Divorce is never easy. It can impact every area of your life, including your relationship with your children, your social standing, your support network, friendships, and your finances. Divorce also causes difficult emotions to surface, including anger, sadness, grief, and a sense of loss and betrayal. When you are facing an uncertain time, you need a strong advocate in your corner who can explain the legal process of getting a divorce in Colorado and answer any questions you have.
The Boulder divorce attorneys with Hogan Omidi, PC, are here to offer you sound advice and steady guidance during this critical time in your life so that you can make the best decisions for you and your family moving forward. Give us a call at 303-529-1143 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation with an attorney.
Why Choose the Boulder Divorce Attorneys at Hogan Omidi, PC?
At Hogan Omidi, PC, our sole focus is on family law. This focus gives us a deep understanding of Colorado family law, how it applies to your situation, and how it will affect you during and after your divorce. In fact, our founding partner, Kathleen Hogan, wrote the book on family law, the Colorado Family Law Practice Series. We also have decades of combined legal experience that we leverage to help resolve our clients’ legal matters.
When we accept a divorce case, we use a unique approach that involves:
- Consideration for the long-term effects of divorce – As experienced family law practitioners, we understand that matters of the family are among the most important in a person’s life. At Hogan Omidi, PC, we take a deliberate and focused approach that considers the long-term effects of the divorce process and the impact that they have on your life moving forward.
- A full explanation of Colorado law – We understand that you may not be aware of the various laws that can impact your Colorado divorce. However, we know the law and can explain it so that you can make informed decisions about the best way to proceed. We will help you weigh your options and make recommendations that are specific to your case.
- A careful analysis of your best interests – We help clients think about the long-term and what is truly important. This helps establish clear priorities that we can gear our legal services to accomplish.
- Creative solutions to complex problems – As experienced family law attorneys, we are creative problem-solvers. We review your unique situation to find a solution that best fits your needs. We may suggest engaging in a collaborative divorce, going through mediation, arbitrating your case, or trying the case, depending on your unique situation. Whichever approach you choose, we will strive to achieve your stated goals.
- An amicable process – Our goal is to help you reach an amicable solution with your spouse to minimize conflict and maximize cost savings.
To learn more about our legal services and how we can help you through the divorce process, call us at 303-529-1143.
Legal Issues Our Lawyers Can Help You Resolve
As a top family law firm in Colorado, we can assist you with all legal issues pertaining to your divorce, including:
Colorado is an equitable distribution state. This means that marital property is divided fairly, but not necessarily equally, during a divorce.
Property and assets subject to division include real estate, retirement assets, stock and stock options, business interests, and debts, among others.
However, determining what is fair in the division of property is often complicated and contentious.
Our lawyers can assist you with the property division process by:
- Ensuring that all relevant property is listed as marital or separate property
- Helping you to determine the value of property
- Advising you on options regarding the family home
- Arguing in favor of you retaining property that serves your long-term needs
- Using factors the court considers such as economic circumstances or your contribution to the acquisition of the marital property to convince the court of your legal claim
In Colorado, child custody is known as parental responsibility and covers the issues of who children will live with, decision making authority, and parenting time (known as visitation or physical custody in other states). In Colorado, parental responsibility decisions are based on the best interests of the child. Often but not always, both parents share decision-making authority after divorce, under the assumption that children are best served by having a relationship and frequent contact with both parents.
Other issues involved with child custody include the creation of parenting plan that details the routine schedule, division of holidays and other child related terms, modification of agreements, relocation of a parent, when grandparents seek custody, and many other situations. With our legal support, we can help create solutions that will consider your family’s unique situation and needs.
Under Colorado law, both parents have the legal and financial obligation to support their children either by direct payment for the support needs of a child living with them or by payment of child support to the other parent. Child support may be ordered to ensure the child benefits from the financial contributions of both parents. The Colorado child support guidelines are based on both parents’ combined gross income. However, if that income exceeds the guidelines, $30,000 or more per month, a court must decide the level of support that is required based on the child’s reasonable needs. Colorado’s child support guidelines also consider each parent’s contributions towards expenses such as childcare or health insurance, any legal obligation to support other children, or if they are receiving or paying maintenance.
Spousal support, known as maintenance in Colorado, may be awarded if one spouse is unable to support themselves or fully meet their reasonable needs for living expenses. Maintenance is determined by a statutory formula, but judges have discretion to award or deny support and to deviate from the amount prescribed by the formula. The amount the duration of spousal support payments depend on many factors, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The couple’s standard of living
- The earning capacity of each spouse
In some cases, spousal maintenance awards are modifiable, in others they are not. Our attorneys have significant experience representing both clients who paying and the party who is receiving spousal support.
Contact a Knowledgeable Boulder Divorce Attorney Today
If you have to go through a divorce, you want a lawyer who truly understands family law and will put your interests first. Hogan Omidi, PC, considers your unique circumstances and works diligently to find the right solution. Contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation with a compassionate Boulder divorce lawyer.