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The subject of parental responsibilities evaluators (PREs) and child and family investigators (CFIs) have been touched on in our podcast before. Today we welcome back John Zervopoulos to do a deep dive on these areas of psychological testing and important things lawyers need to know about them. John does a great job of contextualizing the comparing of CFIs and PREs as well as laying out the different responsibilities of lawyers and psychologists in this regard. If you have not yet listened to our previous episodes with John, ( Episode 23 - Understanding CFI or PRE Reports in a Colorado Custody Battle, and Episode 50 - Litigation Tactics for CFIs & PREs) we provide more of John's background and some important introductory content to today's conversation. In today's show, we discuss six keys that lawyers can use to manage an evaluator's test results and we go through this list, with John weighing in with many expert tips and reflections, before ending off our chat with some thoughts on other kinds of tests, the influence of context, and more. Key Points From This Episode: Unpacking the two different avenues of psychological testing; CFIs and PREs.   The actual nature of the tests; comparison and incorporation with other information.  How psychological testing differs from other screening processes. The specific elements and methods of PREs; John unpacks his 'three-legged' approach.How the pandemic and the remote landscape have affected how tests have been administered.  Introducing the six keys for lawyers to look at when considering the evaluator's use of the test results. The importance of the response style of the examinee.Significance and meaning around standardization samples of the test. Laying a strong foundation with the test's statistical reliability.Ways for lawyers to gauge a test's validity.How sensitivity and specificity can aid our understanding of the accuracy of the scores.The three-step process of computer-generated interpretive reports. How to reconcile the possible use of different tests by psychologists.What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Divorce can cause a lot of harm to children, but it doesn’t have to. Joining us today is someone who knows the ins and outs of this topic from a personal and professional perspective. Jackie Deam is a lawyer, mediator, and co-parent coach, who went through 5 divorces between both of her parents when she was a child. These experiences, combined with the struggles that saw children facing because of a lack of system-level support, motivated Jackie to leave her job as a teacher to pursue a career in law. In today’s episode, Jackie explains what the role of a co-parent coach entails and why this role is invaluable in helping parents navigate the challenges of raising kids while going through a divorce. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being “a level of imperfect that’s safe.”Key Points From This Episode:Jackie shares her personal childhood experience of divorce. Examples of when divorce harms children and when it benefits them. The team that you should surround yourself with when you are going through a divorce or separation. An explanation of what the role of a co-parent coach entails.Jackie’s approach to mediating communication between divorced parents.  Examples of how to be a model of growth for your children. Why talking negatively about your child’s other parent in front of them is harmful. The importance of looking after yourself when you are going through a divorce. Learning to let go of what you can’t control.Co-parenting resources that Jackie recommends. What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
If you’ve found yourself asking the question, “Where did my money go?” this episode is for you! Our guest, Tracy Coenen, is a no-nonsense forensic accountant whose job is to look at bank statements, loan statements, credit card statements, and the like, to determine whether there are any improper expenditures being made. During this episode, Tracy shares some of the financial red flags to look out for when you are going through a divorce, and she walks us through what you can expect to learn from reading her Divorce Money Guide. Whether you have suspicions about your spouse's spending habits or you just want to become more informed, the Guide is the first step to financial empowerment!Key Points From This Episode:Who Tracy created the Divorce Money Guide for.An explanation of what a forensic accountant does. Fees that Tracy charges for her services.Tracy shares what motivated her to create the Divorce Money Guide. Examples of red flags to look out for in relation to finances. An overview of how the Divorce Money Guide works. What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Joining us today to talk about the book his own divorce journey inspired, is Andy Heller, a real-life “Eric Wolf” who’s reached the other side and aims to help others through the process. Andy is a successful businessman with two real estate books under his belt, and who had neither the need nor intention to write another book. That was until his own divorce illuminated the need for a one-stop self-help book for those navigating divorce. In this episode, we hear what inspired Andy to write Take the High Road: Divorce with Compassion for Yourself and Your Family, and how it differs from other divorce-centric self-help books. We discuss the common mistakes people make when negotiating a divorce, the value of therapy for both you and your children, and why you should consider getting a co-parenting counselor on board. Tune in to hear Andy’s pre and post-divorce tips, as well as how best to communicate with a former spouse, particularly in an adversarial relationship.Key Points From This Episode:Introducing Andy Heller, author of Take the High Road.Why he wrote the book and how it differs from other divorce-centric self-help books.Andy’s pre and post-divorce tips.How criticizing your former spouse affects your children’s self-esteem.Common mistakes people make