Parenting Classes

If you are involved in a dissolution proceeding and have children, every court in Colorado will require you to attend a parenting class. This applies even if your children are older and understand everything that is going on between their parents. The courts treat this so seriously you actually have to prove your attendance. The class has many goals, one of which is to educate you about the needs of your children as you progress towards a divorce – and after. Many clients come to Ammarell Deasy skeptical about such classes; some are even reluctant to attend. I can tell you, the lessons taught are invaluable.

If you are embarrassed or afraid of running into a neighbor or even an acquaintance, attend a class across town, as metro Denver has plenty to offer. Focusing on the needs of your children is pivotal in the classes. You get to ask questions and receive valuable literature about the dissolution process in the eyes of children. The professionals teaching the three or four hour long courses are approved by judges to instruct and they take their jobs seriously. Both Laura Ammarell and I have attended these classes so we can absolutely tell you what to expect. You may feel sad at times, learning what our children experience when adults made adults decisions. That said, the education you receive, and the focus you will place on putting your child’s needs ahead of your own, will create an environment of success for your children moving forward.

Simply put, while parenting classes may be a must, they should be approached with an open mind and a child-centered point of view. At Ammarell Deasy, we will make sure you are enrolled in the right class, complete the work, and let the court know you took this obligation seriously. Afterall, our clients want success for their children and we put those children at the top of our priority list!

Tough Times

I have yet to come across someone who comes into our conference room for the first time and says “hey Mr. Deasy, I just won the lottery and I wanted to share some of my dollars with you!” It seems the last several new clients to come through our doors have been in the middle of particularly tough times.

We meet victims of verbal and emotional abuse, hear stories of addiction, and listen to fears of financial ruin. Good parents wonder what will happen with their kids and how the dollars will be divided. So many people are just plain scared.

When you come to our office, we look you in the eye and listen. To understand your needs, there can be no other way. For me personally, I take almost no notes, I don’t come walking in with a five page fee agreement, and I don’t try to “sign you up.” I want to hear and feel your story so I can offer the best insight and guidance and possible.

Whether it’s creating a game plan for a potential move or talking about parenting arrangements over the holidays, I have always felt the best decisions we make are only as good as the information upon which we base the decisions. That’s why listening is pivotal.

To make it through your own tough times, you have my word that we will listen. At Ammarell Deasy, we work for people, not the other way around.

Right of First Refusal

In the past week, two potential clients have reached out to me to ask me about their rights to parent when the other parent is unavailable. In one situation, the other parent works crazy hours and the child is being left with a new significant other. In the other, two kids are being left behind with a step-mother when dad leaves town, and step-mother is not letting mother see the kids during “father’s time.”

What causes me concern is that in neither case did other attorneys include language in parenting plans that give parents the right of first refusal. Both situations involved young attorneys without a great deal of family law experience. Simply put, this borders on malpractice.

The right of first refusal is pretty simple. It stands for the proposition that when a parent is unavailable to parent during his or her regularly scheduled time, the other parent has the first right to have that time. If neither parent is available, it is up to the parent whose regularly scheduled time is being missed to make arrangements for the kids. Had that language been included in either of the cases I mentioned above, the kids involved would be spending nights with their parents.

At Ammarell Deasy, LLP, we don’t make the mistake of leaving such language out of our parenting plans. When I read these plans, it made me think “you get what you pay for” everyday, and when you save a few bucks by hiring the latest internet sensation as a lawyer, you may be throwing your money away . . . only to spend more making it right after the fact. Make sure your lawyer is paying attention when it comes to your kids!

Alcohol and Parenting

It seems that I have had a run of cases involving alcohol abuse and arguments over parenting rights. I continue to be amazed at how many people suffer from alcohol addiction, and in turn, how many people minimize the problem. I can tell you, we fight hard to protect children from the evils of alcohol abuse. There is testing available today that can ensure you the other parent of your children is sober before and while exercising parenting time. Don’t be shy about raising your concerns and don’t just put up with it. Your children deserve the best and the best is not having one parent smelling like booze or “drinking again.” At Ammarell Deasy, we help you protect your kids!

