Can I Afford to Divorce My Spouse?

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Individuals contemplating divorce often feel it is time to move on but are unable to do so because they may not be able to survive financially. Instead, these couples live separately but remain married, counting on the other party’s benevolence to protect and preserve marital assets. If the objection to the divorce is religion-based (i.e. your faith does not recognize a divorce) some couples feel this voluntary married-but-separated arrangement keeps them within the confines of their religion without addressing the elephant in the room. If money is a concern prior to filing for divorce, it will only grow if the parties separate without legal protections.

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...

Colorado's New Uniform Premarital And Marital Agreements Act

Daniel Noffsinger - Friday, October 10, 2014

Last year, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act into law. The law, however, did not become effective until just recently on July 1, 2014.  READ MORE...

Same Sex Marriages Are Now Legal In Colorado; Clerks To Issue Marriage Licenses

Daniel Noffsinger - Friday, October 10, 2014

In a long-awaited decision for same-sex couples throughout Colorado, the Colorado Supreme Court lifted a stay preventing county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Colorado’s decision followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear appeals on in other federal circuits regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in other states.   READ MORE...

Colorado’s New Alimony Law For Divorcing Couples

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Divorce can be a stressful, emotional event for the husband and wife, as well as other family members. Divorce is a complicated process that requires the detailed attention and care of an experienced divorce attorney. During the divorce process, there are a variety of issues that need to be resolved, including alimony (now referred to as ‘spousal maintenance’), child support, distribution of marital property, child custody, and parental visitation rights. Separately, each of these issues involves a multitude of questions and concerns, which may further complicate or delay the divorce process.  READ MORE...

Federal Court of Appeals Stays Same-Sex Marriages In Colorado

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Last month, a federal judge in Denver held that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. The judge, however, temporarily stayed enforcement of the ruling until August 25, which meant no marriage licenses could be issued to same-sex couples. The purpose of the stay was to permit the state to appeal the judge’s ruling.  Following the ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court had to order a county clerk in Boulder to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The clerk in Boulder issued 202 licenses to same-sex couples.  READ MORE...