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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Colorado on
Q: I put the wrong city of previous divorce on marriage license. Not the state. Does that make my marriage invalid?

I did not get the state wrong...Only the city of previous divorce.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

A minor error such as putting the wrong city of a previous divorce on your marriage license is unlikely to invalidate your marriage. Marriage licenses typically require accurate information about your marital history, but small mistakes or discrepancies may not have significant legal consequences.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF A DIVORCE. I HAVE CHILDREN FROM A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE AND THE WOMAN I AM ABOUT TO DIVORCE IS

CONTACTING MY CHILDREN WHO SHE HAS NEVER MET OR SPOKEN TO BEFORE. HOW CAN I STOP THIS. SHE HAS NO RIGHT TO BE CONTACTING MY CHILDREN

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answered on Feb 19, 2024

If they are adult children then there is nothing to be done. They can block the number if they choose. But if it rises to harassment and defamation then it could give rise to other legal claims.

If they are minor children, and you have 100% custody and control then that is a different...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: My ex took me to court and claimed I had a drug problem, proved her wrong through UA's. She was made sole decision maker

And has our daughters 80 percent of the time. Their mother got a boyfriend who has a known drug problem and sold drugs. He has been to rehab three times and is around my children 80 percent of the time. How do I go about taking her back to court to prove that the girls aren't in a safe... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

It sounds like you are looking to restrict Mother's parenting time due to the situation with her boyfriend. If so, then you would need to file a motion describing what is occurring. In other words, your motion would have to contain facts and information that the children are in imminent... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Is about divorce and how it works in the state of Colorado if you have properties, 401k, and a small business.

I would like to know what happens since everthing we both own including rental properties are tied up in the small business and what would happen in a divorce.

Donald McClellan
Donald McClellan
answered on Jan 24, 2024

All marital property must be equitably divided in a divorce (not equally, equitably). Marital property is anything obtained on or after the date of marriage, and the increase in value of property since the date of marriage. It does not matter whose name is on title. So if you owned a house before... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: do Family Court Orders supercede Federal IRS laws on who can claim a child each year?
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answered on Jan 18, 2024

Family court orders and federal IRS laws operate independently, and the IRS rules on who can claim a child for tax purposes are not automatically overridden by family court orders. In general, the IRS rules dictate that the custodial parent is typically entitled to claim the child as a dependent... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: do Family Court Orders supercede Federal IRS laws on who can claim a child each year?
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answered on Jan 22, 2024

Family court orders do not supersede federal tax laws determined by the IRS, particularly regarding who has the right to claim a child as a dependent for tax purposes. The IRS has specific rules about who can claim a child, based primarily on residency and support criteria.

If a family...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: By law it’s say you have to be served a dvpo atleast 5 days before hearing

I was served with only 2 business days before the hearing from a out of state 1200 miles away so I couldn’t make it tried calling courts but never got through plus I never got a final judgment notification do I have a appeal case to get it dismissed since it wasn’t properly executed

Nelson Patrick Boyle
Nelson Patrick Boyle
answered on Jan 8, 2024

You will likely need to hire a criminal defense or family law lawyer, depending on the specifics of your case. There is a type of motion that may be applicable, depending on how much time has passed and other facts specific to your case. But, as often, time is of the essence since some of your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: I was ordered in custody court to take weekly random UA’s and have the results reported to my co-parent…

My co-parent and I were never legally married, and he was in fact, just recently released from parole. He hasn’t given one UA, nor provided results of any of his UA’s to the courts while I have submitted at least 42 clean ones. I feel violated being ordered to now take weekly random UA’s and... View More

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answered on Dec 30, 2023

If you were ordered to take weekly UAs, it was for the safety of your clild. Congratulations on having clean UAs. The best thing that you can do is continue having them. If you do, when the court is satisfied as to the safety of the child, then the court will modify the order requiring that you... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: Can my daughter's father prevent me from going to nursing school and getting my BSN?

My daughter's father and I have 50/50 joint custody. I will get my associates in April in pre nursing. I told him I'm applying to schools right now for my BSN. In order to get my BSN, I need to travel to complete clinicals out of state as there are no local clinical locations. I asked if... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Dec 29, 2023

Without knowing the specifics of where this other school is, what you're proposed schedule is, and how much it disruption this will be in the child's life, It is impossible to actually answer this question. You have expressed your question as to what your daughter's father will... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: In Colorado, can the JDF208 request for state pay for a professional be hidden from opposing party during e-filing?

If so, what document upload category in the e-file system would hide it from opposing party? I know it will be hidden from public view, but I don't want opposing party to see my financials.

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answered on Dec 17, 2023

There is no way to file a document without the name of the document being visible in the docket. Court filings are public records so there are no secret filings that only the court can see. You can request to seal a document, however because the actual application for state payment is not visible... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Social Security and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Colorado vital records states that they do not provide long form birth certificate copies.

