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Design your parenting plan with a focus on your children's needs

When it comes to divorce in Colorado, there's a lot of information to take in. Because the legal system uses specialized language, or jargon, discussions about divorce can seem particularly confusing. For example, when it comes to who lives with, cares for and provides for the children from your marriage, Colorado no longer uses the word "custody."

Parenting provisions regarding extracurricular activities

In order for your journey as a co-parent to be a success, you need to make sure you set up clear guidelines with the other parent of your child. You can do this when you draft your parenting plan and parenting agreement by including specific parenting provisions in the text to establish various parameters.

Start planning now to put an abusive spouse behind you

When you got married, your spouse seemed perfect. Now, however, after years of marriage, all the masks have fallen away. People are often on their best behavior when dating, only revealing their true selves after marriage. That is one of many reasons why people find themselves trapped in an abusive marriage. You don't need to accept physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse as part of your life.

Do prenuptial agreements always hold up in Colorado divorces?

Although prenuptial agreements were once only used by the incredibly rich and famous, these documents have seen an increase in popularly in recent decades. For many couples, prenuptial agreements can guide and simplify the divorce process. However, it is possible for people to abuse these documents to control a spouse or create an unfair outcome to divorce.

Will your ex's substance abuse impact your parenting rights?

Sometimes, people enter into a marriage with someone they know has an issue with chemical dependence. Maybe when you dated and celebrated your engagement and wedding, your spouse had his or her alcohol or drug abuse under control. Then, after years of marriage, signs and red flags began popping up all over.

If you're getting ready to retire, consider support modification

Most people believe that once the courts finalize a divorce, the terms are set in stone. In reality, the Colorado family law system is much more flexible than that. The courts understand that people's life situations change, which can require changes to custody agreements, as well as spousal or child support orders. That's why people paying spousal or child support have the right to request modifications of the support order when their income changes.

4 steps to take to prepare for your divorce

Once you have made the decision to divorce, you have taken the first step toward your new life. Unfortunately, once you do make the choice to end your marriage, there are many more questions you need to answer and decisions to make. Furthermore, there are a number of steps you have to take in order to prepare to file for divorce.

Your parenting time is worth defending

As you work out the details of sharing parenting time with another parent, you inevitably run into some conflicts. This is perfectly normal, even for parents who hope to keep things amicable or civil between them. For some parents, however, it proves too much to handle, and they resort to unfair tactics while sharing parenting time, causing serious breakdowns in communication between the other parent and the child.

What happens to your marital home in a Colorado divorce?

When considering a divorce, people often have many concerns about the outcome of the process. One of them is often the possession of their marital home. Concerns about who will get to keep the home are common and totally understandable. After all, a house represents one of the biggest investments people make in their lives. It also holds the memories of your life, such as raising your children.

3 tips to make shared custody easier

Even in the best of circumstances, scheduling presents some challenges. When you throw in an ex-husband and a couple of kids, it becomes even more complicated. Shared custody becomes especially difficult when you can barely stand to be in the same room with your ex, much less communicate with him on a regular basis. Unfortunately, that does not change the fact that the two of you will still have to work together to ensure your children can spend as much time as possible with both of you.

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