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Ann Catherine Gushurst

Littleton Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. I am an american Citizen that married in Italy to a non american and now I want a divorce

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ann Catherine Gushurst
    1 lawyer answer

    Joel, Most states, if not all, only can grant a divorce when they have jursidiction that is based upon residency of at least one of the spouses. Some states have abridged times for residency - and Nevada used to be notorious for the "Las Vegas" divorce - but my understanding is that this may have changed. In Colorado, you must have resided here for 90 days PRIOR to filing a divorce, and then you have to wait an additional 90 days to obtain the divorce.

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  2. What do I have to do to keep my son from seeing my baby's dad's girlfriend?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Ann Catherine Gushurst
    1 lawyer answer

    It really depends on the situation. If the woman had her children taken away for child abuse, then you probably can prevent her from having time with your child, but that would depend on the circumstances. Courts base decisions on these matters on what should be done to protect the interests of the children. Usually when a parent wants to prevent a girlfriend or a boyfriend from having contact with their children, they can be - at least in part - motivated by fear (that the other...

  3. Signing a final separation agreement

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ann Catherine Gushurst
    2 lawyer answers

    This is the type of question that you need to ask an attorney directly, because the answer probably depends to a large degree on both why you want to void the agreement and what state you are in. Generally, contracts can be voided if the agreement was the result of being forced (duress), being coerced, or when the other party committed fraud to get you to sign the document. You can also void an agreement if you were incapable of signing it because you were under the influence of drugs, or...

  4. Signing a final separation agreement

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ann Catherine Gushurst
    2 lawyer answers

    This is the type of question that you need to ask an attorney directly, because the answer probably depends to a large degree on both why you want to void the agreement and what state you are in. Generally, contracts can be voided if the agreement was the result of being forced (duress), being coerced, or when the other party committed fraud to get you to sign the document. You can also void an agreement if you were incapable of signing it because you were under the influence of drugs, or...

  5. I'm a US citizen married to a Canadian, we got married in Canada, how do I file for divorce from Calif.?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ann Catherine Gushurst
    1 lawyer answer

    If you live in the united states, you can divorce your husband here by serving him with papers in Canada, under what is known as "long arm" jurisdiction. However, this only permits the court to divorce you - the court cannot, for example, divide property or make custody orders unless it has jurisdiction over property and children, which it does not under this type of service. Of course, your husband can agree (and he may, since he probably wants the divorce as well) to accept service voluntarily.

  6. My husband is divorcing me after 13 years of marriage, should I get a job?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ann Catherine Gushurst
    1 lawyer answer

    Although there are different strategic approaches to this type of case, generally my advice is that the sooner you get started finding a career and earning money, the better off you are. Some people will tell you that if you have no income, your entitlement to spousal support may be greater, and there is some truth to that. However, in this bad economy, many judges are unhappy when you walk into court without having made any effort to find income, and I have seen this strategy backfire. On...