Family Law

14 May: The Cost of Divorce or Child Custody Cases

 “description”: “For more information about working with an estate plan attorney in Denver or other family law matters in Colorado, contact Lewis & Matthews P.C. today. What is the cost to create an estate plan? The cost of creating a state plan is dependent upon the complexity of your estate and your specific needs. We charge on an hourly basis and we will sit down and work with you and so we usually take…

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26 Apr: What are parenting classes and will I need to take them?

In Colorado, a parenting class is required in all dissolution of marriage or allocation of parental responsibility cases. Upon the commencement of the case, the court will issue a case management order, and one of the aspects of that case management order is the requirement for both parties to take a parenting class. The focus of that parenting class is co-parenting after divorce, or after separation, and the class is usually about four hours. It’s…

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15 Apr: What To Do If A Parent Is Preventing Child Visits

What should someone do if one parent is preventing visits with their child? The first thing you need to look at is whether or not there is a parenting plan in place because that is what we’re seeking to enforce. If there’s no parenting plan in place, then either parent has an equal right to the child and there’s really nothing that you can do in terms of parenting time unless you have an order…

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04 Apr: Grandparent Custody and Visitation Rights In Colorado

Do grandparents have custody and visitation rights in Colorado? The answer is yes, grandparents do have the right for custody and visitation in Colorado. There is a statute that allows a grandparent to file a motion to establish grandparent visitation. The catch is that that motion has to be filed in an underlying action such as a dissolution of marriage action between the parents or an allocation of parental responsibilities action. Grandparents don’t have the…

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26 Mar: Visitation and Child Support

If child support payments are not being made, should child visitation continue? Actually these are two separate issues. Whether or not you’re paying child support or receiving child support is a separate issue from parenting time. This is a mistake that a lot of parents make. They think that because one parent is not paying child support, they should not be able to have parenting time with their child. That’s not the case. They are…

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09 Mar: What Is A Child and Family Investigator v. Parental Responsibilities Evaluation?

What is a CFI as compared to a PRE? CFI stands for Child and Family Investigator. PRE stands for Parental Responsibilities Evaluation. So when do you need one of these experts? The court can appoint a CFI or a PRE if there are disputes regarding parenting time, decision making, what is in the best interests of the child. A Child and Family Investigator (CFI) is typically an attorney or a mental health professional, usually a…