when negotiating divorce.Andy shares a positive case study from the book.Why he recommends a co-parenting coach or counselor.Various parenting coordinator roles.The value of therapy for both parents and children of divorce.Why kids should start therapy prior to learning about their parents’ divorce.The biggest complaint of divorcees in the years following the divorce.How to communicate effectively with your former spouse, particularly in an adversarial relationship.What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Determining financial support in a divorce can be emotionally draining and overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Today, we talk about everything maintenance, to help listeners navigate the process and provide insight to ensure you get the best agreement possible. We have covered this topic before in Episode 77, but today we take a deep dive into net spendable income with financial expert Boris Sobolev.Boris is a managing partner at Cornerstone CPA Group which provides personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Although his work focuses on business valuations, he is also involved with maintenance agreements for divorce proceedings and helps clients navigate difficult and complex financial analyses. In this episode, we learn about net spendable income, the challenges of determining income, the similarity between business valuations and net spendable income, and why gross income is the basis for maintenence calculations. We also run through different scenarios with regards to tax, deductions, income from a business, and real estate when calculating net spendable income. Key Points From This Episode:Boris explains the definition of net spendable income with regards to divorce. What are the commonalities between business valuations and net spendable income.Gross income: the prerequisite to calculating net spendable income. The factors that need to be considered when calculating net spendable income. An outline of the different approaches used for business owners when calculating net spendable income. An example of why determining the average income and sustainability of a business is important.The difference between someone earning an income as opposed to a business owner.The benefits of using experts in determining maintenance. A walkthrough of the net spendable income analysis when going to trial for support proceedings. What are the kind of disagreements experts have when reaching an agreement.What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
No divorce is easy, but some are a lot more challenging than others. Exceptionally difficult divorces are referred to as high conflict, and in today’s episode, we are joined by an expert on this topic, Dr. Les Katz. Les is a psychologist who spent many years as a therapist working with families, and who now focuses on conducting evaluations to determine which actions would be in the best interests of the children in a divorce case. Children are very negatively affected by destructive conflict (as opposed to constructive conflict, which is actually beneficial for children to witness), and the impacts of a high conflict divorce can result in major internal (such as depression) and/or external (such as aggression) problems. Listen today to hear the common causes of a high conflict divorce, the importance of always listening to both parent’s story before jumping to conclusions, the role of medical professionals in a high conflict divorce, and what you can do to make things easier on your children if you are going through a high conflict divorce yourself!Key Points From This Episode: The trajectory of a “normal” divorce (as opposed to a high conflict divorce).Characteristics that can be used to identify a high conflict divorce.Three common causes of a high conflict divorce (according to the Impasses of Divorce theory).The importance of being open to both parents’ side of the divorce story. Emotions that people commonly experience when dealing with a divorce. Exploring constructive versus destructive conflict.Examples of the impacts that destructive conflict can have on children.The role of mental health professionals in high conflict divorces. Why parents should get to know an evaluator prior to hiring them. Navigating parental relocation in a high conflict divorce. What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Determining the value of an estate during divorce proceedings is incredibly complex, requiring experts to effectively and fairly evaluate such aspects. In the context of divorce, calculating interest from a trust can be particularly challenging. Today’s expert is Gerard Deffenbaugh, whose practice focuses on estate planning/administration, and trust administration. He often serves as the consulting expert in divorce cases where one of the parties has interest in a trust. Gerard has also co-authored various articles on estate planning and trust interest for divorce proceedings in the Colorado Lawyer and is also involved in different legal education programs. Outside the office, he enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends. In today’s show, we learn about the role of an estate planning attorney in divorce proceedings, how the opinion of an estate planner can impact a valuation, the different types of trusts that exists, the different contingencies that be can be triggered, how a revocable trust can change, how a discretionary trust works, and much more. Key Points From This Episode:The role of an estate planning attorney in divorce proceedings and why it is important.Aspects that need to be considered when determining interest from a trust.How the professional opinion of an estate planner impacts the valuation.What contingencies can affect an evaluation at different points in time.The basics of how a revocable trust works and how it can change.Whether or not a trust is regarded as property within estate planning.Some examples of how a power of appointment can be used for trusts.How power of appointment decisions can impact divorce agreements.We learn how a discretionary