Family Law

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Our Colorado family law attorneys are prepared to fight for your rights in your family law dispute. We understand the processes involved and we know how to resolve your issues. Conveniently located in the Denver Metro area, we are ready to help you!

We understand that going through a separation or fighting for your rights after a divorce (sometimes even long after) can be an emotionally taxing experience. Our lawyers are equipped to handle a variety of Colorado domestic relations cases. “Domestic Relations,” or Family Law, includes matters such as divorce, child support, spousal maintenance (sometimes referred to as alimony), child custody, temporary and permanent protective orders, adoption, stepparent/grandparent adoption dependency and neglect cases amongst a few others. We understand that many of these matters usually arise during a very trying time in people’s lives; others like adoption, however, may be rather joyous occasions. Even in the best circumstances, it can nonetheless be quite stressful. Allowing you to focus on what is important during this time, we understand the relevant Colorado laws and we will work hard to help you through it in the least stressful way possible so that you can begin moving on with your life.

Divorce:

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It is only a matter of reality that many married couples will discover that their marriage cannot continue and that the differences between the two people have become irreconcilable. Bad things do happen to good people and we stand ready to help you through this difficult time. Whether you and your partner can agree on the terms or not, it is still in your best interests to retain counsel to help you with all of the legal nuances that go along with attaining a legal separation in Colorado. Our attorneys have experience with separation orders, both contested and uncontested; we will fight for your rights throughout this trying process.

Learn More about Divorce: Our Divorce FAQ features answers to Frequently Asked Questions about divorce.

Adoption:

The legal work surrounding an adoption may seem daunting. Do not let this deter you from realizing your dreams, we can help you complete the process of adoption and let you focus on what is important in your life. There are many reasons for adoption. Many people are familiar with the idea of a “standard” adoption – where both parents are adopting a child who at one time was a stranger to both parents. There are, however, many other reasons for adoption. Often, a stepparent may want to adopt a stepchild; grandparents also often face circumstances where adoption of a grandchild is the best solution; there are several other reasons for adoption, all of which stem from a need or desire to assume the duties and rights of legal parents of the child. If you desire to adopt a child, or if someone would like to adopt your child and you are considering relinquishing your parental rights, we can help, call us today.

Child Support and Custody Matters:
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Do you have a problem in Colorado with child support? Are you in arrears with your child support, is there a contempt case against you, or does somebody owe you back child support? In either case we can help. Our attorneys can also deal with cases where the circumstances have changed and the child support order needs to be changed as well. We can help if you feel that the amount of child support in question is too much or not enough. We can also help you if you owe child support or someone owes you child support. We can help negotiate a mutual agreement as to the support in question. Please, do not let your child support get out of hand, call us today.

In addition to handling child support matters, we also can help in ‘custody’ arrangements. Parenting time, custody and parental decision making orders can be changed. We are knowledgeable concerning matters relating to orders of parenting time, custody and parental decision making. If you have children and are considering getting a separation, you will have to consider the time you plan to spend with your children amongst the other decisions you will be facing. If you are already separated and are not satisfied with the current order pertaining to parenting time, we can help with that as well. If you are being cut out of your child’s life involuntarily, please call us and we can help.

Maintenance (alimony)

In Colorado, the term alimony is not used by the courts. Instead, the term ‘spousal maintenance’ is used. Maintenance is essentially an order which requires one spouse to make payments to the other spouse, after the divorce is finalized, for the purpose of support of that spouse. This is different from child support and is looked at separately by the court. If you are going through a divorce, you might be entitled to request spousal maintenance. Our attorneys will look closely at your situation and, if necessary, present your case in the most favorable light. You should not have to sacrifice everything just to attain a dissolution of marriage, there are laws in place to prevent that from happening and we will make those laws work for you.

Where we practice: We serve clients in family law matters throughout the Denver metro area. A Colorado based firm, we serve most of our clients in the counties of Adams, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver and Douglas, amongst others near the metro area. This includes cities such as Louisville, Broomfield, Arvada, Golden,  Boulder, Longmont, Thornton, Lyons, Aurora, Denver, Littleton, Englewood, Evergreen, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Gunbarrel, Lakewood and other metro cities. While we normally service these areas, depending on the type and complexity of the matter, we have the ability to take cases across the state, especially in areas east of the Divide.

We pride ourselves on the ability to remain flexible and to act quickly; we also are able to generally offer same day or next-day appointments. We make ourselves as available as possible to help keep moving forward on your issues. Because this ability may be hindered somewhat by travel time outside of our normal reaches, we will evaluate your matter from a logistical standpoint and try to arrive at a solution that can work for both of us.

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