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    What If My Spouse Doesn’t Want To Mediate

    In Colorado most courts will require that you mediate your divorce/custody case even when you are just trying to modify child support or parenting time.  Often people wait until the court orders the mediation to get it scheduled.  I am a firm believer in mediating as soon as possible. When you and your spouse/partner have [...]

    May 8th, 2020|Family Law Articles|

     Do I Need An Attorney to Mediate?

    I get many calls from people wanting to know if they should have an attorney at the mediation. The first question I ask is whether someone already has an attorney in their case.  If they do, then whether the attorney will be there or not is something that they need to work out with the [...]

    May 8th, 2020|Family Law Articles|

    Student Loans

    When dividing up assets and debts for a marriage, often there is student loan debt that needs to be considered. The first thing to be decided is whether the debt is marital debt or not. Debts are part of the division of property and the Court must decide how debts are divided just as much [...]

    May 8th, 2020|Family Law Articles|

    Understanding Financial Issues in a Divorce

    Going through a divorce can be emotionally and financially draining. This article is meant to give you a little information on the financial elements that you should consider. I always stressed to my clients that they need to make good business   decisions when it comes to the finances. It can be difficult to put aside [...]

    April 22nd, 2020|Family Law Articles|

    A Guide To Creative Christmas Plans For Divorced Parents

    December 2019 Holiday traditions have created happy family memories. Stockings hung on the chimney with care, the smell of hot chocolate in the air, and children playing around the Christmas tree.  While holidays revolve around time with children, many parents are left wondering how Christmas will feel after separating from their spouse or getting a [...]

    December 8th, 2019|Family Law Articles|

    The Divorce Process: Mediation Saves Money, Time and Trauma

    by Stuart Watson July 2019 Research has shown that divorce is #2 for the most stressful event that people face in their lives (#1 is the unexpected loss of a loved-one). This is partly due to the complexity of functions that the marriage serves for many people; economic and financial security, a sense of family, home [...]

    July 23rd, 2019|Family Law Articles|

    Tax Issues in Divorce: Part 2 – Maintenance

    This article is the second installment of Littleton Divorce Attorney Bonnie Shield's series on tax issues in divorce. In this segment, Bonnie explains how spousal maintenance (alimony) is treated on your taxes and how savvy lawyering can help you receive the best tax treatment on your divorce. How Alimony is Taxed If you awarded spousal [...]

    July 25th, 2013|Family Law Articles|

    Family Law Update: Florida’s Limitation on Alimony

    There has been a lot of buzz lately about a new Florida law that prohibits the granting of lifetime spousal maintenance (better known as alimony) along with other changes to the Florida alimony system. This law has ignited a nationwide discussion about how spousal maintenance should work given drastic changes to American family culture. This [...]

    July 25th, 2013|Family Law Articles, Featured|

    Tax Issues in Divorce: Part 1- Transferring Property

    During a divorce tax issues are commonly overlooked, often even by divorce attorneys. This series of articles by Littleton Divorce Attorney Bonnie Shields discusses the tax effects of divorce. Part 1 of this series specifically looks into the tax ramifications of property transfers that happen as a result of a divorce. Property Division During a [...]

    April 29th, 2013|Family Law Articles, Featured|

    Colorado No Fault Divorce

    Many clients approach divorce believing some myths about how the process begins and what facts are relevant to the process. Colorado's no fault divorce rules allow for dissolution of marriage without the burden of showing a reason for the divorce. The rule also generally prohibits spouses from bringing up certain issues (such as infidelity) in [...]

    February 27th, 2013|Family Law Articles, Featured|