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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 »

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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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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.

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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: 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 »

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Nov 7, 2022

The funds would be considered marital property, however the reality is that when parties separate they often have to use bank account funds for living expenses, so such funds can fluctuate.

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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.

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Q: If there is a rental agreement would property have to be split in a divorce?

I purchased a piece of property before we were married. I know Colorado is a community property state. If I have a rental agreement with my husband would I have to split the appreciation of the property for the 3 years we have been married if we divorce? I pay all of the mortgage and property... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on Jun 24, 2022

Colorado is NOT a Community property state. Marital property is to be divided "equitably", which means "fairly', not necessarily "equally". The appreciation that occurs during the marriage is marital property. I do not think a rental agreement would make any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: I am married, just filed for divorce. My wife lives in NC, I live in CO with our minor child and need to move to KS.

I have residential custody and there is already a parenting time plan in place, filed and approved by the courts as a result of a abuse/neglect investigation involving my wife. She moved to NC during that investigation before there was a parenting time order. She now says I'm not allowed to... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on Jun 14, 2022

You need her consent or an order from the court allowing the move. If she will not consent, you should file a motion to approve the move. You should get a lawyer to help you with this.

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Q: If i get a divorce and my wife wants half the profit of the house would i have to give her that if i dont want to sell

She has abandoned the property for several months now moved in to her own place

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

Assuming the house was acquired during the time you were married, it is marital property. Marital property is subject to an equitable division-meaning "fair" ,not necessarily "equal". She will get her fair share of the house-probably 1/2. The court may order the house sold... Read more »

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Q: I have been married for 29 years. Will my husband be entitled to 1/2 of my retirement if we divorce?

I have worked for my entire marriage but my husband hasn't and has no retirement plan.

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on Apr 4, 2022

The portion of your pension that you earned during the marriage is marital property. Marital property ,including the pension, is subject to an equitable division. So, yes, he will get 1/2 of the pension, assuming it all was earned during the marriage.

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