Friendly Divorce ?

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Divorce and Legal Separation, Domestic Partnership) on 22-09-2015

We are excited and proud to announce the publication of the ninth edition of Friendly Divorce Guidebook for Colorado, How to Plan, Negotiate and File Your Divorce. Author Arden Hauer takes a thoughtful and detailed look at the divorce process, providing a wealth of information as well as ideas and suggestions on how to reach decisions and complete the required forms and paperwork.
“It has both practical advice and real life examples. In addition the Guidebook draws attention to complex financial issues, as well a legal red flags. The book is a reference for mediators, attorneys and pro se parties. It also has information on the emotional aspects of divorce and offers aids to therapists working in this area. As a mediator, therapist and educator this book has been part of my resources for years and I regularly recommend it to my clients”.
–Jane Irvine MA, LPC, NCC

The ninth edition . . .

  • Provides detailed information about the new Colorado Maintenance Guidelines and includes a Maintenance Calculation form.
  • Shows current Colorado court forms with line-by-line instructions.
  • Explains Colorado Case management procedure, simplified and easy to understand.
  • Includes current IRS tax information every divorcing couple should know.

Arden Hauer has been an attorney-mediator for over twenty-five years, and offers mediation services for divorce, legal separation, and post-divorce matters at the Center for Non-Adversarial Divorce in Denver West and Evergreen, Colorado. She also offers options for the marriage in difficult mediations to help couples decide together what they are going to do, developing their own solutions, including marital agreements and other legal alternatives. For more information visit www.friendlydivorce.com.

Developing Your Colorado Parenting Time Schedule

Filed Under (Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Divorce and Legal Separation, Domestic Partnership) on 08-01-2015

Parenting time (where your children live and when they will live there) can feel like the most important part of your divorce agreement. If you find yourselves getting stuck and overwhelmed about this issue, remember that children change as they grow. The agreement you agonize over today may not work a year from now. Depending on the age and needs of the child, the plan can change. For example, the needs of children in early infancy are much different than those of school-age children. The “Friendly Divorce Guidebook” has possible parenting time plans for each age group.

Don’t expect to know right away what arrangements are going to be best for your children in the long term. Your first Parenting Plan may not be your final agreement.

Most parents begin a discussion of basic schedules by talking about whether it is in their children’s best interest, at the present, to have one home or two. The two-home concept requires a plan for those times when you will transfer the children between you. Following are some of the questions you will need to consider and discuss. Remember, you may have different responses for each of your children.
•    Is it important for your children to be in the same house on all school nights?

•    How important is it that your children settle in on Sunday night before school?

•    Is it important for your children to go to the same church with the same parent every week?

•    Can either parent take your child to any given recurring activity (soccer practice, Scouts, doctor’s appointment)?

•    Can your children go to the same school from either home or return home from their school to either home?

•    Is there a maximum amount of time that any of your children can tolerate being away from either of you?

•    How frequently do any of your children need to see each of you?

•    Do you live so far apart geographically that your children will probably stay with one parent during the school sessions and with the other during non-school time?

•    Is this the time to change the day care schedule or provider for one or more of the children?

•    Is it important to keep your children’s day care schedule the same for the time being, in the face of other changes in their lives right now?

These are just some questions to ask yourself when thinking about splitting time. The “Friendly Divorce Guidebook” by Arden Hauer MA, JD goes over many possible scenarios and offers great suggestions and tools to help make these difficult decisions.

Bradford Publishing Launches Colorado-Only Attorney Directory

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Business, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Colorado Deeds, Divorce and Legal Separation, Domestic Partnership, Employment Law, Eviction, Leases and Landlord Tenant, Mechanics Liens, Medical Marijuana, Probate, Real Estate, Wills and Estates) on 08-11-2013

We’re excited to announce our new Colorado Attorney Directory! On November 1st we launched an online directory to link Colorado consumers with Colorado attorneys. Bradford has offered information, products and services for Colorado attorneys, businesses and consumers for more than 100 years.  With changing technology, most of our products and services have moved online to our website.  Now, more than 12,000 people visit our website each month in search of legal resources.

Bradford provides lots of self-help solutions for you to complete a legal procedure on your own, but sometimes it’s not enough and contacting a legal expert is necessary. Now we can connect you to attorneys practicing in your local Colorado community. Deciding whether to hire an attorney is a big decision.  The bottom line is knowing if you’re capable and willing to take on a particular legal task yourself. Sometimes you don’t realize immediately that the task is beyond your capabilities.

The new Colorado-only Attorney Directory can help you find the right attorney. Laws vary by state so it’s important to follow Colorado law. We make sure the attorneys listed are lawyers in good standing with the Colorado Supreme Court. They also have completed profiles on the site, so their expertise and experience is clear and allows you to know as much as possible about the lawyer’s practice before picking up the phone. Our goal is to provide easy access to Colorado attorneys who can help you find legal solutions.

Check out our new Colorado Attorney Directory and let us know what you think!

www.bradfordpublishing.com/Attorney-Directory-Home

Colorado Civil Union Act Now in Effect

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Divorce and Legal Separation, Domestic Partnership) on 02-05-2013

Beginning Wednesday, May 1, couples, regardless of gender, can enter into Civil Unions in Colorado. This means big changes for same sex couples. Denver attorney and author, Kim Willoughby, in an interview on CRP.org discussed some of the changes and benefits of the new law.

