Divorce is never easy. But once you have decided it is for the best, there are steps you can take as you prepare to ask your spouse for a divorce that can make the transition into this next phase of life less difficult for you both.
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.
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”
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”
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?”
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”
Each year, there are top issues that appear again and again for our clients at Andersen Law PC. Here are the most common ones last year. Continue reading “Top 5 Most Common Legal Issues ALPC Resolved in 2019”
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”
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. Suicide is now the third most common cause of death among teens in this country. 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.
Depression rates are rising among preteens as well. 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”
Beth Andersen and contract attorney Julie Nichols attended the Colorado Bar Association Fall Update on Oct. 25. Beth also attended the Child Out of Court Statements presentation on Oct. 18.