trust works and how this impacts divorce agreements.Other aspects of a discretionary trust concerning property interest.The economic circumstance with powers of appointment and discretionary interest in a trust.Trust income in the context of divorce.Gerard shares his professional opinion on the legal definition of economic circumstance.The different triggers and/or contingencies that exist to cater to different estate scenarios.Some scenarios where valuations can become challenging and uncertain to determine.What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Stock options become an issue in a divorce when they aren’t evaluated properly. Today we are joined by Kenneth Naes, financial advisor and stock option expert, to discuss stock options and how they affect a divorce. Tuning in, you will hear all about stock options and why they become a problem during a divorce. We delve into determining what the stock value is and whether it is marital or separate before discussing the importance of vesting as well as the difference between vesting and unvesting. Ken discusses the two main issues with stock options (risk and tax) and talks us through the time rule. We then go into complications that may affect Ken’s work and why providing the correct documentation is so imperative. Finally, we look into why the easy way out of dividing stock options at the time of divorce may make things more difficult in the long run. Do you want to find out what exactly stock options are and how to handle them in a divorce? Tune in to the Divorce at Altitude podcast to hear all this and much more!Key Points From This Episode:What stock options are and why they are an issue during a divorce. The process of determining if the stock value is property or not, marital or separate, and then what the value is.The importance of the vesting (to give a right to an asset) time frame. Why companies want to become private and use strike price (a set price an asset can be bought or sold at any time.)Vesting versus unvesting (an asset you do not fully own yet) and some evaluation and tax issues for stock options.Who sets the guidelines for the particularities and performance goals of the stock price. What is required for the valuations and how it’s determined for private companies. Why an employment contract is a good starting point. Stock option scenarios and what Ken thinks the issues with them are; namely risk and taxes. How and why stock options are taxed and how they are paid for.The importance of providing the correct documentation. Why dividing stock options at the time of the divorce may not actually make things easier. What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
First impressions are essential to success, especially in court and legal proceedings. Giving other parties and authorities a good perception of yourself in court is key to your credibility, which ultimately helps win a case. Today’s guest Jessica Brylo, J.D., M.A. is an expert in witness preparation and the owner of Trial Dynamics, a national trial consulting firm specializing in plaintiff cases.In today’s episode we learn about Jessica’s professional background, her role in the legal team, the biases that occur during custody evaluations, her approach to reframing the narrative, why it is important to focus on relevant facts, simple tips to give a good impression, how she deals with emotional and angry clients, and much more. Key Points From This Episode:Why impressions of the judge and jury are so important in a divorce case.Examples of some of the biases that can manifest during custody evaluations.How reframing the perception of your situation can help avoid giving a bad impression.Tips to guide the perception of yourself in court. How speaking negatively about the other parent can be bad for your case.How impressions during your court appearance can affect your credibility.How to properly prepare for negative accusations and how to overcome them.The best way of using anger to get a favorable opinion. Listeners get an essential tip for appearing in court: be calm.Common mistakes that people going through a divorce make.About Jessica Brylo Jessica Brylo, J.D., M.A. is the owner and lead litigation consultant at Trial Dynamics, a national trial consulting firm specializing in plaintiff’s cases. In the civil arena, she works with attorneys to reframe the story and themes of the case based on her knowledge of human decision-making. She is skilled in understanding human behavior and is one of the only litigation consultants in the nation to turn these talents into assisting with family law cases. She does witness preparation work for clients in divorce and custody battles with an emphasis on altering emotions that are contributing to problematic behaviors during testimony.What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Ryan Kalamaya describes the difference between liquid and illiquid assets. According to Investopedia.com, “Liquidity describes the degree to which an asset or security can be quickly bought or sold in the market without affecting the asset’s price. …. Cash is considered the standard for liquidity because it can most quickly and easily be converted into other assets.”  Key Points in Episode:Examples of illiquid assets that are tangibleHousesCarsArtIntangible asset that is arguably liquid is cryptocurrencyIlliquid assetsPrivate businessesStock options and Restricted StockTrust InterestsPension plansIn a divorce we don't simply chop everything in half. We need to take into consideration liquidity, taxes, timing, etc.https://www.northerntrust.com/united-states/institute/articles/divorce-and-illiquid-assets-strategies-for-moving-forwardStep by Step Colorado Divorce GuideThe initial thought of trying to file for divorce can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Ryan Kalamaya, one of the founding partners of innovative law firm Kalamaya | Goscha, has created a simple, step by step guide to the Colorado divorce process, so you know what to expect and how to best protect yourself and your assets.  Each 5-minute episode will cover the process for divorce, parenting in a divorce, property division, and more. To watch the videos of each episode, click here.About Kalamaya | GoschaKalamaya | Goscha is an innovative law firm with an award-winning team of trial lawyers specializing in highly personal disputes — divorce, child custody, property division, maintenance/alimony, pre-marital and marital agreements, and collaborative divorce — in Colorado. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
