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Groundbreaking Alimony Legislation in Colorado
WBSM News Interviews Ned Holstein on New Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

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August 8, 2013

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Groundbreaking Alimony Legislation in Colorado
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

John Hickenlooper
Governor John Hickenlooper
For the first time, Colorado has a clear formula for the calculation of alimony. The new legislation, House Bill 13-1058, goes into effect January of 2014. Governor John Hickenlooper signed it on May 10, 2013.

The alimony legislation, referred to as the Maintenance Act, defines the state’s new guidelines for the determination of spousal maintenance. Maintenance is the amount of court ordered spousal support paid by the higher earning spouse to the lower earning spouse each month for a specified period of time following a divorce or legal separation.

The formula states that the amount of maintenance is equal to forty percent of the higher income party’s monthly adjusted gross income less fifty percent of the lower income party’s monthly adjusted gross income. There are some exceptions, and there is a cap, but this is the first time that Colorado has had a formula. Read more...


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WBSM News Interviews Ned Holstein on New Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines
August 7, 2013
The founder and chair of National Parents Organization Ned Holstein, MD, MS, tells WBSM News the new guidelines are a good starting point but there is more that needs to be done. The new Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines result in an average 11% decrease for single child families while families with two children will see a 6% decrease. Even with the decrease, Massachusetts parents pay 63% higher child support than neighboring states. The difference for low-income families is 135%.

Two-Year-Old Allegedly Killed by Foster Mother
August 7, 2013
Once again it looks like a child protective agency is hard about the task, not of protecting children, but of enforcing marijuana laws. Read more...

Dwyane Wade: Fatherhood ‘Most Important and Rewarding Thing I Will Ever Do’
August 5, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
I hate the Miami Heat. Really, I do. It’s mostly LeBron James’s fault. I know he’s a great basketball player, but as person he just doesn’t impress me. Read more...

Article: Don’t Stigmatize Teen Pregnancy, Childbearing
August 4, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It’s the society we live in. We know a certain behavior is destructive, that it harms children and their parents, and taxes our societal resources; we know it’s unnecessary. Read more...

Lekardo Pitts Sues Edwardstine Reese for Paternity Fraud
August 2, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It’s another case of paternity fraud (Madison Record, 7/30/13). In this one, an Illinois woman, Edwardstine Reese, had a child and named Lekardo Pitts as the father. Read more...

Seventh Circuit Reverses Pro-Dad Ruling
August 1, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, and I was wrong in this post of July 15, 2012.  In it I said, “So, that’s the end of a fairly unremarkable story of a child abducted by his mother.” Read more...

Another Surprise! Salon.com Wrong Again on Single Parenthood
July 31, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
We’ve all heard the statement “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” and usually it makes a certain sense. But not here (Salon.com, 7/30/13). Read more...



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