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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex-husband and I both moved to other states after our divorce. We both want to alter the custody part of the divorce.

how do we go about changing the custody agreement? the state we moved from is too far away to fly out just to alter one part of the divorce. I live in Colorado now and he and the children are in New Mexico.

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on May 17, 2021

The state that issued the order no longer has jurisdiction since you both and the children have left. If the children live in New Mexico, that is the state that now has jurisdiction.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Collections for Colorado on
Q: How to get my name off a car I cosigned on.

I cosigned for an ex partner, the relationship was abusive and I no longer have any contact with her at all. She has since missed 23 payments on that car and is still affecting my life. How do I go about getting my name off of the car and not hurting my credit anymore than it is already hurt?

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on May 11, 2021

If you are married, you can file for dissolution and property settlement. If not, when you co-signed, you agreed to pay if she did not. Absent her consent to refinance in her own name, you are legally obligated to pay if she does not.

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Q: Finalizing an uncontested divorce. Retirement DRO for government pension plan.

Not vested, married 7 years, 15k in contributions, retire in 2054 with estimated $3500 lifetime payments, 1 child

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on May 1, 2021

You will have to obtain a dividing order prepared by someone who specializes in the field. Then one or the other of you will have to file it with your employer.

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Q: Husband refinanced home without my name on it but we are married. Do I have legal claim in divorce.

Married 20 yrs. It’s been owned home before marriage. He has refinanced three times and never put my name on the house.

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Apr 30, 2021

You will have a claim on the increase in value that occured during the marriage. That increase is marital property, subject to an equitable (meaning "fair", not necessarily "equal) distribution in the divorce. You should get a lawyer to help you with this.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Colorado on
Q: Lawyer Trying to go Against Judge Ruling by Stating it's Not a Law?

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John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Apr 28, 2021

I think the order will apply since they did not file an appeal at the time. You should get a lawyer to help you with this.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I file contempt if my ex filed a motion without going to mediation first as is required per our divorce decree?

My ex husband filed a motion this week to modify medical decision making of our daughter. Our divorce decree states we must go to mediation prior to filing a motion but he and his attorney skipped this step. Could this be considered contempt?

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Apr 26, 2021

I do not think contempt is the right response. You could file a response pointing out the failure to go to mediation. The court is likely to order mediation in any case. You should get a lawyer to help you with this.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Colorado on
Q: When my divorce was finalized, I received a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage (Colorado). Are there other documents?

I am currently applying for Hungarian citizenship (my father was Hungarian), and the consulate wants a "Divorce Decree" or a "Certificate of No Appeal" instead of the Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. I am having difficulty in finding out whether these exist in Colorado or are... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Apr 22, 2021

The "Decree of Dissolution of Marriage" is the "divorce decree". That is just what Colorado calls a divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Colorado on
Q: I need help with divorce and with our green cards, do we lose all that by getting divorced?

I've been married for a year and eight months, I came to the United States under a fiance visa, then we got married here in Denver, my husband is American, I have a 13-year-old daughter, we both came to this country to start a family, my husband He said that he no longer wants me here and is... Read more »

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Mar 29, 2021

This is not a simple answer but there is a lot of good information on this topic on the internet. Here is a reliable source: https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/divorce-your-conditional-residence-status-how-file-divorce-waiver-with-form-i-751.html

I would recommend you do a consultation...
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Q: Can my ex ask for spousal support in our divorce?

I am filing for divorce after being separated from my ex for over a year. He has lived with his parents and on his own this past year. He currently lives on his own. I just learned that his employer dropped him down to 1 day a week and he only makes $12 an hour. I am concerned that he will go after... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Mar 5, 2021

You can argue that he is capable of working full time. He could respond as to why he is not working full time. It is always helpful to have an attorney with spousal maintenance because although there are maintenance guidelines, they are discretionary with the court. An attorney can make arguments... Read more »

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Q: If he wrote the words " there is no loan" underneath my request to be removed from the loan and it shows in his sworn

Financial statement that he has a personal loan, isn't that falsifying information? And curious to why the court wouldn't have caught that.

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Mar 5, 2021

I am sorry to hear about your situation. The Court is limited in time so does not do a detailed comparison of a financial statement to other documents. If there is a discrepancy, it is the responsibility of the person alleging it to bring it to the Court's attention. It would be important to... Read more »

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Q: I married in 12/2015, my husband quit his job right before we got married he refuses to find a job. I pay all bills.

