Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek’s Answers

Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek

Colorado Springs Child Custody Lawyer.

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  1. What do i do if my lawyer tells me that he does not know how to fight my case and tells me i should just give up

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. David Littman
    2. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
    4. Teresa Lynn Border
    4 lawyer answers

    I would shave to agree with the other attorneys who have responded to your inquiry - get a second opinion. When you call or meet with this sec on opinion attorney, make sure to take as much documentation with you as you can. Take your Petition for Dependency and Neglect and take the "Treatment Plan" - all treatment plans and staffing summaries. I cannot say why your attorney is changing his opinion but something must have come up in the Treatment Plan or staffing summary for the attorney to...

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  2. I make more than my husband, but he has the assets, Will I have to pay Spousal Support?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
    1 lawyer answer

    There are two types of maintenance in Colorado - temporary and permanent. Temporary maintenance is awarded on a showing of financial need and an ability to pay and is during the period of time between the date the petition for dissolution is filed and the date of entry of the final decree granting divorce. All he would need to show is that he is in financial need of support and you have an ability to pay him. Permanent maintenance is trickier. It is awarded after the date of decree and...

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  3. My daughter let my grand daughter go to ohio to visit her father and he will not return her and filed residential custody.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
    1 lawyer answer

    Wow! IF your granddaughter has lived in Colorado for at least 6 months prior to dad taking her and refusing to return, and nothing has been filed in Ohio previously, then your daughter can file an emergency motion in Colorado, demanding your granddaughter be returned. This gets a little complicated so I will try to explain as best I can. If nothing has ever been filed in a state, and your granddaughter has lived in Colorado for more than 6 months prior to going to see dad, then Colorado...

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  4. Question regarding Child custody in Colorado

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
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    You can file a Motion to Modify Parenting Time, requesting greater parenting time with your daughter. Courts usually grant 50/50 parenting time but that depends on a lot of factors. If your daughter refuses to live with mom, and depending on the judge you have, the court may listen to her desires and allow her to live with you primarily and mom on a shorter duration. If you and your ex agree to a transfer of parenting time with you daughter living with you primarily, then that is a voluntary...

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  5. How and when do i file for child support in Colorado? I am pregnant right now.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
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    I have actually filed for mother's who were still pregnant. You would file an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities case in the district court where you reside (denver). when it asks you to list the name of the child ("in re the interest of ...") just insert "unborn child." I have filed before but usually when mom was about 7 months pregnant. Once the baby is born, you amend the pleading to include the name and date of birth of the child. It is important to file quickly because you...

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  6. Birth certificate changes?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
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    The only way the biological father can be removed from the birth certificate is to have his rights terminated. This can happen with him voluntarily terminating his rights or for the court to terminate as a result of a dependency and neglect case. You cannot terminate his rights unless you too agree to terminate your rights (which you don't). So what does he have to do? Bio dad would have to file a petition to terminate rights and undergo counseling so he understands the importance of...

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  7. What rights does my childs father and grandmother have to him when he is only on the birth certificate?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
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    Wow, this is a complicated one (well somewhat - more than a brief paragraph answer). Ok, first things first, the biological father and his parents have rights to the child. The other quick answer is that so long as nothing has been filed in Indiana before you moved and if the child has been a resident of the state of Colorado for more than 6 months, then jurisdiction vests in Colorado. So the only way they can force you back to Indiana is if there was a prior custody action in Indiana, filed...

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  8. Can the state of Colorado take over a child support case from another state?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes. You would have to contact the Family Support Registry (FSR) and advise of the change of residence of the parties and the child. FSR also works with the Child Support Enforcement Unit in your county (El Paso County Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSE). You can contact FSR to get the support order changed to Colorado. If they give you any problems, you may be required to register your foreign decree. In other words, get the final decree of divorce from the original court (certified copy)...

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  9. Maintenance payments in an uncontested divorce

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
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    Unfortunately, you cannot have an uncontested divorce and still request the court determine maintenance (alimony in Colorado). An uncontested final orders hearing is set in cases where the parties have agreed to all provisions, i.e. division of debts and assets, child support, parenting time and maintenance. The only way you can get an uncontested hearing is if both parties agree to all provisions. If there is a dispute as to maintenance calculation or award, then the court cannot set...

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  10. How long do i have to pay alimony to my ex wife

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bridgette DuCote Kaczmarek
    1 lawyer answer

    Unfortunately, you have to pay alimony (called spousal maintenance in Colorado) for the length of time set forth in the decree or separation agreement. The decree or separation agreement will state how long you are required to pay. If the decree or separation agreement states that the maintenance is "non-modifiable," then you are stuck for the length stated. If the decree or separation agreement does not state "non-modifiable," you can petition the court for modification of maintenance if...

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