Are you considering getting a divorce or legal separation? Are you unsure as to where you should even start? Whether the thought of getting a divorce (child custody lawyer) only recently crossed your mind for the first time. Or whether you have been considering ending your marriage for years, this workshop is for you.
At this workshop, which will be conducted virtually via Zoom, you will hear from numerous professionals about the divorce process. Family Law attorney Kama McConaughy Sarkissian, Esq. Will be presenting along with another family attorney (child custody lawyer). About the legal steps you need to take to end your marriage. Including Colorado law regarding the division of property and debts, the allocation of parental responsibilities, spousal and child support, and attorney’s fees. The divorce process during the Covid-19 crisis will also be addressed during this workshop.
A mortgage lender and real estate expert will be presenting about options available to you. Whether you wish to stay in your marital residence or move on to another home. There will also be a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (child custody lawyer) to discuss the potential financial pitfalls of divorce. And the actions you can take now and in the future to protect yourself and your family. You have the opportunity to ask questions and you have with resources to help you make decisions. That are in you and your family’s best legal and financial interests. It is extremely important that before you decide to end your marriage. You educate yourself about the dissolution of marriage process. And all that it entails, both legally and financially. This workshop is a great first step.
McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C. wishes to express our most sincere thanks and gratitude to the first responders and health care workers who are working in some cases around the clock to protect and take care of us during this pandemic.
Today is National Doctors Day so an extra thank you to all the doctors including the many who have come out of retirement to help during these trying times. We also wish to express our gratitude to law enforcement, carryout restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and others who remain available for service. Thank you!
We at McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C. Recognize during these difficult and unprecedented
times families going through a divorce or family separation may be facing
uncertainty about their family, their finances and their futures. We are committed to helping you through these
difficult and stressful times. We will
continue to remain open and are equipped to meet via telephone, email, FaceTime
and video conferencing.
We are still meeting with new clients and
accepting new cases. We are able to
commence new actions, including actions for dissolution of marriage and for
allocation of parental responsibilities, in every county in the metro Denver
area, including Arapahoe, Douglas, Denver, Adams, Jefferson and
Broomfield. We are also still able to
file motions to modify pre-existing orders.
If needed, we are able to schedule virtual and telephonic
In our current and ever changing environment,
you may have questions or concerns about your unique family situation. Please
rest assured that we are ready to assist you in any way we can.
Please contact us if you have questions or
need our help.
McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C. is pleased to welcome Atilla Z. Baksay, Esq. to our Civil Litigation Team. Mr. Baksay graduated with his Juris Doctor and Master of Arts (International Affairs) from American University, Washington College of Law, in 2018. Mr. Baksay has experience preparing appellate briefs and conducted legal research for the World Trade Organization litigation during his time at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, before moving to Colorado.
Family Law Attorney Kama McConaughy
Sarkissian presented a nationwide continuing legal education webinar in
conjunction with Wealthcounsel, LLC titled: “The Intersection of Estate
Planning and Divorce: An Introduction to Trust Issues in Divorce.”
The webinar focused on the process domestic relations courts frequently implement when making a determination as to what trust assets constitute a marital property interest subjection to division during a divorce. The course also explored issues associated with divorce and how a couple’s typical estate plan could be problematic in the event the spouses separate subsequent to finalizing their estate planning. The webinar discussed practical issues as well as the potential tax concerns associated with divorcing couples. The CLE concluded with ideas on how to protect trust and estate client’s beneficiary interests in the event they later divorced by implementing pre-marital and marital agreements containing provisos related to the client’s irrevocable trust interests. Call our family law attorneys today if you have questions about how your trust assets may be subject to division in a future divorce action.
Parties to a dissolution of marriage action with children, or
an allocation of parental responsibilities (custody case) will need to
calculate a child support amount to be paid by the obligor consistent with
Colorado’s statute: C.R.S. § 14-10-115.
How is Child Support Calculated in Colorado?
