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Custody (Parental Responsibilities)
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CO Marijuana Law: Important Info. for Parents
Although it is now legal for adults (21 and over) to purchase and consume marijuana, that doesn’t mean you can smoke weed without potentially devastating consequences. Responsibility is key. Marijuana is regulated and some people still can’t smoke it legally in this state (including people under 21 and people on probation). Just like alcohol or […]
Rants and Raves
RANTS: People walking around staring at their cell phones, completely unaware of the live people and action around them (myself included as I sit here blogging in the airport). Fast Food. Unnecessary C-Sections and medicated births. Formula. “Educational” Television Programming for kids. RAVES: Parents who limit their own “screen time” in front of their children. […]
‘Tis The Season
The holidays are supposed to be a time with family and friends, for reflection and cheer. It’s a great opportunity to create new traditions or re-live your favorite ones. Don’t put your kids in the middle of your battle over where they are going to spend the holidays — it will likely leave an unintended […]
Nanny vs. Daycare
So many working parents ask themselves, “Which is better – a nanny or daycare?” The right answer will depend on your particular family and the financial resources available to you. It will also depend on whether you have more than one child and the age of your children. For example, infants and young toddlers will […]
Nursing and Divorce or Separation
Many questions and fears may arise when a nursing mother is facing divorce or separation. She may ask – how can I nurse my baby if the father has parenting time? Is it dangerous for my baby to stop nursing? What do I do if I’m getting divorced and my baby is still breastfeeding? First, […]
How can a CFI help me?
Do you really want someone appointed by the judge in your divorce case to stick their nose in your family business? Your first response is most likely, “No”. However, a Child & Family Investigator (CFI) will put the focus back on your kids. And focusing on them is what is most important in the long […]
What is a CLR?
The Child’s Legal Representative (CLR) is an attorney in a domestic relations case, appointed to represent the child’s best interests (as opposed to the child’s wishes – although, as a rule – I think the child’s wishes should be expressed to the court unless there are special circumstances indicating otherwise). The CLR does not file […]
In Colorado, if you have kids and you’re involved in divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities (“APR”) litigation, you may need to consider whether a Child and Family Investigator (“CFI”) or Parental Responsibilities Evaluator (“PRE”) needs to be appointed in your case. You may also be faced with the fact that the appointment may happen […]
Try to settle if you can…
Even after you’ve become entangled in custody related litigation, you can discuss with your attorney (or if you’re pro se, with opposing counsel) the possibility of settlement as opposed to going to trial. If a CFI (Child and Family Investigator) is appointed in your case, the written report may be a good tool to use […]
High Conflict Divorce
The negative impact of high conflict divorce on children is real. It can be scary, stressful, confusing, frustrating and exhausting. It can lead to disruptions in comfort and routine, problems at school and create behavior changes and/or aggression and withdrawal. Such changes may lead to unstructured and unhealthy risk-taking behaviors. Children may likely suffer a […]
When you have kids but never married your ex, you still need to consider having an official court order as to parenting time and decision-making responsibility. The parenting plan and court orders will help to ensure clarity and consistency. Hopefully you and your ex can figure out a way to co-parent easily but the plan […]
The CFI – my new best friend?
Nearly every parent involved in parental responsibility litigation wants to make a good impression upon the Child & Family Investigator appointed in their case. However, the CFI is not, cannot be, and will not become your new best friend. The Child and Family Investigator’s role is very clear in that the CFI provides recommendations in […]
Parenting and Mental Illness
A mental health diagnosis does not necessarily preclude a parent from being designated the primary residential caretaker, having parenting time or being allocated decision-making responsibility. The issue isn’t the illness itself but how the illness impacts that parent’s ability to identify and meet the needs of his or her children on a consistent basis. If […]