Posts by Laura E. Shapiro

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?

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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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Understanding the Divorce Mediation Process

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It’s no secret that divorce is one of the hardest things you and your family will ever go through. Even in the most amicable of circumstances, the changes within your family structure can be tough. It makes sense, then, that you’d want to make the divorce process as easy as possible. But hashing things out in court…

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How Do I Value and Divide Stocks for a Divorce?

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It is rarely a straightforward process to value and divide stocks for a divorce. Even when it seems like it should be on the surface, there are often hurdles you must clear. Before you agree to a division during settlement talks, you should discuss your options with a Denver divorce attorney familiar with high-asset and…

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Do You Need a Property Appraiser for Your Divorce?

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A property appraiser can make a difference in your divorce. The marital home and any other real property may be components of the marital estate. In many cases, the family home is the largest joint asset to deal with during a divorce. Knowing exactly how much it is worth is important. A property appraisal can…

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