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Dissolution of marriage

 
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The process of a Dissolution of Marriage or Divorce can start off simple, the Petition gets filed and served, and the Response is filed. Things can become very complex as the issues develop. Questions of what is or is not in the Marital Estate are just the first question on how to divide that property. Then, comes a determination of how to divide the property and debts to be fair and equitable while considering the issue of Maintenance. At the time that people are trying to figure out how the parties are going to deal with their financial future they are trying to make decisions for the best interest of their children. Many times it takes the attorney assisting his client to keep everything not only in the appropriate prospective but to keep the client's priorities at the forefront as they address some of the most important questions of their lives.
 

Child Support

 
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Child support is set by statue and is a simple procedure once you determine the income of both parties, number of overnights for both parents, support for other children unrelated to one of the parents, Day Care and Medical Insurance Cost of the child. It is in these different areas that the simple process of determining child support becomes complex. Just because one of the parties is unemployed, under employed or simply provides incomplete information regarding their income doesn't mean that a parent can't receive or be required to pay a fair share of the expense to raise a child. An attorney can work with a parent to help level the playing field to insure both parents are meeting the needs of the child.
 

Alimony/spousal support/maintenance

 
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The court has within its power to award both temporary and permanent maintenance in a Dissolution proceeding. The State legislature has made significant changes in how this is handled. Many courts are now requiring that every Separation Agreement address the issue to ensure that both parties are aware of their potential rights associated with maintenance even if they are both waiving that right.
 

Mediation

 
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Mediation is the process of where the parties working with a neutral third party work with each other to reach an agreement that is fair and equitable and in the best interest of both parties. Mediations are conducted in a confidential setting to allow parties to speak freely and openly to resolve the problems associated with the dissolution of the marriage, child custody or other issues associated with their Divorce. Mr. Garin, whether leading the mediation for his client or advising the client during mediation is there to make sure that the client is well-prepared the job at hand.
 
Peter Garin completed his mediation training and is now a trained mediator so he can provide the mediation for two parties as the neutral, unbiased mediator. It is the role of the mediator to assist in part by helping facilitate the communication between the parties in a safe environment. This allows the parties to make the hard decisions to reach a fair and equitable settlement.

“Pro Se” divorce

 
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Colorado has seen a recent surge in either one or both parties representing themselves (pro se) in dissolution proceedings. The office of Peter Garin can work with a party who is representing him- or herself by providing legal information and strategy planning that the party can rely upon in representing themselves in their own divorce or post-decree matter. If both parties are representing themselves Peter Garin can function as a mediator to assist the parties to reach a mediated settlement and avoid the cost associated with retaining attorneys.
 

Division of assets/property settlement

 
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The division of assets is accomplished during the dissolution process. This process requires that the parties have full and complete disclosure of all of their financial assets including debts. It is from a well-crafted financial affidavit that allows the parties to identify what is and what is not marital property or debt. Once this classification has been obtained the parties then can work to divide the assets and debts to reach a fair and equitable distribution of the marital estate and address the issue of Maintenance.
 

Separation agreements

 
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The Separation Agreement is an agreement reached by the parties to resolve those issues in the areas of maintenance, division of assets and debts and, if necessary, continuing protective orders. These agreements need to be carefully drafted to allow the parties to move forward with their lives unencumbered by the continuing conflict and animosity of former spouses. If you're separation agreement is not properly drafted personal rights and property can be lost forever through the unenforceability of the parties intent when drafting the documents. It is what is written not what one of the parties intended that matter when it comes time to enforce the Permanent Orders. While there are some preprinted forms associated with the separation agreement these agreements cannot be hastily drafted or casually agreed to.
 
Like the Parenting Plan drafted by the parties, it is the attorney's responsibility to foresee those possible consequences and ensure that the client is adequately advised of them before the document is completed, agree to and eventually signed but to by the parties.

Fathers' rights

 
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Many fathers find themselves in a situation where their long history and efforts to support the family is used against him in the determination of the allocation of parental rights. Great strides have been made in Colorado over the last 20 years to address this erroneous thinking and make sure that both parents play a significant role in the development of minor children. It takes a strong advocate for the parents of children to ensure that neither one of the parents are shut out of the child's life if the mother tries to do this. Peter Garin, has over 25 years of experience in working on custody issues and Allocation of Parental Rights. Children have a right to have both parents involved in their lives and, absent special circumstances, the court should fashion a plan that is in the best interest of the child not just based upon old fashion notions of parenting.
 

Enforcement

 
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Enforcement of the separation agreement and parenting plans can be more frustrating than the process to obtain a separation agreement or the parenting plan. The courts are ready to enforce their orders if it is properly placed before them. It may take either contempt of court proceeding, lien, or some other action to enforce the court's order. While some state agencies are available to assist parties in enforcing child support many times it falls on the parent to enforce the order of the court's by bringing it to the attention to the of the court.
 

Civil unions/Same sex Marriages

 
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With the recent changes in both the statutory language of civil unions and marriages in the state of Colorado this population in Colorado needs professional representation to resolve their issues as any other family would. The laws currently in the state of Colorado allow for this and it should not be an issue that is foreign to the courts after this period of time. As in any Lawyer will lay out those unique circumstances of the family that will assist the court and issuing such orders as is necessary for fair and equitable division of their assets and the allocation of parental responsibilities.
 

 

Civil unions/Same sex Marriages

 
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With the recent changes in both the statutory language of civil unions and marriages in the state of Colorado this population in Colorado needs professional representation to resolve their issues as any other family would. The laws currently in the state of Colorado allow for this and it should not be an issue that is foreign to the courts after this period of time. As in any Lawyer will lay out those unique circumstances of the family that will assist the court and issuing such orders as is necessary for fair and equitable division of their assets and the allocation of parental responsibilities.

 

Domestic Violence

 
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Domestic violence charges are a serious matter. If found guilty you could face jail and/or loss of employment. This charge does not know gender boundaries. Anyone can be accused of domestic violence. Peter Garin has successfully represented many charged with domestic violence. Divorce attorneys do not always represent you regarding your domestic violence action. Peter will zealously represent you against domestic violence charges.