So You Want to Present Witnesses at Your Hearing…Part 2

Is there another way to present the evidence you want without a witness? Most times, (other than “expert” testimony) the answer is “yes”. Eliminating a witness saves a lot of uncertainty. More times than not, a neighbor or friend who says they will be a witness fails to show up on the day of the Hearing because they are concerned about retaliation from the other side or cannot miss work. Not having a witness means…

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So You Want to Present Witnesses at Your Hearing…Part 1

Presenting a Witness in Court

Witnesses at a divorce or custody Hearing may or may not be a good idea. There are a number of factors to consider with witnesses. What does the witness have to offer? Did they actually observe something to which they are going to testify? Was something said to them by the other party and the witness is going to testify to what was said to them? Did your child say something to the witness that…

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Representing Yourself in a Family Law Case

Tips for representing yourself in a family law case

For any person intending to represent themself in a family law case (you will be called a “pro se” litigant—Latin for “in one’s own behalf”), the tasks necessary to move your case through the process can seem overwhelming. Often, while working with pro se clinics or on attorney call-in lines,  I am asked to provide advice on how someone should proceed to represent themselves. What should I do first? Then what? After decades of observing…

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Military Divorce: How is it Different From a Civilian Divorce?

PART 1 A military divorce is essentially the same legal entity as a civilian divorce. The same Court, same general laws and same processes apply to both. However, for a military member there are special considerations—and even some special laws—that apply. Parenting Time Considerations regarding custody, parenting time, relocations and long absences from Children’s lives with deployments can enter into a military divorce. Service Members often fear they will be relegated to second class status…

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Spousal Maintenance: How The Court Determines to Award, or Not Award, Spousal Maintenance in Colorado

“Spousal support”, also called “spousal maintenance” is the same thing as alimony. There is no difference – other than different words. Spousal maintenance is always a consideration in every divorce, but it is also optional and up to the Judge as to whether it is granted or not. The amount of spousal maintenance in Colorado and the duration of spousal maintenance must be determined by the Court. There are guidelines and calculations that the Court will use…

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