Colorado Divorce Lawyers
Divorce Attorneys Can Protect Your Family
With 250 years of combined experience, the attorneys at The Harris Law Firm are dedicated to helping clients dissolve their marriages as smoothly and quickly as possible. We focus on mutually-beneficial solutions that are best for the entire family and strive to avoid litigation whenever possible.
Divorce, at its most basic, is the legal action taken to end a marriage. Unlike in previous decades, divorce does not require a legal justification. Thanks to “no-fault” divorce laws, no single person must be “at-fault” for causing the divorce. Instead, anyone in a marriage is free to leave that marriage under the umbrella of “irreconcilable differences.”
The greatest difficulty in any divorce, even between the most cooperative spouses, is the assignment of property and custody. High-tension situations can arise out of deciding who gets what, especially when it comes to alimony or child custody.
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Do You Have To Go To A Divorce Hearing?
In Colorado, there is no one way of going through the process. When preparing for divorce, Colorado courts usually require a hearing in a dissolution or post-dissolution matter for one of two reasons: (1) where the parties are unable to resolve the issues in their case such as parenting time or asset division, or (2) where one or both of the parties is not represented by an attorney and the couple has children.
How Can You Be Prepared For A Divorce If You Are Unsafe?
If you feel your safety or your children’s safety is in danger because of the threats or acts of your significant other, there are steps you can take in addition to getting a restraining order. Pre-planning is critical in these types of cases. Ask yourself what documents you may need if you have to leave at a moment’s notice. Here are the fundamentals:
- Your driver’s license
- Your social security card
- Cash on hand
- A credit card
- An address book or palm pilot containing all your important telephone numbers
- A cellular phone and/or a long distance telephone card
- Health insurance documentation
- Medications and/or prescription information
- Bank account numbers
What Is The Difference Between A Legal Separation And A Divorce?
In many ways, filing for a legal separation will require the same amount of time, effort, and money as it will take to obtain a divorce. When filing for legal separation and/or divorce, you will address the division of marital assets and debts, the allocation of parental rights, and orders for maintenance when applicable. The primary difference is that following a legal separation, you are still married. Some couples choose to file for a legal separation rather than for divorce because of religious beliefs or moral values.
If you decide to obtain a “Divorce”, you will file a petition for dissolution of marriage with your county court. The minimum amount of time to obtain a divorce in the State of Colorado is 90 days, but could take longer depending on the Court’s docket. When filing for legal separation and/or divorce, you will address the division of marital assets and debts, the allocation of parental rights, and orders for maintenance when applicable.
Non-Combative, Mutually Beneficial Solutions
High-tension situations, especially between couples who have a history of conflict, can erupt into full-on litigation battles. Our Colorado family law attorneys avoid these situations to the best of our ability. Many of our lawyers are trained and certified mediators, and others have years of experience conducting negotiations between combative parties in complex financial and emotional circumstances.
We believe the best divorce agreements are written cooperatively, not begrudgingly.
This is especially true for parents, as children are often the most harmed and traumatized by a painful divorce process.
The highest priority in The Harris Law Firm's approach is insulating children from the emotional wounds that come from a tense divorce. Many of our lawyers have gone through divorces, either as parents or as children. They are intimately familiar with the injuries a divorce can inflict on a family’s sense of well-being and togetherness, and they fight their hardest to facilitate peace in a cooperative environment.
Filing for Divorce? Call The Harris Law Firm at (303) 622-5502.
In short, if you are looking for a divorce, The Harris Law Firm is a powerful choice that ensures the most beneficial solutions possible. Our lawyers have helped over 8,000 family law clients so far, are highly-skilled, trained by some of the greatest courts and attorneys in the nation.
Our firm is one of the largest family law firms in Colorado—our size, however, does not compromise our laser-like focus on your case. We provide clear guidance in complex situations, cutting through complicated circumstances to provide the best possible result.
If you are seeking a divorce, you need an attorney who will understand your situation and protect your well-being. Contact The Harris Law Firm today.