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What is parental responsibility defined as in Colorado?

When you hear the words, "parental responsibilities," you probably have your own take on what they mean. You could consider the responsibility to be a good parent, to teach your child or to take them to activities. You may consider it paying for medical fees or going to work to put food on the table. Your definition can vary, but the definition by law refers to the rights and responsibilities of parents to care for their children.

When you go to court over child custody in Colorado, a judge will allocate your parental responsibilities. That essentially means that the judge is going to determine how much time a child spends with each parent. On top of that, the judge will decide which parent will get to make the decisions about the child's welfare. Decision-making responsibilities include things like determining your child's education, deciding which religion your child should be exposed to and allocating the right medical care to your child.

Your divorce: Attorneys, financial aid and therapists

One of the most important things to remember during a divorce is that you have a right to fight for the money and assets that are yours. Seeking professional support during a divorce doesn't mean you want the situation to become volatile; it's simply a way to make sure you get what you deserve out of your marriage. Can it be tempting to want to take on the divorce alone to save money? Yes. That doesn't mean it's a good idea.

An article from Feb. 17 discusses why it's so important to seek the right kind of help during a divorce in Colorado. For instance, having an attorney can help you settle out of court instead of heading to court over your belongings. That saves you significant amounts of money on legal fees and prevents you from spending much time in court. Having an attorney also helps you understand the way your divorce is likely to play out; you should get a better idea about the way your assets and money will be split and discuss the ways to negotiate.

How can you shield your assets from divorce?

When you come into wealth, you need to protect it. It's true that when you have money, you're a greater target for those who would want to get some of that money from you. Substantial assets from a sudden inheritance or return on stock options could put you in a difficult position during a divorce, especially if you don't have a prenuptial agreement stating what happens if you gain sudden wealth during your marriage.

To protect your assets, there are a number of things you can do. To make sure you don't lose your assets during a divorce, consider keeping your assets separate. For instance, if you keep your inheritance in a separate account from that of your spouse, it may be easier for the court to see that it wasn't intended to be shared. Once that inheritance is in a joint account, it could mean that you've essentially granted your wife or husband 50 percent of what you have in that account.

Seek the child custody rights your deserve in Colorado

Your children mean everything to you. They bring you laughter, love and joy. Because of how much parents care for their children, trying to determine custody can become a vicious debate. Struggling to come to terms with seeing their children less often or even labeled as a bad parent can make this process tedious and infuriating for some.

Even though the difficulties of a complex child custody case can be trying, it's important to seek the best result for your children. When the demands of one parent begin to be overwhelming, it's important that you have someone on your side to defend your right to see and have custody of your children.

Claimed unfit to parent? Fight back for your children in Colorado

So, you're ready to seek a divorce. You've gotten out of a relationship that isn't working for you, and now you have questions about what to do. Your circumstances may be special if alcoholism or drug abuse were part of your reason for divorce.

Alcoholism, along with drug abuse, can be serious matters when it comes to divorce, especially if you have children with your partner. In the case that you have children, their needs will always come first in the eyes of the court, and that could mean restricting the time they see the drug user or alcohol abuser.

Inheritances: Not always community property in Colorado

When you decide to get a divorce, something that may be on your mind is an inheritance. For instance, imagine a situation where a parent or loved one passed away and left you money or assets. Does your soon-to-be-ex wife or husband deserve to have part of that inheritance? If your spouse wasn't mentioned, does that mean he or she wasn't meant to receive this gift?

Normally, according to law, inheritances aren't subject to equitable distribution requirements. This is because an inheritance isn't considered marital property. Inheritances are seen as belonging to the person they were given to; it's separate property that doesn't have to be divided in a divorce.

How the 2014 changes to alimony in Colorado affect payments

As of the first of January in 2014, new laws in Colorado changed the outlook for alimony for divorcing couples. That means that old laws from before 2013 may no longer apply, leaving you open to make changes in your alimony in some cases. The new state law was part of a national alimony reform movement, which was aimed at limiting or standardizing the payments made for spousal maintenance.

Why is this important? Before this law went into effect, there were few ways to limit the amount of time or money someone would have to pay in spousal support in Colorado. A lack of consistency in the payments has lead to several states changing their alimony laws over the last few years. Among those states includes Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Oklahoma.

Child support concerns in Colorado lead to initiative

As a parent, the last thing you want to think about is not being able to provide for your child after you've struggled to get child custody in your divorce. In some cases in Colorado, the ability of some parents to support their children could be strained. Why? A recent report from Jan. 3 has said that one-third of the child support meant to be paid has not been paid at all.

Statistics show that the lack of payment shows close to 32,000 parents failing to support over 39,000 children. Overall, the failure to pay costs these children around $10 million each month. The acting director of the state's Division of Child Support Services claims that the money would be enough to pull thousands of those children out of poverty.

Your divorce and assets in Colorado: Defend your rights

When you decide to move forward with a divorce from your spouse, you may be worried about your assets and what will happen if he or she wants what you have earned yourself. If you didn't have a pre- or postnuptial agreement, you may not know how this divorce will play out; you could be at risk of losing more than you are willing to part with. In Colorado, large asset properties and division matters can be extensive, but everything should be split in a way that is fair and equitable. If that isn't happening, then you may want to work with someone who can better defend your side of the case.

Marital property is the only property that should be split evenly during the divorce process. This includes all items that were acquired during your marriage. Of course, there's always the chance that something you brought into the marriage could be called marital property, and that's when a dispute can take place.

How is a business' value assessed in Colorado?

Business valuation is a process by which a business is evaluated for its value. There are a few ways to complete this procedure and to determine how much a business is worth. While valuing a business may seem easy, it does take time and preparation to consider how much its value is over time along with the potential for growth.

There is no one method that works best for determining the exact value of a business, because it's near impossible to do so. The value can be based on several factors from the connection to the community or by its historic income; because of this, the term value won't always mean the same thing to those looking to buy. Additionally, if the economy is poor, then it's a good time for buyers to purchase businesses. That means businesses can charge more to enter the market and be valued higher.

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