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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How to Fill Out a Sworn Financial Statement in Colorado

Filling out a sworn financial statement, advice from colorado springs divorce lawyer

Completing the required Sworn Financial Statement in any family law case is an unpleasant, yet necessary, task. It is time consuming and ponderous, anxiety-inducing and oddly illuminating. No matter how it is viewed, the hardest part of the Sworn Financial Statement is getting started. Don’t wait. Try to make some progress each day. What to do first: Gather documents. Whether you save them on a computer or print and label them, this is the first…

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FROM THE PARALEGAL’S DESK: Are you sending documents to your attorney?

If you are involved in a family law case, you know there could be hundreds of pages of documents that you will need to produce to your attorney such as monthly bank statements, pay statements and tax returns, credit card statements, leases, proof of car insurance, etc. Here is what you need to know about sending electronic documents and screen shots to your attorney. With our phones always at the ready, it is easy to…

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The Sworn Financial Statement: Calculating your “gross monthly income” – part 2

Calculating your “gross monthly income”

(continued) This is a long list, and it is obvious after reading it that in addition to your regular job, you may have other sources of “income”. You do not want the Court to find that you are hiding income, so it is best to disclose it all. If there is a chance that the funds can be excluded from income, your attorney can let you know this and can make the appropriate arguments when…

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The Sworn Financial Statement: Calculating your “gross monthly income” – part 1

Calculating your “gross monthly income”

The Sworn Financial Statement is an important tool for the Court and your attorney to understand your financial position in any family law case. Whether you are facing a divorce, a custody case or modification of custody or a child support matter, it is mandatory that you complete a Sworn Financial Statement and include proof (documents like bills, pay statements, bank accounts, and leases, etc.). The first page of the SFS includes the first challenge…

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