His name is on house only, since I have been paying everything what chances do I have to retain the home. Can I recoupe costs associated with upgrades /house pymts taxes etc if he refuses to leave. Will equity be split if he is required to sell home if I cannot get financed for home on my own.... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Mar 5, 2021

I am sorry to hear about your situation. In divorce, you split marital equity. Title does not matter if the home was obtained during the marriage. if he had it before the marriage then you still have an interest in the appreciation of value during the marriage.

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Q: If I am a co-signer on a personal loan for my ex husband and I asked in our divorce decree that I be removed from the lo

Can I file contempt of court if I have not been removed from the loan if I requested that I be removed from it in the divorce decree

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Feb 12, 2021

This depends on what the decree says, not just what you requested. IF the decree requires him to get you removed, it may be contempt IF he has the ability to do so. However, most lenders will not remove a co-signer unless the loan is refinanced.

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Q: If im married but have been seperater for over 10 years what can I still get from him he never payed child support
Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Feb 11, 2021

Technically everything you both own right now is still marital property so you each have an interest in that unless it was obtained before the marriage. You can ask for child support to start from the date of filing if you have children under age 19. You may also be eligible for spousal maintenance.

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Q: I bought a house 3 years before marriage. Is my wife entitled to 1/2 of the equity in a divorce if she never worked?

The house is under my name only.

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Feb 10, 2021

The equity that existed in the house at the time of marriage is your separate property. However, any increase in that equity that occurred during the marriage is marital property, subject to an equitable distribution by the court. Equitable means fair, not necessarily equal. You should get a lawyer... Read more »

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Q: I moved here 2016. My divorce finalized in IL 2005. She is seeking legal fees in IL. Can IL law judgement hold here?

Recent legal fees being sought from final court proceedings where my GI Bill benefits were stolen by our 21 year old daughter by Mother's urgings so she could have her semester payment be considered in-state for tuition. Daughter was sub-peoned, but lives in OH and didn't show up to Zoom... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Feb 8, 2021

I am sorry to hear about your situation. Courts are required to afford full faith and credit to orders from another state absent certain situations such as fraud or lack of jurisdiction.

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Q: How do I file for divorce if i don't know where my husband is?

I know he went back to Michigan and I know the general area he probably is staying but I don't know for sure where in Michigan he is. He probably also won't sign the papers even if I can track him down to serve him. He said he wouldn't let me divorce him but does he really have a... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Feb 8, 2021

If you make diligent efforts to locate him and can not, then you can request to serve him by publication. The Court could grant a divorce that way, however would not have jurisdiction over financial support or out of state property.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Child custody and support questions.

In the divorce paperwork my ex wife stated that our daughter was not mine and I was not the biological father so what rights do I have and can I file charges cagainst her

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Feb 6, 2021

I am sorry to hear about your situation. If your name is on the birth certificate or the child was born during a marriage with her, you are the presumed father. If you would like paternity testing, you can do that privately if you have doubts. As far as charges, it is not likely that you can file... Read more »

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Q: I want to file for Divorce. My husband left me and my daughter since 2009, he left to Mexico and he couldn't come back.

He has never sent any money, they barely have any contact by phone. I just want a Divorce.

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Feb 1, 2021

You can file for divorce. If you do not know where he is in Mexico and can not serve him there, you can request service by publication. The Court would not be able to divide out of state property or order him to pay child support with service by publication though.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Colorado on
Q: I need a divorce; my ex and I have been married since sept 2018, we have a 2 yr old. what forms need I file

we have no shared bank accounts or assets; we have a 2 year old daughter together so I am interested in what I should be getting for child support or maintenance.

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Jan 26, 2021

Child support is usually determined by the child support guidelines. These guidelines take into consideration the respective parenting time, each party's income, and certain expenses related to the child such as work related child care etc. Maintenance (spousal support) is determined by the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Colorado on
Q: Can the non-custodial parent keep all the stimulus check because the court paper let her claim them this year??

The divorce was final in October 2020, she walked out on the family in May 2020, he is the custodial parent. He was a stay at home dad and she left them with nothing. She gets to claim them on taxes per the court paperwork and will not give the kids any of the stimulus money. It doesn't seem... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Jan 26, 2021

Generally if the stimulus money was used for household expenses or for the children a court would not require that it be shared.

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