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Steps to take after a car accident

Even the safest Colorado drivers might still find themselves involved in a car accident. In this case, knowing the proper steps to take is crucial. Failure to do so can have a number of negative consequences, and might even prevent you from holding the negligent party responsible for careless behavior behind the wheel.

In the event that you’re involved in a relatively minor car accident, Consumer Reports recommends moving the vehicle out of the way of traffic if at all possible. Once the vehicle is in a safe spot, turn off the ignition and turn on the hazard lights to alert other drivers of the issue. At this point the police should also be notified. While notifying the police in cases where there is bodily injury is crucial, they can also create an accident report. To this end, be sure to get the officer’s name and contact information so that you can receive a copy.

Are mothers automatically awarded child custody during divorce?

While many people believe that mothers receive preferential treatment during custody disputes, there are actually no set rules in Colorado regarding which parent will automatically get custody of children. Indeed, Colorado courts primary concern when determining custody is a child's best interests, not the gender of the parent.

Colorado child custody: 101

Legally known as "allocation of parental responsibility" in Colorado, child custody determinations can typically be divided into two distinct parts: determining parenting time and the allocation of decision-making authority. Both of these issues are decided based on the best interests of the child. 

How can I ensure a real estate purchase contract is sound?

If you are purchasing a home in Colorado, you no doubt have concerns about whether your real estate purchase contract is legally sound. In this case, having access to the right information is crucial when determining the validity of a contract. Failure to do so could jeopardize your purchase, as well as cost you exorbitant amounts of money in the long run.

The American Bar Association illustrates some of the common problems buyers of real estate run into when reviewing real estate purchase contracts. For instance, language should be present that explicitly spells out who will be responsible for repairs should the property sustain damage prior to closing. This can be extremely important, as disputes will most likely arise about who is financially culpable for any repairs or maintenance required as a result. Without clear language, closing the deal will most likely be delayed indefinitely.

How can I locate hidden assets during a divorce?

When it comes to divorce, couples in Colorado may be concerned about their spouse attempting to hide assets. While this is not only unethical but it also illegal, spouses routinely attempt to cover up assets that may be considered shared marital property. In this case, knowing the methods of uncovering hidden assets is crucial if you want to ensure you get what is rightly yours during a divorce.

The Huffington Post goes over some of the more common methods spouses use when hiding assets. For instance, working with an attorney well-versed in the methods for uncovering assets is vital to your case. Past experience is key in this regard, as an attorney with prior experience in discovering hidden assets will have a better chance locating any wrongdoing. While you must be careful with the methods you use when searching for hidden assets (as some evidence may not be admissible in court), an attorney will be able to assist you in the best plan of attack.

Swimming pool safety tips can save lives

As summer rapidly approaches, families in Colorado are eager to get to their local swimming pools to beat the sweltering heat and sun. Accordingly, knowing the essential swimming pool safety tips is crucial to ensure the entire family remains safe and secure.

For families with private pools in their homes, the Red Cross offers a number of tips aimed at keeping both guests and inhabitants safe. For instance, kids should undergo swimming lessons as early as possible to ensure they are able to navigate the water on their own. For younger kids or those who are still inexperienced swimmers, continuous parental supervision is crucial. Kids can also be outfitted in safety-certified life vests, which can go a long way towards preventing a tragic occurrence.

Legal issues surrounding interoffice dating

Although still considered taboo by many employers in Colorado, interoffice dating is becoming a far more common scenario. However, it’s important to know the possible legal issues associated with interoffice romances, which can serve to threaten the success of a business in the event a lawsuit is initiated.

Inc. illustrates some of the changing attitudes toward romance between co-workers. For instance, 85 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds surveyed admitted they would have no problem dating a co-worker (as compared to just 35 percent of 30 to 46-year-olds claiming the same.) Additionally, some industries are more forgiving of office romances due to the longer hours worked. Since it can be difficult to have a social life in this case, many co-workers find it only natural to develop relationships with one another.

Does alimony ever end in Colorado?

Recently, we published a blog explaining how alimony — otherwise known as spousal maintenance — is generally calculated under Colorado law. However, now that you know how the amount of alimony is determined, the next question is when does it end?

Like most issues that must be resolved during a divorce, the answer to this question depends on several variables, the most important of which is the length of the marriage.

What should I know about wrongful termination in CO?

Business owners in Colorado must adhere to the letter of the law when it comes to the treatment of employees. This is especially true when it comes to termination, which can spur a lawsuit if not handled correctly. To this end, business owners must remain fully apprised of the legalities surrounding termination to ensure they remain in compliance.

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the state adheres to employment-at-will regulations. That means that employers are free to terminate a worker’s employment at any time without being required to provide a reason. These laws were designed to allow both workers and employers greater flexibility when it comes to securing a suitable position or candidate. While these laws give employers the ability to fire workers at will, there are exceptions to the doctrine.

Tips on navigating divorce for fathers

Divorce is a tough process for the whole family, but it can be especially difficult on dads. This is particularly true when it comes to contentious divorces, which can make every decision seem like an uphill battle. At Ciancio, Ciancio, and Brown, we believe that preserving the rights of Denver fathers is of the utmost importance. That’s why we pledge to tackle the difficult legal issues surrounding your case, which will allow you to focus on what matters most.

According to TheSpruce.com, ensuring kids have the support they need is a major consideration for many divorced dads. This is crucial when kids are forced to move far away from their dads, which can make maintaining a relationship that much more difficult. To this end, finding ways to stay in touch is essential to making certain your kids truly value your presence in their lives.

The dangers of distracted driving

While many people think distracted driving is the use of mobile devices behind the wheel, there are actually a whole range of dangerous behaviors that fall into that category. Distracted driving poses a real threat to Broomfield motorists no matter how careful they are behind the wheel. Accordingly, it’s imperative that all drivers are aware of the facts so they can comprehend the risks involved when driving while distracted.

As illustrated by EndDD.org, there are three primary types of distracted driving behaviors motorists can take part in. When drivers take their eyes off the road for any reason, this entails a visual distraction. This can simply be a matter of changing the station on the radio, or looking at a friend in the passenger’s seat. Daydreaming or letting one’s mind drift while on the road is considered a cognitive or mental distraction.

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