Estate Planning for Divorcees

 Centennial Lawyers,
no Comment.    Sep 20, 2018 | 11:00 pm


You are going to die! That shouldn't be a surprise, but, sadly, when any given person dies is, often, a complete and very heart-wrenching surprise for their loved ones. If you don't have a will, you won't really die intestate. Every state has probate laws which cover any person who dies "intestate". Don't let the state (judges who probably never met you) make decisions on your estate or about your children. Colorado divorce law doesn't cover estate planning, so many people forget this vital step in that process.   Get a Lawyer Estate planning usually involves four vital documents: The Last Will and Testament state how your property will be divided, names an executor to oversee that process and can include naming legal guardians for your minor children. A Power of Attorney (POA) designates an agent to speak for you if you become unable to speak for yourself. POAs can…

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Top Summer Getaways in Colorado for a Memorable Family Vacation

 Centennial Lawyers,
no Comment.    Aug 20, 2018 | 8:22 pm


Nobody usually thinks about family vacation plans as a bone of contention, but it can happen. Obviously, whichever "ex-" won't be on the trip needs to know your itinerary, contact info (other than your cell, for emergencies) and what you're planning — they may have legitimate objections. While you're thinking on that, here are some places to discuss for this year or next:   Arts in the Open, Morrison Chautauqua Park hosts a real art-meets-nature experience. Arts in the Open redefines "outdoor theater" combining unconventional plays with an easy 2-mile hike. The actors go with the hikers, presenting fairy tales, Shakespeare, literary classics, even science fiction. Recommended for ages 5 and above, the program lasts about two hours.   Denver Mint, Denver Who doesn't like money? If you've ever wondered how coins are made, and even if you haven't, the Denver Mint offers six free, 45-minute guided tours each day.…

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Maintain a Positive Outlook on Your Ex-Spouse When Co-Parenting

 Centennial Lawyers,
no Comment.    Jul 17, 2018 | 2:31 pm


"It Wouldn't be a Train Wreck without Innocent Bystanders" There's a lot of truth in that old proverb, and the children are the bystanders. Co-parenting (except in cases of abuse or other felonious behavior) is the best way to meet all your children's needs and to assure that they maintain the close relationships with each parent that they have a right to enjoy.   The First Rule Abide by every stipulation of the divorce/joint custody agreement. In Colorado, nobody violates family law without repercussions, especially if it's a parent violating the court's orders. When circumstances, like a sudden business trip or an illness, require you to adjust, both spouses need to be reasonable in handling it, including making the child part of the discussion when possible.   A Few Additional Suggestions Calm Down: Anger, resentment, and jealousy are perfectly normal feelings after divorce. Learn to express those negative emotions positively…

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How to Approach Dating Post-Divorce

 Centennial Lawyers,
no Comment.    Jun 22, 2018 | 6:23 pm


Did you hear the one about the gal who signed the papers on Thursday and had a new boyfriend by Sunday (the day she met the guy)?  Was the thrice-divorced man right when he said, "I should stop marrying girls I meet in bars." When done right, remarriage is a positive for everybody, but a successful remarriage won't happen if you don't do the dating part right.   Wait a Year Divorce can be traumatic, and people have been known to suffer severe PTSD after one.  More important (and more likely), you have a new life, new financial situation, new custody arrangements (if children are involved), maybe a new home to set up, and so much more.  Take time to settle comfortably into that life, establish a new normal. Maybe a year, maybe only six months, whatever it takes to be sure you are ready. (And don't hesitate to admit…

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Selling Your Home During a Divorce

 Centennial Lawyers,
no Comment.    May 30, 2018 | 12:35 pm


The family home is usually their most valuable asset. When a couple divorces, there are three possibilities: The wife buys the husband's interest; the husband buys the wife's or they liquidate and split the proceeds. Be advised: One spouse may own a property free and clear of the other, but that may not prevent a buyout or liquidation for reasons having nothing to do with that property. Also, "any property" includes vacation homes, rental or investment homes, all real property owned by either spouse.   Remain Rational – Ask Questions, Agree on Answers Who wants the house? Can either of you afford it in your new financial situation? Is it just your family home or one spouse's ancestral home? What is it worth? The Colorado housing market is big, and America's housing market is mind-boggling in size. What happens elsewhere can affect Colorado prices, like when the bubble burst in…

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How Long Does the Divorce Process Really Take?

