Navigating Divorce For the Best Result


Some divorces are amicable and quick. Others are painful and drawn out.

Either way, divorce represents a significant life change, and support is important. Family and friends can be a huge help, acting as sounding boards, babysitters, temporary homes, and shoulders to cry on. However, they are only half of the equation when it comes to getting through a divorce.

Even the most straightforward divorce can feel like a maze. It can be all too easy to make mistakes when there’s a much smarter route to the best results. The good news is, Kelli J. Malcolm is here to provide both expert knowledge and support that enable you to get through what can be a very difficult time. Now, if you aren’t sure that hiring a lawyer is worth it, you aren’t alone. Many people dive into the divorce process on their own, thinking they can handle the journey and save some money at the same time. All too often, they end up with disappointing results.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result


When you approach a divorce, it’s important to realize that you have a set of interests that are worth protecting. Why? Because the results of your divorce will likely have a profound impact on your future finances and wellbeing. In short, the way your interests are treated defines your future. Even if you think you have the knowledge and emotional stability to thoroughly protect and defend your interests, there are always unexpected obstacles, twists, and turns that can make it difficult to stay on track. That’s not to mention the sheer length of the process, which can take a serious toll.

Instead of pitting yourself against the divorce process alone, consider the following benefits a lawyer like Kelli J. Malcolm can bring.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Reduced Stress

Divorce provokes stress on multiple levels. Whether it’s irritating changes in daily routine due to the absence of your soon-to-be-ex or profound fears about child custody, you will often find yourself dealing with stressors at every turn. Handling legal work accurately and punctually on top of everything else can be next to impossible.

Managing divorce paperwork and legal proceedings is what Kelly does every day at the Law Offices of Kelli J. Malcolm. That means she knows which pitfalls to avoid and how best to defend your interests, ultimately speeding everything up.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Professional Advice

Kelli J. Malcolm works in the legal world of divorce. It’s what she studies, practices, and explores every day. Kelli knows Colorado’s divorce laws inside and out, which empowers her to handle divorces whether they are complex or simple. Whether you’re contending with debts, assets, child support, or a combination of complexities, Kelli’s professional expertise and passion for protecting your interests are simply advantages you cannot go without.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Transparent and Binding Results

If you fill out/create divorce documents on your own, the court will review them. However, unless you have a professional understanding of effective legal language, the court may not understand what you’re trying to do. This is how you’ll end up with a divorce decree that doesn’t state your wishes.

Instead, let Kelli provide transparent, error-free language composed to support your unique interests. That way, you won’t end up with an agreement that makes your life difficult or is impossible to enforce.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Reduced Delays

If you’re the one filing for divorce, it can feel like the court system can never move fast enough. However, even if you do your homework and file all the paperwork correctly, it is common to encounter problems providing sufficient information and proper forms. Incorrect paperwork and missing information cause ruling delays in court and can push the ruling way back. An attorney’s expertise can keep things moving and in the right direction.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Elimination of Mistakes

DIY divorces run into trouble for two reasons: the pain and stress of divorce make it challenging to think clearly and the legal system is complex. All it takes is forgetting to address one little issue, and you can end up with a significant legal mistake on your hand. The smoothest divorces are handled correctly the first time through, and such good results are next to impossible without professional knowledge and support. Let Kelli help you avoid costly mistakes and get you moving on with your life.

At the Law Offices of Kelli J. Malcolm, our experienced and compassionate family legal practice has been helping the couples of Colorado’s Front Range, including Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, find solutions to end their marriage in the least traumatic manner. We understand that the dissolution of any marriage is difficult for both parties, fueled by emotion and shrouded in grief. We are here to support you and your entire family while offering expert legal counsel. To discover the Kelli J. Malcolm difference, connect with us to schedule your consultation today.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result
Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

“Kelli was there to support me through one of the toughest times in my life. I began my divorce with a different lawyer I was referred to and it went downhill very quickly. I found Kelli after doing a ton of research and it was one of the best decisions I could have made throughout the process. Kelli was amazing. She knew what she was doing, always had an excellent strategy, stayed in communication and was compassionate and understanding of my situation all while fighting for what was best for my children, which was my number one priority. I can’t thank you enough Kelli!!! Highly recommend.”

