2023 Military COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment)
Per the 2023 Cost of Living Adjustments announced, active duty & reserves saw a 4.6% increase, while retiree and VA disability had an 8.6% COLA.
Colorado Stepparent Adoption – What you Need to Know
Colorado stepparent adoption law provides a simplified adoption process, especially if the biological parent has abandoned the child or is deceased.
How to Get a Marital or Premarital Agreement with Graham.Law
Do your premarital agreement right the first time, and then it will last. Our marital agreement process is comprehensive, but for good reason.
Do it Yourself Prenup or a Prenuptial Agreement Attorney?
We often advise clients they can handle their own case, but a do it yourself prenup has too many risks - you need a prenuptial agreement attorney.
VA Disability is Not Taxed: Does it Count for Child Support?
Federal law prevents states from dividing VA disability in a divorce, but like other non-divisible payments, does not stop it counting as income.
Military Disability Retirement Divided in Divorce?
A DoD ruling, while recognizing that Chapter 61 disability retirement is not divisible, awarded the former spouse a share of the CRDP instead.
Unrealized Gains & Dividends Income for Child Support
Colorado Court rules that "paper gains", unrealized dividends income not withdrawn from an investment, are not income for family support purposes.
SSL Certificate Renewal: Scammers, Spammers, or Just Pushy?
When a company I had never heard of called trying to renew SSL certificates issued by a completely different company, our curiosity was piqued.
Do I Really Need a Colorado Prenuptial Agreement?
A Colorado prenuptial agreement can be a powerful tool to help protect separate property and determine maintenance, but not everyone needs one.
(This) Part-Time Job Not “Shirking” Work for Family Support
Colorado Court rules it was reasonable for a parent to work a 30 hour part-time job instead of 40 hours, so it was not voluntary underemployment.
No Separate Property in a Divorce in Colorado Without Proof
A spouse who is asserting a claim for separate property in a divorce in Colorado has the burden of proving the value of the claim with evidence.
Stepparent Child Support Denied When Only Weekend Visits
Colorado Court of Appeals overturned stepparent child support order for stepfather who was awarded minimal visitation with no decision-making.
No Retroactive Child Support in Colorado w/o Custody Change
Retroactive child support can only be awarded if there is a custody change, not if support was based upon an expected change which did not occur.
The Forgotten Divorce Tax Which Reduces Value of Your Assets
If spouses to not factor divorce tax consequences in the property division, one spouse's taxes could erode the value of the assets awarded to her.
Indian Child Welfare Act Requirements Only If Reason to Know
Colorado Supreme Court rules that Indian Child Welfare Act requirements (ICWA) only triggered if court has "reason to know" child is Indian.
Permanent Custody Change Based Upon Temporary Consent
Colorado court rules a parent can use the other parent's consent to a temporary custody change to seek a permanent change in custody.
Child Hearsay & Testimony in a Colorado Custody Hearing
Child hearsay rules often prevent parents from telling a custody judge what the kids want. But there are ways for the children's wishes to be known.
Remedial Contempt of Court Sanction Nixed – Cannot Fully Pay
Finding a party in remedial contempt of court requires that the contemptor actually have the ability to pay the full amount sanctioned.
2022 Colorado Super Lawyers Family Law – 3 Years in a Row!
Managing Partner Carl Graham has been named to Colorado Super Lawyers for family law three times in a row, from 2020-2022.
Adultery – Infidelity Clause in Prenup or Postnup Agreements
It is questionable whether an infidelity clause in prenup or postnup agreements which penalizes adultery would be enforceable in Colorado.