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Parent/Child Law

blog-logoAfter a divorce, most people look forward to beginning a new, positive relationship.  But if you are a parent of minor children, you should be aware of how that new relationship might affect your custody agreement, especially if you and your new partner choose to live together.  If you are concerned about how cohabitation may affect your children and your custodial rights, a Colorado Springs custody lawyer can help.

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blog-logoWhether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, traveling overseas with children after a divorce can be a real headache.  Even traveling to some Caribbean destinations requires a passport, but getting a passport isn’t always easy.  For children under 16, this means both parents must give their consent.  When divorced or separated parents get along well, this may not be much of a problem.  But it can be a legal nightmare for those who don’t. If you are battling with your ex for permission to travel internationally with your children, talking to a Colorado Springs family lawyer can help. 

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blog-logoHave you checked your Facebook status lately?

The growing popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace has already had an impact on divorce cases in Colorado and around the country.  And as any Colorado Springs divorce attorney will tell you; it is not uncommon for evidence found on these sites to be used in family court.  Social media evidence has been presented frequently in child support and child custody cases.  That’s because people share information about themselves on social media sites that may reveal their lifestyle, occupation and whereabouts. 

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blog-logoIn Colorado, like many other states, child support enforcement is limited to the number of caseworkers vs. the number of cases that need enforcement.  With most of these enforcement units considerably understaffed, it is no wonder that they do very little to find these parents.  If you are trying to locate a deadbeat parent to enforce an existing court order for child support.  Here is why you need a Colorado Springs child support attorney to help you. 

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blog-logoThe threat of losing a custody battle can bring out the worst in parents, causing them to act in ways that are inconsistent with their character.  But there are some occasions when a passionate custody battle is warranted.  In a Colorado Springs custody dispute where one parent is truly unfit, a Colorado Springs custody lawyer can help. 

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blog-logoIn nearly every Colorado Springs divorce or separation, Colorado courts make every effort to look out for the “best interests of the child” when deciding on a child custody solution.  Fortunately, many parents are able to agree on a custody arrangement and parenting plan without the court’s intervention.  However, when a couple cannot agree, a Colorado Springs custody lawyer can help. 

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blog-logoTypically, the custodial parent assumes that all expenses related to raising a child are included in child support.  Unfortunately, as they soon learn, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  As a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer, I am repeatedly asked to petition the court for an increase in child support on behalf of my clients.  Most of these requests revolve around unforeseen expenses, such as piano lessons, soccer camp and dance classes.  Oftentimes, the custodial parent wants their child to attend overnight camp, or take part in a school-sponsored excursion.  However, these expenses and many other entertainment related costs are not included in Colorado’s basic child support calculations.

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blog-logoAnyone who has ever tried to collect child support from a parent who is trying to avoid paying can tell you – child support enforcement can be challenging.  As a Colorado Springs child support lawyer, I have seen many clients take legal steps to enforce a support order, only to be faced with long delays and predictable tactics from the non-paying parent. 

If you are new to the child support enforcement process in Colorado, here are some key things to remember.

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blog-logoEmancipation laws differ from one state to another, so it is important to be aware of when child support will end and which special circumstances apply.  If you feel as if your case requires an extension of normal child support payments, then a Colorado Springs family lawyer may be able to help.

According to state law, Colorado child support will automatically end when the youngest child reaches the age of 19.  No formal notification will be provided to either parent, as this is the “age of emancipation” in Colorado.  That said, there are some conditions that may allow for continued child support beyond 19.

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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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