In 2017, a number of states either passed new laws or considered new laws which would put shared parenting into focus. The trend toward co-parenting is not a new one. The laws demonstrate an effort to correct bias and misconceptions about parenting and in response to cultural shifts.
If you’re one of those go-getters who is always on top of things, you may have already completed your taxes. But, if you’re like most people, you may not have yet realized how quickly April 15th is approaching and it may be time to start working on your taxes.
After the hustle of the holiday season and the craziness of multiple family and social events, some couples realize that the time has come to end their relationship. January is a common time for couples to file for divorce as the holidays come to an end and reality sets in. It is so common that in the UK, they refer to January 8 as "Divorce Day."
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.
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.
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.
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.
As far as holidays go, Halloween isn't usually considered a major one. In parenting plans or parenting schedules, Halloween may not get much attention. However, when you have young children, the issue of Halloween may be worth thinking about in your parenting plan.
When you file for divorce or a determination of parental responsibilities in Colorado, virtually every court will require you to attend a co-parenting course offered in your area. Even if you are not required to attend a co-parenting course, we always recommend this type of course to help prepare you for life as a separated family. The courses do not necessarily need to be attended with the other parent.
What is a QDRO? A QDRO, or a qualified domestic relations order, is a judgment, decree or order which divides retirement accounts. It may order the retirement plan to pay child support, alimony/spousal support or marital property to a spouse or former spouse.