Divorce can be an emotional and daunting process, and every divorce is different. That is why, at The Harris Law Firm, we offer multiple approaches through which we can assist you in navigating your divorce. These approaches include full legal representation, mediation, collaborative divorce and unbundled legal services. Regardless of which approach you choose to take to handle your case, we at The Harris Law Firm strongly believe that divorce does not have to be a combative process.
Full Legal Representation
If you would like to ensure that you have an experienced Colorado divorce attorney with you every step of the way during the divorce process, full representation (retainer plus hourly rates) is one way in which to navigate your divorce. Choosing full representation means you can rest assured deadlines are being met and that you will be fully aware of your legal options before making any decisions in your case. If your spouse hires an attorney, full representation might also be best to ensure your interests are being protected throughout the divorce process. Representing yourself against a licensed attorney can be challenging and the opposing attorney will only be representing your spouses’ interests, not yours.
Mediation is a process by which a neutral, third-party, trained in alternative dispute resolution, assists two parties in coming to an agreement on their disputed legal issues. Because they are required to remain neutral, mediators do not provide legal advice to either party or determine any of the legal issues on behalf of the parties. The benefit to coming to an agreement in mediation is that you do not leave the decisions regarding parenting time for your children or division of marital assets and debts up to a judge or magistrate, which can be a gamble!
Collaborative divorce is a process, similar to mediation, where two divorcing parties, and their respective attorneys, enter into a contract stipulating that neither party will pursue litigation if an agreement is never reached. Collaborative divorce can be a cost-effective approach to divorce and is designed to give the parties more control, and privacy, over their divorce, as opposed to leaving the decisions in the hands of a judge or magistrate.
Unbundled Legal Services
If you are considering handling your divorce yourself, our LawYourWay℠ unbundled Legal Services program may be a good fit for you. When you represent yourself in a divorce, you are required to keep track of all deadlines in your case, and you are also expected to follow the Colorado Rules of Evidence and the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure just as an attorney would be required to do. Our team can offer legal assistance and advice along the way, as you navigate your divorce on your own. Services include reviewing and commenting on documents you have prepared yourself and helping you prepare for hearings in advance.
How We Can Help
Our team of highly skilled, experienced, and compassionate attorneys and mediators are here to help you as you navigate your divorce. If you are ready to get started, schedule a consultation with an intake attorney at The Harris Law Firm who can assist you in deciding which approach is best for your unique situation.