Here at Lewis and Matthews, we offer what is known as divorce coaching. You can come in and pay for a block of time with me, and we can sit down and go through your unique situation. You can bring in tax returns, pay stubs, other financial documents. I will run child support worksheets for you. I will run maintenance worksheets for you. We will talk about a possible division of assets and liabilities, so that you are empowered by knowledge going through this process. Regardless of whether or not you’re ready to file for divorce yet, I would urge you to come in and talk to me. There’s no obligation. You just pay for that block of time. My hourly rate is $285. I charge that for my consultations which typically do last more than an hour. You will leave my office having knowledge about your particular situation and feeling empowered because you know what to expect through the process.
How much will this divorce cost you? How much your divorce will cost you depends on a number of factors. The main factors are:
- How contested is your case going to be?
- Are there children involved?
- Are there issues regarding parenting time?
- Are there issues regarding child support?
- Are the parties incomes easy to determine?
It’s easy to determine income for purposes of child support if both parents are W-2 wage earners like teachers or firefighters. It’s a lot more difficult to determine income for purposes of child support if a party is self-employed because they can deduct reasonable and necessary business expenses.
Other factors that determine costs and drive costs are how often do you have to go to court? Do you need a temporary orders hearing? Are temporary orders regarding possession use of the property and child support, spousal support, payment of debts an issue? Do you need to get the court involved in that? Or, do you have a situation where your financial picture is fairly straightforward and you don’t need the involvement of experts or a business evaluation? Those factors all determine cost.
How long will my divorce take? How long your divorce will take depends upon a number of factors. The first factor is statutory. The case must be pending for 91 days and, essentially, the case must be at issue for 91 days, which means 91 days after the filing of the case if it’s a petitioner and co-petitioner filing, or 91 days after the case becomes at issue, which means that the respondent is either served with the paperwork or ways and accept service.
There are other timeline and deadlines that the court establishes. You have 42 days in which to prepare and submit your sworn financial statements. You file your sworn financial statement with the court and you provide a copy of the sworn financial statement to the other party. Along with your sworn financial statement, you have to do certain mandatory financial disclosures. Those mandatory financial disclosures include obvious items such as tax return, pay stubs, employee benefits, packages, health insurance information, and other similar items.
A lot of times, parties have decided to go their separate ways, but they’re not quite sure how to reach a final agreement, and they need assistance from a qualified mediator to get to where they need to go. Perhaps the parties have some disagreements about issues, but they’re not that far apart.
Watch as Jennifer Lewis discusses the ways mediation can be leveraged to resolve matters amicably and without more expensive court proceeding in certain divorce cases.
Think mediation is right for you? Contact us with your questions about your divorce case and whether mediation could help you.
Under Colorado, parties can enter into a contract called a pre-marital or prenuptial agreement. In that contract they can agree regarding how their property and assets are going to be divided in the event that there is a dissolution of marriage.
Listen in as Denver Divorce Attorney Jennifer Lewis explains the marital assets you are entitled to if there is no prenuptial agreement.
If you have questions about how asset division works in the state of Colorado, pick up the phone and give us a call at 720.330.4866!
How will a paralegal help in my divorce case? A paralegal is not an attorney, they are individuals who have gone through specialized training and who understand the rules of procedure and the guidelines and forms that need to be completed and followed in order to successfully proceed with your case.
Here at Lewis & Matthews we’re very fortunate to have Jodi Cochran as a paralegal onboard. She has 24 years of experience. Jodi’s hourly rate is less than an attorney’s hourly rate and represents one benefit for having a paralegal work on your case. In other words, our attorney hourly rate is $285 an hour while Jodi’s hourly rate is $155 an hour. Jodi is the case manager and the point of contact in your case. She is the person that you can call when you have basic questions regarding completing your sworn financial statement, completing your certificate of compliance and your financial disclosures. She also helps schedule mediation and gets the parties prepared for mediation. She does a lot of the background work at a much more reduced hourly rate than what an attorney would charge for the same process.