What happens when a dissolution of marriage ends with a question of embryotic property? Or when a court decides laches could be used in the collection of the principal in unpaid child support?
Several family law cases have gone through Colorado’s appellate court system over the past year, but three cases in particular may have changed the legal landscape — both locally and nationally.
In Re Marriage of Johnson
The Colorado Supreme Court concluded in 2016 that In Re Marriage of Johnson, where the respondent waited 18 years to file a claim, the petitioner could use laches of unreasonable delay as an acceptable defense in an action to collect interest on unpaid child support.
William Johnson and Carolyn Hodgson dissolved their marriage in 1983. As a result, Johnson was ordered to pay $400 in monthly child support for their two children until they reached the age of emancipation.