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May 2012 Archives

Change in circumstance requires change in child support order

Basketball star and recent NBA Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Rodman was sentenced yesterday to 104 hours of community service after being found guilty of not paying his child support. He also received three years of probation that will be stayed as long as he keeps up his child support and alimony payments. His combined back payments exceed $800,000.

Colorado continues trail blazing in child custody cases

Earlier this month a Centennial, Colorado, woman won legal and equal parenting rights under revised statutes of the state's Children's Code, or Title 19. The law has been updated to allow both gay parents of adopted children to sign the adoption papers and share all privileges and rights that are associated with being a parent. In addition, Title 19 now allows a person of any sex to legally claim paternity or parenthood, even if they are not the biological mother or father of a child.

Common-Law Marriage in Colorado

Common-law marriage is one of the most misunderstood legal topics. Available in only a handful of states, common-law marriage is not a different type of marriage. Rather, it is simply a different way of forming a marriage. Once two people marry - whether by common-law agreement or ceremonial marriage - they are married for all purposes until the marriage is ended through divorce.

CO Armed Services Committee members support military custody law

Two Colorado members of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee support federal legislation that would protect the child custody rights of parents who are members of the armed forces. Last month, the entire committee sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking for his support of House Resolution 4201: The Servicemember Family Protection Act. The committee also sent the bill to the entire U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

Historic win for fathers' visitation rights in Colorado

After nearly five years and tens of thousands of dollars, a Denver man won visitations rights to his daughter. Last week, a Denver judge awarded the father the right to see his daughter who was illegally adopted in Utah. The judge was very concerned that the adoptive parents' rights were also upheld, even though those rights were bestowed illegally. He ruled the visitation must occur in the next 30 days and will include psychological testing to ensure the girl is handling the new situation. Until now, the father has only seen his daughter once in four and a half years.

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