It’s hard to believe only six years ago Andersen Law PC was one attorney and an idea to reshape her practice to a new form of family law—one focused on honesty and the highest of ethical standards. Attorney Beth Andersen pursued her dream by renting a single office in the back of a small firm to open Andersen Law PC on Oct. 1, 2014. In a renovated room that once served as the kitchen to an Applebee’s, Beth worked tirelessly for her clients; clients she cared about; clients that might not have any options left without her. Continue reading “Andersen Law Celebrates 6 Years”
Everything is a moving target with COVID-19, quarantine and overworked courts changing the way family law is practiced in our courts. Unfortunately, many staffers in our courts were furloughed when the courts already had more than they could do.
In my opinion, sometimes judges are a bit hard on parents who would have stayed married if “getting along” were an option. But even so, the reality is that you must co-parent or parallel parent if you possibly can. Courts will assume both parents can confer and reach agreements. Courts will assume meaningful, unsupervised time with both parents is going to happen absent “endangerment” such as child abuse or neglect or “significant emotional impairment” harming the child’s mental health long term. We already published a blog about video hearings and those rules still apply. But there are new updates parents MUST know before proceeding to family law court. Continue reading “October 2020 Domestic Court Update: 9 New Pointers for Parents”
The COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing practices have shifted various aspects of life from in-person to digital with everything from weddings to court hearings moving online. The option to sign your will virtually may be headed that way in Colorado too. Continue reading “Electronic Will Signing Proposed for Colorado”
Guest post by Crisis Center
Domestic violence continues to be a commonly misunderstood topic that is rarely discussed. Many believe abuse only looks like a black eye or a broken arm; while this is commonly the case, abuse also shows up in more covert ways that are just as difficult to battle.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors and tactics a perpetrator uses to give them power and control over their partner. These behaviors can manifest in the relationship as emotional, psychological, verbal, spiritual, sexual and many other types of abuse. Victims of domestic violence are exposed to a wide range of control and abuse, and no two stories are the same. Continue reading “Domestic Violence Survivor Tips”
Ahora que las comunidades de Colorado se han movido de la orden de “Quedarse en Casa” a “Mas Seguros en Casa”, las cortes de Colorado actualmente están implementando aumentos en servicios en persona, empezando este mes. Anderson Law PC esta observando con suma atención y siguiendo los nuevos protocolos y formas de procedimiento de las Cortes y actualizando nuestros procesos según los cambios de seguridad anunciados por el gobierno. Nuestros empleados mantienen la oficina limpia y desinfectada “practicando estrictas normas de distanciamiento social e higiene,” usando mascara y guantes, abriendo la oficina a mitad de capacidad todo el tiempo, e limpiando y desinfectando todas las superficies.
Guest post by Mike Olson, GO Colorado Homes
When you go through a divorce, one of the hardest and oftentimes most important decisions is what will happen with the family home. Sometimes this is an easy decision and sometimes a hotly contested, emotional one, but before you decide which route to take, it is important to understand the benefits and potential downsides to each spouse taking ownership and what to expect if you decide to sell. Continue reading “What to Expect When You Sell Your Home in a Divorce”
By Beth Andersen
With COVID-19 restrictions, many courts are holding hearings by video. As if the prospect of a court hearing is not daunting enough, now you have to make sure you have good Wi-Fi, a decent laptop or phone with camera, and skill with the video software.
Rest assured, once you are in “game mode,” your jitters will fade and you will be ready for action. As many are learning, a video connection can be almost as good as real life. You can discern facial expressions and make an up close and personal connection with the judge when you speak. Phone simply does not offer these advantages.
As with other videoconferencing, the judge will be on camera as will the other party and witnesses. You will present your case in the same order as if it were live. Watch our video and read the post on how to do your own hearing to help prepare. All the same rules apply, including rules of evidence.
Here are our tips for excelling in this new court venue. We are only sharing pointers UNIQUE TO VIDEO here, so look at our HOW TO DO YOUR OWN HEARING blog and video for general court information: Continue reading “14 Tips for Your Video Court Hearing”
Guest post by Monica Sutherland, Family Tree
For some of us, being outside is the most dangerous place to be; but for thousands of people worldwide, the most dangerous place to be is in their very own home. While governments are managing stay-at-home orders, many people who have been experiencing domestic violence have been unable to leave their abusers. Continue reading “Stay-At-Home Orders Increase Risk for Domestic Violence Survivors”
By Beth Andersen
Now that Coloradans have moved from Shelter-at-Home order to Safer-at-Home, Colorado courts are rolling out increased in-person operations, beginning this month. Andersen Law PC is closely following the court’s protocols and updating our own as new government safety guidelines are issued. Our staff is keeping everything sanitary and safe by practicing safe distancing, using masks and gloves, operating the office at half-staff levels at all times, and wiping down and sanitizing all surfaces. Continue reading “Colorado Courts Reopen in May 2020”
Guest post by Brian Buffini, shared by Myra Purkey
Your attitude is your key to success. Maintaining a positive attitude while you and millions of people across the world are in voluntary or enforced isolation is not easy! The potential for stress, loneliness and fear is high while the motivation to challenge those feelings is low.
Since we don’t know what will happen, it’s imperative that we fight to stay present. Instead of zoning out on social media, TV or other vices, let’s tune in and watch our intake, our associations and our affirmations. Continue reading “Attitude is Everything: How to Stay Positive During COVID-19”