From one talk to another . . .

I have been fortunate enough to receive some level of recognition as a speaker both inside and outside of family law circles. In the last month and a half, I have given talks on Colorado’s rules of evidence, disclosure and discovery issues in dissolution cases, and handling child witnesses in difficult divorce cases. I am intrigued by differing points of views from practitioners and judges alike when it comes to such matters. At Ammarell Deasy, LLP, we feel that knowing your opponent and your audience are each a must in preparing your case for hearing. We are certain that your case is not going to suffer for a lack of lawyering either inside or outside the courtroom.

What are my Rights as a Father?


child custodyWhen you are going through a divorce in Colorado, your worst fears often involve your children. Will I get custody of my children? How involved will I be? Will the mother keep me from seeing my children? What if the court allows her to move away? These are all real fears that could affect your life—and your relationship with your children. Luckily, Colorado is a very proactive state and takes father’s rights very seriously. Even so, you need an experienced Greenwood Village divorce attorney on your side throughout the process to ensure that your rights as a father are protected every step of the way.



When divorce turns ugly, mothers may try to keep their children away from their fathers. They can do this both emotionally and physically. This is known as parental alienation and it is not acceptable. If you are experiencing parental alienation while you are going through a Greenwood Village divorce, your attorney can fight to see that you maintain your rights to see your children. You have rights as a father and those should not be overlooked.



Father’s Rights in Greenwood Village and Throughout Colorado


At Ammarell Deasy LLC, our Greenwood Village divorce lawyers have helped fathers throughout Colorado handle complex divorce situations, such as:


  • Seeking child custody

  • Modifying existing child custody

  • Restructuring parenting plans

  • Relocation questions or concerns

  • Recalculating child support

  • Paternity issues

  • Seeking adoption

  • Termination of mother’s rights

  • Parental alienation issues

  • And more



Child Custody and Father’s Rights


More courts are seeking to allow equal parenting time as long as it is in the best interests of the children. Before child custody is awarded, however, the courts will take into consideration your work schedule, your ability to provide for your children, your relationship with your children, and the amount of time you spent with your children prior to the divorce. The law is on your side and the courts recognize fathers more than ever before.



Father’s Have Rights Too


Ammarell DeasyWe understand how important your children are to you. That’s why we aggressively represent fathers and their rights. Your children deserve to have you in their lives and more and more courts are recognizing the importance a father plays in his children’s lives. Don’t become a “weekends only” dad. Let the Greenwood Village divorce lawyers at Ammarell Deasy represent you during this difficult time. Contact the experienced, knowledgeable divorce attorneys at Ammarell Deasy today to discuss your options. For more information, call Ammarell Deasy today at (303) 470-3020 or use the contact form on this website.

What are the Dangers of Handling Your Own Colorado Divorce?


Man looking at his girlfriend having a headache sitting at a tabGoing through a divorce in Colorado is not an easy process. Separating from your spouse is a difficult and trying time for all parties involved. In an attempt to minimize the pain and expedite the process, many couples are choosing to handle their own divorces. While this may seem like a cost-effective and easy way to get divorced, Greenwood Village couples should be cautious. Choosing to handle your own divorce without the help of an experienced Greenwood Village divorce attorney will likely cost you far more money and time in the end.


Dangers to Divorcing Without a Greenwood Village Divorce Lawyer

  • Custody Errors

  • Paperwork Filing Errors

  • Missing Critical Deadlines

  • Improperly Distributing Assets

  • Failing to Deal with Life Insurance Properly

  • Mishandling 401K and other Retirement Assets

  • Failing to Request the Resumption of your Maiden Name

  • Forgetting to Distribute Investments Properly

  • Not Securing Child Support or Alimony

  • Not Calculating Child Support Properly

  • And more

Without an experienced Greenwood Village divorce attorney on your side, you may wind up with the short end of the stick. You may lose valuable property, assets, retirement funds, and even time with your children. Failure to meet deadlines or filling out paperwork improperly can also lead to increased costs and more time spent on divorce. In addition, filing errors can have far-reaching consequences that could adversely affect your mortgage, your credit scores, and even your savings.


