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Using parallel parenting for custody and parenting time plans

When Colorado couples started their families, they probably felt as though their marriages would last forever. Unfortunately, at some point, the marital relationship soured, and one or both spouses decided that divorce would be the best course of action. Even if at least some of those couples want to co-parent, their relationship may not allow them to do so, in which case they may want to consider parallel parenting for their custody and parenting time plans.

For those unfamiliar with parallel parenting, it allows couples in these circumstances to enjoy joint custody of their children without contact with the other parent. Of course, there will be times when parents will need to discuss an issue regarding the children, but those communications are not done in person. Instead, they communicate in an agreed-upon fashion, usually using some form of technology, such as email, texts or one of many parenting apps.

Emotions can complicate the divorce process

Unquestionably, divorce can be an emotional time. When one is feeling overwhelmed with emotions, it is easy to make mistakes. Certain mistakes in the divorce process can lead to lifelong struggles. While it may be one thing to advise someone to approach divorce as reasonably as possible, this is not always easy to do. For this reason, many in Colorado seek legal advice as early as possible in the process.

Divorce is essentially a business transaction, and those who view it in this respect may achieve a more positive financial outcome. However, it may be impossible to ignore the very real emotional aspects of a marriage breakup, especially if children are involved. A spouse who feels betrayed or who is filled with anger may have a difficult time negotiating for a fair settlement and may even unwittingly behave in a way that is destructive to his or her goals.

Could you get tripped up by scope creep on your next project?

If you are a Denver contractor, chances are good that you have already experienced scope creep on your jobs. To a certain extent, scope creep is an occupational hazard that must be managed.

But there are occasions of unbridled scope creep that far exceed the nuisance levels and cross over into actual business liabilities. Let's examine the problem further.

Spring DST increases fatal crash numbers in its first week

The first week of daylight saving time is always a time for Colorado residents to be more careful on the road. The reason is that the loss of one hour of sleep makes everyone drowsy, raising the risk for crashes. In fact, a study published in Current Biology has found that there are 6% more fatal car crashes in the U.S. during the first week of DST. An estimated 28 more fatal crashes occur in this week each year, and many more that do not end in death likely occur as well.

For the study, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder analyzed more than 730,000 crashes occurring between 1996 and 2017. One other finding of theirs is that the farther west one goes in a time zone, the more fatal crashes there are. This is due to the sun rising and setting later in these regions. Many residents on the westernmost edges of a time zone still commute in the dark after the switch.

Celebrating International Women's Day - March 8

Cheers to the women, men, and children who celebrate the liberalization of women every day. International Women's Day started in 1913, and year after year global awareness has been raised to support the movement to eliminate discrimination and to equalize and liberalize women's economic, political, educational, cultural and social rights.

Common Law Marriage

Colorado is one of the few states that still recognizes common-law marriages. "A common-law marriage is established by the mutual consent or agreement of the parties to be husband and wife, followed by a mutual and open assumption of a marital relationship." People v. Lucero, 747 P.2d 660, 663 (Colo. 1987). If you cohabitate (for any duration) and you both mutually and consistently hold yourselves out as "married" and have a reputation as being married, then you have a common law marriage.

Drunk driving causes serious injury: Here are the facts

Drunk driving is a hazard that doesn't have to exist. Drivers can make the decision not to get behind the wheel when they're intoxicated. 

Unfortunately, drunk driving does take a toll on the population and leads to many deaths and injuries every year. In 2016, 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions. That adds up to 28% of all automobile crash-related deaths that year.

Short marriage led to divorce? Your attorney can help

You and your spouse have only been married a short time, and you think that could mean that your divorce will be less complicated than a divorce would be for others. The reality is, though, that the complexity of your divorce comes down to what you did during that time.

Take, for example, a couple who has been married for two years. They bought a house, had a child and set aside money into retirement. They opened a business, too. Then, they decided to separate. Of course, thinking about that situation, it's easy to see how it could be more complex than someone who gets married, doesn't have kids and doesn't mingle their finances.

Bill would allow people under 21 to drive 18-wheelers interstate

Large trucks are common on the Colorado roads. An accident between passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers can cause catastrophic injuries and death. Relying on government oversight to ensure that truck companies adhere to the rules for safety might seem wise. However, some rule changes sow concern. Such is the case with the bill that would allow drivers under the age of 21 to drive commercial vehicles across state lines.

The new bill is touted as a way to improve safety. It would treat drivers younger than 21 as apprentices. They would have 400 hours of probationary driving spread over two time-periods. Of those, 240 hours would include commercial driving with a driver who is 21 or older. Currently, every state but one allows drivers 18 and older to have a commercial license to travel interstate. Hawaii is the exception.

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