Broomfield Family Law
Family law matters may have a serious and long-term impact on you and your loved ones, which is why it’s important to handle these matters with the utmost care and consideration. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our Broomfield family law lawyers can help you with issues related to divorce, custody, child support, maintenance (alimony), property division, parenting time (visitation), legal separation, the modification of final orders, and more. With over 70 years of legal experience to guide us, we can confidently assert your interests and develop a strategy that is tailored to the details of your individual circumstances.Strategic Representation in Colorado Family Law Matters
In the state of Colorado, a divorce may be uncontested or contested. An uncontested divorce takes place when a couple agrees on all of the terms of the divorce. Once this occurs, the spouses file a Separation Agreement with the Court that clearly highlights each of the issues that have been settled. The agreement does not become binding until a judge approves it. A contested divorce happens when the parties cannot agree on a number of issues. In these cases, the court will examine the situation and make a final decision on the contested issues. A judge typically has broad discretion to consider a variety of factors when making any decision, whether financial or child custody related.
Couples who do not wish to divorce may opt for a legal separation, which is sometimes chosen for religious or pragmatic reasons, such as health insurance. The process of legal separation is similar to dissolution and begins with filing a petition notifying the court and the other spouse. Just as with divorce, you or your spouse must have resided in Colorado for at least 91 days prior to filing for a legal separation. The same asset, support and custody issues present in a divorce are also dealt with via the legal separation process. Our family law attorneys can advocate for Broomfield residents regarding all of these issues.
When minor children are involved, custody matters will need to be decided, whether in a separate case or as as part of the divorce process. In Colorado, the term “custody” has been replaced with the term “parental responsibility” by statute. All custody determinations in this state are based on what is in the best interest of the child. A court may consider any factor that is deemed to be relevant to the child’s best interest, including the wishes of the child, the wishes of each parent, the household environment of each parent, where the child goes to school, the community of the child, and the mental and physical health of all of the parties. Custody and visitation orders expire when the child turns 18.
The family law matters discussed here are only a few examples of the broad spectrum of cases we handle at Plog & Stein. You should not delay in seeking representation if you are involved in family law proceedings, no matter how simple and straightforward your situation initially appears to be.Contact a Family Law Lawyer in the Broomfield Area
Having experienced significant economic growth in the 1990s, Broomfield has become an attractive place to live for couples and families with young children. The area hosts a number of entertainment sites, such as the Flatiron Crossing Mall, the Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park, the Broomfield Auditorium, and the 1st Bank Center. Just as in any other city, however, marriages may come to an end, which means that each spouse will need to protect their future and the future of any children. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our experienced Broomfield family law attorneys have helped many spouses and parents reach satisfactory resolutions to their concerns, and we can help you as well. We have the dedication and energy needed to navigate the legal process. To get started, feel free to call us at 303-781-0322 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with a divorce lawyer.