Denver Family Law and Estate Planning Blog

How Do You Modify Your Current Parenting Plan

Sometimes a change of circumstances or parenting concerns makes a parent wonder if they have the power to modify an order of the court concerning primary residence, parenting time, or decision making. In Colorado, different standards apply depending upon the given the level and kind of change that is being requested. Modification of Parenting Time […]

Why Use Lewis & Matthews for Child Custody Issues

Skilled Colorado Divorce Attorneys Watching Out For You and Your Children A divorce is difficult and the effects can be felt for decades after the marriage officially ends. When spouses have children, the stakes are even higher and the possibility of long-lasting emotional damage is high. Our founding partners experienced the anguish of divorce and all of […]

Why Use Lewis & Matthews for Child Custody Arrangements

Veteran Attorneys that Can Protect You and Your Children Colorado divorces that involve child custody issues can impact your family for 20 or 30 years. The firm’s founding partners went through painful divorces of their own and have been feeling the ripple effects ever since. The personal experiences of our founders led them to create pioneering techniques […]

How Is Property Divided?

Assets must be deemed either “marital property” or “separate property”. If property is agreed to be “marital”, it will be equitably (not the same as “equally”) divided according to Colorado’s statutes. Property obtained prior to the marriage is “separate,” but any increase in value during the marriage is marital property. For example, if one spouse […]

What is Decision Making Responsibility and How Is It Assigned?

Who decides major decisions for children in divorce? How does that legally get determined? What is considered a major decision in the decision making responsibility? Get the answers to your questions on decision making responsibility for your child custody and divorce case in the video below.

What if You Are Not Married but Have a Child Together?

Colorado Non-Married Parents Allocation of Responsibilities Even if two parents have never been married, they both still retain rights similar to those enjoyed by parents who were once married. Additionally, they can still seek a legal agreement dictating the custody (parenting time, decision-making) of their child—this is what is called “Allocation of Parental Responsibilities”. After […]

Relocation After Divorce

Navigating Relocation After Divorce Child custody is a sensitive issue in many Colorado divorce proceedings. Finding the right balance of responsibility, access, and resources can be a difficult process. Matters get even more complicated when one parent wants or needs to relocate. Child relocation during or after marital dissolution might be necessary to allow a parent […]

How to Stop Parental Kidnapping Before it Happens

In 2007 Governor Ritter signed a bill into law entitled the “Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act”. The purpose of the Act is to deter domestic and international child abductions by parents or persons acting on behalf of parents, before during or following divorce. The UCAPA gives Colorado Courts broad powers to impose abduction prevention measures at […]

How to Establish Grandparents Rights

Grandparent Visitation Rights in Colorado Individuals may wonder if grandparents have the right to ask the court for visitation rights with their grandchildren. In Colorado, grandparents do have the right to ask for visitation rights under certain conditions. A grandparent can seek a court order, in the county where the child resides, granting the Grandparent […]

How to do a Step Parent Adoption

Individuals may wonder when a stepparent may legally adopt the biological child of their marital partner. Colorado recognizes the special circumstances of stepparents with laws that specifically relate to stepparent adoptions. These laws require that the natural parent be legally married to the stepparent. Co-habitation alone is insufficient to trigger laws that are specific to […]