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Q: I got divorced, was to have my equity by12/30/22. She is finally selling the house. Do I have any recourse for delay?
Rebecca Pescador
Rebecca Pescador
answered on Jan 27, 2023

From a legal perspective, this isn't a very long delay. So the answer would depend on a couple of factors.

First, how does your Decree read other than when she was to pay the equity? Is there any language about indemnifying you from harm? If so, that would be useful. If there...
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Q: What happens if my ex doesn't follow the separation agreement that is part of the final orders in our divorce decree?

In Colorado, my ex agreed in the separation agreement to pay me half of the mortgage since his name is on the house too. The separation agreement is part of the final orders of our divorce decree. Now he's saying he's not going to pay it. Isn't that a violation of a court order, and... Read more »

Rebecca Pescador
Rebecca Pescador
answered on Jan 25, 2023

If your final orders say that he is to pay 1/2 of the mortgage and he is not doing so, then yes, that is a violation of the orders. Yes, you can file a motion for contempt.

Remember that when you file contempt you need to be able to prove 4 main elements: 1) there was an order requiring...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: How does custody work when your child is only 15 months old and can't voice any kind of personal parental preference?

I am still currently married to my wife and we have a 15 month old daughter that we both love dearly and want the best for, but I am at my breaking point in regards to my relationship with my wife. She is not the woman I married and I fear that staying married to her will not only keep me... Read more »

Brock Richard Wood
Brock Richard Wood
answered on Jan 1, 2023

Hi, James. I am sorry to hear about your unhappiness. Hang in there.

The question you ask is "How does custody work when your child is only 15 months old". The age of the child is a factor that the courts in Colorado consider when allocating "parental...
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Q: My x's attorney filed pattern and non pattern interrogatories at 11:30 the night before they were due. can I not comply
Christopher N. Little
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answered on Dec 27, 2022

Hi There,

That is a great question and in many circumstances your thoughts about non-compliance are insightful. However, as long as they were filed on the final day they were due, even at 11:59pm, then they are timely. I wish you only the absolute best.

Please note (rules of ethics...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: I have a friend whose wife is an alcoholic and has been having an affair. Is there anything that can legally be done?

She has been having the affair for the last few months. Staying out all night, not coming home until the morning smelling of alcohol. They also have an 8-year-old child together who has witnessed her behaviors. She has also been neglecting the child. The child keeps asking for his Mom who has... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Dec 21, 2022

It depends on what he wants. He can get divorced or he can see if his Wife will agree to treatment. It is unclear the nature of the neglect. Just being gone while someone else is caring for the child is not neglect. It is not likely that she will be prosecuted for adultery.

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Q: Is a wedding performed by an officiant in Colorado binding if the marriage license is never submitted to the state?

My girlfriend and I planned a small wedding with an officiant we had hired. A few weeks before the wedding I started having second thoughts and told her that I couldn't go through with it. We eventually agreed to go through with the ceremony and have some photos taken so her family in another... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Nov 9, 2022

If you held yourselves out as spouses then you could be considered to be common law married in which case you would need a state proceeding to dissolve the marriage.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Foreclosure, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: My husband has an inherited property in Texas that I recently paid the taxes on to save from foreclosure, is it shared?

My husband has inherited property in Texas however I manage the property and I pay the lawyer as well as recently paid the taxes we’re looking at divorcing and he states that he won’t give a portion of the profit when it sells to my son or I. In addition it should be noted that he’s giving up... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on Nov 7, 2022

In a Colorado, divorce, inherited property is considered separate property. However, any increase in the value of that property is marital. You may have some claim for the property taxes. You should get a lawyer to help you with this.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: My husband and I both include our residency at his inherited property in texas is it considered shared?

We are military and both technically reside at my husbands property in texas however he inherited the property, in addition we paid the taxes this past year out of my saving and will be paying the taxes out of his account this next year, but we both use the account? It sounds to me like it’s to... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on Nov 7, 2022

This sounds like it is his separate property. However, any increase in the value of that property that occurred during the marriage is marital property, subject to an equitable division (meaning "fair'", not necessarily "equal"). You should get a lawyer to help you with this.

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Q: My husband says the money in the bank account isn’t mine

I’m a military spouse and I’ve never had my name on the account my husband and I both use. This is because we wanted credit scores esperares and also we’d have to practically jump through hoops to add me. If we separate are all the bank accounts considered shared since we both spend money out... Read more »

Michael Joseph Larranaga
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answered on Nov 9, 2022

It is more complicated than that. If the money has co-mingled during the marriage it may be considered marital property. It is possible to have separate non-marital property but safeguards need to be put in place. You should talk to an attorney to help you make that determination.

