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Dealing with a serious illness and family law

Our law firm fully understands the complexity and strong emotions often associated with family law cases. Whether you are working through a dispute involving child custody or recently filed for divorce, you may be experiencing stress, emotional pain, and other difficulties. Unfortunately, some people in Broomfield and other parts of Colorado may have a particularly challenging experience for different reasons, such as a serious illness. If you are suffering from an illness that has made life harder, it is vital to prevent these hardships from negatively influencing the outcome of your case.

Illnesses can turn life upside down in diverse ways. Whether you are required to take certain types of medication or you feel incredibly tired or depressed, various illnesses can make the divorce process and life in general even more complicated. That said, you should do what you can to keep your illness from negatively affecting your case. You should continue to stand up for your rights and closely assess the ins and outs of the case, whether you want to modify your child support order, fight for the custody of your child or visitation, or are facing any other matter involving family law.

Auto crashes and fall weather hazards

Motor vehicle collisions can happen at any time of year and for a variety of reasons. From drowsy or distracted driving to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, people find themselves seriously hurt or even killed in traffic crashes that were entirely preventable. With fall weather approaching, it is important to point out some of the weather hazards that may also lead to a crash in Broomfield and across all of Colorado. People often recognize the serious risks associated with ice and snow, but some may not be aware of just how hazardous rain, strong winds, and fog can be.

There are various ways in which fall weather can cause a crash, even if temperatures are well above freezing. In fact, rain plays a role in many of the weather-related motor vehicle collisions that occur. Not only can it lead to slick roads, but it can also affect visibility. Fog is another weather-related threat that can prevent drivers from being able to see the road well. It is also important to point out that wind can blow debris into the road or knock down tree limbs, which can cause a driver to swerve into oncoming traffic or off of the road.

Can back child support affect international travel?

If you have been struggling with child support payments, it is important for you to do what you can to keep yourself from falling behind. In Colorado, parents may lose the ability to pay child support for different reasons, especially if they suffer from an unanticipated health issue or lose their job. However, it is pivotal to look into any options during these trying times, such as the modification of a child support order. Child support delinquency can result in wage garnishment and arrest, but it can also carry other consequences, such as preventing someone from leaving the country.

According to the U.S. Department of State, those who have back child support that exceeds $2,500 are not able to obtain a U.S. passport. As a result, people who owe at least $2,500 in back child support should pay their child support arrears prior to submitting their passport application. In fact, the process to have one's name removed from the list can take a few weeks, so it is important for you to get caught up in a timely manner if you have fallen behind.

The importance of establishing paternity

Children who are born in Colorado can benefit greatly by knowing who their father is. Establishing paternity in the case of unwed parents is important for a number of reasons.

According to the Colorado Department of Human Services, the benefits to establishing paternity vary. These include:

  • Knowledge - children should have the opportunity to know who both their mother and their father are
  • Medical - children may be able to get health coverage through their father's insurance plan
  • Financial - child support may be granted in certain situations
  • Benefits - in the case of death or disability, the child may qualify to receive inheritance, Social Security benefits and life insurance

Family law issues during back-to-school time

If you are a parent, working through family law matters such as custody disputes or even deciding to file for a divorce can be very tough, regardless of the time of year. However, there are certain times, such as back-to-school season, when these issues can be even more challenging. Our law firm understands the pressure that both parents and children face, from becoming accustomed to a new schedule to purchasing school supplies. As a parent, you should also take your child's viewpoint into consideration and do what you can to make things easier for them.

If you know that divorce is necessary but are worried that it could have a negative impact on your child's performance in school or extracurricular activities they participate in, you should look into ways that you may be able to prevent or minimize such problems. For example, talking with your child about the ins and outs of whats going on and providing them with any answers they are looking for could be very helpful. These family law matters can bring uncertainty, especially for children, so it is important to do what you can to ease any concerns they have, especially if they are stressed out about returning to school.

What are the consequences of back child support?

Various types of family law matters can be stressful, from custody issues to property distribution. That said, child support can be tough for non-custodial and custodial parents in Colorado. When a parent fails to pay child support, many consequences may lie ahead. Moreover, custodial parents may experience financial hurdles when the payments are not made on time or according to the child support order.

The United States Department of Justice has outlined some of the consequences parents may face for failing to pay child support. Often, these issues are taken care of by local or state authorities. However, if a parent tries to flee to another state to avoid paying child support and the back child support is greater than $5,000 or has been skipped for over a year, they could be prosecuted by federal authorities. In fact, failing to pay child support can lead to time in prison and financial penalties.

Child relocation in Colorado: The Basics

When parents in Colorado divorce, it is possible that one of them will eventually want to move far away or even to another state — especially if he or she is looking for a new job or merely wishes to be closer to certain family members.

However, it is important to remember that a parent cannot simply choose to pack up and move with a child if that child is subject to an existing parenting time arrangement. After all, the other parent has rights too.

How often does poor weather cause car accidents?

Many people recognize the risks that come with driving while intoxicated, going over the speed limit, falling asleep behind the wheel, and failing to pay attention to the road. However, there are other potential hazards, such as poor weather conditions, which can contribute to an accident. From snow and ice to wind, fog, and rain, it is vital for drivers to be vigilant at all times, especially when the weather deteriorates.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, roughly 22 percent of the more than 5.7 million motor vehicle accidents that take place each year, on average, happened because of poor weather conditions. There are many different ways that inclement weather can cause an accident. Aside from drivers losing control due to slippery roads that are covered in ice, an accident may happen because strong winds blew debris on the road, causing a driver to veer into another lane. Or, an accident may occur when it is foggy because a driver cannot see the road very well.

Are work zone crashes becoming more common?

Each day, many different types of accidents happen on roads and construction sites across the country. However, some workers are hurt in a work zone crash while trying to perform their job duties. Whether Colorado drivers fail to pay attention to the road or ignore speed limits, there are different reasons why these crashes keep happening. However, they can generate many different hardships for victims and their families. Regrettably, an increase in the number of these crashes has been seen in recent years and it is pivotal for workers to be aware of the risks.

The Federal Highway Administration reports that a noticeable increase in the number of work zone accidents was observed when comparing data from 2015 to 2014 and 2013. Estimates suggest that more than 96,000 work zone crashes happened over the course of 2015, 7.8 percent more than the year prior. Furthermore, 67,887 work zone accidents happened in 2013, 42 percent less than 2015. Clearly, there was a very significant increase in the number of these crashes between 2013 and 2015.

Understanding who can file a wrongful death claim

To lose a loved one in Broomfield unexpectedly is tragic, no matter the circumstances. Yet if you were to later discover that his or her loss was due to another’s negligence, your grief may be compounded even more. Countless past clients have come to us here at Ciancio Ciancio Brown PC after having gone through such events wondering what legal recourse they may have. Civil action may be available to you, yet that begs the question of who is allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado?

Several other states have laws that only allow the personal representative of one’s estate to initiate such action. However, Colorado’s laws are somewhat different. According to Section 13-21-201 of the state’s Revised Statutes, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit if the decedent was your spouse. You can also bring such action if you are among his or her heirs. If you are an heir and your loved one’s spouse is still living, you must first have his or her written permission to file a lawsuit. You can also initiate a wrongful death claim of you have been designated as a beneficiary to one’s estate provided his or her spouse is not still living.

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