Family law issues can be both emotionally and financially draining. Legal representation in Colorado family law cases requires experience, compassion, and advocacy.  Choosing a lawyer to represent you is an important decision.  For more information on common questions, please check out the FAQ’s Page.

No one says this is going to be easy, and yet, it could be better than what you are imagining today. At the Law Offices of Kelli J, Malcolm, we start with a free 30-minute consultation where you can talk freely about what’s going.  We will answer your questions and help you understand how we can work together to turn a difficult situation into something you can overcome.  Our job is to inform you with compassion and, hopefully, you will feel a sense of relief that you’ve come to the right place.


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Battling over child custody and support can be one of the most emotionally charged issues that you may have to encounter. Mediation can be a cost-effective and creative solution for your family.  Selecting me as your mediator includes not only focusing on achieving “liveable” results but also includes drafting final agreements that you can file with the court.

  • Cost
  • Privacy
  • Time
  • The Children
  • Creative solutions where you (not the court) control the outcome

Terms and Information:

Divorce and Legal Separation: 
Divorce is the legal process of severing all financial aspects and inheritance rights between two people who are married.  If they have children together, a divorce will also set up a plan defining parenting time, decision-making and child support.  Somewhat different from a divorce, a legal separation is a process whereby all property, assets, and debts are divided.  If there are children, a parenting plan will also be established.  However, unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not terminate inheritance rights and many times insurance coverage can remain in place.

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities: 
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities is the legal process that applies when unmarried parties with children want to live separately.  Parental responsibilities are broken into two parts.  The first part is decision-making, which use to be called child custody, and the other part is called parenting time, which used to be called visitation.

Child Custody: 
Many times, people use this term to refer to having the ability to make all decisions concerning their child, including how much time the other parent can spend with the child.  However, legally, that is not what this term means.  Child custody is no longer used in Colorado and has been replaced by the term “decision-making” and it is part of the concept called “parental responsibilities,” which includes not only decision-making but also parenting time.

Child Support: 
Child support is a statutory right the child has for financial support from both parents.

Dependency and Neglect:
Dependency and Neglect cases are filed by the State of Colorado when the Department of Human Services believes that children are being abused or neglected by their caretakers.

Spousal Maintenance: 
Spousal maintenance used to be called alimony.  It is a financial payment made by one spouse to another one based upon the length of the marriage and the financial circumstances surrounding both parties after property and debt have been allocated in a divorce or legal separation proceeding.

Modifications are changes to orders that have been issued by a court in either a divorce proceeding or an allocation of parental responsibilities proceeding. Some of the changes that can be requested include the amount of child support, the amount of parenting time, and decision making.

Protection Orders:
Protection orders can be sought through a court when a person believes that they are in imminent danger because of another person’s actions.

Child Relocation Issues: 
Child relocation issues occur when one parent desires to move to a geographical location that would hamper the other parent’s ability to exercise their parenting time on a regular basis.

Grandparent Rights:
Grandparent rights are not automatic in Colorado.  However, there are circumstances where a grandparent may be awarded actual parenting time and/or decision-making responsibility for their grandchild.

Estate Planning:
Estate planning is important to protecting your family and assets when you are gone. We can help by establishing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills. We can also assist with probate.

Family Violence
Family or domestic violence can influence the outcome of divorce proceedings, child custody arrangements, and sentencing for conviction of a violent crime. If you are the victim of family violence or have been accused of domestic violence, we can help.