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Posts by Laura E. Shapiro

Consequences of Non-Payment of Child Support

Jail is a possible consequence of non-payment of child support

The Colorado Child Support Enforcement Act administers many consequences for non-payment of child support, including taking legal and administrative action against parents who refuse to pay. When a parent falls behind on child support, it can put the primary residential parent and the children in a difficult financial spot. This is one reason why Colorado…

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Divorce Mediation and Debt

Until debt tear us apart written on a brick wall

Colorado courts treat marital debt the same way they treat marital assets. They divide them between spouses in a way that is fair and equitable, but that might not be how you want to do it. With divorce mediation, you do have a choice. Divorce mediation and debt can go hand in hand so that…

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The Impact of Divorce on Children & Experts to Consult

Sad boy looking at his feet

Most kids who experience the separation and divorce of their parents may struggle in the immediate aftermath, but the impact of divorce on children is generally modest unless there is a high level of parental conflict.   According to one respected medical journal, many children adapt to their parents’ divorce within two years of the separation…

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What Does Equitable Distribution Mean in Colorado

People dividing marital property

Colorado is an “equitable division” state. Some states follow community property laws instead. In Colorado, there is no assumption that property is divided equally.   Equitable distribution states do not assume all property obtained during the marriage is marital property. The result is that Colorado divides marital assets and debts in a way that is…

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Is Colorado a “No Fault” Divorce State?

A parent walking away from the family

Yes, Colorado is a “no-fault” divorce state. The Court does not assign fault to either spouse during divorce proceedings and does not consider any alleged bad behavior when handling divorce proceedings. This can help reduce the acrimony that occurs during court proceedings, and it also makes it easier for judges to navigate complex asset division…

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