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Jeanne M. Wilson Wins Colorado Springs Style Magazine 2019 Top Attorney Award for Family Law

2019 CSprings Style Mag Award

“2019 Colorado Spring’s Style Magazine Top Attorneys, voted on by their peers, to help you find the right person for your legal work.” SOURCE: http://www.coloradospringsstyle.com/January-February-2019/Top-Attorneys-2019/ “Who was surveyed? – Approximately 900 licensed attorneys in El Paso County were invited via email to complete the survey, with electronic reminders sent, encouraging participation. In addition, attorneys were asked to forward the online voting information to their colleagues.” 2019 TOP ATTORNEY IN FAMILY LAW Wilson, Jeanne M. / Law Office of Jeanne M Wilson & Associates 1160 Lake Plaza Dr, Colorado Springs CO 80906 Jeanne M. Wilson was recognized with this year’s 2019 Colorado Springs Style Magazine Top Family Law Attorney award! Having received this distinction in prior years, Jeanne M. Wilson couldn’t be more grateful…

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Father’s Rights – Father’s Deserve Same Legal Protection as Mother’s

The Law Office of Jeanne M. Wilson & Associates, PC. and Father's Rights

“Father’s rights” is a popular phrase used by law firms and custody attorneys, but it is no more a “right” than “Mother’s rights”.  The term “Father’s rights” is, however, more of an idea that Fathers deserve the same legal protections for their custody rights as Mothers. It encompasses the idea that Fathers have the same importance in the lives of their Children as Mothers; and, that Courts should always recognize Fathers as equal to Mothers when deciding custody of Children. Colorado Courts and almost every Judge in Colorado recognizes this concept—and for that, Colorado is progressive and fortunate. Once Fathers and Mothers are seen as equally important, then the Court can start to decide the parenting time schedule. Just because…

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Creating a Parenting Plan: What the Court looks for…Part 2 of 9

The Law Office of Jeanne M. Wilson & Associates, PC. Blog

When a Colorado Court is confronted with Parents who disagree about what is the best child custody (now called a “parenting plan”) arrangement for their Children, the law requires the Judge to determine a parenting plan “in the best interest of the child”. The difficulty for the Judge, of course, is that both Parents believe they are better than the other; and, both Parents ostensibly want what is best for their Children. To choose between competing parenting plan proposals, the Judge must look to the statutes that provide the criteria to make such an assessment. Under Colorado law, the Colorado Revised Statute 14-10-124, provides the following factors as guidance when determining a parenting plan. (I) The wishes of the child’s…

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Creating a Parenting Plan: What the Court looks for… Part 1 of 9

Creating a Parenting Plan After Divorce

When a Colorado Court is confronted with Parents who disagree about what is the best custody (now called a “parenting plan”) arrangement for their Children, the law requires the Judge to determine a parenting plan “in the best interest of the child”. The difficulty for the Judge, of course, is that both Parents believe they are better than the other; and, both Parents ostensibly want what is best for their Children. To choose between competing parenting plan proposals, the Judge must look to the statutes that provide the criteria to make such an assessment. Under Colorado law, the Colorado Revised Statute 14-10-124, provides the following factors as guidance when determining a parenting plan.

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Holiday Parenting Time For Divorced Families: Some thoughts on How to Allow Your Child to Enjoy the Holidays!

For many children of divorced or split families, the holidays present challenges. Children are bombarded in the media by images of happy homes and families, especially at Christmas. A Child’s reality, though, may be quite different. Families that have experienced a divorce or where the parents do not live together, face a different set of norms when the holidays arrive. The normal course of a holiday for these Children often involves traveling mid-day from one parent to the other—leaving one parent just as the fun is starting and arriving at the other parent’s home just as the fun has concluded. Now, leaving the fun or arriving too late for the fun may not actually be what is happening at either…

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The Role of the “Expert Witness” in a Custody Case. (Part 3 of 3)

Creating a Strategy: Using a Child and Family Investigator (“CFI”) or a Parental Responsibility Evaluator (“PRE”) in your child custody case is a decision you should make with the guidance of your divorce attorney. The CFI/PRE, allows in depth recommendations to be made to the Court regarding the parenting plan. The most important decision you and your attorney make regarding use of a CFI or PRE, however, will be the “strategy” that you develop. Anyone can react to the tactics, behaviors, manipulations and actions of their opponent during litigation. What you want to do is to get control of yourself and the litigation by getting control of the issues. With a CFI or PRE, gaining control over the issues to…

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The Role of the “Expert Witness” in a Custody Case (Part 2 of 3)

Child Custody Evaluation By a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Using a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) or a Parental Responsibility Evaluator (PRE) in your custody case is a decision you should make with the guidance of your attorney. The CFI/PRE, allows in depth recommendations to be made to the Court regarding the parenting plan. The most positive aspect of having a CFI/PRE involved in your case is that if they are “on your side”—meaning they have made a recommendation favorable to your position–this can be persuasive evidence to the Court to rule in your favor. The CFI/PRE can also be of assistance as parenting disputes and other issues arise during the…

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The Role of the “Expert Witness” in a Custody Case (Part 1 of 3)

In Colorado, “custody” cases, also called “parental responsibility” or “parenting time” cases, sometimes require the use of an expert parenting evaluator. These “experts” are usually psychologists or therapists who have additional training and have been approved by the Colorado courts to provide recommendations regarding parenting plans and other “custody” matters. Parenting experts are most often used in higher conflict child child custody cases such as: when one parent is attempting to show that the other parent is unfit or less-fit than they or when one parent wishes to move away, taking the children away from the other parent. What to Expect From an “Expert Evaluator” During Your Child Custody Case The expert will evaluate you and the other parent through personal…

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