Custody Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 5

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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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2012 – According to the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, billions of dollars are owed each year in unpaid child support. In 2009, non-custodial parents owed more than $100 billion. The unpaid support becomes a government issue and an issue for taxpayers: a large number of the children not getting that support have to go on public assistance. If a child is on public assistance, the child support payments owed are supposed to go to the government as reimbursement: almost 50 percent of the money owed, approximately $53 billion, is currently owed […]


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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) 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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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2012 – A professional basketball player for the Miami Heat has allegedly claimed a Texas residence as his home, rather than Florida, though he plays and practices in Florida. It is assumed that the address change is to reduce child support payments. If his primary residence is legally recognized as Florida, current child support allocation is three percent of his income per month, according to reports. The player’s estimated salary is $18 million per year, which means, if true, he would be paying $30,000 per month. If the player, Chris Bosh, has a […]


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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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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2012 – A new bill in front of the California State Assembly 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 soon. Sen. Mark Leno (D) originally introduced the bill in response to a Court of Appeals ruling that stated courts did not have the authority to recognize more than two parents for a child, and that the legislature must grant them that ability. The Court of Appeals ruling overturned a lower court […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2012 – The Uniform Law Commission has provided their final approval for the Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act, a codification of rights for deployed military parents. Used by various state legislatures, the Act attempts to unify the rights of military parents in custody arrangements. Because military personnel often live in different states and on a variety of bases, individual state legislatures may have adopted their own child custody and visitation rules. However, if these rules vary widely by state, there could be confusion created by all the differences. Furthermore, it is common […]


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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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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2012 – Some Florida activists say that the state’s alimony laws, which provide for permanent alimony in some cases, are “antiquated” and should be eliminated. Others have criticized this position, saying that ending permanent alimony would only protect “wealthy men who cheat on their wives.” However, there is a middle ground. “The fact is that Florida’s alimony laws did need to be changed, and the state legislature accomplished this with the help of Florida family law attorneys,” said O. Reginald Osenton, a Brandon divorce lawyer. “Alimony reform in the state of Florida is […]


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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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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – Once a Florida divorce is final, there is a binding legal agreement that both parties must live up to. That binding contract may include alimony, child support and a parenting plan that includes time sharing agreements. Either party who refuses to abide by the agreement is likely to get dragged into court to explain why. That means payments have to be made on time both for alimony and for child support. It also means that both parents need to honor their time-sharing responsibilities and be respectful of the other co-parent’s time. […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2012 – The Collaborative Divorce Education Institute is again offering an Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training for Legal, Mental Health and Financial Professionals June 7-9, 2012 in Pomona, California. This is the Second Annual Three- Day Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Team Training offered by the CDEI. This training is scheduled for June 7,8 and 9, 2012 at Cal Poly Pomona with CDTT Trainers: George Richardson, Ellie Izzo, Vicki Carpel-Miller and Andrew Hoffman. CDEI is again offering the Advanced Level Interdisciplinary Team Train the Trainer four and a half day program coinciding with this three-day […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – Most people think of alimony as the way in which men support their ex-wives after a divorce. Changes in the economy and job equality have changed the way people see alimony. The new household breadwinner may be wearing the high heals in the family rather than pants. Women are achieving higher levels of power in corporations and starting more businesses. In fact, research firm GMI has charted 3 consecutive years of growth in the number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. As women claim their piece of the economy and […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Filing for a divorce can be difficult and stressful. The road ahead has many uncharted obstacles, but for Colorado residents, some rules go into effect immediately after filing their Petition for Dissolution. Regardless of whether the decision is mutual, once a divorce is filed in Colorado both parties are governed by some new guidelines. Something many people that are considering a divorce may not realize is that upon filing, a mandatory protection order (or restraining order) goes into effect against both parties. The protection order prohibits either party from selling property, […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2012 – The Georgia Legislature has passed a bill that dramatically changes child visitation law in the Peach State with regards to grandparents. The new law will strengthen the rights of grandparents in divorce cases where a parent has died or been incapacitated or incarcerated. But opponents of the legislation say it is an erosion of parents’ rights. Rep. John Meadows, a Republican representing Calhoun, Ga., introduced the bill that will give judges the power to allow visitation between grandparents and children. This law will be used most heavily in cases where grandparents […]


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