Boulder Divorce Attorney
Whether you are considering divorce or were recently served divorce papers, Dolan + Zimmerman LLP can help you establish a plan of action. The divorce process is stressful and can quickly turn contentious due to the sensitive nature of the issues involved. Our Boulder divorce attorney will work tirelessly to help ease your burden and pursue the best outcome for you and your family. Send us a message online or call 303-593-1874 to set up your free consultation today.
Why Choose Our Firm for Your Divorce
Our team is well-versed in the nuances of Colorado family law and the most effective means of representing you and your best interests.
- We are honest and take the time to hear your situation so we may help you choose how to proceed with your case effectively.
- We are selective with our cases so that we can devote our full attention to every aspect of your divorce.
- We recognize the importance of privacy and the sensitivity of the personal information involved in a divorce.
- We make it a point to be transparent with our clients and remain in constant communication.
Why You Need a Boulder Divorce Lawyer
By enlisting the assistance of an experienced Boulder family law attorney, you will have:
Legal Knowledge and Support
Divorce attorneys have a thorough understanding of Colorado divorce laws and can give you the information you need to make informed decisions about your case. An attorney can also advise you on the full range of options available to you before determining the best strategy for your situation.
Taking this step will relieve an enormous burden since an attorney will take care of all the work for you. Divorce and other family law issues require piles of paperwork. If the paperwork is filed incorrectly, your case can be delayed or even thrown out. Hiring an attorney will allow you to focus on the next stage of your life with peace of mind.
A divorce attorney can act as an effective and unbiased mediator who can help relieve tension between the parties involved.
Divorce lawyers deal with divorces and other family issues daily. They know how the process goes and what it takes to resolve problems in the most efficient manner possible.
Complex Divorce Problems We Can Help You Solve
- Child custody and parenting time. We will help you establish and implement custody and visitation arrangements that are in the best interests of your children while protecting your rights as a parent. We will work to ensure joint legal custody so that you have the opportunity to participate in decisions regarding education, medical treatment, religious training, and other special needs.
- Child support. We will review all proposed child support orders for compliance with Colorado guidelines and confirm that all relevant income is included in the calculation.
- Spousal maintenance or alimony. We will help you determine whether spousal maintenance is necessary and, if so, how much should be paid and for how long.
- Asset division. Our lawyers will help you equitably divide the debts and assets of your marriage, including real and personal property, investments and bank accounts, retirement funds, and business assets.
- Post-divorce enforcement and modifications. If your ex-spouse is not following the terms of your divorce decree or judgment, we can help you take legal action. If your family’s circumstances have changed, we can also help you address modifications of your divorce decree.
Grounds for Divorce in Colorado
Colorado is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that a court will not look into why a divorce is occurring or why the marriage failed. To grant a divorce, the court must only find that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” This means the marriage cannot be repaired, and only one party has to believe it. Colorado has a mandatory 90-day waiting period before the court can enter a divorce decree. This time allows couples to make sure their marriage is, in fact, irretrievably broken.
There is an additional stipulation to get a divorce in Colorado, which is residency requirements. Either spouse must have been a resident of Colorado for at least 90 days before filing the petition. If the case concerns a minor child, the child must have resided in the state for at least 182 days.
Types of Divorce Available in Colorado
In general, there are five ways to dissolve a marriage in Colorado:
Both spouses agree that their marriage is irretrievably broken, and neither spouse is holding the other responsible for the end of their marriage. They will decide how to divide up their assets, figure out child custody and visitation, and any other legal issues. Once they reach a “separation agreement,” they can submit it to the court. If children are not involved, they can include a non-appearance affidavit to receive approval by the court without appearing in person.
Mediation is available to give couples the chance to negotiate the terms of their divorce with the help of an unbiased third party (usually a lawyer or retired judge). The mediator listens to each side to help them find a situation that works best for both parties. When spouses can reach an agreement, the mediator brings a signed document of proof to the court.
When a couple cannot agree on the terms of their separation, leaving marital issues unsolved, a judge may be assigned to make these decisions for the couple. The court will decide on child support, child custody, dividing marital assets, and spousal maintenance.
Spouses commit to resolving their case outside of court while using lawyers trained in this process and other family law professionals. If the couple cannot reach an agreement, new attorneys must be hired to litigate the case in court.
A couple divides assets and lives separately but remains married. Filing for a legal separation will require the same amount of time and effort as obtaining a divorce. However, a separation can be reversed if you reconcile, where divorce is permanent.
Are There Unique Considerations for Same-Sex Couples?
Although divorces are generally conducted the same way for same-sex couples, there may be different rules regarding child custody. The spouses or partners may have to answer questions regarding how the child was conceived, if he or she was born during the marriage, and whether one or both spouses legally adopted them. Individuals who have significant disagreements about matters related to their children should contact a divorce attorney for advice and guidance.
Speak to a Boulder Divorce Attorney for Help
If you are considering filing for divorce or legal separation, it is essential to consult with an experienced family law attorney who will help you understand your rights and options. Contact Dolan + Zimmerman LLP to schedule a free consultation today.