An experienced divorce attorney can represent your best interests throughout the divorce process, so you can keep your assets and maintain the lifestyle to which you were accustomed. If child support is needed, your attorney can also ensure that child support is calculated correctly and that your children’s needs are met.

If you and your spouse are amicable, hiring a
Greenwood Village divorce lawyer can make the entire process quick and easy. In addition, there are numerous ways you can keep the costs down without losing your rights to your property or your children. Your attorney will be able to ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines and that all lose ends are tied up after your divorce.


Experienced Greenwood Village Divorce Lawyers


Daniel  N. DeasyContact the experienced, knowledgeable Greenwood Village divorce attorneys at Ammarell Deasy today to discuss your options. Ammarell Deasy has helped countless Coloradans to reach divorce resolutions that put them in the best possible situation to move on with their lives. The attorneys of Ammarell Deasy understand the desire to move on with your life and get the divorce process over as quickly as possible. As such, we work tirelessly for you and for your family. For more information, call Ammarell Deasy today at (303) 470-3020 or use the contact form on this website.

If I am Divorced, Can I Move Out of State with my Children?


After you are divorced and your child custody has been determined, situations can arise that make it necessary for one parent to relocate out of the State of Tennessee. Divorced parents may wish to move out of the state for a job opportunity, to be closer to family, or to get remarried and start a new life. When this occurs, it is natural to wonder how this move will affect your parenting rights and the rights of your ex.

In the State of Tennessee, the courts have ruled that a custodial parent could relocate the child out of state or over 100 miles from the non-custodial parent, even without their consent. As long as the custodial parent has a valid reason for moving, is not moving to be vindictive, and the move is in the best interest of the child, the courts will grant permission to move across state lines.

Parent Relocation Statute (§36-6-108) specifies that the parent who wishes to relocate a child more than 100 miles from the non-custodian parent must send written notice to that parent at least 60 days prior to the move. The non-custodial parent then has 30 days to object. If they do not file an objection, then they may lose their ability to contest the move.

If both parents spend equal time with the children, the courts will examine the move and determine what is in the best interest of the child. To do so, several factors will be considered, including:

  • How often the non-custodial parent visits the child

  • How likely the primary residential parent will encourage and comply with the new visitation arrangement once they move

  • The connection and bond between the children and the parents

  • The family unit’s stability

  • The ability of the parents to work together to ensure visitation is upheld

  • And more

If the non-custodial parent does not spend substantially equal time with the children, there is little the courts will do to object to the custodial parent’s request to move—as long as the move is for a valid and reasonable purpose.

Ammarell DeasyEvery one of our clients faces new beginnings when they place their trust with our firm. We treasure and honor that trust, implementing optimal legal strategies to seek the best outcomes possible. We don’t just pay lip service to the idea of offering something “different.” Surrounded by excellent young associates and a staff that is unmatched, we serve the needs of clients throughout Colorado, driving from Ft. Collins to Pueblo when people need us. There really is not anything that comes to us as a surprise in the world of family law, and with more than 40 years’ worth of courtroom experience, we can make the right difference. Give Ammarell Deasy the chance to show you the difference.

5 steps to help you prepare for a Child Custody Case in Colorado


Establishing, adjusting and changing child custody agreements should be done through the state’s family court and a person must be prepared before pleading the case in court.


Here are five steps which can help prepare for the child custody case

One should know which type of child custody he/she wants. The types of child custody are given below:


• Joint custody, also called shared custody, is one of the types in which the court grants custody to both parents.


