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Pets are children too – ask anyone who owns one. They need food, shelter and love all the same. And because owners get attached to their pets, a divorce can lead to contention between the divorcing parties over who gets to keep the little ones. Under Colorado law, pets are not considered family – harsh as it sounds, they are characterized as items of personal property and thus are subject to

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Ed Asner has touched the hearts of countless television and film fans. Known for his Emmy-award winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (or for our younger readers, as the voice of protagonist Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up,) Asner has helmed the Screen Actors Guild as president and continues to play a big role in modern film, TV and live theatre. Asner recently filed for divorce from

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When two people in Colorado get divorced, circumstances may create the need for one of the parties to receive maintenance (also known as spousal support or alimony). Perhaps one party lacks the property necessary to meet basic needs, or is unable to work to support his or herself. In these situations, the courts might look at a few factors, including the length of the marriage, the health of both parties and
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Fear of how the children will react to a divorce is one of the most common emotional responses following a separation. But divorce does not have to be a harmful experience for the children. If conducted correctly, a divorce can actually lead to positive change in the child’s life, both now and in the far future. Witnessing a bad marriage can teach kids all of the wrong lessons about how to
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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is getting divorced. The “Under the Bridge” writer and performer had been married to wife Nicole Turley, musician and founder of the experimental project Swahili Blonde, for four years before Turley filed papers for the divorce. Turley has cited irreconcilable differences as the motive behind the split and is seeking spousal support and legal fees from Frusciante. The couple has no kids. Does

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If you and your spouse have already agreed upon property division and child custody issues, you might benefit from an uncontested divorce. These are faster, less expensive procedures that can reduce the stress and emotional toll of divorce. In Colorado, we call uncontested divorces “decrees upon affidavit,” and they allow you to get divorced without having to deal with court hearings (exceptions apply). The following requirements must be fulfilled for couples

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Emotions can run high during divorce. It is normal to experience anxiety, anger and even depression after the loss of a marriage. Understanding the universal human responses to grief can help you cope with negative feelings associated with your divorce. The following steps outline a typical grief response, and they can happen in any order. The Five Stages of Grief The first stage of grief is denial and isolation. It is

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Richard Gere, the silver fox known for roles in movies such as “Pretty Woman,” continued divorce proceedings with model-turned-actress Carey Lowell in recent weeks. The couple has been married for 12 years and originally filed for divorce in 2013. The two have said that they are divorcing because of lifestyle differences that led to them growing apart. Gere’s interest in philanthropy and privacy contrasted Lowell’s life as a socialite. While custody
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When we last mentioned the divorce of Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds, the couple had agreed to share custody of their adopted 2-year-old daughter Dakota. Rounds’ attorney recently confirmed that the previously established custody arrangement has been thrown out, and that Rounds will seek sole custody of Dakota. O’Donnell and Rounds have not yet come to a divorce settlement, and are expected to butt heads over their daughter. Rounds’ attorney says

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When you hear the word “prenup,” you might think of celebrities or high-paid business executives fighting over who gets to keep the elephant ice sculpture in the summer home’s foyer. But prenuptial agreements are not just for the moneyed elite to cover their finances in case of divorce. Prenups are incredibly versatile agreements that can be useful for many married couples. What Can a Prenup Cover? What Can’t a Prenup Cover?
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A new study on child custody was recently posted in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health suggesting that children are much better off when they spend time living with both parents after a divorce. Conventional wisdom might suggest that children suffer undue stresses due to the physical and social upheavals that occur when the child has to go back and forth between parents. It’s not easy for a kid to

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We blogged last year (almost exactly) about the “conscious uncoupling” of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. After a year of amicable separation, which saw the two sharing holidays and anniversaries with one another and their children, the couple has finally announced that they will be getting a divorce. The divorce documents are all fairly hush-hush, like many other aspects of the Martin/Paltrow marriage. However, speculation suggests that the
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Colorado lawmakers are entertaining a new bill, Colorado Senate Bill 15-129, that would recognize parental rights as fundamental rights and mandate that divorcing parents share custody of their children. Supporters of the bill believe that shared custody (or parenting time, as we call it in Colorado) is in the best interests of the child and that both parents have a right to raise their kids. Opponents of the bill warn that
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We blogged in February about the divorce between Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner and model Sonni Pacheco. At the time, the couple was fighting over whether Renner was fit to maintain custody over their young daughter, Ava. Pacheco desired primary physical custody over Ava due to safety concerns and claimed that Renner hardly interacted with Ava. The two have reconciled their differences and the courts have granted Renner joint legal and physical
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Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s divorce is boiling over. Stephanie March, Law & Order: SVU actress and Flay’s wife, recently kicked the chef out of their marital home after he allegedly put her medical distress on the backburner to focus on his career. Rumors of financial issues, bullying and infidelity spice up this already heated situation. Flay and March signed a prenup in 2005 dictating that March would receive $5,000 per month

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Tasha Smith, one of the stars of Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” no longer has to ask the question – she has reached a divorce settlement with her ex-husband, Keith Douglas. Smith already paid Douglas $50,000 in December as part of the settlement. Now, a judge has ordered Smith to pay Douglas an additional $7,000 monthly in spousal support. The divorce is not an entirely one way street –

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: a New York City judge has okayed a Brooklyn woman’s divorce filing to proceed through Facebook. The woman’s husband vanished several years ago, and correspondence with him was only possible over the phone and through messaging on the social media platform. Because he was so difficult to get in touch with, the woman had issues serving him with divorce papers. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge

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The feud between Icelandic diva Björk and former partner Matthew Barney has come to a head once more as Barney seeks more parenting time with daughter Isadora, or Doa for short. The duo split in 2013 and Barney has made it clear that he is unhappy with the way that Björk is raising Doa. He claims that Björk is sacrificing their daughter’s well-being in favor of what he calls selfish desires.

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Jon Wellner, best known for his role as toxicologist Henry Andrews on the renowned crime drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” has filed for divorce from his wife of seven years, Whitney Wellner. Mr. Wellner has reportedly asked the courts to force his spouse to quit her acting career in favor of a full-time job. He says that she is not a very good actress and will never reach any respectable

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There are no “Blurred Lines” here – the five-month divorce proceedings between Robin Thicke and Paula Patton will come to an end on April 14. This celebrity divorce was a long time in the making – the two announced their separation in February 2014. Thicke, 37 years old, met Patton in high school and the two had been together ever since. Despite the divorce, both parties insist that their love for

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