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Hiring Private Decision Makers & Coordinators in Parenting Matters

Recent changes in Colorado law have created new opportunities for parents in divorce, post-divorce, and custody (allocation of parental responsibility) cases to resolve disputes and implement parenting plans, without Court intervention. The parties may use the services of a parenting coordinator, parenting decision-maker, or arbitrator. Parenting Coordinator A parenting coordinator may be appointed by the … Continue Reading

Legal Rights of Stepparents

The title of this article may seem like an oxymoron. However, stepparents do have some rights under Colorado law. Following a divorce, a parent may resent his or her ex-spouse’s new husband or wife – and try to limit what the stepparent can do in the children’s lives. Other times, following the death of a … Continue Reading

The Dr. Phil Show: Anatomy of a Divorce

Gregg Greenstein’s Guest Appearance on The Dr. Phil Show: Anatomy of a Divorce                Mr. Greenstein was featured on two segments of the very popular Emmy Award nominated Dr. Phil national TV talk show on CBS (KCNC Channel 4 in Denver). Mr. Greenstein is the second attorney to represent … Continue Reading

Allocation of the Dependency Exemption in Colorado Child Support

When child support is determined initially or modified, the Court can also decide who can claim the children as dependency exemptions on tax returns. According to Colorado law, the dependency exemption is allocated based on the parties’ financial contributions to the costs of raising the children. This language in the Colorado child support statute has … Continue Reading

Resolve Divorce, Custody and Support Cases With Mediation and Arbitration

Avoid Costly Court Battles – Resolve Divorce, Custody and Support Cases With Mediation and Arbitration As state budget cuts in the Court system cause already overburdened Courts to delay trials even longer, parents and divorcing parties need a way to resolve their disputes in a quick and cost effective manner. Mediation and arbitration are two … Continue Reading

No More Custody Battles?

  Sweeping changes in Colorado child custody laws took effect February 1, 1999. Custody battles will become a thing of the past, when a new law deleting “custody” from the family law arena is replaced with the concept of “parental” responsibilities. The changes in the law are in response to studies which show that parents … Continue Reading

Modifying Child Support Payments

A parent’s child support payments can be modified when changes occur in the parent’s or the child’s life. Understanding when child support can change may save a parent time and money when trying to determine whether to go back to court and get support changed. Factors which are taken into consideration are: the mother’s income; … Continue Reading

Joinder Of Third Parties In Divorce Cases

Copyright 1997 Gregg A. Greenstein, Esq., Originally published in The Colorado Lawyer, May 1997 Divorce issues may impact persons other than the parties and their children. For example, parents of the parties, corporations and other third parties involved with marital assets may be affected by the divorce. This article analyzes the usage of joinder in … Continue Reading

Grandparents Have Rights, Too

  Grandparents can play an important role in the development of their grandchildren. Unfortunately, the relationship between grandchildren and their grandparents is sometimes overlooked in a divorce or other custody-related proceeding. For example, a husband or wife who harbors hostile feelings toward his or her spouse may cut-off communications with his or her spouse’s parents, … Continue Reading

Child Support: Myths and Reality

Child support is an area of law which generates more myths than almost any other area of family law. Dispelling the myths encourages resolution of support issues with a minimal amount of adversarial attorney involvement. Whether you need to assess your own child support situation or the financial condition of someone who is making claims … Continue Reading

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