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April 2015 Archives

Going to jail for nonpayment of child support

Although jail time may be a deterrent to avoiding child support obligations, some Colorado parents may get caught in a vicious debt cycle because of legal obligations and practical details. Those who clearly have the means to pay may not garner much compassion from the court system, but there are those whose situations can make it difficult to handle even the most basic costs for personal needs if support payments are met. For those who are able to pay, the threat of incarceration is often an effective way to enforce court-ordered support. However, those in more limited financial situations may benefit from alternative solutions.

Divorce can change retirement plans and savings methods

Colorado couples need to take retirement savings and plans for retirement into account both during and after the divorce process. While going through a divorce, they likely will want to work with financial experts and attorneys who can help them make sure that their properties, retirement savings and other assets will be split fairly. Spouses may be able to negotiate for a greater share of retirement benefits during mediation or divorce proceedings if they concede other assets. Sometimes, individuals may be entitled to a portion of their ex-spouse's Social Security benefits if they were married for 10 years or more.

Serving notice of divorce on Facebook

Those who live in Colorado may spend a lot of their time on Facebook to stay connected to others. In recent years, it has become a tool that some people have used to serve divorce papers to their spouses. However, serving papers through the site is generally considered to be a last resort for those who cannot provide service through traditional means.

The accuracy of paternity tests

Colorado residents may wish to better understand the accuracy of paternity testing, which is used to establish a child's paternal parent. While the tests are not 100 percent accurate, they are close enough to be considered legally admissible in court. Paternity tests come in two types: the exclusion and the inclusion. Exclusion paternity test results are considered to be 100 percent accurate. DNA from the potential father is tested against the DNA of a child to see if they share matching chromosome pairs. Fathers provide half of the chromosomes in their child's DNA, and a man will be excluded from paternity if he does not share any matching pairs with the child. On the other hand, inclusion paternity tests determine the likelihood that a man is a child's biological father in the form of a percentage. The highest matches possible are above 99 percent.

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