mandatory financial disclosures in Colorado

Colorado Mandatory Financial Disclosures: What You Need to Know

In Colorado, both parties to a family law case are required to complete mandatory financial disclosures. This is true for divorces, child support modifications, allocation of parental responsibilities matters, and the like. So, what does this mean for you and your divorce? What the Heck are Mandatory Financial Disclosures? Colorado’s Mandatory Financial Disclosures are comprised of three (3) Court forms, the Sworn Financial Statement (JDF 1111), Supporting Schedules (JDF 1111SS), and Certificate of Compliance (JDF 1104). These documents are required to be completed by both parties and should generally be completed within 42 days of the date of service of the Petition and must be filed with the Court.  In addition to these Court forms, there are a number of

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navigating divorce when your child has special needs

Tips for Navigating Divorce When Your Child Has Special Needs

Even in a two-parent household, the challenges of raising a special needs child bring both joy and hardship. Add in the complexity of divorce, and it can feel really overwhelming. My hope is that this resource starts the conversation and planning around how to best take care of you and your kids while navigating divorce. I’ve seen so many families over the years thrive post-breakup once they found their groove and had a chance to heal. Some parents report they feel more refreshed and “present” now that the stress of trying to fix a “broken” relationship is off the table. You may be asking yourself questions like: Does it make sense to share custody? Will child support need to be

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Co-Parenting during Covid

10 (New) Terms to Include in Your Co-Parenting Agreement as a Result of COVID-19 (+ Checklist!)

Since March 2020, parents across the country have been navigating co-parenting during COVID-19, as parenting challenges unseen in the modern era have forced thousands of co-parents to court on an emergency basis.  What happens when parents have different views on the precautions associated with Coronavirus? Should a parenting time schedule be adjusted if one parent is a frontline worker? What happens if one parent is immunocompromised – should they forfeit their parenting time? These are just a few questions co-parents and divorcing parents are currently facing.  While it is impossible to plan for every unknown in life, having a foundation in your shared parenting agreement now to address how you and your co-parent will handle unprecedented events, such as a

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served with a petition for divorce

Colorado: I was Served with a Petition for Divorce, Now What?

Your spouse has filed for divorce and you have received the initial paperwork. So, what are your next (or first) steps?  Before proceeding to your first step you must sign the Waiver and Acceptance of Service (JDF 1102(a)) and return it to your spouse. Signing this document will prevent you from being personally served by a third party (generally a process server or county sheriff who has been instructed to hand you the initial paperwork at home or even your place of employment). If you were served with the Petition by someone other than your spouse and did not receive a Waiver of Service, you can proceed directly to your first step. QUICK TIP: Signing the Waiver of Service does

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Response to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

Should I File a Response to the Petition for Divorce in Colorado?

If you are served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and Summons for Dissolution of Marriage in Colorado you are considered the Respondent. The Petition is the document your spouse has filed with the Court to initiate divorce proceedings. The Petition lets the Court know the factual information regarding your marriage, as well as your spouse’s requests for “relief,” such as the division of marital property and debts, spousal support, and for Court Orders regarding any children of the marriage. You might not agree with everything in the Petition that has been filed by your spouse, and that’s okay! You have an opportunity to file a response for this very reason. In Colorado, you are required to file a

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