As far as divorce is concerned, any tax liability is considered a marital debt. Colorado tries to equitably distribute both assets and debts. Theoretically a court could order your husband to pay the entire debt but I'd he doesn't the IRS can still go after you.
Both parties are required to file a Sworn Financial Statement and a Certificate of Compliance with Rule 16.2. You can find these forms on the Colorado Courts website at www.courts.state.co.us. You should also file a completed Separation Agreement.
There are many cases in which one party purposely quits his/her job or takes a lesser paying job just to get out of paying child support. This part of the child support guidelines state that a person can not be employed for the reasons outlined and the Court will not impute income to that party. If a person is purposely underemployed then the Court can impute income. That is usually based on the party's ability to earn which can be proven by previous years' tax returns or a vocational evaluation.
There will be two parts to the contempt. The first is the Advisement and the second is the actual hearing. I would suggest a lawyer for both is ideal but if you cannot afford a lawyer for both then it is not critical for the Advisement. However, if you are asking for punitive contempt then your ex could be entitled to free counsel.
My colleagues are absolutely correct. There is case law that allows for a spouse without assets to get an interim ruling from the court to order the "wealthy" party to pay the other party's attorney fees. Your other option is to find a firm that will take your case pro bono. DO NOT go this alone - you will regret it later.
Unless your agreement is unreasonable or not in the best interest of the children, you can agree to pretty much anything you want in mediation. You are MUCH better off coming to an agreement together rather than having a judge decide your life for you, as long as you both believe the agreement is fair. I tell all of my clients that if you come up with an agreement you can live with (you don't have to love it) take the agreement. With that said, if the business was formed during the course of...
It is possible that a change of circumstances that would render an original order unfair can warrant a change in maintenance as long as maintenance was not waived. It is not an easy case to win so I would consult with an attorney.
Essentially they are the same. If you both sign the Petition then you are Co-Petitioners. Just be sure you read through the Petition carefully - it would be best to have an attorney review it. The Responent does not sign the Petition but has an opportunity to file a Response. After that they are the same.