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How is alimony calculated in Colorado?

One question many couples have about divorce is whether the court will order one spouse to pay the other alimony, which is actually known as spousal maintenance in Colorado.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question since alimony awards largely depend on the specifics of each case. Indeed, a court may examine a wide range of factors and statutes when determining whether alimony is appropriate or not.

What is gender identity discrimination?

In Colorado workplaces, discrimination is a matter that cannot be taken lightly. This is particularly true when it comes to discrimination based on gender identity, which many employers may not be fully aware of. However, failure to create an inclusive workplace for all employees is not only ethically wrong, it could also get you in legal trouble.

As stated by, anti-discrimination legislation is enforced on the federal and local level. In terms of federal statutes, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing laws, while local entities may also be charged with enforcing civil rights legislation. Because gender identity is included among the protected classes, individuals who feel as though they are being treated differently due to gender expression and identity can file a complaint with the appropriate office citing mistreatment by their employer.

Is there a link between brain trauma and early death?

Residents of Colorado know just how devastating a significant brain injury can be. However, many people fail to recognize the link between head trauma and an increased risk of early death. In fact, recent research shows that those who’ve sustained serious a brain injury often die earlier than people who have not, although the exact link is still up for debate.

According to CBS News, the risk of premature death rises significantly for those who’ve sustained a traumatic brain injury. These conclusions were based on a study involving 218,300 people, who died before age 56 at three times the rate of those who had not suffered any brain trauma during the course of their lives.  The causes of death for these brain injury victims included assault, suicide and other fatal injuries.

What’s the best way to discuss divorce with your spouse?

When it comes to divorce, the first steps are often the hardest. If you are contemplating initiating a divorce in Colorado, your first task will be to bring up the topic with your spouse. This can be extremely challenging, especially if your spouse is not aware that divorce is a possibility.

However, there are steps you can take to make the process transpire as smoothly as possible. The Huffington Post offers a few recommendations when broaching the topic of divorce with your spouse, including choosing the right setting and time for your discussion. It’s best to put off having the talk if there are any pending life events on the horizon or other occurrences that can impact the conversation (such as a recent illness or setback experienced by your spouse). If you have kids, it’s vital that you make arrangements for them to be out of the home when the talk occurs, as this will prevent any unnecessary interruptions.

Legal issues can pose a threat to small business success

Mistakes of a legal nature can prove highly damaging to small businesses in Colorado. Along with all the other concerns small business owners have, legal issues tend to fall on the back burner, often to the detriment of the business itself. Here at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., we urge our clients to keep consideration of legal issues at the forefront of business operations to ensure their enterprises have a real shot at success.

As illustrated by Forbes, there are a few legal issues that many business owners face across the board. One major impediment to success is a failure to create solid human resource strategies. Even relatively small companies must have guidelines in place to make certain employee conduct remains in compliance with the law. Failure to do so could lead to damaging lawsuits down the line, which can incur a huge expense for the company. To this end, it’s essential that all businesses develop a comprehensive human resource plan.

How long do child support payments continue in Colorado?

While the law in many states says that child support should end around a child's 18th birthday, Colorado is different.

In fact, under Colorado law, child support obligations typically continue at least until the child turns 19-years-old, which is the general age of emancipation in Colorado. However, it is important to note that there are several exceptions to this rule - meaning child support may end earlier or last even longer, depending on the circumstances.

Coping with a brain injury can be complex

Brain injury victims in Colorado have a long and often difficult road ahead of them. There are many negative effects associated with traumatic brain injuries, including emotional and physical symptoms. To this end, it’s important for brain injury victims and their families to be fully aware of the facts to ensure they can access the help they need when they need it most.

As stated by the Brain Injury Association of America, living with a brain injury can be very challenging. The extent of a person’s injuries is often dependent on which area of the brain sustained damage. Because the right side of the brain governs things like intuition and conceptual thinking, injuries occurring to this region can diminish one’s ability to see the “big picture” view. Conversely, injuries occurring to the left side of the brain often have a much a different impact.

What should I include in a custody agreement?

As a Colorado parent, you want only what’s best for your children. This is true even if you and your spouse are facing divorce, which can be a tumultuous time for all involved. Fortunately, you can relieve some of the pressure associated with divorce by creating a solid custody agreement which lays out each parent’s roles and responsibilities.

When it comes to the creation of a custody agreement, Parents suggests adding in terms that allow you to remain flexible should unforeseen circumstances occur. For instance, should you be unable to keep a pre-arranged visit, your ex can be given the “first right of refusal” before asking loved ones for assistance. Your children should also have a say in the arrangement, which is bound to evolve as they grow older.

What should I know about foodborne illness?

If you are a restaurateur in Colorado, protecting your customers from foodborne illness is a top priority. Improper handling of food can lead to serious health issues, and can also incur huge penalties for the restaurant in question. In order to protect your business, you must ensure that you’re following all proper procedures to make sure customers remain safe.

According to the Denver Department of Environmental Health, there are a few common risk factors that can contribute to higher rates of foodborne illness when preparing food. For instance, the state of the equipment used to prepare food can play a role in contamination. Failure to thoroughly clean equipment may result in the transfer of old food particles to fresh items. Preventing the transfer of contaminants from raw foods to cooked foods is also imperative. This entails a comprehensive sterilization of all associated equipment when working on food preparation.

Pedestrian safety is everyone’s responsibility

When exploring the many wonderful sites and attractions in Broomfield, CO, pedestrian safety is a must. Pedestrians can face a grave risk when traveling in areas heavily populated with vehicles, especially when drivers behave in a careless or negligent manner. To this end, the responsibility for keeping pedestrians safe and sound is one that is shared equally.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are numerous risk factors that can impact pedestrian safety when on the road. In terms of alcohol use, the risk of fatality increases greatly whether the driver or the pedestrian is under the influence at the time of the accident. In fact, 49 percent of fatalities involving pedestrians and vehicles featured alcohol usage on either the part of the victim or the driver.

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