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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2013 – A request to retroactively modify child support highlights the care needed when making custody changes. A Colorado father was faced with a lengthy appeals process after being denied his motion to retroactively modify a child support order based on the change in physical care of his child. In 2000, a Colorado father was ordered to pay child support to the mother of the child. In 2008, the mother filed contempt sanctions against the father for failure to pay child support from July 2000 to April 2005. The father argued that there […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2013 – In a Colorado child support case, a request for support modification was denied. In the case of Beatty and Turner, 279 P.3d 1225 (Colorado App, April 26, 2012), a couple’s marriage was dissolved in 2001. The father was subsequently ordered to pay monthly child support for one or more dependant children in the amount of $1,155. In 2009, the father objected to a garnishment of his wages to pay for back support payments he had not made, and he also requested a modification of the support amount. The case reached the […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2013 – An Indiana appeals court ruled a man must provide financial support for the children born during his marriage, even though he is not their biological parent. The court upheld an earlier ruling that the two children, born in 2004 and 2006, were children of marriage. In 2010, the husband filed for divorce, acknowledging that both children were born to his then-wife within the span of their nine-year marriage. However, he stated, the children were not his biologically, due to fertility issues the couple experienced, so he claimed he was not responsible […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2013 – The Supreme Court has agreed to review the ruling which returned an adopted child to her biological father. The adopted parents requested an appeal in the care of the now three-year-old, which the court had granted. The South Carolina couple adopted a Native American baby; her father is a member of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. “Child custody cases such as this one are difficult for everyone concerned, and happen with some frequency,” said Denver child custody attorney Bill Thode. “Everyone typically wants what is in the best interest of the […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2013 – Is it worth the time and effort to work with a child custody attorney? With more separating and divorcing couples unsure if they should use legal presentation or mediation to help them with the dissolution of their marriage, some also wonder if working with a child custody attorney is necessary. “The role of a child custody lawyer,” says Bill Thode, Denver child custody attorney, “is to work with the divorcing parents to reach the best parenting, living, and care solution for the child or children.” There are numerous issues to consider […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2013 – Current statistics show that for every first marriage in the U.S., 41 percent of them end in divorce. Meanwhile, the divorce rate in the U.S. for second marriages is currently at 60 percent, and the divorce rate is 73 percent for third marriages. While not all of the unions that end in divorce do so due to disagreements about how to combine marriage and money issues, anecdotal evidence indicates that subsequent marriages tend to have trouble with the same issues as the previous ones. “While it is unclear how many marriages […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – Journaling and otherwise ruminating on the emotions surrounding separation or divorce may not be helpful. According to a recent study released by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), an individual who maintains a journal into which they record their feelings and turmoil during and after a separation, or divorce can feel just as badly months later. The researchers discovered that writing down feelings can often fix into place a sense of emotional distress. The APS researchers set out to evaluate the psychological effects of what they call “narrative expressive” journaling to […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2012 – Pet owners often think of their pets as members of their family. This can be an issue during a divorce for both parties. The much beloved pet in a marriage may become a pawn if the divorce turns acrimonious. “Some people do consider their pet like a member of their family,” says Bill Thode, Denver divorce attorney. “But under Colorado law, when working out custody and divorce issues, pets are considered personal property.” Generally, judges prefer to not become involved in pet disputes. They may advise both parties to work to […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2012 – Numerous high-profile child custody cases across the U.S. have spurred renewed interest in how custody is determined and how it may differ from state to state. In Colorado, there are a number of statutory factors considered by the court when determining the custody of minor children. The Colorado court system calls child custody “parental responsibility;” parental responsibility can encompass joint or primary custody. “The Colorado courts apply several criteria when determining parental responsibility,” says Bill Thode, Denver custody attorney. “Colorado courts attempt to decide child placement and parental responsibility issues based […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – According to a recent economic report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, after divorce, a woman’s level of lifestyle drops some 37 percent. Meanwhile, a divorced man’s level of lifestyle typically increases by 63 percent. According to Denver divorce attorney Bill Thode, while divorce may shake up almost all the aspects of someone’s life, there are ways to limit the fallout. The most pressing issues, says, Thode, are ones of basic survival. “Determining where to live, or how to manage the once-shared home, is decision number one. Sorting out general