Colorado Family Law
Colorado Family law matters encompass many issues, including:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements
- Maintenance (formerly alimony)
- Allocation of parental responsibilities
- Protection orders
- Property division
- Criminal defense, such as domestic violence, child abuse, violation of protection orders
- Contempt citations
An experienced attorney can assist with these challenges.
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (Formerly Known as Child Custody) for Colorado Fathers
Parental responsibilities (formerly known as child custody) issues are divided into two essential areas: decision-making responsibility, and parenting time.
Decision-making responsibility is the right to make major decisions for a minor child(ren) in the areas of health, education and religion. The court may order that the parents make these decisions jointly, or may order that certain decisions be made solely by one parent. The court must consider several statutory factors when allocating decision making responsibility which is in the best interests of the minor child(ren).
Parenting Time includes the time a child(ren) spends with each parent including regular parenting time during the school year, summer, holidays and vacations. The court must consider several statutory factors when creating a parenting plan which is in the best interests of the minor child(ren).
Determining Child Support
Both parents have the obligation to support their children until the child reaches the age of 19, dies or is otherwise emancipated, whichever occurs first. Child support is determined pursuant to statutory guidelines and take into consideration the amount of overnights the child(ren) spend with each parent, the income of each parent, cost of daycare, health insurance, and extraordinary expenses.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
In a divorce, the marital estate is split between the divorcing spouses. Generally, but for property acquired by gift or inheritance, the marital estate consists of all assets acquired during the marriage. This includes increases in the value of separate property acquired prior to the marriage. Anything acquired during the marriage is presumed to be marital property unless it meets an exception.
One of the exceptions, found in Colorado Revised Statutes § 14-10-113(2)(d), is property excluded by valid agreement of the parties. An agreement to exclude property formed before the marriage is called a prenuptial agreement, or “prenup,” while an agreement formed during the marriage is called a postnuptial agreement.
An attorney can assist you in forming a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that meets legal tests and will survive a divorce. If forming such an agreement, it is important that you be represented by your own attorney.
Representing Men in Colorado Family Law Issues
Sharon D. Liko, P.C., represents men in family law issues, including in child custody issues, child support issues, prenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements. Sharon D. Liko, P.C., has built a reputation in Colorado courts for preparedness and tenacity. Call 303-534-4888 today to schedule a consultation.
Call today to schedule a consultation. Sharon D. Liko, P.C., is based in Denver and represents men across Colorado, including Douglas County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and the communities of Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, Castle Rock, Cherry Hills, Cherry Hills Village, Greenwood Village, Lakewood, Golden, and Arvada. Ms. Liko is also licensed in Texas.
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