Resolve to make each school year better than the last.
It is that time of year again: teachers are decorating their classrooms, parents are shopping for school supplies, and students are enjoying the last few days of summer vacation. The new school year is about to start. What are you going to do to make this a great year?
Back-to-school season is even more stressful when your child shares two homes. Your child’s education is tough enough already–meeting teachers, tracking homework, signing and filling out permission forms, keeping track of extracurricular activities–without having to deal with the extra chores involved in split custody. Here are a few tips to get your child’s school year off to a good start–
1. Keep a positive attitude. Your child may be reluctant for the summer to end and for the back-and-forth of regular visitation to resume. When you keep a positive attitude, it makes it easier for your child to make the adjustment. Your child will feed off of your emotions. Don’t let them sense that you are uneasy about your ex-spouse’s visits. Instead, help your child to look forward to spending time with their other parent.
A parent may decide where they wish to live upon divorce, but after divorce relocation is more complicated.
Question 1: I am about to get a divorce, and I want to move back home to Texas. Will the court prevent me from moving with my child?
Answer: No. Colorado Law recognizes a parent’s right to decide where they wish to live upon divorce. Unlike some states, whose courts have the power to restrict the residence of a child (and thus a parent) to a particular county or geographic area, Colorado courts have decided that each parent has a constitutional right to live wherever they want. If you want to move to Texas or any other place when the divorce is final, the court will not stop you. What the court will do, however, is allocate parenting time between the parents based upon the best interests of the child. In deciding how much parenting time each parent should have, the court will consider Continue reading
Honore: We met at nine
Mamita: We met at eight
Honore: I was on time
Mamita: No, you were late
Honore: Ah, yes, I remember it well. We dined with friends
Mamita: We dined alone
Honore: A tenor sang
Mamita: A baritone
Honore: Ah, yes, I remember it well!
(“I Remember It Well,” from the musical Gigi, 1958)
“He said, she said.” That’s what we call a dispute between two parties when the only evidence is one parties’ word against the other. When there are two sides of a story, the judge must determine which party to believe: Which party is more credible? Is there any other evidence which will corroborate a party’s story? Continue reading
Kirk Garner has offices in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park.
My name is Kirk Garner. I am a lawyer with more than twenty years experience in a wide variety of family law matters, from divorce to child custody, child support to visitation, grandparents’ rights to adoption. I practice law in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park.
I am writing this blog to provide general information to people who are considering or are already engaged in family law litigation in the State of Colorado. I will address various topics related to family law cases; however, not everything will be directly related to litigation. I will provide information to help parents guide their children through the difficult and painful process of separation, divorce, and visitation.
You should be aware that the advice and information provided in this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship. Your comments are not covered by the attorney-client privilege. If you are seeking specific information about the law and facts of your particular case, you should contact an attorney in your area.
If you have a topic that you would like me to discuss, please let me know. If you need further information, contact my office to set up a consultation. I look forward to meeting you and assisting you and your family with all of your family law needs.