What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenup or premarital agreement is a contract between you and your perspective spouse. Why would you want to do this? You would want to do this if you had been married before and you had assets and children from a prior relationship and you wanted to protect those assets and you also wanted to provide for your children.

Another reason why you would want to do a premarital agreement or same thing as a prenup is if there is going to be a disparity in income or earning ability between the parties. Perhaps, you want to protect a family inheritance. You want to protect a family business. You want to clearly delineate your rights and responsibilities going into a marriage relationship.

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What Is A Child And Family Investigator?

A child and family investigator is an expert witness that has been approved by the Colorado Supreme Court for use in cases where allocation of parental responsibilities is an issue. That means parenting time and decision making. A child and family investigator at the present time is paid a statutory cap of $2,750. Sometimes they can exceed that cap, but basically, that is the amount that they are paid. The purpose of a child and family investigator is to investigate what is going to be in the best interests of the children. A child and family investigator will talk to you, talk to your ex, talk to your collateral contacts, talk to any therapists and teachers who’ve been involved with the children, and go do a home visit with you and the other party.

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How Are Parenting Plans Created?

In order to create an effective parenting plan, you have to be realistic about your individual situation. Who has been primarily involved in caring for the children while you and your partner were together? How are you going to handle the logistics of the children after you and your partner separate? By that, I mean how are you going to get them to school? How are you going to pick them up from school? How is that going to look on a summer day? How is that going to look here in Colorado when we have a snowy day and roads are bad? How close are you each going to live to the children’s school? How practical is that going to be for you to be involved in that? What are your work hours like? Can you realistically get the children up, get them dressed and fed, get them to school, and make it to work on time? Can you realistically get to school or daycare after you complete work in time to pick them up?

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What Are The First Steps I Should Take When Divorce Becomes Inevitable?

The first step that you should take is call my office and make an appointment to come in and see me. All you have to pay is for one hour of my time at $285. I will sit down with you. We will talk about your unique situation. We will talk about child support, if applicable. We will talk about maintenance. We will talk about division of assets. Get some legal advice. There’s no further obligation to us, if you decide to go elsewhere, or you ultimately reconcile. Go in and get some legal advice, so you know what your rights are. Other factors to consider are where are you going to live, and where is the other party going to live? Practical things. How are you going to pay to split up households? What is that going to look like? Is one of you going to move out of the marital residence? Are you both going to stay there under some sort of nesting arrangement?

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How Much Does It Cost To Get A Divorce In Colorado?

The cost of getting divorce in Colorado is based upon a number of factors. One factor obviously is the filing fee. You have the cost involved in filing your case with the court. If it’s a co-petitioner filing, in other words, you and your spouse filed together, there would be one filing fee. If you are the petitioner and your spouse is the respondent, there will be a filing fee for filing a response. First off, there is the filing fee.

Other factors obviously are attorney’s fees. What do attorney’s fees cost? My hourly rate is $285 an hour. My paralegal time is build at $155 an hour. Support staff time is billed at $50 an hour. We operate in an hourly basis, so what your case is going to cost you here at Lewis & Matthews depends basically on how much work it’s going to take. How involved you are in assisting in the process.

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