~ Jade G.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result


Whether you’re facing your first divorce or you’ve gone through a divorce before, it can be a very challenging time. Navigating the ups, downs, ins, and outs of the legal, relational, and emotional process (while trying to keep the rest of your life afloat) can be a formidable challenge. At the Law Offices of Kelli J. Malcolm, we’ve gained an understanding of what people go through during a divorce. Here is what you may experience if you’re headed for divorce yourself.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Be ready for the idiosyncrasies of the court system.

The courtrooms you see on television are created for entertainment, not reality. The real court system tends to be slow-paced, complex, and not designed to provide revenge. All too often, a win in the courtroom comes at a high cost: conflict-filled divorces can devastate you emotionally and financially, greatly lessening your chances of attracting a healthier mate (should you want to). Let the Law Office of Kelli J. Malcolm help you navigate the legal side of divorce. We’ll bring all of our expertise to the table, compassionately and determinedly protecting your interests.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Anticipate needing support.

Friends and relatives can make a huge difference when you’re going through a divorce. However, keep in mind that their support will be largely emotion-based and may not stand the test of time. Remember that they are not legal experts and combine their love with professional legal advice from our team. That way, you’ll get through the process faster and with (hopefully) less emotional pain.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Expect time to pass differently.

It is very rare for two people to agree to divorce at the same time. Instead, it’s usually one partner that makes the decision, leaving the other to try to catch up. In this case, the one who prompted the divorce will feel like time moves at a crawl, while the one who wasn’t expecting it will feel like time is moving very quickly.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Understand you will probably feel like you’re at a disadvantage.

It is common for both spouses to feel like they’re at a disadvantage when it comes to divorce. That is part of why divorces can get so ugly. Spouses driving divorces usually go crazy with the slowness of the courts, feeling like their soon-to-be-exes are sabotaging the process to make it even slower. Meanwhile, the soon-to-be-exes are just dealing with shock while feeling left behind and caught off-guard. Again, this is where the level head of a legal expert can make all the difference in preventing you from getting caught in the weeds.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Prepare for some things to change and others to stay the same.

A divorce will change your standard of living and your social network, but if you have anything that creates an ongoing connection with your ex (the most common connection is children), you can expect to experience the issues and negativity that drove you to break your marriage in the first place. Basically, divorce is not an ultimate solution. However, it can be an essential first step to the life you want.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Don’t be surprised if you feel a sense of failure.

While deciding to get a divorce may be one of the best decisions you make, don’t be surprised if you feel a lot of dismay. It is common for people to grieve for “wasted” years and struggle with a deep feeling of loss concerning their self-control, connection, clarity, and identity. Unfortunately, this inevitable pain causes a knee-jerk reaction for people that has them using their children as weapons. Instead of causing deeper damage, turn to healthy social interactions, exercise, meditation, and counseling to work through the pain in a safe way.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Expect difficulty hiding dislike for your soon-to-be-ex.

While some divorces are amicable, it’s much more common for both spouses to dislike the other. However, it is absolutely essential that you use your self-control and find ways to process your frustration and resentment. Again, counseling can be a powerful solution, preventing you from getting stuck in a bitter, angry life. It can also prevent you from spreading ugly emotions to your children and making the damage worse for them.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Anticipate your children will feel and show the impact of your divorce.

It doesn’t matter how old your children are; divorce is going to have a profound impact on them. Keep in mind that the degree and duration of conflict before, during, and after divorce will all play important roles in how your children handle your separation. While you won’t be able to protect your children from the whole impact, you can do a lot by turning to counselors and professional support instead of taking it out on your kids.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Understand you will make mistakes.

While getting through a divorce can be difficult enough, looking at the prospect of life on your own can be stressful and frightening, especially if you have children. Just the idea of getting back into the dating game can seem impossible, and once you start, you may feel like you’re in a confusing form of second adolescence. However, you don’t have to be perfect. Identify the valuable information you can take away from your mistakes and move on with your life as a stronger person.


We understand that a divorce is a significant event, and most people want it to be over before it even begins. However, doing it correctly is key to the success of the rest of your life. We are here to handle the legal side with compassion and excellence. When you think about the legal side of your divorce, we want you to feel a flash of relief in the fact that we have it covered and you don’t have to worry about it yourself. Turn to the practice small enough to care about you as a person and tough enough to defend your interests all the way through. Contact us in the greater Denver area today!

