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Colorado Divorce Law 101: Understanding the Basics of Marital Property

Daniel Noffsinger - Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Marriage is a joyous event that involves the union of a couple and the joining of families. Married couples (at least most couples) do not enter into a marriage with the expectation that the marriage will end in divorce or dissolution. Unfortunately, the stark reality exists that a significant number of marriages end prematurely through divorce or dissolution. According to data from the United States census, the rate of divorce in 2009 throughout the United States was3.4 divorces per 1,000 people. The rate of divorce in Colorado during the same period was slightly higher at 4.2 divorces per 1,000 people.  READ MORE...

Colorado Legislature Considering Changes to Child Support Law

Daniel Noffsinger - Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Legislation has recently been introduced in the Colorado General Assembly that could bring important changes to child support law for Colorado’s poorest families. Under the current law, if a recipient is receiving assistance under the Colorado Works Program then the recipient must assign to the department of human services one’s right to receive child support. The purpose of this requirement is to reimburse the state for assistance that is paid to the recipient.  READ MORE...

Colorado Receives Favorable Marks for Efforts In Reducing Drunk Driving Accidents

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has rated Colorado as one of the best states in the United States for reducing drunk driving fatalities. According to a recent report released by MADD, Colorado has received a five-star rating from MADD based on a system that looks at five different areas of countermeasures that can be taken to prevent drunk driving fatalities. The report is part of MADD’s Campaign To Eliminate Drunk Driving, which began in 2007 and involves MADD working with lawmakers and enforcement officials to create stronger drunk driving laws.  READ MORE...

Adopted Man Finds Family With Help From Colorado’s New Adoption Law.

Daniel Noffsinger - Sunday, February 08, 2015

Last year, a Colorado man was able to locate his family by taking advantage of a change in Colorado’s law governing access to adoption records. Matthew Abdulla is adopted and for the past 26 six years, he had been trying to locate his birth mother. As with many adoptees, Matthew wanted to find out where he came from and why his mom gave him up.  READ MORE...

Colorado Tests Softer Approach To Help Parents Pay Child Support

Daniel Noffsinger - Thursday, January 15, 2015

According to a recent article, about one-third of Colorado parents with monthly child support obligations do not make the required payments. This equates to about 32,000 parents per month who are for one reason or another not making the required child support payments to about 39,000 children. About 8,400 Colorado families who need child support payments are required to go onto welfare rolls, known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. This welfare program is typically reserved for the individuals who need it the most, namely single-parent families.  READ MORE...

Colorado Grandparents Fight For Custody of Grandchildren.

Daniel Noffsinger - Saturday, January 03, 2015

Child custody disputes are difficult for everyone involved, especially the child. It is unfortunate that child custody disputes are a common reality, whether it is between parents, between grandparents and parents, or between parents and the state. A recent case involving Colorado grandparents highlights some of the difficulties that can be encountered in custody disputes.  READ MORE...

Motorcycle Fatalities In Colorado Springs On The Rise.

Daniel Noffsinger - Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last month, a motorcyclist riding near the intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard died after the rider crashed into another car . According to the Colorado Springs police, the motorcyclist operated his vehicle at a high rate of speed as he ran through a red light.   READ MORE...

Audit Finds Colorado Department Failed To Properly Investigate Child Abuse And Neglect.

Daniel Noffsinger - Monday, December 15, 2014

An audit of the Colorado Department of Human Services shows that the Department failed to properly supervise county child welfare services while the Department decided if child abuse and neglect allegations merited investigation. The legislative Audit Committee recently held a hearing to discuss the audit and the results published in the 239-page report.   READ MORE...

What Is a Legal Separation In Colorado?

Daniel Noffsinger - Saturday, November 15, 2014

What is a legal separation and how does it differ from divorce? This is a common question that individuals have when going through the divorce process. Under Colorado law, legal separation and divorce are nearly the same. The main difference between the two is that following a legal separation, a couple is still “married,” which means that if either spouse wants to remarry then the couple will first need to seek an order with the court to dissolve the marriage. This can be done no earlier than six months after entry of a legal separation decree. If, during the proceedings, one party objects to the legal separation, they can convert to a divorce case instantly.  READ MORE...

Understanding Your Rights:Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Daniel Noffsinger - Monday, October 27, 2014

Domestic violence is a serious problem, not only in Colorado, but throughout the United States. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Female victims constitute an overwhelming majority of family violence victims (73%) and about 1.3 million women are victims of a physical assault by a partner each year.  READ MORE...