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Colorado Family Law
If you are contemplating divorce, I know what a traumatic time this can be for you and your family. As a compassionate family law lawyer, my mission is to guide you through this difficult process as painlessly as possible and to ensure that you are treated fairly and with dignity every step of the way.
In addition to dealing with your stress, you will need to submit legal papers, perhaps appear in court, and take other steps. In turn, having an experienced attorney that understands Colorado Family Law is vital in the divorce process. The divorce process will last at least three months as Colorado law requires that a divorce cannot be finalized until 91 days after the initial papers are filed. A contested divorce can take many months, and your family may find itself under intense scrutiny as contested areas are investigated.
Our Denver child custody and divorce team focuses on family law matters. Learn how Lewis & Matthews can help with your case.
MODIFICATION & POST-DECREE MATTERS
Don’t just take it from us, here’s what our clients have to say:
“Divorce is never an easy process to go through. Jennifer and Jodie walked me through every single phase and educated me on what to expect. I felt like they accurately represented me and were firm but fair with opposing council. Jennifer and Jodi are level-headed, calm and organized. I would recommend them again and again!”
– Elizabeth K., review on Google My Business (★★★★★)
“…Once my divorce was finalized and I was ready to set myself up for the next phase of my life, Lewis & Matthews’ network of resources became invaluable too. Thank you to everyone at Lewis & Matthews for making a challenging timeless lonely and thank you for equipping me with such empowering knowledge each time we met. I highly HIGHLY recommend Lewis & Matthews!”
– Michele L., review on Google My Business (★★★★★)
After filing, the discovery process begins. Both spouses must exchange financial disclosures along with their sworn financial statement which discloses all income, assets, and debts. In a contested divorce, more documents may be demanded so the court can make fair decisions about the financial present and future of each spouse. I will work diligently to see that all of your spouse’s financial information is brought before the court. Some divorcing people have so much on their minds, they forget to request retirement plans and additional items of monetary value that do not appear in the family budget.
Reaching A Settlement
The Colorado court requires divorcing parents to take a parenting class to learn how to co-parent after divorce. Mediation is required to attempt to agree to custody issues unless domestic violence is involved or you are able to reach an agreement without mediation. These sessions are held with a trained, neutral mediator who will try to help you and your spouse agree on issues. I will be with you at mediation to support you and guide you through the process. If you find grounds for agreement, I will file a Separation Agreement and Parenting Plan for the court to review and approve. If an agreement is not reached, the court will hold a permanent orders hearing. Your district may require a pretrial meeting with both spouses and their attorneys before the hearing. If the issues still cannot be resolved, the judge will decide the terms of the divorce.
If children are involved, it is in your and their best interests to have an experienced Denver family lawyer pleading your case. I am prepared to guide you through this confusing and often painful process and to diligently fight for your interests. I will inform you of all your rights and what you can expect. Your case and your questions are my priority and the priority of every member of our firm.
Avoids Conflicts, But Will Fight When Necessary
I understand that divorce is an incredibly trying time, and I am are here for you. I utilize a practical, patient, and compassionate approach in order to help you cope with the challenges of a divorce. With 30 years of experience in both state and federal courts and over 10 years of experience in Colorado Family Law, I will help you avoid unnecessary conflict, and will fight for your best interests.
When everything is said and done, your settlement will have a huge impact on your post-divorce life. If you are contemplating a divorce, or having issues regarding family law, it is imperative that you have a compassionate, and experienced divorce attorney in Denver on your team. I am ready to listen and to give you all the legal support you need to achieve outcomes you deserve.
Please, contact me at (303) 329-3802, or fill out the “Contact Us” to the right if you have any questions.