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Do I Really Have To Disclose All This Information?

We often get questions from family law clients about whether you actually have to disclose everything in a proceeding - whether a divorce or a parenting time matter. The answer is that yes, you do have to disclose a significant amount of information and you have to do it without the other party even asking for that information. 

In Colorado, the rules of procedure require that parties exchange certain information about their financial accounts and obligations, their child-related expenses and other relevant material through a process of Mandatory Disclosures, a Sworn Financial Statement and Supporting Schedules after service of a petition or post-decree motion involving financial issues. 

TSPs: Measuring some ingredients in military divorce

Mary Poppins said a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. But where divorce is concerned, things aren't quite so simple. Divorce can be upsetting and frustratingly complicated. If you happen to be a spouse married to someone in the military, the process of dissolving the marriage can become even more complex.

One of the most challenging facets in every case is dividing retirement benefits, and with the start of 2018, it is possible that things may become a frequent matter of dispute for those in the military. The trigger for this will be the new Blended Retirement System and the role of the legacy Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) in that system.

How Does Debt Get Divided In A Divorce?

As part of the divorce process, one of the main issues will be how to divide your assets. Dividing your property also includes dividing your liabilities and your debt. This may include credit card debt, a mortgage or equity line of credit, medical expenses and student loans. Sometimes the debt is in one spouse's name but not the other and often both names are on the account.

Property division, especially debt division, remains one of the more contentious issues in divorce. Spouses may accuse the other of racking up credit card debt for personal use. Others may have incurred marital credit card debt but the account is in their name only. Regardless of the issues, unwinding marital debt is as important as awarding marital assets.

Settling Up: The Mortgage After A Divorce

If you own a home and you are getting a divorce, the chances are that either you or your spouse will need to remove one person from the mortgage. This can present a challenge depending on your circumstances, but it is a very important step that many divorcing couples do not think about. 

Some people have a mortgage in one spouse's name and some have it in both spouses' names. If you are the spouse responsible for the mortgage note alone and you are awarded the house, then this may not be as applicable to you. Here are some issues to consider when awarding a home in a divorce:

Collaborative Professional: Preparing For Your First Meeting

At Littman Family Law, we are big advocates of using Collaborative Law for divorce in order to resolve differences and keep families moving forward. Collaborative Law is a process which involves an agreement to use Collaborative Law professionals - including attorneys, financial professionals and therapists - and keep the divorce out of court. 

The main difference between Collaborative Law and traditional family law divorce is that if one party decides to leave the process and bring a court motion, both parties have to get new attorneys. This deters people from leaving the process without first putting in some serious effort.

Proposed Tax Bill Would Have A Huge Impact On Divorces

With the current news cycle, there are a lot of competing stories to get our attention. From tragic shootings, to scandals in entertainment and politics, our news feeds are full of attention-grabbing headlines. 

One story that you may have missed involves the current proposed tax bill from the House Republicans. If this tax bill goes into effect, it will have a major impact on alimony (spousal maintenance) payments - the spousal support awarded as part of a divorce. Here is what you should know about the proposed legislation.

Relocation And Modification Of Parenting Time In Colorado

What happens when you have a parenting time order but you want or need to move or the other parent wants or needs to move out of state? Absent a court order or an agreement of the parents, a parent cannot move a child out of state. The parent themselves can move, but they cannot remove the child.

So what if the other parent won't agree to the move out of state? In Colorado, the governing principle is based on what is in the best interests of the child. In the context of relocation, that can mean a somewhat different evaluation than was made for the initial parenting time determination.

Depression And The Link To Divorce

It should come as no surprise that mental health issues play a large role in many divorces and relationship break-ups. One or both parties may experience mental health issues throughout the relationship and this experience may have a negative impact on the marriage.

Depression is a common mental health issue that arises in divorce. It can present as minor episode or something more prolonged and major. Not addressing the depression can lead to more problems and conflict with the result being the irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship.

Divorce And Personal Property: Perspective On What Really Matters

Family law attorneys usually have some unbelievable (and sad) stories about what people prioritize during their divorce. Many of these stories revolve around personal property and ridiculous fights over things with little monetary value. 

What is behind these fights is a tremendous about of hurt, anger and animosity which allows people to easily lose perspective on what is really important. We've outlined some of the more extreme examples submitted by Reddit users to a thread on the topic along with some advice on how to keep perspective.

The Latest Trends In International Adoptions

A recent study presented by the Pew Research Center sheds some light on the decline of international adoptions. International adoptions in 2016 were down 77% from the peak in 2004. In addition, boys outnumber girls in international adoptions for the first time. 

In the past decade, international adoptions to the U.S. have declined dramatically due to a number of factors. One of the most significant contributing factors has been the shift in policy of the five countries which make up the majority of U.S. international adoptions. We've highlighted some of the most significant data from the report.

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