John Hyland Barrett III

  • Divorce, Family Law, Personal Injury...
  • Colorado
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John has practiced law in Boulder Colorado since 1975. John has represented individuals and small businesses in a variety of matters, including divorce, family law, civil litigation and real estate. He has been the co-chair of the Boulder County Family Law Committee and served as associate judge of the Louisville Municipal Court.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
University of California - Davis
J.D. (1974) | Law
Professional Associations
Colorado State Bar # 6315
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Articles & Publications
Colorado Domestic Relations Law:Primer on Collection Law
Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc.
Speaking Engagements
Domestic Relations Collections: Using Judgment Remedies to collect Child Support, Maintenance and other Monetary Awards, Boulder, Colorado
Boulder County Bar Association
A step by step primer on collections in domestic cases. Topics include obtaining the judgment, garnishing wages and bank accounts, filing judgment liens on real estate, and basic asset discovery.
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219 Questions Answered

Q. Can the courts force my fiance to pay back child support while the mother and child lived out of the country?
A: I think he remains responsible for child support even if she lived out of the country. I do not see how that would affect his obligation.
Q. What happens if I can't make a court date on a motion to restrict parenting time. I was served Sunday night and court
A: You need to be there. If you can not make it, you can ask for a continuance. The court may or may not grant that. If granted, your parenting time will probably be restricted until the new hearing date. You should retain an attorney to represent you.
Q. I have two daughters, one is 17 and the other turns 19 this month. Do I now pay half of the support?
A: The existing order is in place until the court enters a new order. You can file a motion to modify child support. The amount depends on each party's income and the number of overnights each party has with the child. The support amount for 1 child is not just 1/2 the amount for 2 children. It is more. You should retain an attorney to discuss how to proceed.
Q. I want full custody but (incarcerated father)'s grandparents want to be main caretakers. Will they be granted this?
A: You can request a modification of custody due to the custodial parent's incarceration. Generally, the court will prefer a parent over a non-parent, unless the parent is not capable of properly caring for the child. You should retain an attorney to help you with this.
Q. My ex husband has now moved to Hawaii. Is the parenting plan void?
A: The parenting plan may not be void, but may be changeable. You can file a motion to modify the parenting plan. It will be up to the court to decide whether to do so. Of course, it will help if you can agree on a new plan. You should retain an attorney to help you with this
Q. My stipulation states that my ex and I are to submit tax returns and W-2s to each other in order to modify child support
A: your agreement does not automatically modify the support amount. It requires a court order to modify. You need to file a motion to modify your child support. It can only be modified as of the date the motion is filed. You should retain an attorney to do this for you.
Q. My maintenance ends in April. Can I pay early and absolve myself of further obligations.
A: Based on these limited facts, I believe your estate would only be liable for the remaining maintenance payments. I do believe you could pay early if you want. A review of your divorce decree is necessary in order to give a formal opinion.
Q. Divorce decree states I am owed half the equity in our house within 3 years. What are my options If I am not paid?
A: You will be able to enforce the order either by getting a judgment or by contempt. You will not be able to offset the child support you owe. If you get a judgment, you can garnish wages and bank accounts and place a lien on real estate. If she is found in contempt, she could be sentenced to jail until she pays. You should retain an attorney to review your options.
Q. How long do you have to comply with a judge's order in Colorado?
A: The order should be complied with as soon as is possible under the circumstances. The order may set a time period for compliance.
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