Category Archives: Divorce

12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 10 – Parenting Plans & Separation Agreements

Each month for one year, the Andersen Law PC blog is spelling out the 12 steps of divorce. In doing so, we are also tracking two divorcing couples making their way through the process. Spoiler alert: Art and Angela Aingel take the high road. While divorce is not usually a fun process (I have yet to hear someone […]

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What to Consider About Filing for Divorce at the End of the Year

If a person is considering filing for divorce at the end of the year, there are a lot of things at stake, and sometimes a person can end up spinning in circles deciding whether to file this year or next. I always tell my clients that they should live their life first and consider the […]

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Shared Parenting: 10 Tips for Happy Holidays

Over the river and through the woods takes on a new meaning when a judge must decide whether to grandmother’s house you go. Judges may cringe as the holidays approach, knowing parents will be rushing into court with “emergencies” involving out of state travel, pre-purchased plane tickets and disagreements over the interpretation of parenting plans. […]

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A Parent’s Guide to Children and Divorce (Infographic)

As a family and divorce attorney in Littleton, Colorado, I see a wide variety of cases and a range of ways divorce is handled between not only the couple, but between parents and their kids. There is also a lot of confusion and misinformation out there about divorce stats, and parents don’t always understand how […]

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What are the first steps in filing for divorce?

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So you decided to file for divorce. What next? In Colorado, the first step is to serve the other parent with a petition, case information sheet and summons. These forms are available on the Colorado Judicial forms website. You cannot serve these forms yourself. You need to use a third party such as the sheriff’s department […]

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How and why to keep the kids out of your divorce

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I want to address the issue of putting the kids in the middle of a divorce tug of war. Don’t do it! It’s natural that when the other parent slings mud at you, puts you down to the children or tries to pull them over to their side, you want to defend yourself and “pull back.” But unfortunately, in […]

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Though Helpful, a Mediator Does Not Replace a Lawyer in Divorce Proceedings

Mediation can be an excellent way to make progress and, ideally, resolve your divorce proceeding. In an era when the courts are overrun with divorces and have little time to address critical issues about your family and finances, mediation gives you more control over results. However, a mediator does NOT replace an attorney.  A mediator […]

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Think You Don’t Know Anyone With Family Law Issues? Think Again.

As families come together for the holidays, there is the false reality of TV commercials where everyone is bathed in a glowing light toasting their good fortune. Even friends and relations seem to have it together as they boast about their perfect lives on Facebook. But then you really think about it and realize that […]

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Unbundled Legal Services Offer a Way for Many to Hire a Divorce Attorney

When you hear the term “divorce attorney,” what comes to mind? Do you think of celebrities in the tabloids with their high-profile multi-million dollar divorces, custody battles and “conscious uncoupling”? Maybe you don’t take it quite that far, but you do think divorce attorneys are only for the wealthy. Fortunately, that is just a myth. […]

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The Maintenance Myth

  With a new maintenance statute going into effect in January 2014, the topic has received attention in the Colorado press. Maintenance refers to a form of spousal support commonly known as alimony.  In a nutshell, it is paid by the higher breadwinner to the lower.   A common rule of thumb, roughly accurate based on […]

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