Colorado Springs Divorce Lawyer
Dedicated Representation in Divorce Cases
If you are planning to divorce, the Colorado Springs attorneys at Clawson & Clawson, LLP can help. We understand what an emotionally trying experience this may be for you, and it is our goal to help you reach the end of the process as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our firm serves clients in Colorado Springs and up and down the Front Range, from Pueblo to Parker and Denver. Below, you'll find additional information about how we can assist you with various aspects of the divorce process. From filing for legal separation to determining child custody arrangements, our firm can help you and your children navigate this legal process with as little hassle as possible.
Aspects of a Divorce
Child's Best Interest
All questions of child custody and visitation are decided in Colorado according to the question of what is in the best interests of the children. It is the goal of the family law court to ensure that the divorce ends with an arrangement that serves to foster the emotional and physical well-being of the children.
The process of getting a divorce can be a long and challenging one, but with an experienced attorney by your side, you can greatly improve your chances of achieving a successful outcome. Hiring legal representation as early in the process as possible is important to ensure that your interests are safeguarded every step of the way.
In many respects, the final decree of divorce is anything but final. It is often possible to petition the court to modify terms pertaining to child custody and visitation, child support, and alimony. It is necessary to provide evidence that the modification is absolutely necessary and that it will serve the best interests of all parties.
Ending your marriage in divorce may be one of the most difficult things you will ever do, but it may also provide you with tremendous relief and a fresh start in life. The outcome of your case may largely determine your future financial stability and your ability to maintain a meaningful relationship with your children.
Both parents have a responsibility to provide for their children's economic necessities, but one parent will often have greater resources than the other for doing so. It is important to ensure that the determination of child support does not shoulder you with an unfair share of the burden and place you in a position of financial difficulty.
Concerned about being denied shared custody of your children? Worried about keeping your children away from an unstable or abusive spouse? An attorney from our firm can fight to defend your rights as a parent and ensure that your children are placed in the best possible situation after the divorce.
The terms of a final decree of divorce may be legally binding for both parties but this does not mean that they are always followed. If your former spouse is refusing to pay you child support or alimony or is interfering with your rights of shared custody or visitation, we can help you bring the matter to court to enforce the orders.
If you are considering divorce, then it may be a good idea to legally separate as a preparatory step. Legal separation gives you the chance to test out terms of property division, financial support, and child custody without the finality of a divorce. It also offers couples the opportunity to effectively end the marriage without violating deeply held religious convictions against divorce.
In some cases, a divorce will end with an award of alimony — also referred to as spousal support — to be paid from one party to the other. Several factors influence the decision to award alimony, including the duration of the marriage, each party's financial resources and earning power, and how long it will take the dependent spouse to become self-sufficient.
Before relocating with children, a divorced parent will often have to secure either the consent of the other parent or of the family law judge. You should not attempt to move before making a formal modification to the child custody and visitation court orders, as violation of the orders could expose you to harsh legal penalties.
The courts prefer to allow both parents to spend as much time as possible with their children after a divorce, provided that this is in the best interests of the children. Your attorney will have the task of proving that it would be beneficial for you to play a large role in your children's lives and that you should therefore receive ample visitation time.
Allegations of domestic violence and child abuse can have an enormous impact on the outcome of a divorce, potentially influencing matters such as child custody, alimony, and the division of property. An attorney can help you obtain an
order of protection against an abusive spouse or defend you against false accusations of abuse.
Do I really need a Colorado Springs divorce attorney?
You are fully entitled to represent yourself in a divorce, which is referred to as a "pro se divorce." It is not, however, at all advisable that you do so. Even if you and your spouse are on good terms and are capable of maintaining amicable relations, you must realize that the divorce process is highly complex, and you could easily end up with a final decree of dissolution that does not favor your best interests. If, like most divorcing couples, you and your spouse do not get along, then it becomes even more important for you to have an attorney to represent you through the process and fight to defend your personal interests. You simply have too much at stake to take any chances with the outcome of your case. Contact our family law attorneys in Colorado Springs now for a free consultation to discuss your concerns and to take the first steps in your case.
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