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Colorado General Assembly Considers Bill for Presumptive Maintenance at Permanent Orders

james Apr 11th, 2013 Family Law

Spousal maintenance, previously referred to as alimony, has become a hotly debated family law issue across the country in recent years. Now Colorado is taking its turn as the General Assembly is currently debating a bill setting forth a formulaic calculation for maintenance awarded at permanent orders, which “suggests” both the amount and duration of […]

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Dissolution of Civil Unions: A New Colorado Frontier

james Mar 29th, 2013 Family Law

On March 18, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law the Civil Unions Bill, which goes into effect May 1, 2013, making Colorado the 9th state to allow civil unions. Some people believe the term “civil union” is synonymous with “marriage,” but they are actually quite different.  The differences include the availability of Federal benefits such […]

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Court of Appeals Rules that Great-Grandparents Do Not Have Visitation Rights

james Feb 22nd, 2013 Family Law

On January 31, 2013, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled whether great-grandparents of a child have standing to request visitation under the Grandparent Visitation Statute, which is an increasingly prevalent area of family law. In this case, the child’s great-grandmother (grandmother of the child’s mother) requested visitation rights, which the child’s father opposed. Although the […]

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