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Stay-At-Home Orders Increase Risk for Domestic Violence Survivors

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”

Colorado Courts Reopen in May 2020

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”

Attitude is Everything: How to Stay Positive During COVID-19

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”

Co-Parenting During COVID-19 Quarantine

By Beth Andersen

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that affects everyone. Courts are addressing urgencies, often from home and with skeleton staff. Absent an actual emergency or endangerment, both parents must co-parent cooperatively without court help, because the court may not be available.

I understand this is not so easy. If you need immediate help or advice on any legal issue related to co-parenting (during COVID-19 quarantine or otherwise), call or text my cell phone at  303-808-4794 and I will call you back as soon as I can for a free consult and get you in the right direction.

Meanwhile, here is guidance for several common issues related to co-parenting during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Continue reading “Co-Parenting During COVID-19 Quarantine”

15 Helpful Resources for Seniors Looking to Downsize

Guest post compiled by Andrea Needham, EldersDay.org

Getting ready to downsize your home — and your life overall — in retirement is a tall order. There’s so much to do and think about when you decide to move, get rid of belongings and scale down your retirement budget. Whatever the motivation behind your impending move, here are the most helpful tips for navigating the journey. Continue reading “15 Helpful Resources for Seniors Looking to Downsize”

Credit Scores Demystified

Guest post by Dan Lucchesi, owner and founder, The Lucchesi Property Group

If you’ve decided to get your credit on track, getting started can feel a bit daunting. After all, it can sometimes seem as if credit agencies want to keep you in the dark about how scores are calculated. Not to worry — with some diligence on your part and a little insight into the world of credit score-keeping, you can get back on track in 2020.

Credit scores follow an algorithm first developed by the data analytics company FICO years ago. For a while, credit scores weren’t the primary force behind a credit decision, but over time, the impact of a credit score became more and more important. Most every loan program available today has a minimum credit score.

There are five characteristics of your credit history that make up your three-digit score: your payment history, account balances, the length of your credit history, the types of credit used and how often you’ve applied for new credit. Continue reading “Credit Scores Demystified”

Bankruptcy and Divorce Proceedings: What Debts Can Be Discharged?

Guest post by Nathaniel J. Thompson, bankruptcy attorney at the Law Office of Nathaniel J. Thompson

It is not uncommon for bankruptcy law to interact with family law. In fact, one of the four most common causes for the filing of a bankruptcy is a recent divorce. Common questions that arise in family law when a bankruptcy is filed include whether any debts incurred through the divorce and related proceedings may be included in the discharge.

Before answering the above question, it should be noted that a married couple may file a joint bankruptcy case at any time before a court enters the divorce decree. If the parties may cooperate with doing a joint bankruptcy, in a lot of cases it is beneficial to do so, to simplify the debt division in the divorce. It also reduces the total cost for bankruptcy, as typically, a joint case is cheaper than two individual cases. Continue reading “Bankruptcy and Divorce Proceedings: What Debts Can Be Discharged?”

How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day as a Newly Single or Divorced Person

I have done divorce hearings on the day that should be its opposite: Feb. 14, St. Valentine’s Day.  The irony does not escape my clients.  I am sure they will always recall the DATE of their divorce and find the holiday bittersweet as a result.  The truth is that this holiday can be trying for people who are divorcing, breaking up or newly divorced.  The following are tips to make the most of the day despite this challenge.  Continue reading “How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day as a Newly Single or Divorced Person”

Helping Your Senior Loved One With Finances After the Loss of a Spouse

Guest post by Marie Villeza of ElderImpact.org

The loss of a spouse is full of grief and sadness, and for your senior loved one, this process can feel like a blur. The funeral and days after are filled with kind faces, flowers and food, but once the steady traffic subsides, your loved one is left to pick up the pieces and carry on with life. An area of their life that you should pay attention to and may need to help them with is their finances. There are several financial considerations and actions that must be made following the death of a spouse, and you can help your loved one make sure they get done. Continue reading “Helping Your Senior Loved One With Finances After the Loss of a Spouse”