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blog-logoModifying a child custody order is not something most people expect to do, but a lot can happen after a couple gets divorced.  One parent could be transferred to a different office and thereby forced to move to another part of the country.  Visitation schedules may become frustrating to children or there could be acts of domestic violence in either household.  When parents remarry, there are often other children from their new spouse’s former marriage, which can result in disputes between children and stepchildren.  All of these things may cause changes in custody. Thankfully, there is a Colorado Springs law firm that can help.

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blog-logoOnce a couple is divorced and all the court orders are in place, it’s tempting to believe that they will never need to take legal action in family court again, but unfortunately this is not the case.  In Colorado, as in other states, there are several different post-decree divorce issues that may arise.  As a Pueblo CO divorce lawyer, I advise my clients to make every effort to enforce the terms of their agreements and modify them as needed.

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blog-logoCollecting child support in Colorado can be tricky enough when both parents live in the same state, but when one moves away it can get downright confusing.  Worse yet, just trying to get the facts about interstate child support hearings can make anyone frustrated.  Each state has its own way of collecting child support; some are run by the state and others by municipalities.  If you want to be assured that you’re case is going through the right channels, it is almost imperative to work with a Colorado child support lawyer.

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blog-logoUntil they enter a Colorado courtroom for a custody hearing, most parents don’t realize how much control the court has over matters of the heart. There is no such thing as a “cookie-cutter” family, and not every divorce can be handled in a mechanical fashion, but family courts are not set up to deal with all the vagaries of each case, nor can they fashion the law to meet the needs of each unique situation.  This is why; when it comes to custody, divorce lawyers in Colorado Springs strongly recommend mediation.

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blog-logoNot long ago, people just assumed that the mother would prevail in a custody battle when a couple got divorced, and the father would be limited to alternating weekends for visitation, but there is a new way to look at parenting time in your Colorado Springs divorce

Instead of using the same outdated assumption in determining a custody ruling, Colorado family court judges have begun to reevaluate the way parenting time is allocated.  One reason for this is that the court’s original assumptions were based on familial roles that have changed considerably over the years. 

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blog-logoBeing falsely accused of child abuse may be one of the most traumatic events in a parent’s life, and one that would create an immediate defensive reaction in anyone, but be careful not to overreact.  According to one Colorado Springs child abuse lawyer, there are some very specific ways to handle this and other types of violence accusations, and whether you follow them can make or break your defense.

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blog-logoHave you been falsely accused of child abuse in the state of Colorado?  If so, then there are many important steps that you must take immediately, and finding an experienced Colorado child abuse lawyer is one of them. 

Disproving false allegations of any kind can be very complicated, but whenever one is falsely accused of abusing their own child, things can get ugly very fast.  When this happens in a divorce case, it is not uncommon for the accused parent to seek revenge against the other parent.  Before long, a nasty custody battle has erupted and the children are caught in the middle.  An experienced child abuse lawyer will know how to defuse the situation with as little damage as possible.

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blog-logoJust like every other state, Colorado has many lawyers who consider themselves one of the “top divorce attorneys”, but not every family lawyer can rightfully claim this title.  That’s why it’s so important to look at an attorney’s track record and ask for references before deciding on who you will hire. 

When it comes to fighting for custody, the top divorce lawyers will be able to give you case studies of major custody battles they’ve won.  If you choose to hire one of Colorado’s finest custody lawyers, they will provide you with valuable advice and practical steps you can take to improve your chances of winning. 

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blog-logoFor parents who are dealing with a non-custodial parent who is not paying child support, it is important to know what resources you have at your disposal, and how to use them.  Single parents have enough to worry about with the challenges of daily living, and the whole child support system in Colorado can seem complicated and challenging. 

Working with a Colorado Springs family law attorney is the best way to ensure that your child support order is up to date and enforced.   By law, you are entitled to a review of your current circumstances every three years. This may or may not involve a personal meeting with a Child Support Master, where both parents disclose their current income and expenses.  At this hearing, you can request more support to cover medical expenses, child care, insurance and some extracurricular activities.  Even if your income and expenses have not changed, chances are the amount of support will be adjusted for the cost of living.

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MPatMarrisonFor over a quarter century, we have helped people during what is often the darkest time in their lives. Divorce is not easy even under the best of circumstances. For most people, family is central. Having something go wrong in the family can have a ripple effect that extends beyond the home and into other areas.

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