Is a Judge’s Approval For Our Settlement Automatic?

Posted January 19, 2016

Under Colorado's divorce mediation laws, any settlement you and your spouse reach must be approved by a judge before it's finalized. How difficult is earning a judge's approval? Well, it depends. If you choose Split Simple for your divorce mediation needs, the judge's approval is almost a lock. We have

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Will We Have To Split All Assets Equally?

Posted January 12, 2016

Finding an equitable division of assets is a necessary part of a divorce settlement. Without a division plan that meets the "equitable" standard, the settlement will not earn a judge's approval, which means the divorce can't be finalized. However, the idea that all assets must be divided along a precise

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Three Tips for Dealing with Debts During Divorce

Posted January 7, 2016

In working with Colorado divorce clients, we have found three areas often neglected by attorneys, mediators and “do it yourself” folks.  This post will provide you with information to avoid potentially costly mistakes surrounding debt and divorce. Obtain Your Credit Report. Every person facing a divorce or legal separation should

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How Will Child Custody Be Determined?

Posted January 5, 2016

At Split Simple, our top priority when working with a family that has children is to find a child custody solution that serves the best interests of the child. We know that’s your priority as well. In Colorado, “the best interests of the child” is the primary determinant for child

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Children, Divorce and the Holidays, Part Two

Posted December 1, 2015

Previously we discussed some considerations regarding children, divorce and the holidays, such as specific holiday parenting plans and focusing on the children during the holidays. Here are some additional tips to consider when dealing with divorce over the holidays. Keep the Family and Friends in Check – Time during the

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Children, Divorce and the Holidays

Posted November 2, 2015

Even for families who have not experienced a divorce, the holidays can bring all types of personal and emotional highs, lows and struggles. However, for families who are in the process of a divorce or dealing with the aftermath of a divorce in Colorado, this time of the year certainly

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Alimony and Taxes, Here’s the Scoop

Posted October 21, 2015

In most Colorado divorce cases involving maintenance (also called “alimony” by the Internal Revenue service): -the maintenance payer will receive a deduction from his or her gross income equal to the amount of maintenance paid; and -the maintenance receiver will be required to pay federal and state income taxes on

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Dividing Retirement Accounts at Divorce

Posted October 5, 2015

Many divorcing couples in Colorado falsely believe that in order to divide retirement accounts at a divorce, one must liquidate that account, incur the associated taxes and penalties, then transfer the remaining proceeds to their spouse. However, by obtaining strong guidance from a Split Simple mediator and following the proper

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Telling the kids, “We are getting divorced.”

Posted September 10, 2015

Over the course of several posts, we will provide some tips for talking with your children about your divorce, as this is one of the questions most asked of our attorney mediators. The first tip universally recommended by experts is to work with your co-parent in order to establish an

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Divorce Tax Planning Why are the next 40 days are so important?

Posted August 19, 2015

Because the Internal Revenue Service will determine your marital and filing status for the entire year based upon your marital status as of December 31 of the relevant year, time is running out if you would like to have a choice in, and possible financial benefit from, your 2015 Colorado

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