Family Law Legislation

This time of year, a number of bills are introduced into the Colorado legislature.  Usually, there are some that deal specifically with family law.  This year we have several.  One, in particular, is highly controversial.  Senate Bill 15-129 (“SB15-129”) would require Judges to presume equal parenting time for children, irrespective of their age, and the parenting abilities and skills of their parents.  This would also restrict Child and Family Investigator (CFI) and Parental Responsibility evaluations (PRE) by not allowing them to make recommendations.  The presumption compromises the current “best interests” standard that requires the Court to look at each individual case and determine what is best for children.  This bill is opposed by many professional groups as being contrary to the established research on what is best for children.  It also has serious constitutional problems.  If you are concerned about these kinds of presumptions being applied to children, you should contact your legislator.

 On another issue, The Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers presents an annual one day advanced topics seminar for family law attorneys, judges, and mediators.  This year the seminar will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015.  The location will be the Doubletree in Denver where we have held the seminar for the last several years.  As past Chair of the Colorado Chapter, I wanted to announce this date on our website as soon as we had the date and place confirmed.  This seminar is the premier family law seminar in Colorado and I encourage attorneys to mark your calendars and save the date.