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Property Considerations When Getting a Divorce in Colorado

Pursuant to the Colorado Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act, the courts are required to divide all marital property equitably. Many people mistakenly believe this requires the courts to divide property equally. In fact, an equitable division of property does not mean equal.

Responding to suspected wrongful termination in Colorado

There are many thousands of people who show up to their jobs in Colorado and complete their work-related tasks. Most of these workers are ethical, trustworthy and hardworking. Some of these people may be surprised that despite their efforts, they are terminated from their positions, making them question whether they were the victim of wrongful termination. 

Many states, including Colorado, are considered "at will" when it comes to employment. This means that an employee can be fired for any reason. The only reasons that are prohibited are those that are in violation of an employment contract or those that are deemed unlawful, such as discriminatory reasons related to age, gender, disability or religion as well as retaliating against an employee for reporting illegal practices.

Every impaired driving crash in Colorado is preventable

Drunk driving is a serious problem that puts Colorado residents in danger. This is one cause of crashes that's preventable, so it's a tragedy when a wreck that's caused by someone who's impaired occurs.

There are laws in this state that are meant to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roadways, yet, some individuals still opt to get behind the wheel after they've had a couple of drinks. Around 60 people are arrested daily in this state for impaired driving.

Protecting your parental rights with a strong parenting plan

When two parents choose to divorce, they must create a parenting plan delineating how they each share the benefits and responsibilities of parenthood. Often, these issues are some of the most difficult to resolve during the divorce process, because many parents feel the need to fight for greater control over their child's life rather than creating a plan that truly focuses on the child's needs.

A strong parenting plan protects the best interests of the child while establishing healthy boundaries for parents. When one or both parents refuse to follow the parenting plan, they may suffer consequences from a family court. If you are working through your own parenting plan now, or if you experience difficulty getting another parent to respect your existing parenting plan, now is a good time to develop a strong legal strategy to protect your child and yourself.

Serious accident involving hit-and-run leads to arrest

It's not uncommon for most drivers to get into a car accident at some point in their lives. However, most people try to do all that they can to avoid causing one. When someone makes a deliberate choice that leads to a crash, such as speeding or texting and driving, that person could face criminal charges. One recent crash here in Colorado resulted in charges for one man after authorities say he caused a serious accident and was intoxicated at the time.

The crash happened at an intersection when, according to authorities, a man driving northward ran a red light. He allegedly struck another vehicle that had multiple occupants. Police say that the victims had to be extracted and taken to a local hospital.

Why you should seek child support (even if you don't need it)

You're getting divorced from your child's other parent -- or maybe the two of you were never married. Either way, the relationship is over. While you agree that your ex should remain involved in your child's life, you don't intend to seek child support.

After all, you earn a good living and can support your child. Why haggle over child support when you are trying to cut ties with your ex?

Serious accident leaves 2 with life-threatening injuries

Some car crashes have very clear details that authorities are able to piece together quickly. That is not the case for a recent collision here in Colorado that put four people in the hospital. When a serious accident like this happens, it is imperative that police figure out exactly what occurred and who may have been at fault. Fortunately, investigative techniques can help them do so and police will make use of all available resources to bring justice to those who may deserve it. 

Authorities say that the crash in question happened on a recent evening at a local intersection. One car was heading westward and crossing the intersection when it allegedly hit another vehicle going in the opposite direction. Four people had to be rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police report that the injuries suffered by two people in one of the vehicles are life-threatening.

A pup nup protects your pet during divorce

Pet owners know that their four-legged friends are so much more than just animals -- they are members of the family. Unfortunately, Colorado law does not see it that way. Pets are treated as just another piece of property when it comes to legal matters. This can spell trouble for pet parents who are going through a divorce, as they may be faced with the possibility of losing contact with their beloved animal altogether.

Since state law does regard pets as property, they generally end up lumped into property division alongside things like furniture and vehicles. This is creating a lot of legal problems, and a survey of lawyers found that 27% reported seeing more couples fighting about pet custody starting in 2015. Of the reported incidents, an overwhelming 88% involved dogs. Another 5% of fights were over cats, 1% were about horses and a final 6% involved other types of pets, such as snakes.

Know this point about divorcing with a family-run business

A stay-at-home spouse often has complete dependence upon their partner for financial support. When the source of income is a family business, both spouses may play roles in the company, but only one might have a working knowledge of what's going on with the finances. This can work well as long as the marriage is on a good foundation, but it can pose a problem if things shift and the marriage becomes rocky.

In some cases, the downfall of the marriage might suddenly have the spouse who knows about the company's finances claiming that the business suddenly isn't doing as well as it was before. This might be the truth, but there's also the possibility that sudden income deficit syndrome has occurred.

How to get through a divorce during financial struggles

The decision to file for a divorce is likely to be an emotional one rather than a financial one. Therefore, even if you are not sure that you can afford to go through a divorce or if you are uncertain about how it will affect you financially, you may decide to file anyway. Alternatively, you may have decided to file for a divorce before losing your job and entering a tough financial situation.

If you are currently in the midst of a divorce while struggling financially, you must pay attention to certain aspects of your finances. The following are some tips on financially surviving a divorce.

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