 Centennial Lawyers,
no Comment.    May 22, 2018 | 10:34 am


Divorce law sets much of the calendar and divorce law may change whenever the Legislature convenes, so, as soon as you think you might need one, call in the Centennial, Colorado, family divorce experts for the most up-to-date information.   The Basics Colorado law required a 91-day period from the initial "Petition for Dissolution" to the day a judge can legally sign the final decree. If you file the petition right after Labor Day, don't expect a decree in time for Thanksgiving. Even the best divorce (if such a thing exists) is complex and emotional and you must get it right the first time or risk dragging the process out for months or years. Both parties must agree on every term. This includes dissolution of assets and financial arrangements, alimony and child support, if appropriate, and more. If the family includes children, both parents must complete a parenting class. There…

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Five Ways to Emotionally Support Your Child After Divorce

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no Comment.    May 17, 2018 | 8:34 pm


A family divorce doesn't have to be a totally negative event. Your children deserve a childhood free from animosity and resentment, and you need to work to make that happen. Remember, each child is different, they'll react to divorce individually. You must discern each child's problems and deal with the problems, not the symptoms. Don't make assumptions, talk to your children, and to professionals, if needed.   Lay the Groundwork During the Process Some will say there isn't a right time to announce your divorce, they're wrong. The right time starts one minute after you and your spouse make the decision. Talk to your children collectively or individually, whichever best fits their needs, but talk. It won't get easier and older children will certainly not appreciate the fact that you (in a very real sense) lied to them for weeks or months.   Take the Blame. Children experience wide-ranging emotions…

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Five Signs That You’re Co-Parenting Effectively

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no Comment.    Apr 25, 2018 | 2:58 pm


Family Law Tips on Co-Parenting Divorce is a difficult transition for a family to go through — and may impact a child’s academic outcomes, behavior, and mental health. Co-parenting is an entirely new process to get used to. This article will explain positive signs that it's being done correctly, and you're providing a nurturing environment for your children. Identify whether or not your youngster is struggling A divorce is challenging for the entire family — however, kids are particularly susceptible to its negative effects. The kind of support needed varies depending on development level and age, as will the indications that they might be struggling. Ages 5 to 8:         Regression to earlier behavioral patterns       An increase in separation anxiety       Stomach problems or headaches       Emotional distress or frequent crying       Hard time concentrating on schoolwork   Ages 9 to 12:         Over-functioning in responsibilities       An increase in conflict with peers       Premature…

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Common Mistakes to Avoid During a Divorce

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no Comment.    Apr 17, 2018 | 10:55 am


It’s going to be stressful for you and your partner when you end the marriage. Divorce lawyers understand how challenging a divorce can be and will do their best to offer the guidance needed to get through the process as easily as they can. Divorce attorneys want to guide and counsel you on how you can avoid common mistakes people make during this time. When you don't go with legal representation, these common mistakes can build animosity and negatively impact the process. This article will explain how to avoid these issues: Being Too Emotional Even though undergoing a divorce is an emotional occasion, the best thing to do includes staying calm and cooperating throughout the court proceedings. As emotions begin taking over negotiations, it’s difficult to make decisions which are going to be of benefit later on. Using rage as a weapon against your partner is also counterproductive and just…

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Signs Your Child Is Struggling with Your Divorce

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no Comment.    Apr 09, 2018 | 10:51 am


Tips from the Experts in Family Law Unless it is apparent to children that their parents are better off separated, most don’t want their parents to divorce. As caught up in a stressful divorce, children are inclined to be neglected as parents struggle with the grief which derives from a failed marriage. Children tend to keep things to themselves. In this piece, we will explain different signs to look for in behavior and activity, allowing the parents to know if additional care/concern is necessary. Constant Outbursts If you see your youngster pounding the floor while walking, slamming doors, or throwing things around, those are all signs of built-up aggression. In these types of instances, parents ought to speak with their children’s friends and teachers to discover if they, as well, see a behavior change. Self-Harm Initially, self-harm was considered an epidemic among tweens and teens; however, experts have discovered that…

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