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Protecting a credit score during divorce

Ending a marriage can have many financial consequences. According to a 2019 survey, 38% of divorcees experienced an over 50 point drop in their credit score following their separation. This can be particularly challenging for those who need access to credit to start their new lives. Luckily, there are some step individuals in Colorado and elsewhere in the United States can take to prevent a damaging hit to their credit score during a divorce.

State Supreme Court rules on added fines for drug charges

In 1996, the General Assembly instituted a "drug offender surcharge," ranging from $300 to $4,500. Other surcharges now exist in Colorado for crimes outside of drug charges, though the ones levied for drug offenders have been explicitly determined to be punishment. Recently, two offenders brought the surcharge laws into question after being hit with them after they were sentenced.

Identify priorities, goals, and concerns when entering divorce

Ending a marriage requires individuals to rethink their plans and goals for the future. While it can be difficult to know exactly what life might look like in the future when going through a divorce, getting clear on goals, concerns, and priorities is extremely helpful when working toward the best possible outcome. Sharing these details with a Colorado family law attorney will help legal counsel to work on an individual's behalf more effectively.

Court to rule on criminal defense issue involving Miranda rights

Miranda rights protect individuals from incriminating themselves in police interviews and interrogations following an arrest. These rights must be recited to individuals upon arrest to ensure they understand that they do not need to answer any questions. Currently, a criminal defense dispute in Colorado regarding Miranda rights is making its way to the state Supreme Court.

Malicious moves during divorce process can backfire legally

Ending a marriage can be an emotional process, and many people can respond by getting competitive or downright mean. While being fair, firm and thoughtfully aggressive can pay off in a divorce, getting too greedy and trying to take advantage of the other party can backfire. Here are some malicious moves, often done out of anger, that can have negative family law consequences for Colorado divorcees.

Behavior upon arrest can impact drunk driving defense

No one plans to be pulled over and accused of driving while impaired. But, if the unthinkable happens, Colorado drivers should consider their behavior upon getting pulled over and following an arrest. The drunk driving defense options available to an individual will depend in large part upon their behavior and the police's behavior during this crucial period.

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