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Is Property Divided 50-50 In A Divorce?

When going into a divorce, many people believe that marital property will simply be divided in half between the two spouses. While a 50-50 division of property may be fair in some situations, that is not always the case. They key word here is "fair."

Colorado is one of 39 equitable distribution states, as opposed to a community property state where a 50-50 division of assets may be mandated by law. Here, marital property is to be divided in a fair and equitable manner. That does not necessarily mean 50-50.

Do Insurers Play Hardball With Car Accident Victims?

This is supposed to be a simple process. Somebody hit you. Perhaps they were intoxicated, looking at their smartphone or just speeding. Whatever the case may be, it was their fault, and you suffered an injury because of it. Rightfully, you should not be on the hook for the associated medical bills, lost wages and other costs. The negligent party's insurance should cover that. After all, isn't that what auto insurance is for?

Unfortunately, car crash victims are often quick to learn that getting fair compensation is not as simple as the insurance company handing over a settlement. Claims are frequently denied or delayed without explanation. Sometimes, a settlement offer comes in, but it is not enough even to cover medical expenses, let alone other costs.

What Domestic Violence Victims Need To Know About Taxes

Victims of abusive spouses often find that getting away from the abuser and out of the marriage is only the first step. Because financial control is a hallmark of domestic abuse, victims may be left in financial turmoil and facing serious tax consequences. Thankfully, victims of domestic violence have special rights when it comes to taxes.

What Is Needed To Prove That A Contract Was Breached?

At the heart of many business disputes is a contract that has been violated, or breached. However, proving that a contract was breached is not always as simple as it sounds. Knowing what needs to be proven and proving it clearly is critical to success in these cases.

Is Alimony A Possibility In A Colorado Divorce?

In Colorado, alimony is called spousal maintenance. It is possible that the outcome of a divorce will involve one spouse making maintenance payments to the other, particularly in situations where there is a financial imbalance between the spouses. The goal of spousal maintenance is designed to offset the imbalance by, for example, having the higher earning spouse make payments to the other spouse.

What Happens To Frozen Embryos In A Divorce?

Divorce comes with many emotional and unique issues. Some of those issues are so unique that there are no clear laws in place to determine the outcome.

Such is the case in a matter that has recently reached the Colorado Supreme Court, in which a divorcing husband and wife are in a dispute over the fate of six embryos they conceived through in-vitro fertilization and placed in cryo-storage.

Can Smartphone Breathalyzers Stop Drunk Driving Accidents?

There is no question that drunk driving remains a serious problem. Despite constantly evolving laws and serious penalties, drunk drivers are still a major cause of car accidents that result in injuries or fatalities. Last year alone, Jefferson, Adams and Weld counties saw 55 drunk driving accident fatalities, and many more injuries.

To combat this problem, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is putting new technology into action: smartphone breathalyzers.

What Are The Most Dangerous Streets In Denver?

Half of Denver's most serious motor vehicle accidents are happening on just 27 streets.

According to an article from Streetsblog Denver, these 27 streets, which represent a mere five percent of the city's total street network, were the site of 130 fatal crashes from 2011 to 2015. The city refers to these streets as the high-injury network.

Is Jail Possible In A Family Law Dispute?

When you think about what it takes to get thrown in jail, you probably think about being charged and convicted of a criminal offense. In reality, you could be locked up for days, weeks or even months over a divorce, child custody issue or other family law dispute. There is no charge or conviction necessary. All it takes is a command from a judge and you could be behind bars without even having the option to post bail.

Has Legalizing Pot Caused Car Crash Claims To Increase?

In January 2014, recreational pot sales and use became legal in Colorado. Many cheered the development. However, according to a new study by a leading insurance research group, the legalization of recreational marijuana may come with a serious downside.

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