FAMILY LAW:

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 easy, and yet, it could be better than what you are imagining today. We start with an initial free 30 minutes consultation where you can talk freely about what’s going on and we listen.  We answer your questions and 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.

FAMILY LAW SERVICES:

  • Divorce and Legal Separation
  • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Dependency and Neglect

  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Modifications
  • Protection Orders
  • Child Relocation Issues
  • Grandparent Rights

For more detail on these topics, check out the FAQ's Page.


MEDIATION SERVICES

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 includes the drafting of the final agreements that you can then take and file with the court.

BENEFITS OF MEDIATION
  • Cost
  • Privacy
  • Time
  • The Children
  • Creative solutions where you can control the outcome, not the court

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 parenting plan setting out parenting time, decision making and child support.  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 who have children together desire to live apart.  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, child custody, 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 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 has been allocated in a divorce or legal separation proceeding.


Modifications: 
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.