An Experienced Denver Divorce Attorney Makes The Process Easier
I’m Jennifer Lewis and I understand firsthand how stressful a divorce can be. It’s my job to make sure that someone is by your side every step of the way, helping you make the right decisions for yourself and your family. As an experienced divorce and child custody lawyer serving Denver County, Colorado, I’m here to ensure that your divorce process goes as smoothly as possible.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT IN A DIVORCE?
Knowing what to expect during the divorce and mediation process reduces stress. I offer an additional consultation to go over every aspect of what will happen, so you can be fully prepared.
In the state of Colorado, one thing you can expect is that the divorce process will last at least 3 months. During the Colorado Divorce Process, there is at least a 91-day waiting period between the time the paperwork is filed and when the divorce becomes official. There are several main steps to the divorce process, including:
- Initial filing and service
- Overall case management
- Issuing of temporary orders
- Common discovery procedures
- Settlement efforts such as mediation sessions
BENEFITS TO HAVING AN EXPERIENCED DIVORCE ATTORNEY:
In a divorce, it is crucial to hire an experienced Denver divorce attorney so that you have someone who is advocating on your behalf during this difficult time. I have many years of professional legal experience in Colorado and can help you through all the ins and outs of the complex divorce process. On a personal level, I have also experienced a divorce myself, so I know firsthand how emotionally draining and frustrating it can be.
An experienced divorce attorney can:
- Advocate on your you and your family’s behalf
- Provide coaching during the often stressful and confusing process
- Best prepare you for what to expect during the divorce proceedings
- Protect yourself and your children to ensure that everyone will be financially supported
Although going through a divorce can be painful, sometimes it is one of life’s necessities. As a compassionate and caring Denver divorce attorney, I’m here to help guide you every step of the way. Contact me, Jennifer Lewis, to schedule a confidential appointment.
Deciding whom to represent you throughout your divorce can be a difficult choice. The partners that founded Lewis & Matthews have experienced what you are going through and it is that personal experience that sets them apart from the rest. It is because of their experiences that they set out to provide divorce services that go above and beyond the typical Colorado divorce lawyer.
There are several things a client can ask a divorce lawyer, but people always seem to be at a loss for words when they finally get an opportunity to talk an attorney about their legal issues. It may be because they don’t know how to phrase their questions properly, or they’re not sure whether they’re asking the right questions. But there are definite mental barriers that keep people from seeking the answers they need for the problems they’re facing.
Married couples may file for dissolution of marriage if they face serious problems and want to live separately. Divorce means the marriage is over and the couples may legally pursue other relationships. In a no-fault divorce state like Colorado, a spouse can file for a divorce without the consent of the other spouse.
In Colorado, the timeline for obtaining a divorce is 90 days, but it may take up to a year. Complex cases may take over a year to finalize. Watch as Jennifer Lewis explains in detail the factors that affect the length of time a divorce in Colorado will take:
Sometimes people are not ready to move forward with a divorce but they have reached a place where they need help with clarifying their issues and understanding what would happen if they did choose to move forward with a divorce. Our Divorce Assessment, Pre-Planning, and Coaching practice is designed to give people who are contemplating divorce the information, education and coaching they need to:
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Under Colorado statute, marital properties will be divided between the parties. The court will make the decision of who gets what based on the following factors:
- Each spouse’s contribution to obtaining the property
- The value of each spouse’s share
- Each party’s economic situation at the time of divorce
Marital properties are all the properties acquired by either spouse during the marriage. Gifts and inheritances are not considered marital property, however the interest accrued during the marriage may be. It is advisable to consult with a divorce attorney from Lewis & Matthews to make certain that the agreement for the division of property is reasonable. We will help you understand the process and determine which assets are marital and which ones are not.
The courts in Colorado determine the allocation of parental responsibilities, which include parenting time and decision-making. The court will make a decision based on what is in the best interests of the children. It will take into account the wishes of the parents and the children when it comes to parenting time, but it will not grant either parent’s wishes if they are not in the children’s best interests. The court will look into numerous factors before deciding on which wishes to grant.
Depending on not only your situation but also outside factors, the court may assign the decision-making responsibility to one parent only or to both parents. Each parent may also gain responsibility for specific issues or areas that will determine the child’s welfare and future.
According to the Colorado Judicial Branch’s website, a “temporary or permanent civil protection order may be issued against an adult or a juvenile who is ten years of age or older for any of the following purposes: To prevent stalking, domestic abuse, sexual assault, physical assault and threatened bodily harm; and to prevent emotional abuse of the elderly or an at-risk adult.”
It often depends on the discrepancies in income between husband and wife. Initially, judges will often formulate a Temporary Order before permanent spousal support can be decided. As far as the Permanent Order goes, the judge will take a number of things into account, including: how long you were married, what the standard of living was during the marriage, and the financial state of both parties—including income potential.
Assets must be deemed either “marital property” or “separate property”. If property is agreed to be “marital”, it will be equitably (not the same as “equally”) divided according to Colorado’s statutes. Property obtained prior to the marriage is “separate,” but any increase in value during the marriage is marital property. For example, if one spouse purchased a home in 1995 (before the marriage) for $80,000, but wants to sell it in 2008 (after the divorce) for $150,000, then the increase in value($70,000) is considered “marital” property.
Individuals may wonder what power they have to enforce their maintenance agreement once their divorce is final?
Your maintenance agreement is part of the Court order that finalizes your divorce. When a Court order is not followed, the Court has broad powers to enforce that order. Given the circumstances of your case there are a number of options to assure that maintenance is paid in accordance with the Court order.