VIDEO: What to Do When Your Spouse Files for Divorce in Colorado

When you got married, you probably never imagined a sheriff’s deputy showing up at your door to serve you with divorce papers. Unfortunately, that’s often what happens. And now that it’s happened to you, you probably want to know what to do next.

We can help.

If you need to know what to do when your spouse files for divorce in Colorado, here’s how to get started.

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12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: THE BASICS – Step 2 – Response to Petition for Dissolution

Each month for one year, the Andersen Law PC blog will spell out the 12 steps of divorce.

The following is a roadmap with the basics for 12 steps of a divorce proceeding. The intent is to walk you through the process a simple step at a time.

(To see the process in a more personalized, real world context, follow the blogs on the Aingel and DeVille families: the Aingels relatively soaring through the process while the DeVilles crash and burn.)

 And if you want to divorce in less than a year, feel free to call me at 720-922-3880 or email beth@andersenlawpc.com with questions specific to your situation. I am happy to walk you through your own next steps and to answer questions in your complimentary initial phone or videoconference consult.

Here is where the year will take us:

January – serving and filing a petition for dissolution

February – responding to the petition Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: THE BASICS – Step 2 – Response to Petition for Dissolution”

12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 1 – Serving and Filing a Petition for Dissolution

Each month for one year, the Andersen Law PC blog will spell out the 12 steps of divorce.

In doing so, we will also track two divorcing couples making their way through the process.12 Steps of Divorce - Andersen Law - January

Spoiler alert: Art and Angela Aingel take the high road. While divorce is not usually a fun process (I have yet to hear someone tell the judge at final orders, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?”), the Aingels have a relatively straightforward experience before moving forward with their separate lives. Meanwhile, Draco and Desdemona DeVille make choices that, while initially tempting, detour them down a bad road laden with unnecessary drama, painful court appearances and skyrocketing costs.

The following is a roadmap of the 12 steps of a divorce proceeding. And if you want to divorce in less than a year, feel free to call me with questions specific to your situation. I am happy to walk you through your own next steps and to answer questions in your complimentary initial phone or videoconference consult. Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 1 – Serving and Filing a Petition for Dissolution”

12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 3 – Completing Your Sworn Financial Statement, Disclosures and Attending Parenting Class

Each month for one year, the Andersen Law PC blog will spell out the 12 steps of divorce.

In doing so, we will also track two divorcing couples making their way through the process.12 Steps of Divorce.Step3. - Andersen Law

Spoiler alert: Art and Angela Aingel take the high road. While divorce is not usually a fun process (I have yet to hear someone tell the judge at final orders, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?”), the Aingels have a relatively straightforward experience before moving forward with their separate lives. Meanwhile, Draco and Desdemona DeVille make choices that, while initially tempting, detour them down a bad road laden with unnecessary drama, painful court appearances and skyrocketing costs.

The following is a roadmap of the 12 steps of a divorce proceeding. And if you want to divorce in less than a year, feel free to call me with questions specific to your situation. I am happy to walk you through your own next steps and to answer questions in your complimentary initial phone or videoconference consult. Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 3 – Completing Your Sworn Financial Statement, Disclosures and Attending Parenting Class”

12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 8 – Temporary Orders Hearing

Andersen-Law-PC-12-Steps-Divorce-Temporary-Orders-HearingDesdemona DeVille and Angela Aingel sat on the bench by the country club where they had just finished a less-than-heated round of tennis.

The whole match, Desdemona had kept stopping play and motioning Angela to the net so she could either boast about the Motion to Compel she had served on her soon-to-be-ex-husband Draco, complain about the exact same motion, which Draco had served, on her or both.

“I cannot wait to drag that man into court again,” Desdemona announced angrily after the match. “Over my dead body will Draco get this country club membership!” Desdemona was shouting loud enough to echo across the nearby courts to hear. She saw a member of a nearby foursome rushing off to the clubhouse and hoped it was not to complain about Desdemona’s antics. Angela remembered that Desdemona had been politely removed from the summer league due to her frequent outbursts after putting lemon vodka in her water bottle.

As usual, Desdemona was a lot more worried about her own emotions than any effect the volume of her rant might have on those nearby. She waved her racquet over her head for emphasis, complaining, “Draco says he needs the club membership for his business developments. Hmmph! What about my business and my personal development? This is where I plan to meet my next husband!”

“What about Danny?” Angela asked, referring to the younger man Desdemona had been dating ever since she and Draco were on the outs.