With divorce rates on the rise, more and more couples are electing to sign a prenuptial agreement before walking down the aisle. Recently the celebrity world has seen its fair share of drama when it comes to enforcing prenups... from Dr. Dre's ex wife ripping up the document and claiming more than $2 million in spousal support, to Kanye West challenging the validity of his prenup in his divorce with Kim Kardashian. So, what actually happens when a prenup needs to be enforced? What do attorneys look for to determine if a prenup is valid or not?This week, we revisit our conversation with Jim Bailey, one of Denver’s premier divorce lawyers and family law experts to discuss what he looks for in marital agreement documents to determine the validity of them.Highlights From This Episode:Particular language attorneys look for in a marital agreement Why the year a prenup was drafted matters in the state of Colorado How attorneys determine if the negotiation process was sufficient and voluntaryRole of a consultant for another attorney in determining the validity of a prenup What happens with a divorce in another stateWhat happens with an instate divorce with an out of state marital agreementOral marital contracts and if they are enforceable in the state of Colorado About Jim BaileyJim was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Jim has written a number of articles on legal issues and was also a Legislative Review Writer, Volume 21, Pacific Law Journal and co-author of the Colorado Continuing Legal Education publication on Marital Agreements. Jim graduated from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and is now a member of the faculty of that distinguished organization. Jim is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Faculty of Federal Advocates, and also a member of the Legislative Committee, Family Law Section and Probate Section of the Colorado Bar Association. His practice concentrates on litigation, with an emphasis in family law and commercial matters. In addition, Jim has a substantial appellate practice.What is Divorce at Altitude? Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injury, and criminal defense in Colorado. To subscribe to Divorce at Altitude, click here and select your favorite podcast player. To subscribe to Kalamaya | Goscha's YouTube channel where many of the episodes will be posted as videos, click here. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Ryan Kalamaya defines tangible and intangible assets to help understand how the court decides to divide property in a Colorado divorce. Key Points in This EpisodeDefining "Property"What is not "property."Term life insurance policyLeased vehicleDiscretionary trustGifts not yet receivedSocial Security benefits (they can be an economic circumstance)Education degree (such as a law or medical degree)Military disability benefits Tangible vs. IntangibleTangible: real estatecashbank accountsinvestment accountscryptocurrencyretirement plansfurnitureHousehold goodsAutomobilesLivestockGoldArtWineGrey area - NFT for tangible assetsIntangibleCryptocurrencyFranchisesPatentsCopyrightsMineral rightsGoodwill in a businessDivision of property can be impacted if, for example, the marital estate is 75% of intangible assets.Step by Step Colorado Divorce GuideThe initial thought of trying to file for divorce can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Ryan Kalamaya, one of the founding partners of innovative law firm Kalamaya | Goscha, has created a simple, step by step guide to the Colorado divorce process, so you know what to expect and how to best protect yourself and your assets.  Each 5-minute episode will cover the process for divorce, parenting in a divorce, property division, and more. To watch the videos of each episode, click here.About Kalamaya | GoschaKalamaya | Goscha is an innovative law firm with an award-winning team of trial lawyers specializing in highly personal disputes — divorce, child custody, property division, maintenance/alimony, pre-marital and marital agreements, and collaborative divorce — in Colorado. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Ryan Kalamaya explains what happens in a divorce if  part of your income consists of stock options, restricted stock units (RSUs), restricted stock and deferred compensation.Key Points:Income vs. PropertyLook at the contract to see if there is a presently enforceable right. It is true, however, to state that vested options during the marriage is property How timing is important when it comes to these issuesFor exec comp when there is a combo of marital and separate, there are a couple different ways to divide the incomeDifferent Valuation Methods used Similar to Episode 73 with dividing qualified retirement plans in a divorcePresent valuationDeferred DistributionRetained JurisdictionFor more info:Property Division in Episode 56Marital & Separate Property in Episode 58Dividing Marital Property in Episode 61Taxes Implications in a Colorado Divorce in Episode 97Step by Step Colorado Divorce GuideThe initial thought of trying to file for divorce can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Ryan Kalamaya, one of the founding partners of innovative law firm Kalamaya | Goscha, has created a simple, step by step guide to the Colorado divorce process, so you know what to expect and how to best protect yourself and your assets.  Each 5-minute episode will cover the process for divorce, parenting in a divorce, property division, and more. To watch the videos of each episode, click here.About Kalamaya | GoschaKalamaya | Goscha is an innovative law firm with an award-winning team of trial lawyers specializing in highly personal disputes — divorce, child custody, property division, maintenance/alimony, pre-marital and marital agreements, and collaborative divorce — in Colorado. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
