Category Archives: Case Study

Seeking to Stop Online Re-Homing

Recently a trend is emerging of children being offered for adoption online. As with all other technology related crimes that have surfaced as the technology has changed, it takes time for the law to catch up.

These online adoptions or “re-homing” are spawning from legal adoptions, usually from another country. Parents are adopting children and are either overwhelmed by the responsibility or feel under prepared for any emotional or behavioral issues …

Shared custody increasingly common in Colorado

Many divorced couples want nothing to do with their ex-spouses. When children are involved some parents are willing to “fight dirty” for sole custody in order to cut the other parent out of their and their children’s lives. While the ex-spouse feels it is in their own best interest, it might not be in the child’s best interest.

In cases where there is no evidence of abuse and the parents are …

Is there an advantage to filing for divorce first?

In many citations where divorce is filed, both spouses have likely seen it coming for some time. In these cases, when the couple feels the marriage cannot be saved, it is often more advantageous to file first.

Filing for divorce first gives one spouse a head start on hiring a legal team including professionals such as therapists or financial advisors. Planning ahead also allows one spouse to get there paperwork in …

Native American Adoption Laws Supported By Colorado

In 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act was passed initially to protect Native American families whose children were removed from the home. Native Americans and others had feared that many times children were being removed too often and without merit. In addition many children were being removed and offered to non-Native American families for adoption therefore the children are being not raised to learn their culture. The law exists to …

Relief for Japanese-American Child Custody

The Hauge Convention on International Child Abduction seeks to stop parents from fleeing to another country with their child when the other parent has legal custody rights. Almost 90 countries have signed treaties to approve the convention and up until recently Japan had held out on signing. In the past, a co-parent that has Japanese citizenship could take their child to Japan and the other parent could do little to get their …

Pet Custody in Colorado

Many pet owners will agree that their pets are as much a part of the family as any human family member. With that being the case, in the event of divorce, spouses may feel they need set up a sort of custody like they would with their children. However the law currently considers pets as possessions and therefore can be given to one party or the other permanently.

If the couple …

Controversial Military Child Custody Bill Passes House Vote

Recently the House of Representatives passed the Service member Family Protection Act which is aimed at protecting the child custody of military parents while deployed. Many times military deployment or the possibility of deployment can be used against a soldier in a child custody case.

This Bill is highly criticized because if it were to pass, military custody cases could be heard by federal courts. Many oppose this action because it …

The Success of Wage Withholding

In child support situations, some parents refuse to pay or can’t afford to pay or just occasionally miss payments. When this happens, child support can be deducted from the parent’s paycheck. According to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, seven out of ten of all child support are collected through wage withholding. This offers the parents the convenience of paying their debt on time and not incurring fees for …

Study Shows Facebook Can Lead To Divorce

With many social media venues, people tend to share too much personal information and opinions online. In the event of a divorce, many lawyers have recently turned to social networks like Facebook to find damaging information to be used in child custody cases. Divorce-Online UK surveyed attorneys who reported that a third of all divorces filed that year had Facebook implicated.

Even in relationships that are not going through a divorce, …

Secret Spending Could Lead to Divorce

Many spouses will make purchases and then hide the item or the bank statement from their spouse. Studies show that people do this because they fear their spouse will be angry or disapprove of the spending. However this spending, and particularly repetition of this behavior can cause much damage in a marriage. A new report found that 1 in 10 of separated or divorced couples were impacted by hidden spending. …