Simplified Family Court - by Dale E. Johnson

End of summer is always an active time of year for new family law proposals being floated or introduced in the Colorado Legislature.  As a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, I follow these proposed bills.  One bill that bears watching comes from Representative Beth McCann, who was the moving force behind the recent maintenance “formula” statute.  Representative McCann’s new bill would create a Simplified Family Court to handle “small marital estates”.  “Small” is defined as estates where the combined gross income of the parties is less than $80,000 per year, the net marital estate is less than $100,000 and there are no children.  This proposal attempts to address the pro se family law litigation explosion that has buried the District Courts.  It could be one of the most important pieces of family law legislation to be introduced in many years.