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Contempt: 3 Typical Scenarios

Contempt

Throughout your domestic relations case you will receive various different Court Orders.  Most parties abide by these Orders, and follow the law.  But, sometimes, a party decides not to follow an Order, requiring the innocent party to initiate a contempt action.  A contempt action is designed to get a party to comply with the Order, and punish the non-complying party if necessary.  Here are three typical scenarios where contempt can arise: Refinance – as part of your divorce settlement, or permanent orders, your spouse may have stayed in the home and agreed to refinance the house to remove your name...

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Child Support: 3 Main Factors

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The wrong amount of child support can leave you without enough money to support yourself or your family.  So, it’s best to understand at least the basics of a child support calculation.  Child support is calculated from three main factors: Income, overnights, and expenses.  Calculating each of these factors can be extremely simple, or overwhelmingly complicated, depending on your situation.  Here are some fundamentals to remember for the three main factors that go into a child support calculation: Income – child support in Colorado is based on an “income shares model,” which means that the Court calculates child support based...

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Calculating Your Income: Three Reasons Why it Matters

Income

If you’re dealing with a domestic relations case in Colorado, be it parenting time, child support, divorce, or otherwise, chances are you’ve had to disclose your current monthly income, as well as other relevant financial information.  The disclosure of financial information in a domestic relations case can be tedious, and painful.  As a result, the tendency is to gloss over the details when it matters most.  But that can lead to dire consequences down the line.  Here are three reasons that you’ll want to ensure your income is calculated accurately, the first time around: You Can Never Take it Back...

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Mediation: Five Things to Know Before You Negotiate

Mediation

If you’re dealing with a domestic relations or family law issue in Colorado, there is a high likelihood that you are required to participate in mediation.  Mediation is a confidential process where you enter into settlement negotiations with the other side, in an attempt to resolve your case.  Here are five things to know before you enter into mediation: The Format – chances are you will participate in “shuttle mediation.” This is where a mediator puts you and the opposing party in different rooms, and shuttles offers back and forth.  This is the most common format, and works well for...

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Day Care Expenses: Three Things to Know

Day Care Expenses

Day care can be a huge monthly expense, and can be one of many reasons to modify child support.  Chances are, if your child or children are in day care, this monthly expense likely doubles or triples what you pay for your car, and can even be close to what you pay in rent or a mortgage.  Luckily, Colorado Revised Statute 14-10-115 allows for an adjustment in child support for day care expenses.  As a result, it is imperative that these expenses are accurately calculated and included on a child support worksheet.  Here are three things to know about day care...

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Child Support Modifications – Five Reasons to Modify

Child Support

Throughout your children’s lives, various changes will occur that can give rise to a child support modification. Colorado Revised Statute 14-10-122 states that child support can be modified based on a continuing and substantial change in circumstances.  Here are five typical situations that may qualify as a continuing and substantial change in circumstances: Change in Income – this is probably the most typical reason parties modify child support, as fluctuations in income occur frequently. If you are the party paying support, a decrease in your income can result in panic over whether or not you can meet your obligation.  If...

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