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Q: would this equity be considered, and if so how would it be figured? part 2 of previous question

originally my husband quick claimed it to his mom about a year after he bought it in 2002. She kept the house until 2022 when she quick claimed it back to him for 10 dollars? We married in 2014.

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Nov 2, 2022

It depends on whether it was a gift to him or the marriage.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Colorado on
Q: Can I stop child support payments if I'm overpaid?

I have a child support order that was put in place in 2011 and included 3 children. We have never had a modification done even though the children moved from me as the custodial parent to their mother. 2 of the 3 children are now 21, so 2 years removed from the order and I'm still paying the... Read more »

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answered on Oct 27, 2022

It is always risky to self-adjust a court order. If the other party never makes an issue of it, you might not have a problem but if there is a disagreement, you could be in contempt of court. When a child ages out of the order, you can have the order adjusted. if you are going through Child Support... Read more »

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Q: I just need to know which papers to fill out for a divorce or legal separation

We own a home and have a minor child together

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Oct 25, 2022

You fill out a petition, summons and case information sheet to start and the clerk can assist you with the summons. You then file and have those documents personally served on the other party.

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Q: is a divorce valid with intestate property? I cannot find copy of my divorce Anywhere and suspect it was never filed.

My name is on the deed and mortgage papers; the home is in Hawaii. I thought we had a divorce but I nor the Public representative cannot find the divorce decree or certificate. If the divorce papers cannot be found, is the divorce still valid?

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Oct 19, 2022

It sounds like you are looking for a will - not a dissolution decree. If there is a dissolution decree, it will be filed with the court that issued it as an official record.

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Q: If a property was quick deeded to my husband from his mom for 10 dollars at the end of 2021 and we file for divorce

this year, how is that property considered? Would the equity in the home at the time of quick sale become marital property?

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Oct 5, 2022

It depends on whether it was an inheritance or a gift to him or the marriage. Only if it was a gift to the marriage would it be considered marital property.

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Q: I want a divorce My husband is verbally abusive and I am scared. He is an alcoholic and a narisissits and controls us.

I don't have control over the vehicle He watches where I go and wants to come with me He listens to my phone calls and he controls all the money

I want him gone I want the kids and the house How do I file with a restraining order with him leaving. How do I pay a lawyer when I... Read more »

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answered on Oct 5, 2022

If your income is low enough, Colorado Legal Services may be able to assist. Also most people who file for a protection order in county court are unrepresented. You can look at the Colorado Judicial Branch website for fill in the blank forms.

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Q: is borrowing from a HElOC on marital property to pay bills for a non-marital asset considered commingling of funds?

Should I repay the HELOC borrowing back to avoid commingling? With non-marital funds or thru regular wages?

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answered on Sep 25, 2022

It would be important to know what the non marital asset was, when it was acquired and whether it appreciated in value during the marriage, creating a marital interest in the increase in value.

However, generally to borrow from a marital asset during the marriage, it is necessary to have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: My kids mother is collaborating with my ex whom I'm in the process of divorcing and taking kids to see her. Can I stopit

Kid mother is taking my kids to see ex that I'm divorcing currently and collaborating with her to take everything from me. Can I stop her from taking my children to her

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Sep 18, 2022

You do not have the ability to stop the children's mother from taking the children to see people unless their safety is impacted.

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Q: My divorce is final we are selling house he has offered to pay the costs associated with sale how can I binding

So it’s already instructed how money is to be disbursed at closing but he offered to pay these out of his share what can I have signed so it’s legal and he can’t change his mind

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on Aug 29, 2022

You and he can prepare a written agreement to modify the prior orders. You can then file that with the court and request the court approve the agreement and make it an order of the court. You should get a lawyer to help you with this.

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Q: My divorce was final 6 years ago. The judge awarded me 40% of ex-husbands pension in exchange he got the family home and

My divorce was final 6 years ago. The judge awarded me 40% of ex-husbands pension in exchange he got the family home and all equity in it approximately $400k. I had to wait until he became old enough to obtain early retirement before I could claim on the pension. That's why I had to wait the 6... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Aug 24, 2022

You can only enforce what the court order says. It can not be changed after the fact. However, if something is happening that conflicts with the agreement, you can enforce it.

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Q: can a court approved separation agreement signed by my spouse be modified by her

I agreed to pay her for our house using a QDRO, now she want cash instead of having the money go to her retirement account and wants me to pay all the penalties and taxes. She agreed to the QDRO transfer in our agreement. Can she file to change the terms?

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answered on Jul 28, 2022

Property settlements are generally final. If the Court issued the agreement as an order, then she can request to change it in only limited circumstances such as fraud on material nondisclosure.

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