How can I get this information released to me? I know that I have a right to view my own birth certificate.

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answered on Dec 11, 2023

In Colorado, if the vital records office states that they do not provide long form birth certificates, it usually means they issue a different version, often called a "short form" or "computerized abstract." This version typically contains less detailed information but is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Been estranged for the past 49 months and finically strappedDon’t qualify for free legal assistance

Attempting to file on my own but couldn’t afford the legal fee also broke my left ankle since then haven’t revisited in refilling for a legal divorce

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answered on Dec 8, 2023

Hi There,

I am very sorry to hear that you are going through it right now. I understand that you mentioned you do not qualify for free legal assistance. In order to be sure you've exhausted all of your options (or at least made good headway in that direction), please check with Metro...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Can my 15 year old transgender sibling choose to live with me without me having to fight my dad for custody?

My dad is extremely LDS and does not give my autistic sibling freedom to explore their gender or sexuality. I'm worried about how this affects their mental health. I live in Colorado and he lives with my siblings in Idaho. My sibling has expressed before that they want to live with me. Do I... View More

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answered on Nov 6, 2023

While I do not know the laws in ID, I would think that if your sister is a minor and has not otherwise been legally emancipated, then your father remains her legal guardian and can make decisions on her behalf including where she lives.

That being said, if there is clear physical or mental...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Am i able to get custody of my step son?

My step son was born in mexico mom has not been involed in his lfe for a little over 2 yrs i am married to his bio father

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answered on Oct 27, 2023

If biological Mother has abandoned the child then you can apply for stepparent adoption. Biological Mother must be informed of the action and receive the opportunity to be heard. If she consents then the process is much easier than if she contests. In my experience biological parents who have not... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Am i able to get custody of my step son?

My step son was born in mexico mom has not been involed in his lfe for a little over 2 yrs i am married to his bio father

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answered on Oct 27, 2023

To seek custody of your stepson, being married to his biological father can potentially support your case. However, several factors need consideration. Since the child was born in Mexico and if his mother is not involved in his life, custody issues may involve complex international legal aspects,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: I have paid the mortgage for 7 years while my husband didn't contribute. Do I need to split the house 50/50 in divorce?

I bought the house in my name. He has never been on the title. I paid the mortgage all 7 years. I have paid all the utilities and he has given me cash for the last 5 years, in an amount that didn't cover all utility costs. I was primarily responsible for all inside cleaning and projects. He... View More

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Christopher N. Little
answered on Oct 26, 2023

Hi there,

You ask an excellent question and you are wise to start looking for appropriate resources to help you have perspective as to what could happen in a divorce and what your legal rights are. The best answer I can give you without more information is "maybe." Domestic...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: My son & his family move in with me then asked me to put up my home as collateral on a loan he needed. They got angry at

Me and moved out but asked my other son to move in and pay rent to him so he could keep up the payments on the loan.. I don't want to live with this son and family either.. can I sell my home and pay off the mortgage with the income from the sale.. I'm 62 years old and in good health but... View More

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answered on Oct 22, 2023

I'm truly sorry to hear about your situation. Generally speaking, if you are the sole owner of the home and there isn't any legal encumbrance preventing a sale, you should be able to sell your home and use the proceeds to pay off any mortgages or liens, including the loan secured by your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex tells me that he is retiring next year. I don’t care what he says, the way that our divorce was written in Larimer

In Larimer county, the way that it was written it said nothing about him not paying me when he retired. We were married for 15 years and as far as I researched, Larimer county is the only county that does not follow the states divorce law!

He is a veterinarian who lives in wealth in the... View More

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Christopher N. Little
answered on Oct 13, 2023

Hi There,

I am very sorry to hear about what you are going through right now and what you have been through. More than anything, from your post, it sounds like you are looking for legal representation that is responsive to your financial condition; which is completely understandable. I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: My spouse's response to me filing for divorce is to ask the court to enter orders on property division and maintenance.

What does that mean? He has an attorney, I'm poor and don't have one. Thank you

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Christopher N. Little
answered on Sep 29, 2023

Great question!

First, I am very sorry to hear that you are going through this; divorce is generally associated with difficult times in folks' lives and I feel for you. To answer your question, your spouse has asked the Court to enter Orders concerning all of the property subject to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Can my ex husband sue me for taking everything when I moved out if nothing was contested in court?

I have a restraining order against him. He came with the police to get his stuff before we were officially divorced. Once I was ordered to move out, the judge asked if anything was being contested, we both said no. I packed everything and moved. Now he's saying I stole his stuff and is... View More

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answered on Sep 18, 2023

Hi there,

You ask a great question. Let me first say that I am glad you are reaching out for professional assistance. Times like this are often some of the most uncertain and fraught with perceptibly difficult-to-navigate circumstances. I commend you for searching for resources and input....
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