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Can I leave my child home alone?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no set law in Colorado that gives a specific age when it is legal to leave a child home alone at home. Many people go by the Colorado Child Labor Law and consider 12 the minimum acceptable age. However, there are many other factors to consider, including the child's maturity level and whether he will be in charge of anyone else, such as younger siblings or when babysitting.

However, because there is no definitive age and the circumstances and child's maturity level factor in so greatly, parents must be very careful. Leaving a child home alone who is not ready for the responsibility could lead to someone getting hurt, damage to property or charges of child neglect.

Understanding domestic partnerships

Domestic partnerships are a form of legal agreement that can help you protect yourself, your assets and any minor children should a long-term relationship end, but they are not the same thing as a civil union or marriage. While many people see domestic partnerships as a way for same-sex partners to protect themselves in lieu of a civil union, these agreements can also be a good idea for any couple who wants to live together long-term without getting married.

There are any number of reasons you might choose to enter a domestic partnership without getting married. You might have a history with a previous marriage that leaves you very wary to enter such a union or you might be unable to enter into a traditional marriage. You might simply not agree with the idea of traditional marriage, but that doesn't mean you want to give up your rights or legal protection.

Is staying together for the kids actually good advice?

You've probably read it, heard people say it, or seen references to it in popular songs: You should stay together for your children. If you and your spouse are unhappy, but you have kids, you should just tough it out. Is this actually good advice?

On one hand, divorce can be very tough on kids. They can be stressed out, they may not understand why it's happening, and they may not want you to split up. They liked the family unit the way that it was, and they want it to stay together.

Do Grandparents Have Rights In Colorado?

At The Offices of Keane Law, LLC, many grandparents come to us with questions regarding their rights to access to their grandchildren. Although the circumstances of each case vary, in general, Colorado affords grandparents certain rights to time with their grandchildren.

If you're a grandparent, that's the good news. You live in a state that values the relationship established between a grandparent and a grandchild. The law even supports your right to petition the court for visitation. However, your rights are not absolute, and the parents of your grandchild may be able to effectively oppose your visitation rights for a variety of reasons.

Learn about Colorado child custody matters

Being an active part of your child's life is an important point of any parent's life. When a child's two parents aren't in a relationship any longer, that can prove to be very challenging. One way that parents can ensure they have an important role in their child's life is through the child custody agreement.

In Colorado, parents must make decisions about decision making, parental responsibility and parenting time. This is because Colorado doesn't use the blanket terms of visitation and child custody any longer. We know that this might make it seem like coming to terms with a custody agreement will be difficult. We can help you to learn about the terms and what they mean so that you can be ready to get the agreement hashed out when the time comes.

Gray divorces can lead to financial difficulties

Gray divorce has become very common in our society. In fact, one in four divorces today are people over the age of 50. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of divorces for people who were 50 or older doubled, according to a Bowling Green University study.

One lawyer says that half of the divorce cases he handles are gray divorces and for several reasons. The divorce rate for second marriages is even higher.

Divorce isn't just about what happened - It's also about the future

For many people going through divorce in Colorado and throughout the country, it's difficult to look beyond the stress and immediate challenges at hand. Some people see the end of their marriage as a relief and are willing to do just about anything to see it end quickly. Others feel angry or slighted and want to draw out the proceedings to inflict as much emotional and financial pain as possible on their former spouse.

Just by considering these two examples from opposite ends of the spectrum, there's no questioning that a lot of divorcing couples get caught up in the emotional maelstrom and are unable to clearly see how their actions today, can affect their lives tomorrow.

Comprehensive family law services

You'll find that one of the best things about working with our law firm in Colorado is that we offer such a comprehensive array of family law services. This gives us the ultimate versatility and flexibility when it comes to your case; we know how many cases end up touching on numerous parts of the law. A few of the areas in which we have extensive experience include the following:

-- No-fault divorce. Perhaps you're looking to learn more about how to get the process started or looking for assistance as it gets complicated.

Understanding the benefits of collaborative divorce

Divorce is difficult for anyone involved. However, a contentious divorce can have a lasting effect on children. That is why it is prudent as a couple to spare your kids the rough consequences of a divorce whenever possible.

If you are planning to get a divorce, consider pursuing alternative dispute resolution methods, such as collaborative divorce, as opposed to litigation.

Are modifications and appeals possible in divorce cases?

When you are going through a divorce, there are two ways that it can be handled. You can either work things out with your ex and come up with a settlement or you can leave the decisions about the divorce up to a judge. The option that you choose can have an impact on what your options are if you are unhappy with the outcome.

What are my options to modify something in the divorce decree?

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