The more money people have, the more resources they have to fight in a divorce scenario. This week, we’re tackling the topic of high-asset divorces and the unique issues that arise. We delve into the complexity of asset valuation, the question of generational wealth, property allocation, and tax implications, as well as the complications of calculating alimony according to income! Tune in to find out more about the intricacies of dealing with a high-asset divorce, including the unique parenting disputes that arise, the multitude of experts involved, and so much more! Key Points From This Episode:What constitutes a high asset in a divorce scenario.Understanding the unique issues that come with high-asset divorces.The complexity of valuation in a high-asset divorce.The question of generational wealth in a divorce.Insight into the tax implications of high assets.Estate planning and marital assets versus separate property in a high-asset divorce.The complicated question of property allocation!Enforcing premarital and marital agreements in high-asset divorces.The complications of calculating income and alimony.Some of the unique parenting disputes that arise in high-asset divorces.Exploring the typical personalities of high-asset divorce clients.The various experts involved in a high-asset divorce.What is Divorce at Altitude?Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injuries, and criminal defense in Colorado.If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Technology has moved at a rapid pace in the past two decades, especially when it comes to social media and new forms of communication. As a result, lawyers need to be up to date on the many different formats evidence can come in, whether it’s a crucial series of text messages or a video on Instagram. They also need to be sure that their clients are aware of how text messages can inadvertently be deleted by their software or service provider, and the types of consequences that could entail.Today, Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha discuss the modern family law firm and how to make the most of technology to give your clients the best service possible. You’ll learn about the role that automation plays, from email templates to document management, and how it allows lawyers to spend more time and energy doing deep work serving their clients with fewer distractions and more focus. We reflect on how the pandemic has affected in-person hearings, the hybrid approach we expect going forward, and how to know when to use platforms like Zoom and Webex for remote input from experts. Amy also shares a breakdown of how they manage regular check-ins with their clients and describes their models for representation as well as when they can be best applied.Key Points From This Episode:What it means to have a digital modern mindset in your law practice.The concept of deep work, its benefits, and how to achieve it.Why it’s so important that lawyers avoid burnout.An overview of the components of a modern family law firm.Examples of how lawyers can institute automation in their firm.How our firm structures its workflows and why digital checklists are so useful.Discover how automation can help lawyers do their best work.An overview of document management in a law firm and what that entails.Why law firms need to be up to date on different communication technologies.How text messages can be used in a case and how to ensure authenticity.What clients and lawyers need to be aware of regarding text messages.Why lawyers need to be up to date on the different formats evidence can come in.The impact of the pandemic on hearings and meetings.How in-person hearings are being combined with remote online presence from experts.How technology can be used to keep the judge’s attention on what is important.Why weekly check-ins are beneficial and how to maintain communication with clients.How to keep costs down by agreeing on issues prior to check-ins and meetings.Examples of models for representation, how they work, and the scenarios where they work best.What is Divorce at Altitude?Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injuries, and criminal defense in Colorado.If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES
Ryan Kalamaya explains how payments are made from one spouse to another to divide property at the end of a divorce. Divorce attorneys often call those property division payments "equalization payments". Ryan discusses promissory notes, interest rates, and common issues such as securitizing the payments with real estate or a business. Step by Step Colorado Divorce GuideThe initial thought of trying to file for divorce can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Ryan Kalamaya, one of the founding partners of innovative law firm Kalamaya | Goscha, has created a simple, step by step guide to the Colorado divorce process, so you know what to expect and how to best protect yourself and your assets.  Each 5-minute episode will cover the process for divorce, parenting in a divorce, property division, and more. To watch the videos of each episode, click here.About Kalamaya | GoschaKalamaya | Goscha is an innovative law firm with an award-winning team of trial lawyers specializing in highly personal disputes — divorce, child custody, property division, maintenance/alimony, pre-marital and marital agreements, and collaborative divorce — in Colorado. