Because of a decision by the Supreme Court in 1978, people who are not Native Americans cannot be prosecuted by tribal courts if they commit a crime on tribal land. Some might say that leaves a huge loophole for crimes to be committed and go unpunished.
A committee in the Colorado House of Representatives last week voted to approve and send to the House proposed legislation that would allow same-sex couples in the state to enter into civil unions, giving them many of the same legal rights as married couples.
Colorado passed a law in 2000 that allows repeat domestic violence offenders to see a felony-level conviction. Now, a Colorado man is the first person in Boulder County who will get a felony-level conviction after repeated misdemeanor domestic violence offenses. His case may actually be the first in the state, but that data isn't available, according to the Colorado State Court Administrator's Office.
A Colorado man who was arrested in March 2011 for an extreme case of domestic violence has been sentenced. He'll reportedly be spending the next 18 years in the state penitentiary with the Colorado Department of Corrections.
A complicated child custody case has proved challenging for all involved, including the child's parents, grandparents and attorneys. At the center of the child custody dispute is a 1-year-old child who is one-half Navajo.
Earlier this month, we reported that a Colorado politician planned to introduce legislation that would require a "waiting period" for couples seeking to divorce. Now, apparently, that's off the table. As the legislative session opened recently, the bill was not on the agenda as many expected it would be.
Those who think that domestic violence only affects people of a certain socioeconomic class are quite mistaken. In fact, such violence often occurs in families of the affluent in Colorado and all over the country, but many never know it.
Back in 2001, a Colorado state lawmaker attempted to introduce a bill that would require divorcing parents to undergo counseling prior to getting a divorce. Dr. Laura Schlessinger was invited to support the bill, which made it even more controversial. Without support on both sides of the aisle, the bill went nowhere.
When parents divorce, one issue that must be resolved is who will have custody of their children. Many different scenarios can be adopted that can allow for both parents to spend time with their children. Once a child custody arrangement is set, it can be modified if a change in circumstances develops and custody arrangements need to be addressed.
What's your guess? Does Colorado make the Top 10 list of the most divorced states? We won't keep you in suspense. The answer is no.