COVID-19 Update

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Apr 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

While we are facing this Pandemic, the continued health and safety of our clients, employees and members of this community, remain our number one priority. The Law Offices of Gordon N. Shayne has taken several proactive steps and measures to adhere to the state of Colorado shelter in place orders...

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Child Abduction or Parental Kidnapping

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Jul 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Child Abduction or Parental Kidnapping occurs when a parent violates a Court Order. Ordinarily, parents who have no court orders that define where the child lives and what kind of parenting time either parent has will not be impacted when a parent violates an informal agreement between the part...

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What to Expect After Hiring an Attorney

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Apr 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

What you should expect in an attorney who's representing you that is going to be there when you need them the most? This is absolutely critical, especially in those cases where children are involved, a lawyer who represents you in any of these matters and has the kind of experience that the court...

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Contempt Motion vs Motion to Enforce

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Apr 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

I want to talk to you a little bit about your remedies when the other parent most likely in a custody case, child custody case is not complying with the parenting orders from the court. You really have a couple different remedies that you can pursue in court, and that would be in the filing of a ...

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Child Support Calculations

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Mar 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

What happens when a stay-at-home mom does not have any income? I'm going to discuss with you a little bit about what happens when a stay-at-home parent does not have income and you're involved in a custody case involving a request for child support, and how will the court deal with that situation...

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Sole Practitioner Benefits vs A Big Law Firm

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Mar 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

I'm gonna discuss with you some of the things I've seen in recent years with attorneys in the family law practice, in particular the difference between lawyers who are members of big law firms and lawyers who are solo practitioners. I recently met with a client who came to see me about hiring me ...

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Benefits of Mediation Arbitration

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Mar 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

I'm going to talk to you a little bit about the concepts of mediation and/or mediation arbitration, and what is that. First off, mediation is required in El Paso County when any contested family law matters are set for a hearing. In other words, the court requires that the parties attempt to medi...

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Where Is My Retainer?

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Mar 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

I'm going to discuss with you a little bit about some unique qualities of a retaining an attorney in a family law case, and that is that when you hire an attorney in a family law matter, the amount that you give the attorney is classified as a retainer. That's the amount that you pay up front to ...

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Domestic Violence and Police Reports

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Feb 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many times the cases that we see in family court involve one, or both parents, being charged with crimes. The most common type of crime that impacts family law cases, are domestic violence or domestic violence and abuse charges. It's always important to provide those police reports, if you have t...

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Father’s Rights vs Mother’s Rights in Colorado

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Feb 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

This topic concerns whether Colorado is a Mother's Rights state or a Father's Rights state in custody actions. I'm gonna talk to you a little bit about the law when it concerns whether or not Colorado favors mothers over fathers or fathers over mothers. In fact, in Colorado, the law is gender neu...

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What Is a Civil Union?

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Feb 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Colorado civil unions have the same procedure as the civil divorce statutes. That means that same sex couples who have children or who do not have children are going to be treated the same way as heterosexual couples going through a divorce. They're going to be given the same rights and the sa...

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Where Do I File My Family Law Case?

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Feb 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

I want to talk to you a little bit about where you should file your case if you're going through a divorce, whether it is a civil union divorce or not, or a custody action. In a child custody action, the child must be in Colorado and in the county in which the child can be found for at least 182 ...

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Grand Parent Rights

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Jan 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

What happens when a grandchild of a grandparent is in a situation where a biological parent has passed away? Does that grandparent have rights to custody or visitation? There is a statute in Colorado that deals with grandparent visitation that's different than the grandparents' rights to file for...

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When Does Child Support End?

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Jan 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today we're going to a little bit about child support and when child support end, and how to get a court order that says that I don't owe child support any longer. A feature of Colorado's child support law is that child support must be paid until a child turns 19 years of age or is considered ema...

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Recent Changes to Spousal Maintenance

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Jan 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

This topic involves the changes to the spousal maintenance statute in Colorado. Colorado has a very unique statute that deals with spousal maintenance. It's found in Colorado revised statute 14-10 114. And this statute was passed on January 01, 2014 to provide the court with advisory guidelines t...

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Filing an Emergency Motion

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Dec 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

I want to talk to you a little bit about emergency motions and what happens when a parent files an emergency motion. Primarily, these emergency motions are about custody and visitation. So I want to give you a couple examples as to what the law says. The most common type of emergency motion is on...

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The Role of a Judge in Colorado Family Court

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Dec 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Colorado, most people will encounter some sort of hearing at some point during their family law case. I want to discuss the role of judges in family court, there judges considered to be district court judges and other judges are magistrate judges who work under the district court judge. Both t...

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Family Law Cases Involving Children

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Dec 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Colorado, there are essentially two different kinds of cases that involve children. These cases are called allocation or parental responsibilities, which are actions between parents or third-parties that involve children. There are also cases filed as divorce cases where the parties have child...

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Duties of Parents to Co-Parent

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Dec 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

Colorado is governed by the best interest standard. The best interest standard when you're talking about children, parenting time, and decision making is what the court is going to consider in entering its orders in the absence of an agreement. Now parents are free to come up with parenting plans...

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How to Hire the Best Family Law Attorney

Posted by Gordon Shayne | Nov 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

I'd like to talk about the importance of hiring a family law attorney in your divorce or child custody case, or post-decree motion that you have in family court in the state of Colorado. Unlike criminal law where an attorney can be appointed by the court to represent you, in family law there is n...

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How long does it take to get a Divorce In Colorado?

Posted by Gordon Shayne | May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lots of folks call our office and they ask, “How long is it going to take to get a divorce in Colorado?” Generally, divorce cases in Colorado are going to depend upon the jurisdiction that you're in. If you're in El Paso County, it's probably within a timeframe of four to seven to eight months be...

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What Happens To 401k/Retirement Accounts In A Divorce?

Posted by Gordon Shayne | May 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

I want to discuss with you what happens with a retirement account or a 401k account and how that may be involved in your divorce or legal separation or even in post-decree matter. A post-decree matter means that you've already gone to court. You have had a judge enter a decree or a legal separati...

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