One of the most common questions clients ask is: How will
child support be calculated by the Court? Child support in Colorado is governed
by statutory guidelines contained in C.R.S. 14-10-115. However, this statute is
constantly being revised and adjusted for things like inflation and parties are
well-advised to ensure they have the most current version of the statute. The
child support guidelines in Colorado are presumptive, opposed to Colorado’s
spousal maintenance guidelines, which are merely advisory. The child support
guidelines calculate child support based upon the parents’ combined adjusted
gross income estimated to have been allocated to the child if the parents and
children were living in an intact household. Additionally, the child support
guidelines adjust the child support based upon the needs of the children for
extraordinary medical expenses and work-related child care costs, and allocate
the amount of child support to be paid by each parent based upon physical care
arrangements. The child support worksheets also consider the total number of
overnights each parent has with the child(ren). The number of children involved
also affects the child support obligation.
Determine the Parents’ Incomes for a Child Support Calculation.
Courts will use each parent’s “gross income” to
calculate the child support amount. “Gross income,” as it is defined
by the statute, and includes, but is not limited to:
Income from salaries;
Wages, including tips declared by the
individual for purposes of reporting to the federal internal revenue service or
tips imputed to bring the employee’s gross earnings to the minimum wage for the
number of hours worked, whichever is greater;
Payments received as an independent contractor
for labor or services, which payments must be considered income from
Pensions and retirement benefits;
Any moneys drawn by a self-employed individual
for personal use that are deducted as a business expense, which moneys must be
considered income from self-employment;
Social security benefits, including social
security benefits actually received by a parent as a result of the disability
of that parent or as the result of the death of the minor child’s stepparent
but not including social security benefits received by a minor child or on
behalf of a minor child as a result of the death or disability of a stepparent
of the child;
Workers’ compensation benefits;
Unemployment insurance benefits;
Disability insurance benefits;
Funds held in or payable from any health,
accident, disability, or casualty insurance to the extent that such insurance
replaces wages or provides income in lieu of wages;
Monetary prizes, excluding lottery winnings not
required by the rules of the Colorado lottery commission to be paid only at the
Income from general partnerships, limited
partnerships, closely held corporations, or limited liability companies.
However, if a parent is a passive investor, has a minority interest in the
company, and does not have any managerial duties or input, then the income to
be recognized may be limited to actual cash distributions received;
Expense reimbursements or in-kind payments
received by a parent in the course of employment, self-employment, or operation
of a business if they are significant and reduce personal living expenses;
Alimony or maintenance received; and
pay, only if the overtime is required by the employer as a condition of employment.
There are many forms of income, which are
exceptions to the “gross income” definition under the statute.
Parties to a divorce proceeding or APR action should meet with a licensed
Colorado family law attorney to discuss the specifics of their case, and obtain
legal advice in order to make an informed decision on this issue.
Upon invitation from Professor Jennifer Hendricks, family law attorney Kama McConaughy Sarkissian had the honor and privilege of lecturing at the University of Colorado’s School of Law. Ms. McConaughy Sarkissian taught a family law class concerning the issue of economic misconduct in divorce. She was counsel for the leading appellate case in Colorado concerning marital waste: In re Marriage of Jorgensen, 143 P.3d 1169 (Colo. App. 2006) and is one of the preeminent authorities on the doctrine. Ms. McConaughy Sarkissian greatly enjoyed giving back to her alma mater and look forward to continuing our firm’s dedication to service and philanthropy.
We at McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C. remain open during these difficult times. While most of us are working from home, we do have in-office staffing for answering the telephones, receiving and distributing mail and filings. Our entire staff is available to answer questions or accept new matters involving construction, general liability, auto and family law.
In general, for family law/divorce/child custody matters the courts have continued all non-emergency hearings but are available for temporary protection orders, permanent protection order hearings, emergency requests to restrict parenting time or prevent parental abduction of your child, request the appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator, and temporary custody hearings in a dependency and neglect case.
We are still able to commence new actions for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, allocation of parental responsibilities, as well as modifications of existing orders. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or require our assistance in any family law matter.
Please contact us if you have questions or need our help.
A Denver boutique law firm committed to providing comprehensive Construction,
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McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C.
McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C. is a boutique law firm committed to providing comprehensive law representation focusing on Construction, Civil Litigation and Family Law.
Through out the COVID-19 pandemic, our firm has remained open (law firms are considered ‘essential business” in Colorado) with one secretary answering the telephone, processing mail, filing etc. and the rest of us working from home to continue servicing client needs in the areas of construction law, general liability, personal injury and family law matters […]