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Welcome to another episode of Divorce at Altitude. Joining us in conversation today is Maha Kamal, founding attorney at Colorado Family Law Project. Join us to learn who qualifies for an LLP’s support, what Access to Justice is, and how the LLP program looks to solve simple divorce cases. Maha sees the role of an LLP fitting into the legal system similarly to that of a physician’s assistant, with its own flourishing community serving a different purpose that doesn’t infringe on that of an attorney. We touch on limited scope, the development of state-specific LLP materials, and the role of National roundtable discussions, before Maha gives us a rundown of the timeline for proposal submission and eventual implementation in Colorado.  Key Points From This Episode:A definition for what an LLP is: Limited License Paraprofessional.The LLP’s purpose to complement attorney work and to address access to justice crisis.The process of becoming co-chair and formalizing a preliminary report.The Supreme Court’s response to the report and the conversation around details.What Access to Justice is and why it’s so important.How limited scope ties into Access to Justice. The intent of the program to address simple divorce cases.The net marital asset cap which currently sits at 200 000.What happens when it is discovered at a later stage where the couple exceeds the cap.Collaborations with the Utah model to develop the LLP material in Colorado.What can come from hearing out attorneys: hearing points you hadn’t considered. The role of the National Roundtable discussions. Their goal for a proposal for implementation by June.Her focus on families who do not have support, along with mediations, having completed her CFI training.What is Divorce at Altitude?Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injuries, and criminal defense in Colorado.If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
What happens if you discover after your final orders are given that your ex-spouse did not fully disclose his or her assets in their sworn financial statement? Ryan Kalamaya explains how, depending on the timing, the court handles a lack of disclosure in a Colorado divorce. Step by Step Colorado Divorce GuideThe initial thought of trying to file for divorce can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Ryan Kalamaya, one of the founding partners of innovative law firm Kalamaya | Goscha, has created a simple, step by step guide to the Colorado divorce process, so you know what to expect and how to best protect yourself and your assets.  Each 5-minute episode will cover the process for divorce, parenting in a divorce, property division, and more. To watch the videos of each episode, click here.About Kalamaya | GoschaKalamaya | Goscha is an innovative law firm with an award-winning team of trial lawyers specializing in highly personal disputes — divorce, child custody, property division, maintenance/alimony, pre-marital and marital agreements, and collaborative divorce — in Colorado. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
When a child becomes involved in a court case, there are different proceedings followed, other players involved in the system, and separate issues relating to information and safety regarding the child. Cases can become increasingly complicated when you have a juvenile issue going on with a pending family law matter. Today we welcome to the podcast Elizabeth Hardman, an attorney with our firm. Elizabeth went to law school at DU in Denver and started her law career as a public defender in Northern Colorado. She currently practices adult and juvenile criminal defense, DUI/DWAI defense, and family law. Today we talk about juvenile delinquency and how this issue might come up in a family law context. Key Points From This Episode:What juvenile delinquency entails and more about what sets apart juvenile court. Who are the players within the juvenile court system?More about the involvement of the Department of Human Services (DHS). How courts get status updates on how juveniles are doing during the trial and post-sentencing.Elizabeth talks about the court proceedings of a juvenile case; what a family might expect. When a juvenile case may go to a jury trial. Diversions in juvenile cases; what that means and how it differs from jurisdictions. How a juvenile delinquency issue can come up in a family law context.Does the child need an independent voice? A question that may arise in these cases.Issues related to what information you can get from a juvenile case that goes to a child expert.As a family law attorney, who would be the first person to contact in a juvenile case: the juvenile defense attorney. Other situations where you could see where there is an intersection between juvenile cases and family law cases.If the child is involved in a juvenile charge, do they have the right to an attorney?Attorney-client privilege; how does that work with parents involved?What is Divorce at Altitude?Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injuries, and criminal defense in Colorado.If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Ryan Kalamaya discusses the do's and don'ts when divorcing the co-owner of your business. Step by Step Colorado Divorce GuideThe initial thought of trying to file for divorce can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Ryan Kalamaya, one of the founding partners of innovative law firm Kalamaya | Goscha, has created a simple, step by step guide to the Colorado divorce process, so you know what to expect and how to best protect yourself and your assets.  Each 5-minute episode will cover the process for divorce, parenting in a divorce, property division, and more. To watch the videos of each episode, click here.About Kalamaya | GoschaKalamaya | Goscha is an innovative law firm with an award-winning team of trial lawyers specializing in highly personal disputes — divorce, child custody, property division, maintenance/alimony, pre-marital and marital agreements, and collaborative divorce — in Colorado. If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.************************************************************************DISCLAIMER: THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS ON THIS PODCAST IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE OR AREA TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
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