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”

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”

4 Ways to Keep Living in Ken Caryl, Colorado, After a Divorce

Guest Post by Paige Michaelis, Realtor

Ken Caryl is an incredible neighborhood where I have been privileged to live for the past three years. I have always found it interesting the extent to which people go to stay in this neighborhood. Either making long commutes to keep their kids at Bradford K-8 or doing what is lovingly called the “Ken Caryl Shuffle” — where one moves “Up” to the North Ranch or the Valley or moves to an upgraded home in their same neighborhood. It is such a common thing, and believe me, I get it, Ken Caryl is in demand. But, it can be expensive, and during divorce, it can be difficult to hold onto one’s home.

If you are in the process of divorce or are considering, here are a few options that may be helpful in deciding how you can stay in Ken Caryl:

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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”

Don’t Be Duped by Divorce: What to Know Before You Decide to Sell or Keep Your House

Guest post by Mike Olson of GO Colorado Realty

Did you know that every 13 seconds, someone, somewhere files for a divorce?  When you look for a home with your spouse, you don’t think about the possibility of a divorce. You think about the fun things about owning a home like being able to decorate it with your favorite colors and style, making dinners together in the kitchen and the amazing closet to fit all your brand name shoes. The fact of the matter is that 41% of all first marriages end in divorce, and the rate is even higher for second and third marriages. There are several important things to consider when you file for divorce, and perhaps one of the most important is what will happen with your house. Continue reading “Don’t Be Duped by Divorce: What to Know Before You Decide to Sell or Keep Your House”