• Sole custody is that type of custody in which custody is given to only one parent. In sole custody, only the parent who gets custody can make decisions related to their child.


• In Legal custody, the parent given custody has the right to make decisions about the child’s upbringing. With sole legal custody, a person can make decisions not considering what the other parent wants for the child. With joint legal custody, both parents make decisions about their child’s medical care, religious affiliation or schooling.


• With Physical custody, a child lives with the parent who is given custody but the other parent can also make decisions for him/her.


One should know the Colorado child custody law


Under the child custody law in Colorado, decisions are made based on what is in the best interests of your child and what is good for him/her.


There are many factors which are considered by the judges while making a child custody decision. Judges view information and details of any history of abuse or neglect and similar factors. Wish of the child, wishes of the parents and the interaction each parent has with the child is also considered important while making the decision. Other than that, the physical and mental health of the child and the parents are viewed. The last factor which is considered by the judges is whether the court decision will change the life of the child for the better or not, such as community or schooling.


A person should give the parenting plan to the court

A child custody plan that a person makes should include important things related to the child such as how much time you’re planning to spend with the child and what are the things that you can do better than the other parent. The plan should also include details about how you and the other parent are planning to settle disputes without affecting and involving the child.


A parent who wants to get the child custody plan has to give the parent plant where he/she filed the petition or an answer to the other parent’s child custody request.


Collect proof


Proof is required depending on the cause and type of custody a person wants. For example, if a parent wants to get sole physical and legal custody due to abuse, he/she needs proof of the abuse.

Preparation for the case before going to court


A person should discuss the case with his/her attorney about the written statement or go over his/her court petition with their lawyer before going to court.


Ammarell DeasyAmmarell Deasy can work to avoid make your custody issues as simple and free of stress as possible, but can also handle a difficult situation if the other parent is determined to make it difficult. For more information, contact Ammarell Deasy today by calling (303) 470-3020 or using the contact form on this website.


Author’s Bio:

Benjamin Doscher, Attorney at Law is a fully insured and licensed New York City and Long Island Criminal Attorney.

The Colorado Civil Union Act

colorado family law attorneyThe Colorado Civil Union Act recently became law, and many same sex couple have taken already taken advantage of the new law to have their committed relationships legally recognized, according to the Denver Post. It is, of course, important for the people who take advantage of this step toward equality for same sex couple to recognize the legal responsibilities that accompany their new found legal rights. Specifically, it is important, when considering entering into a civil union, to recognize that just as many marriages end in divorce, many same sex civil unions will as well. While of course no one will assume that their relationship will fail, it is a good idea to understand what is likely to happen if it does.

Are you considering entering into a civil union? Speak with an experienced Greenwood Village family law attorney today to discuss your options.

When a civil union ends, the partners can get a divorce just as a married couple would. In fact, the divorce would be very similar. Major considerations include division of assets, custody of children, child support, maintenance, and so on. Not only are these the same considerations as in any other divorce, they are generally treated in the same way. For example, this means that any property that is purchased by either partner belongs to the union, and will be divided between the partners in the event of a divorce. If one partner brings a home or other property into the union, any appreciation in value during the course of the union would also belong to the union. This means that the other partner would be entitled to some portion, likely half, of the increase in value.

Daniel  N. DeasyContact the experienced, knowledgeable divorce attorneys at Ammarell Deasy today to discuss your options. During this stressful period in your life and the lives of your children, you need legal counsel who can help shoulder the burden of stress. Ammarell Deasy has helped countless Coloradans to reach divorce resolutions that put them in the best possible situation to move on with their lives. The attorneys of Ammarell Deasy understand all of the factors that can impact the outcome of your divorce, and they will work hard to protect your rights and the rights of your children. From common divorce issues such as maintenance, division of property, and child support to more unusual issues such as abuse or neglect in the family, Ammarell Deasy can help. For more information, call Ammarell Deasy today at (303) 470-3020 or use the contact form on this website.

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