November is Veterans Day Month: 10 Tips for the Military Divorce

By Beth Andersen

There are various aspects of military divorces, such as specialized benefits and overseas deployments, that can make them more complicated than many civilian divorces. Oftentimes, it’s most beneficial to veterans and their spouses to seek legal advice from divorce attorneys who are knowledgable and skilled in the area of military divorce.

If you are a veteran, active duty military or a military spouse considering divorce, here are 10 things you should know about the divorce process.

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October 2020 Domestic Court Update: 9 New Pointers for Parents

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”

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.

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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”

3 Ways a Private Investigator Can Help Your Divorce Case

Guest post by Elizabeth Daerr, founder of Red Rocks Private Investigations

When you go through a divorce, you want the best lawyer, with a team of professionals behind her working to protect your interests. A private investigator can be a critical member of that team in advocating for your case. From surveilling your soon-to-be ex for bad behavior to locating hidden assets after a settlement, investigators provide a variety of services that aid your attorney in building a stronger case. Continue reading “3 Ways a Private Investigator Can Help Your Divorce Case”

A Divorce Attorney’s Perspective On Depression In Children During Divorce

It is a mistake not to recognize the impact divorce can have on children. But it is also a reality that ALL parents need to monitor their children for signs of depression whether or not a divorce is involved.

Depression among teens and children is on the rise. According to a recent study, major depressive episodes in teens have risen from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014.[1] Suicide is now the third most common cause of death among teens in this country.[2] Colorado’s teen suicide rate increased 58 percent from 2016 to 2019, with suicide now the cause of one in five adolescent deaths in Colorado.[3]

Depression rates are rising among preteens as well.[4] I have had several cases, some involving children as young as 12, who have been hospitalized for attempting suicide or suffering suicidal ideations during the course of the divorce process.

While experts have various opinions on whether depression increases among children in divorce, EVERYONE (including judges!) agrees that putting children and teens in the middle of the divorce controversy is harmful to them. Continue reading “A Divorce Attorney’s Perspective On Depression In Children During Divorce”

What You Should Know About Divorce and Dating With Children

Guest Post by Shannon Rios Paulsen, LMFT

The issue of dating arises in every session of “Co-Parenting After Divorce” I facilitate. After working with thousands of families, I have come to believe that dating and remarrying are among the biggest risk factors for children of divorce. Statistically, children of divorce are two-and-a-half times more likely to have adjustment and achievement issues than children from intact families. Dating and stepfamilies DO impact children. It is true that a new partner can sometimes impact children positively, but it is also true that this aspect of their parents’ divorce can cause stress and challenges for children. Continue reading “What You Should Know About Divorce and Dating With Children”