Divorce Lawyer in Denver
When you need compassionate counsel and results-oriented legal representation during your divorce, turn to Shapiro Family Law. Our highly experienced attorneys provide strong legal support and fierce advocacy for people facing divorce and other troublesome family law problems.
We can handle all aspects of a divorce case, including negotiation, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution techniques. Our attorneys will seek to achieve a satisfactory resolution of all of your issues in a prompt and efficient manner.
We can help you through a divorce, legal separation, or a post-decree modification. Contact us today at 303-695-0200 to schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer in Denver. Our firm serves clients throughout Colorado.
Fault Is Not an Issue in a Colorado Divorce
Colorado is a "no-fault" divorce state, which means that neither spouse must allege fault of the other to obtain a divorce. A court only has to find that the marriage is "irretrievably broken" in order to grant a divorce, which Colorado calls a "dissolution of marriage."
While you may handle all aspects of your divorce on your own, a proficient family law attorney can protect your legal interests and negotiate with your spouse's attorney so you can receive all the benefits you deserve under Colorado law.
Our attorneys will work hard to make sure you receive every legal advantage available to you.
We Can Help You Solve Complex Divorce Problems
We represent families in divorce cases involving straightforward issues, as well as more complex problems. While each divorce has unique circumstances, for the most part, these cases present each spouse with common aspects they must make hard decisions on. These include:
- Child support;
- Dividing physical marital property;
- Dividing financial assets and debts;
- Determining parental responsibilities, such as child custody;
- Establishing parental visitation time; and
- Spousal support.
During this process, parents have to make hard decisions about their children. This is why child support and child custody agreements can be contentious subjects to negotiate. We can provide legal guidance as you make decisions to ensure we act in the best interests of your children.
Under state law, Colorado calculates child support by combining both parents' monthly gross income and using a statutory formula to determine how much support each parent will contribute. Determining child support may become complicated when a parent draws disability benefits or does not work a traditional job, but is self-employed or unemployed. We will explain how this calculation works and walk you through each step of this process.
In custodial issues, couples make decisions on which parent will have primary parental responsibilities and which parent has parenting time, or visitation. Parents can share decision making for their children. When parents cannot reach an agreement on this issue, a judge will make the final decision. We can help drive the negotiation process forward so you can come to an agreement before a judge gets involved.
Whatever the nature of your case, our attorneys have the knowledge, skill, and ability to offer creative solutions to your unique problems.
Helping You Make a Successful Transition to Life After Divorce
When you visit Shapiro Family Law for a legal consultation, we will learn more about your situation and gather relevant information about your children, your finances, and your goals. You may also ask questions and express your concerns. We will then develop a plan to resolve all outstanding issues in the most positive manner possible, helping you avoid common mistakes along the way.
We know that divorces can become contentious because of the emotional pain a dissolution of a marriage or a legal separation can bring. A contested divorce, where couples find it difficult to settle issues, tends to drag out in court and cause problems for all parties involved, including the children. Rather than going into a courtroom to reach agreements in an adversarial manner, our firm offers mediation services as a way to settle issues in an amicable way.
Mediation Can Help You Avoid a Courtroom
Mediation allows divorcing couples the ability to handle their issues during private sessions with a neutral third party, called a mediator. While each couple may bring his or her attorney into the mediation session to offer legal advice, couples can resolve outstanding issues on their own terms with the mediator's assistance.
The mediator cannot offer legal advice, make decisions for the couple, or testify in the couple's case. Mediation can begin prior to filing a complaint for divorce or legal separation. Our attorneys handle cases through a variety of avenues of resolution, including mediation.
High Net Worth Divorce Representation
Our lawyers have considerable experience representing clients with a high net worth or high income who are seeking a divorce. With more assets and marital property, high net worth cases have inherent complexities that only well-established lawyers like ours can handle.
Colorado is an "equitable distribution" state. This means that the court will divide marital property in a fair and equitable manner, and while usually it is an equal division, it is but not necessarily so. Marital property includes houses, vehicles, bank accounts, and financial investments.
Shapiro Family Law works diligently to protect separate property that a spouse brought into the marriage and is not considered marital property. Our firm has access to a network of experts we can call upon-such as business valuation specialists, forensic accountants, appraisers, and psychologists-to ensure a fair and equitable distribution process. In cases where difficulties arise and couples cannot resolve differences, we will advise you of your options, assist in obtaining a fair agreement, or proceed to court when necessary.
Call Shapiro Family Law for a Consultation About Your Divorce
If you are considering a divorce or legal separation, or you are going through a divorce without legal representation, contact Shapiro Family Law today. Our Denver-based firm serves clients throughout Colorado.
We know that Colorado's divorce laws can be complex. However, our attorneys will help you through the divorce process while providing vigorous advocacy in your family law case. Call us at 303-695-0200 to find out how we can help you.