finances, […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2012 – Noncompliant individuals who owe child support payments may have their government benefits garnished. The Treasury Department has issued a rule which allows creditors to garnish up to $700 per month of Social Security payments and Veterans Administration benefits from noncompliant individuals who owe child support payments. The garnishment is slated to begin as of March 2013, as soon as those payments are directly deposited via electronic funds. The benefits are to be protected from creditors by banks by means of a tagging system, a way to protect up to two months’ […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2012 – Courts in all fifty states can find it difficult to collect delinquent child support payments from a noncustodial parent. In attempting to collect, they try everything from instituting tougher penalties to the revocation of professional certifications. They even, in some cases, impose jail time. But the Maryland court system is attempting a new approach. “Maryland is to be applauded for the way it has approached the very real issue of noncompliance when it comes to child support payments,” said Denver child custody lawyer Bill Thode. “It may be that other states, […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2012 – Bill SB 1476, is currently in front of the California State Assembly, which would allow judges to recognize more than two parents for one child. The legislation has passed the California Senate and is slated to be sent to the governor’s office. “This bill currently has no effect on Colorado family law,” stated Denver custody lawyer Bill Thode. “Though it will be interesting to see how this may play out later in terms of divorce and custody issues in other states.” If passed, SB 1476 would be similar to legislation in […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – While the process of divorce may not have a direct effect on someone’s credit score or credit history, personal credit may be affected. According to Rob Berger at DoughRoller.net, the way individuals in a marriage manage their financial separating during a divorce will help determine if and how their credit rating changes once they are legally split. It pays to plan ahead in order to avoid costly long-term mistakes. For example, even if just one spouse is ordered to pay off a debt, such as a jointly-held credit card, warns Berger, […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2012 – While divorce can be emotionally, socially and financially unnerving, it is when someone faces a second (or third) divorce that it can be complicated without the right representation. “The biggest issue with the financial settlement from a second divorce is that it can easily, inadvertently or intentionally, end up co-claiming the financial resources your first divorce also has earmarked,” said Bill Thode, a Denver divorce attorney. “Though legal fees and other costs from your previous divorce may be concluded, you can still be paying out child support and alimony, as well […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2012 – California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill protecting custody rights for military parents currently deployed. Bill AB 1807 was crafted to address, and protect, the rights of deployed military parents to ensure that the child custody agreement in place before they were deployed for service, will be reinstated post-deployment. “The bill was proposed to make the process routine and reduce trauma, as much as possible for all family members,” said Bill Thode, a Denver child custody attorney. “When a divorced couple shares custody and one member is deployed, […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2012 – Child support payments do not always remain the same. They may be varied by the courts. “This case is a good example of the various circumstances that may result in a variation of child support. In re the MARRIAGE OF Scott WELLS, Appellant, and Carrie Wells, Appellee, Colorado Court of Appeals, Div. VII., the husband appealed an order modifying his child support for his two children and ordering that he pay extraordinary expenses, per section 14-10-115(11)(a)(I), C.R.S.2010, and pay attorney fees,” said Bill Thode, a Colorado divorce lawyer. The court affirmed […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2012 – The father in this case appealed a trial court decision to restrict parenting time with his child. “The father in In re the MARRIAGE OF Catherine PARR, f/k/a Catherine LYMAN, Appellee, and David LYMAN, Appellant, Colorado Court of Appeals, Div. I. 2010 had his parenting time restricted by a lower trial court. It went on appeal,” explained Bill Thode, a Denver custody lawyer. When the marriage of Parr and Lyman broke down in 2007, the parties collaborated on a parenting plan that outlined an ever-increasing amount of time for the father’s […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2012 – In this case, the father appealed an order ending his parental rights. “This is an interesting case,” remarked Bill Thode, a Denver child custody lawyer. “In re the Petition of C.L.S., and Lutheran Family Services of Colorado, Inc., Petitioner-Appellee, In the Interest of E.N.S., a Child, and Concerning J.O., Respondent-Appellant, and N.M. and J.M., Intervenors-Appellees, 252 P.3d 556 (2011) deals with a biological father appealing an order that ended his parental rights. His rights were severed under section 19-5-103.5, C.R.S.2010, which allows a parent who willingly relinquishes their rights to a […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2012 – In order to save money during a divorce, many couples are turning to mediation. If mediation fails, litigation is still an option. “When couples are facing divorce, many of them automatically think about going to court. Tempers flare, stress is high and the parties don’t know what to do, other than contact a lawyer. That is the first step. The second is to find out what your rights are in the state you live in, and the third step is to ask if there are other alternatives to going to court. […]


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