Family Law

“Gross Income”—Getting it Right on the Sworn Financial Statement – Part 1

Gross Income - Sworn Financial Statement Help

The Sworn Financial Statement is one of the most important documents you will need to complete if going through a divorce or custody case. Also called a “financial affidavit”, it requires each person in the case to use the form approved by the Court and list all income, assets and debts. The Court will use the Sworn Financial Statement to determine how to divide assets and, most importantly, to determine a Party’s need for spousal maintenance or a Party’s ability to pay spousal maintenance. The first page of the Sworn Financial Statement requires a listing of “gross income”—meaning all the money received each month before any taxes or other deductions are taken out. Gross income includes regular wages from employment…

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What is an Initial Status Conference?

Domestic Relations cases (divorces, custody, etc.) in Colorado all require an Initial Status Conference (“ISC”) be held shortly after the filing of the case. Each judicial district creates their own rules and procedures for the ISC. In the 4th Judicial District, which is El Paso County (Colorado Springs) and Teller County, the ISC must be held within 42 days of filing the Petition. Your attorney (or the opposing Party’s attorney if there is one) will obtain the date and time for the Initial Status Conference and communicate these to you.  It is mandatory that you attend the Initial Status Conference, so plan accordingly. Something rather surprising to discover about the Initial Status Conference is that other than having to be…

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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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LITIGATION DECISIONS-when the attorney makes the decision

Ligation Decisions

Family Law attorneys should not be making decisions for their Clients.  The Client should be making the decisions. It is the job of the attorney to provide enough information, expertise and guidance to the Client, so that the Client understands the options available, the risks or consequences of those options and the Client can then make a decision that is right for them and for their family.  However, when the case lands in the courtroom, there are times the attorney must make the decision(s) without the Client’s input or control. Litigation in a courtroom is different than what occurs in the attorney’s office or during negotiations with the opposing party. Litigation is directed by the Judge.  It is the Judge’s…

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THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Litigation in a courtroom can be tricky.  Attorneys study and practice for many years before they have a good grasp of how litigation REALLY works. This is real life—not TV—and the reality of courtroom litigation is that it is difficult, extremely demanding and easy to make a mistake. The attorney should have a detailed plan of what will be presented and know why and under what circumstances it will be presented.  The attorney should also have an understanding of what the opposing party plans to present. The attorney’s plan, however, is subject to the court’s rules of procedure and evidence—as well as the personal thoughts and legal rulings of the judge. A mis-step by the attorney can allow evidence to…

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