12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: THE BASICS – Step 1 – File for Petition of 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

March – sworn financial statement, disclosures, and parenting classes

April – initial status conference

May – discovery and depositions

June – professionals:  CFI, PRE, vocational evaluator, appraisals

July – motions to compel and telephone conferences

August – temporary orders

September – mediation

October – parenting plans and separation agreements

November – witnesses, pretrial deadlines and permanent orders

December – QDROs and other post decree issues

 

JANUARY: How to File a Petition for Dissolution

If you decide to file for divorce in Colorado, follow these steps. The good news is that you can find the forms online yourself at the Colorado Judicial websiteContinue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: THE BASICS – Step 1 – File for Petition of Dissolution”

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

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. divorcing-couple

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.

Here are how we will cover the 12 steps of divorce:

January: serving and filing a petition for dissolution

February: responding to the petition

March: sworn financial statement, disclosures, and parenting classes

April: the initial status conference

May: discovery and depositions

June: hiring a CFI, PRE, vocational evaluator, real estate appraiser and other experts

July: motions to compel and telephone conferences

August: temporary orders

September – mediation

October – parenting plans and separation agreements

November – witnesses, pretrial deadlines and permanent orders

December – QDROs and other post decree issues

Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 12 – QDROs and Other Post-Decree Issues”

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 CANNOT give legal advice or tell you whether the agreement you are signing is fair to you.

That is where a family law attorney like myself comes in to the picture. At the very least, I can review the separation and parenting time agreements before you sign them to make sure they protect your interests. In addition, I can advise you as to negotiation strategies and even participate in the mediation session to ensure you are making the correct legal arguments to optimize your results.  I also am very specific about the excellent mediators I refer for each case and client. That choice can make a huge difference and I know the mediators who will work best for you.

Mediation and legal representation can work together like hand and glove. Do not neglect mediation, but do not forget to protect yourself with a lawyer’s critical advice. Usually you cannot afford NOT to know your rights.

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

family dinner andersen law pc beth andersenAs 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 when you think of the people you know best, you know that their lives and families aren’t actually “perfect.” Every couple and family has their own sets of issues and struggles unique to them, some more serious than others.

Maybe your family is fortunate to be close-knit, and you think you don’t know anyone with family law issues. However, the facts are that family law issues affect more than one in two families. So even if you don’t have those issues, you definitely do know someone else dealing with them.

If there is a family member or friend who comes to mind, because they’re going through a tough time with family law issues such as new divorce, separation, or won’t get to be with their children for Thanksgiving or other upcoming holidays, reach out. Make an extra space at your holiday table for that loved on and let them know they aren’t alone.

When it comes down to it, we all need family and friends to reach out at one time or another. Emotions and stress can run high during the holiday season, so there can be no better time to help that person in need. You never know how appreciated it can be and long-lasting your impact will be for that person.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!