When I first brought my complicated, long and drawn out case to Sam Stoorman’s table, I expected them to do what most had, shake their heads and turn me away. I had attempted to file on my own after needing a restraining order and a restriction of parenting. I quickly discovered that I needed help after several failed attempts of removing my children from clearly hostile and dangerous environment with their father. After meeting with Mr. Stoorman, I turned over my stacks of papers and accumulated court documents and knew that I finally had found a good one (I had several bad lawyer’s to this point). They were able to suggest ideas such as the use of a Child Family Investigator to help our case. They also helped me to obtain info that I did not have access to and just didn’t know how to get my hands on due to all the red tape and legal issues. Nicole has also been great about any follow-up questions since court. They were highly professional and were able to make the process quick to help me remove my children before anything really bad happened to them. I now have full custody and decision making of the children and they are both doing well and adjusting to a more laid back lifestyle with their step dad and myself where we are able to provide stability and amazing opportunities such as travel, sports and most important, college!
Maintenance, still called Alimony for Federal Tax purposes (also called Spousal Support), is not awarded in every divorce. A spouse must first reach the threshold for maintenance by proving that he or she lacks sufficient property to provide for their reasonable needs and is not capable of supporting themselves through appropriate employment. Once that threshold has been met, the court will determine the extent to which a spouse is entitled to maintenance based on several factors, including the length of the marriage, the health and earning capacity of each spouse, and the standard of living established during the marriage; among other factors. Colorado has enacted a maintenance formula to assist the court in determining an appropriate amount and length of maintenance. The length of maintenance can vary from long-term, “permanent” maintenance or temporary “rehabilitative” maintenance, depending on the particular facts of each case. For example, a spouse who has not worked or completed educational or other training, may need financial assistance to complete those tasks to return to the workforce. Spouses may also contract for a specific amount and period of time for maintenance to continue.
Our attorneys are prepared to assist with even the most complex cases. Whether you are seeking alimony or defending against it, we will advocate for you at every step. While we make every effort to settle matters through negotiation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution, we are also skilled trial lawyers who will fight for your interests in court your interests in court.
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