Family law in Colorado is a complex area that often involves personal emotions and sensitive issues. Whether you are going through a divorce or facing a child custody dispute, it is essential to work with someone who understands that this is not just a legal case but your marriage, your children – your family.
When you work with The Law Office of Andrew Bryant, you get a lawyer who will treat your situation with compassion and work to protect not only your interests but also your future relationship with your family members.
Our talented legal team has successfully handled all kinds of family law issues, including divorce, spousal maintenance, child custody arrangements, child support, domestic violence, and more.
Divorce, child custody disputes, paternity claims, and other family law situations can devastate individuals and families. Andrew draws on years of experience to advise you on the law and fight tenaciously for your interests, protecting you and your children.
He has obtained successful results for his clients in various family law legal matters such as divorce, child custody, protection orders, post-decree, and Dependency and Neglect cases.
Despite the fact that it is never an easy process, divorce can be a necessary step for couples who have realized their relationship has run its course.
If you are considering filing for divorce in the state of Colorado, there are some important things you should know about divorce law in our state and how it may affect your specific situation.
Requirements for Filing a Divorce in Colorado. To file for divorce in Colorado, at least one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for 91 days prior to filing. Children must be in Colorado for more than 182 days prior to filing.
Additionally, if there are any issues involving property distribution or alimony that need to be decided upon, both parties should reach an agreement as soon as possible before going to court.
Grounds for Divorce. To file for a divorce in our state, either spouse must show that the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” — meaning that at least one spouse believes that they cannot resolve their differences and move forward together.
If one spouse disagrees with this characterization of the marriage, they may contest it by providing evidence of reconciliation efforts or other extenuating circumstances. If a couple cannot agree on whether the marriage is irretrievably broken, then one party will likely need to go through mediation or counseling services before being able to move forward with filing.
Type of Divorce. The next step is determining which type of divorce you wish to pursue: traditional litigation or cooperative settlement.
Traditional litigation involves each party hiring an attorney and presenting their case before a judge. This route can be costly and time-consuming but can also result in a favorable outcome if all evidence is properly presented during trial proceedings.
On the other hand, cooperative settlement involves both parties negotiating privately outside of court through mediated meetings. This route can be less expensive and time-consuming but can also result in long-term animosity between both parties if agreements are not reachedsatisfactorily.
In addition to deciding how marital assets will be divided between divorcing spouses (including financial accounts, real estate holdings, investments, etc.), couples must also decide how custody arrangements will work out when children are involved.
Child custody is often one of divorce’s most complicated and emotional issues. In Colorado, the family court will base its decision on the child’s best interests.
Andrew Bryant can help provide valuable legal advice when making such sensitive decisions regarding your children’s future well-being.
Types of Child Custody in Colorado. Colorado has two main types of child custody: physical and legal. Physical custody refers to where the child primarily lives and spends time, while legal custody pertains to the authority to make decisions related to the child’s upbringing, such as education, medical care, and extracurricular activities.
Factors Considered in Child Custody Decisions. As mentioned above, the court considers the child’s best interests when deciding on child custody. But what exactly does this mean?
Some of the factors considered in these decisions include the child’s comfort and safety in each parent’s home, the ability of each parent to provide for the child’s needs, and the child’s relationship with each parent. The child’s preferences may also be considered, mainly if they are older and able to articulate their wishes.
In addition, the court will consider any history of domestic violence or abuse when making child custody decisions. If one parent has a history of abusive behavior, they may be prohibited from having any contact with the child or only allowed supervised visitation.
Obtaining Legal Representation. If you are facing child custody issues, it is essential to have an experienced family law attorney on your side. Andrew Bryant understands how to advocate for your rights and help you negotiate a custody agreement that is in your child’s best interests.
He has ample experience handling child custody cases and always takes the time to understand a client’s unique situation. Additionally, he is well-versed in Colorado family law and has a strong understanding of our court system.
Divorce and child custody are not the only family law matters you might face. Adoption is another legal process that falls under family law in Colorado. So does spousal maintenance, child upport, and domestic violence. At The Law Office of Andrew Bryant, our skilled legal team can help with all these issues and ensure your rights are protected.
Do not attempt to handle family law matters on your own. Not only is Colorado family law a complex area that requires a thorough understanding of various legal issues related to family relationships, but these types of cases are also almost always emotional.
Whether you’re going through a divorce, fighting for child custody, or seeking to adopt a child, it’s important to have an experienced family law attorney on your side to protect your rights and interests. At our law firm, we can provide you with thorough legal advice and knowledgeable representation in all family law matters.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you navigate the complex world of family law in Colorado.
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