January 2014 Archives

Should Colorado sperm donors have parental responsibilities?

Families in Colorado are not always comprised of two heterosexual parents and their children. Many couples might even need the assistance of someone outside of the family to have children. Some rely on the kindness of surrogacy and egg or sperm donors. Generally, the people who assist couples with having children through these methods are not held responsible for child-rearing. However, one out-of-state man who donated sperm to a couple is being ordered to share parental responsibilities by making child support payments.

Property division in divorce includes beloved pets

While many pet owners feel as though their pets are members of the family, the law simply does not see it the same way. Colorado families who are considering divorce need to realize that while people are often emotionally attached to their pets, they are subject to the same laws that cover all marital assets. As far as the courts are concerned, pets are part of the property division that occurs in most divorces.

Divorce rates and custody proceedings rise after the new year

The dawning of a new year often means that people will make new year's resolutions. Many are eager to begin anew and move forward with their lives. For some people in Colorado, this might include initiating a divorce. Many divorce attorneys report that January coincides with a rise in divorce rates and custody proceedings, and they speculate that this is due to many people's resolutions to change their lives.

Child custody rights of fathers as important as mothers

When considering child custody, the typical assumption is that mothers will be the primary caregivers when two parents cannot raise the children together. However, just because this may be the norm does not mean that there are not men who wish to be involved in child-rearing. Many Colorado fathers would welcome the opportunity to be the sole or primary provider for their children, but there are times when their wishes on child custody are overlooked. Recently, a father sued in his home state when his baby's mother placed their son for adoption without his consent.

Dividing retirement accounts in Colorado property division

When couples divorce in Colorado, the process is very seldom an easy one and can be wrought with a number of difficult and emotionally charged issues. One of the most complex matters that could be faced in any divorce is property division. One question that needs to be asked when dealing with this issue is how to divide retirement assets. A recent article highlights this question and offers some guidance to those who might find themselves in this situation.

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