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Changing Your Last Name after a Divorce in Colorado

Historically, a woman took her husband’s last name upon marriage. Over the past decade or so, some men have begun taking their wife’s last name, or the couple got combined names. The same is true of same-sex couples that have gotten legally married. But, what happens if you want to change your last name after...

Do I Still Have Rights if We Didn’t Get a Marriage License?

For various reasons, couples sometimes don’t obtain a marriage license. Perhaps they don’t want to involve the state in their relationship, or they choose to have a religious marriage but not a civil one. Regardless of the reasons for never getting a license, these couples can end their relationships just like married people. And when...

Winner of the 2019 Divorce Matters Scholarship Announced

Divorce Matters is pleased to announce Ryan Shepherd as the winner of our 2019 Divorce Matters Scholarship. We received lots of applications this year, and while there were many qualified applicants, Ryan stood out among them. Our selection team was impressed by Ryan’s academic qualifications, extracurricular work, and essay response. We extend our congratulations to...

Will Getting Divorced Affect My Citizenship Status?

U.S. immigration law is needlessly complex, and many people are afraid they will somehow jeopardize their immigration status when they get divorced. At Divorce Matters, we encourage men and women to thoroughly consider how a divorce will affect them, and this should include whether it will affect a person’s citizenship status. The answer depends on...

Divorce Financial Considerations for Stay-at-Home Moms

Stay-at-home moms who have spent many of their married years as mothers who maintain the household and head child-rearing while relying on the income of their spouses may be intimidated by the prospect of divorce. Indeed, not only is divorce an emotional process for anyone, but for a stay-at-home mom who has always been dependent...

Transmuted Assets and Colorado Divorces

One of the most complicated elements of getting a divorce in Colorado is that of deciding how assets and debts will be divided amongst the parties to the marriage/divorce. While Colorado law holds that property and debts must be divided in a manner that is equitable, understanding the difference between marital vs. separate assets, how...

What to Do Before You File for Divorce in Colorado

Getting a divorce can be an emotionally traumatic event, and one that has huge implications for your life–socially, mentally, and financially–moving forward. If you’re thinking about filing for a divorce in Colorado, it’s best to be as prepared for the process as possible by the time you file your divorce papers. At the offices of...

What is a QDRO?

QDRO stands for (Qualified Domestic Relations Order). This is an Order that can be issued by the Court in a domestic case to transfer funds from one ERISA qualified retirement account to another without any of the normal penalties. The most common accounts that are divided pursuant to a QDRO are 401(k), 403(b), and pensions....