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Experts might provide value to divorce cases

Couples in Colorado and elsewhere who are thinking about a divorce may find value in inviting experts to review specific aspects of their cases. Whether a divorce is negotiated or litigated, it can often be helpful to obtain professional opinions when certain issues are difficult to resolve. Such expert testimony is considered reliable and normally admissible in a court of law.

What Colorado couples can learn from Jenner split

With the recent news of the separation of Bruce and Kris Jenner of the Kardashian empire, the topic of prenuptial agreements has resurfaced. Allegedly, the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement. This means that their pending divorce may be one heck of a legal battle as the couple fights over their reported $125 million fortune. Colorado couples can learn from this situation by opting to enter into prenuptial agreements before they tie the knot.

State tax status of same-sex couples

While legally married same-sex couples residing in Colorado and around the country will be allowed by the Internal Revenue Service to file joint federal tax returns, some states with constitutional prohibitions against it will not afford couples living in those states the same status on their state returns. Same-sex couples in those states are facing rules that have been newly implemented to exclude those couples from claiming their federal married status on their state tax returns.

Same-sex couples deal with issues concerning divorce

Same-sex couples in Colorado might be concerned to hear that while federal and some state laws have been advanced to provide them with rights to marriage, the issue of same-sex divorce is still unclear. Consequently, this is making it so that some same-sex couples are finding themselves trapped in marriages that they don't want to be in anymore. Because state and federal laws differ on the topic of same-sex marriage, numerous complications arise when these couples attempt to get a divorce.

Domestic violence and employee leave

Advocates for the safety of domestic violence victims in Colorado and across the nation are watching as New Jersey has passed a law that gives unpaid time off to workers who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act took effect on Oct. 1, 2013, and applies to businesses that have more than 24 employees. In order to qualify, a worker must have been with the employer for at least one year, and must have worked at least 1,000 hours during the prior 12 months. New Jersey now joins several other states that have enacted similar legislation, including Colorado.

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