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result


Every divorce is as unique as the couple navigating it. Colorado state law focuses on preserving the integrity of family and making the dissolution of marriage as equal as possible. Unlike other states, this does not mean an equal 50/50 split of assets and granting of spousal maintenance, but rather affords each member of the ending relationship to retain the equal ability to live their lives.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result


An annulment is a rare way to end a marriage that completely voids it. For most purposes, there is little difference in the process and outcome of an annulment versus a dissolution. To obtain an annulment, it must be proven that the marriage existed under false pretenses, was fraudulent, or should not legally have occurred due to circumstances that include incapacity, duress, or one party was underage. If you think your marriage may qualify for an annulment, you’ll need an experienced divorce attorney to help.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Common Law Marriage

Colorado is one of the few states that recognizes common law marriages between couples who wish to be married but don’t want the formality of a marriage ceremony or a legal union. Once a common-law marriage is established in Colorado, it is just as binding as a legal marriage. So, you may not be surprised to learn that to end it you must be granted a legal divorce and go through the entire legal divorce proceedings just like any other married couple. Division of assets, spousal maintenance, and child custody are just a few of the things that must still be negotiated.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result

Domestic Violence

Divorce is an emotional process for everyone involved, but adding the elements of domestic violence heightens these emotions even more. Past and current domestic violence in the relationship can play a significant part in the divorce process, especially if children are involved. If you are ending a marriage due to domestic violence, you’ll need extra support and resources. Once you are in a safe place, connect with Arapahoe County’s people-focused divorce attorney.

Support During the Divorce Process

During the divorce process, a lot is changing within your family and support structure, and one spouse is generally more affected than the other. In a joint partnership, financial obligations are split in various ways, but even when there is a 50/50 contribution toward mutual obligations, during the divorce process, assets are being divided, along with child custody and the living situation for all parties involved.

A judge in Colorado may award spousal support and temporary child support during a divorce case that involves an income disparity between the spouses. If one spouse stayed at home to care for the kids while the other sustained a career, for example, the first spouse may be eligible for spousal support if they are in financial need. Additionally, temporary child support may be awarded to the parent who retains physical custody of the child through the divorce. The duration of the award will depend on the situation, and bear in mind that temporary support is to help in the interim of the divorce proceedings and may not continue in the final settlement. Your experienced Arapahoe County divorce attorney can help get you the funds you need to support you during your divorce and beyond.


Divorce is difficult, but there are a few things you can do to help your divorce go smoother, which can help you heal and move on quicker and can speed the process up.

  • Be reasonable and cooperative with your soon-to-be-ex
  • Don’t let your emotions get the best of you
  • Support your children and parental time with your spouse
  • Fully disclose all of your assets and property
  • Enlist the support of a psychologist or therapist
  • Take care of yourself
  • Hire a helpful divorce attorney

There are some things beyond your control that can extend the divorce proceedings and make things more challenging along the way, but being cooperative and communicating with your attorney and/or your ex-spouse can make the dissolution process less painful and much smoother. Connect with the expert divorce team at the Law Offices of Kelli J. Malcolm for more tips and help to make the divorce process as smooth as possible. Contact us for your free consultation today.

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

“I felt like I was on the same page with Kelli from the start. I wanted someone to stand up for me and give me a voice. She did that and more! Thanks, Kelli.”

~ Donald M.

Colorado Divorce FAQ

Child Custody


A Court may order one spouse to pay for the full or partial amount of the other’s reasonable attorney’s fees if the court finds that a wide disparity exists in the earning capacity of the spouses. This can be negotiated at the same time as spousal support and child support.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result


All assets and liabilities should be divided as evenly and fairly as possible during an Arapahoe County divorce. This includes (but is not limited to) debts, real estate, bank accounts, insurance policies, furniture, bonds, jewelry, account benefits, vehicles, stocks, and personal possessions.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result


The giving of an engagement ring is a tradition outside of the legal marriage, and as such, is considered part of mutual assets to be divided. For the most part, so long as the marital promises were upheld by the recipient, it is a moral, not legal, choice that drives the answer.

Navigating Divorce For the Best Result


A no-contact order and/or order of protection in place between spouses can certainly make the divorce process slightly more complicated but is navigated by using mediators and attorneys to represent each spouse in divorce proceedings.

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