If you have children and you're in the midst of a divorce, you know that child custody can be one of the more contentious aspects between soon-to-be-ex-spouses. You've also likely heard the phrase "best interest of the child." Best interest refers to cases involving the determination of child custody and the factors a court will consider to reach the most positive outcome for the children involved.
People who suffer domestic violence at the hands of a spouse often pursue a divorce. What many victims of domestic violence do not know is that they can also sue their abuser in a civil lawsuit to obtain compensation for the abuse they have suffered and to hold their abuser accountable. This can be done in conjunction with a divorce.
It is not uncommon for lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people to come out later in life. This may come at the end of, or lead to the end of, a straight marriage or relationship. When that relationship has produced a child, there will be a child custody case that will set the stage for each parent's role in the child's life going forward.
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.
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.
For the third year in a row, Colorado failed to pass a bill that would have made it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In his proclamation, the President called on all Americans to speak out against domestic abuse. We would like to take this opportunity to educate people about how domestic violence is addressed under Colorado law specifically and offer resources for survivors.