Divorce Backlog in JAG Offices
The Colorado Revised Statutes 14-10-114 has been enacted which basically states that a determination of maintenance will be made in each and every divorce case and the Court will make a Findings concerning the following:
- The amount of each party’s gross income;
- The marital property apportioned to each party;
- The financial resources of each party;
- The reasonable financial needs as established during the marriage.
The House Bill is 42 pages in length and signed by the governor in June, 2013, and becomes effective for the entire state of Colorado on January 1, 2014.
Several military clients are experiencing a backlog of appointments at the JAG offices. The most prominent is the Ft. Carson JAG office which was shut down for approximately two weeks. It is now our understanding that they are working on a partial basis as of Monday, October 7.
The importance of this is that many of the lower-ranking service members use JAG for their first point of contact to obtain relevant information prior to contacting private attorneys in El Paso County for filing their divorce actions.
Based upon the volume of civil actions and domestic relations actions going through the various JAG offices in El Paso County, it is anticipated the backlog should take approximately 30 to 40 days to complete and get back to normal.