Family

What is a Child and Family Investigator and Why Do I Need One?

A Child and Family Investigator (“CFI”) is a court-appointed expert that investigates and makes recommendations to the court regarding how to allocate parental responsibilities in the best interest of the child or children.  In other words, the CFI is a neutral third-party that the court appoints to provide an independent...

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Why So Extra about Extra-Ordinary Expenses?

Child support in Colorado family law cases has long been calculated off formulas that attempt to distribute basic child-related monthly costs as if parents were still living in the same household. Parents in divorce, legal separation, juvenile or parental responsibilities (custody) cases use state-approved Child Support Worksheets, inputting the number...

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Client Choices: Full Representation or Limited-Scope Representation?

Most people are aware of the traditional model for attorney assistance, Full Representation, in which an attorney represents a client in all aspects of the case until the process is complete.  Alternatively, a non-traditional option for attorney assistance is Limited-Scope Representation, also known as “unbundled legal services” or “consulting-only” legal...

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Live Forever or Die Trying: Life Insurance After Divorce

In many divorces, the issue of life insurance can be overshadowed by more immediate concerns, such as the division of the marital estate, parenting time, spousal support (“maintenance”), or child support.  However, the proper handling of life insurance policies can ensure predictability for both spouses and peace of mind that...

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Wells Family Law Attorneys Named Colorado Super Lawyers for 2021

Wells Family Law is pleased to announce that Zachary Roeling has, for the fourth year in a row, been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2021.  Zac’s practice focuses on Family Law and he is building his mediation practice as well.  As this honor is bestowed on only 2.5%...

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In Sickness or in Health: Changes in Colorado Divorces as a Result of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended almost every aspect of American life, including state and federal legal systems. In Colorado state courts, there is a backlog of over 14,000 jury trials statewide, including around 10,000 criminal trials. (https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/colorado-courts-face-two-crises-a-crisis-of-confidence-and-a-covid-case-backlog) Despite the fact that Colorado Courts have become somewhat proficient in holding hearings...

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Better Safe Than Sorry: How to Comply with Conflicting Protection Orders

In Colorado, there is no legal limit on the number of protection orders that can be in place to restrain or protect a person at one time.  Protection order terms can be very broad, such as prohibiting all contact of any kind with the victim.  Or they can be very...

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Prenups: Happily Ever Before

The word “prenup” brings to mind teams of high-powered attorneys negotiating late into the night right before a lavish wedding. Horror stories of tearful fiancées forced to sign a document before walking down the aisle abound in our popular culture, an inconvenient blot on our collective imagination of a...