Change: Break up Rules

Ironically, one of the biggest benefits of the new Civil Unions law is that it establishes the legal framework for terminating the relationship.

Breakups are often messy and difficult, but for same sex couples in Colorado it has been especially difficult.  Prior to the Civil Unions law, Colorado did not recognize same sex relationships and therefore there was no way for same sex couples to use the courts to legally terminate their relationship.  Kim talked about clients who have come to her for help terminating their civil union or same sex marriage from another State.  Some couples had children, property, and debts together and needed a way to separate everything. Unfortunately, up until now there wasn’t much an attorney could do for these couples.  Since the Colorado Constitution does not recognize these relationships, no judge could issue a piece of paper saying the relationship was legally terminated. Kim advised that it was actually best to stay out of court, which made the decision to end a relationship more uncertain and very expensive.

Now, Colorado couples in a civil union will follow the same rules as married couples if they choose to end their relationship, whether by divorce or legal separation.

Benefit: Protection of Children

Same sex couples have had a difficult time protecting their individual rights as parents and their children’s rights.  In the past when same sex couples had children together they needed to get a second-parent adoption to fully establish both parent’s rights. This is an expensive and time consuming process and sometimes courts wouldn’t grant the adoption.  Kim informs us in her interview that now babies born to couples in a civil union are automatically presumed to be the child of both parents.

Kim Willoughby also discusses insurance benefits and the difference between civil unions and marriage. Go to CPR.org, Colorado Matters to listen to this interview. “Same-Sex Couples Can Expect Fewer Legal Tangles Under Civil Unions

Civil Unions Bill Passes in Colorado

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Domestic Partnership) on 14-03-2013

Big news on Tuesday! Lawmakers passed the bill to allow civil unions in Colorado. The bill to create the “Colorado Civil Union Act” is now on its way to Governor John Hickenlooper who is expected to sign it into law within two weeks. Assuming the bill is signed it will become law on May 1st.

So, what exactly is a civil union?
A Civil Union is a legally recognized partnership similar to marriage. It provides legal protection to couples at the state level, but omits federal protections. The “Colorado Civil Union Act” authorizes any 2 unmarried adults, regardless of gender, to enter into a civil union. Colorado will join 8 states that have civil unions or similar laws that allow straight or gay couples to enter into them.

What are the benefits of entering into a civil union?
•    Responsibility for financial support of a party to a civil union;
•    Rights and abilities concerning transfer of real or personal property;
•    Prohibitions against discrimination based upon spousal status;
•    The probate laws relating to estates, wills, trusts, and intestate succession, including the ability to inherit real and personal property, apply equally to couples in a civil union.
•    Survivor benefits under, and inclusion in workers’ compensation laws;
•    The right of a partner in a civil union to be treated as a family member or as a spouse under the “Colorado Employment Security Act” for purposes of unemployment benefits.

This is just small fraction of the benefits granted to parties in a civil union. To see the full list of the rights, benefits, protections, duties, obligations, responsibilities, and other incidents under the law that are granted or imposed, click here.

What is the difference between a civil union and a marriage?
•    The right to federal benefits. States that allow some type of same-sex union are able to grant only state rights. The Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996 prohibits same-sex couples from receiving federal marriage rights and benefits.
•    Portability. Because civil unions are not recognized by all states, such agreements are not always valid when couples cross state lines.
•    Terminology. “Marriage” is a term that conveys societal and cultural meaning, important to both gay rights activists and those who don’t believe gays should marry.

These are three main differences between civil unions and marriage as it’s traditionally viewed. To see the full analysis go to FACTCHECK.ORG

 

 

No Time Like the Present

Filed Under (Domestic Partnership, Power of Attorney) on 12-04-2012

What if you’re in an unmarried, committed relationship and your partner is in an accident? Not a fun scenario to think about, but what is more unpleasant is when the doctors prevent you from seeing your partner in the hospital. In Colorado there is a way to make sure you and your partner have some of the rights that you would have if you were legally married. Colorado’s Designated Beneficiary Agreement allows same-sex couples and heterosexual couples who are not married to give their partners 16 specific rights.

What rights are granted by a Designated Beneficiary Agreement?

These are the specific rights listed in the Agreement. You may, but you don’t need to grant all 16 rights. Instead, you can pick and choose which rights you want your partner to have.

1.    The right to acquire, hold title to, own jointly, or transfer inter vivos or at death real or personal property as a joint tenant with me with right of survivorship or as a tenant in common with me;
2.    The right to be designated by me as a beneficiary, payee, or owner as a trustee named in an inter vivos or testamentary trust for the purposes of a non-probate transfer on death;
3.    The right to be designated by me as a beneficiary and recognized as a dependent in an insurance policy for life insurance;
4.    The right to be designated by me as a beneficiary and recognized as a dependent in a health insurance policy if my employer elects to provide health insurance coverage for designated beneficiaries;
5.    The right to be designated by me as a beneficiary in a retirement or pension plan; Continue reading “No Time Like the Present” »

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