Court Appearances in the Age of COVID

HOW TO “APPEAR” IN COURT FOR YOUR HEARING IN THE AGE OF COVID How are you supposed to appear in Court for your family law case when the Court is partially closed? Since the COVID 19 virus has caused a partial shutdown of many courthouses in Colorado including the El Paso County Courthouse of the 4th Judicial District, appearing in person at a courthouse for most Family Law/Domestic Relations cases is not allowed. At most…

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Temporary Orders Hearing

Throughout the divorce process, there are a number of times that you might have to appear in Court. Regularly scheduled “hearings” and status conferences may require your appearance in Court. Whether you need the Court to hold these hearings or status conferences will depend on your facts and how your case proceeds—as uncontested or with disputed issues upon which you and your spouse don’t agree. If you reach a settlement at any stage of your…

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Divorce During COVID-19

Changes in Family Law cases from COVID-19 range from procedural differences in the courtroom to modified parenting plans that better protect parents and children. So much of what is happening is ad hoc, being made up as we go along.  Here are some thoughts about how your case and your attorney and your Judge have been impacted by all the changes. Although it was something that had to be developed during a state of emergency,…

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Dissolution of a Civil Union

Civil unions, a form of state recognition of a relationship between two people, were established by the Colorado Civil Union Act in March 2013, with the first civil unions created as of May 1, 2013.  They bestow upon the couple in the civil union, state of Colorado benefits that are available to spouses. They do not allow for any federal benefits like pensions, social security, etc. Civil unions are not common today. They were most…

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More About Dividing and Paying Marital Debts

(continued…..) Marital home debt is usually divided through the determination of what happens with the home. If the home is sold, the debt is paid off in the sale. As homes often have a value above the amount owed (“equity”), if the home is sold and the debt is paid, there are often additional funds left over for the Parties to divide. This is usually some nice tax free cash and can provide both Parties…

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