“That boy toy? He’s just something to do,” Desdemona rolled her eyes. “I will never marry again without reviewing three months of his pay stubs and bonuses, taking a solo meeting with his financial advisor and at least three credit reports!” Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 8 – Temporary Orders Hearing”

12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 9 – Mediation

12-steps-of-divorce-andersen-law-3-mediationPart One: When your know-it-all ‘friend’ tells you about how mediation is a waste of time.

Art Aingel was surprised when his friend Draco DeVille invited him golfing at the country club. Art, of late, had been running around like a college kid, getting the letters “L-I-V-E” and “F-R-E-E” tattooed on his knuckles and spending most nights in his young girlfriend’s Highlands bungalow she shared with four roommates. With each week that passed after Draco’s wife filed for divorce, Draco seemed to be getting less mature, going backward in time like Benjamin Button. Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 9 – Mediation”

12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 11 – Witnesses, Pretrial Deadlines & Permanent Orders

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After years of marriage, Art Aingel received the call from his attorney that he was officially divorced. He had settled his case in mediation, avoiding a costly trial, and man was he relieved about that!

Art called his friend Draco DeVille, who was going through his own divorce, to share his good news.

By contrasting his divorce with Draco’s, Art grew to realize that his own divorce journey was relatively smooth. To say Draco’s divorce was a bumpy ride would be an understatement. More like it was going to hell in a hand basket. Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 11 – Witnesses, Pretrial Deadlines & Permanent Orders”

12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 12 – QDROs and Other Post-Decree Issues

divorcing-coupleAngela Aingel was on the way to meet with her FINANCIAL ADVISOR and her ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY. She thought that once she settled her divorce case in mediation, she was D-O-N-E done.

 

Not true. The attorneys and parties ended up negotiating details of the divorce SEPARATION AGREEMENT and PARENTING PLAN for days afterward. Then they had to file court papers like the DECREE, AFFIDAVIT FOR DECREE WITHOUT APPEARANCE OF THE PARTIES, CHILD SUPPORT WORKSHEET and SUPPORT ORDER. Even then, the divorce was not final until the judge signed the DECREE and made it official.

Once that all happened, Angela and her ex-husband were officially divorced.

D-O-N-E done, right?

Not so fast! Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 12 – QDROs and Other Post-Decree Issues”

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.Filing for divorce at the end of the year - Andersen Law PC

I always tell my clients that they should live their life first and consider the legal strategies second. This is because it is often difficult to predict how a strategic legal choice will play out in the long run. On the other hand, if you are making long-term choices authentically based on your own values and goals, then the legal decisions will automatically fall into place based on the things that are truly most important to you.

And if you’re living life the way you truly want to live it (rather than trying to manipulate everything you do just for a legal result), you will be able to handle the stress of the legal situation in a much calmer and more natural way. This helps the case more than you can imagine.

I have also observed the people are not as good at legal tricks and manipulations as they think they are. People who spend a lot of energy hiding money or trying to pull a fast one usually would’ve done better if they had just buckled down and did the fact-finding work and followed the rules. They waste energy trying to trick everyone, and it usually does not turn out the way they planned.

With that in mind, here are things that you can consider when deciding whether to file for divorce at the end of one year or at the beginning of the next. Continue reading “What to Consider About Filing for Divorce at the End of the Year”

New Family Law Practice Means More Options, Convenience for Clients

Beth Andersen

As you may know, I recently branched out into my own solo practice, Andersen Law PC. Although I am on my own now, with offices in Littleton, my clients are continuing to receive the strong support and guidance that I have always provided.

At my new practice, I’m continuing to practice law I am passionate about, helping clients navigate through family law and estate planning. I have a stellar back office  and network of advisers working as a team for you. Meanwhile, I am your single point of contact. If I take your case, you will be working directly with me; not with a paralegal or junior associate.

Launching Andersen Law PC means that I can offer clients even more benefits than ever before.  I can now be more creative with my billing, offering full service representation with affordable retainers, “unbundled” a la carte legal services — paying as you go — and anything in between.

In order to be available to my clients in ways that are convenient for them, I am always seeking new technology to use as well. For example, I offer video conferencing, online document sharing, e-billing and credit card payment, text updates and automated document organization — all at affordable price points.

My new offices are conveniently located at the intersection of C-470 and Ken Caryl and the building, which says “Pickard & Ross,” can clearly be seen from C-470. You can find me there eager to help with your family law issue or estate planning.