Valuing a Veterinary Practice for a Divorce

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When you established your veterinary practice, chances are you did not anticipate that your business would be on the property division list for your divorce.

Your veterinary practice is marital property (i.e., property and assets either spouse acquired during the marriage) under Colorado law, unless you started your practice before you were married or excluded it in a premarital agreement

Can I Modify a Child Support Order in Colorado?

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You can modify a child support order in Colorado if you experienced a "substantial and continuing" change in your circumstances since the order was first established or since the last modification of the order.

Keep in mind that, per Colorado law, the change must increase or decrease the child support order's dollar amount by at least 10 percent or more.

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How Long Do You Have to Pay Spousal Support?

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How long you have to pay spousal support depends on a few different factors.

You can pay spousal support for a short time or continue making payments even after you retire.

A judge takes a number of factors into consideration before determining the amount and duration of monthly spousal support payments.

One primary factor is the length of your marriage. The longer you were married, the longer you may have to pay spousal support.

How Is Spousal Support Calculated?

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Colorado courts calculate spousal support using statutory guidelines.

Based on how long the couple has been married, the income of each spouse, and other specific factors, the Court will decide how much the higher-earning spouse may have to pay.

Under state law, the Court calculates spousal support using a formula. Under this formula, the amount of spousal support equals:

What Is the Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce?

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There is one significant difference between legal separation and divorce in Colorado: A divorce legally dissolves a marriage, but a legal separation does not.

Couples who divorce are free to remarry.

Couples who are legally separated are still married to each other, even though they are living independently and have gone their separate ways. Legally separated couples cannot marry anyone else until they have divorced.

How Do I File for Legal Separation?

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You can file for legal separation at the district court in the county where you and your spouse live, or where your spouse lives.

Under state law, you must have lived in Colorado for at least 91 days before you can file a petition for your separation.

Before you file the paperwork, you might want to...

Why should I consider using a private judge for my divorce case?

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In getting ready to go through the divorce process, you may find yourself lost and confused. There are several ways to approach the dissolution of your marriage, but it can be difficult to know which way is best for you and your family.

For some divorcing couples in Colorado, going to court may be the only way for both sides to achieve a final settlement, but there are some drawbacks to going this route

unless you decide to hire a private judge.

Who can hire a private judge? Why would I want to? What are my other options?

5 Important Property Division Considerations in Gray Divorce

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A "gray divorce" carries added stress for couples over 50 who must divide the property they accumulated together over the years before they go their separate ways.

If you are over 50 years old and contemplating a divorce, make sure you receive an equitable portion of the marital property, which includes all assets and income earned throughout your marriage.

At Shapiro Family Law, our property division lawyers have seen several common issues among our clients. Here are the top five important property division considerations in a gray divorce.

Grandparents’ Rights in Colorado

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According to the last Census figures, more than 35,000 Colorado grandparents are raising their grandchildren. About 40% of those grandparents have cared for their grandchildren for more than five years.

So yes, grandparents can get custody of grandchildren if certain requirements are met.

How Do I File for Child Custody?

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You can file for child custody during a divorce or a legal separation. If you are a parent but not married to the child's other parent, you can still file a petition for custody.

In fact, if a child has been in your care for six months or longer, in the last six months, you are able to file whether or not you are a parent.

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