alimony for the rest of their lives, regardless of how long they were married or their financial situation. It’s not unusual for those who must pay permanent alimony to one-day find themselves in dire financial straits when circumstances in […]

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