Englewood Divorce Lawyer
If you are currently considering your options or have already begun the process for a divorce, Plog & Stein, P.C. is a full-service family law firm that can be there for you every step of the way. Divorce is rarely simple or easy; there is a host of potential issues to handle including property division, alimony, child support, child custody, and visitation. We focus our practice exclusively on divorce and child custody related matters and are keenly aware of what’s needed to get the job done on your case in a professional and efficient manner. Since opening our first office nearly two decades ago, we have represented hundreds of clients from Englewood and throughout Arapahoe County. If you’re looking for an effective divorce lawyer, don’t hesitate to contact us. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our Englewood Divorce lawyers’ only goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for you, the client.
What is the First Step in a Divorce?
The first step in starting any divorce in Colorado is to file a petition and summons with the district court in your county. You may have been served divorce papers or you may be thinking of filing. In either case, this is the point in the process at which you should consider speaking with a qualified divorce attorney. Divorce cases take planning and developing a strategy or game plan early on can provide you with both piece of mind and comfort as you embark on the unknown. A seasoned divorce attorney in Englewood will be able to thoroughly assess your case and advise you regarding the best course of action to take related to each specific issue you face. Divorce can be an extremely stressful time and making the wrong moves at the wrong moment could have far-reaching consequences.
Though divorce can certainly be a tumultuous and emotional time, with so many changes going on, it needs to be approached in an intelligent and businesslike manner. Once your case is filed, deadlines start ticking and court expectations come to the forefront. Initially, things can move quickly. After one spouse files the divorce petition and serves it on the other party, the responding spouse has 21 days to file their written response. Additionally, an initial status conference with the court (judge or court facilitator) will take place within 42 days. All of your financial disclosures and supporting documentation generally need to be submitted to the court or exchanged by the initial status conference date. That entails going through everything you and your spouse have ownership of or debt for and creating a record meticulously detailing all of your daily expenses and financial needs, as well as your assets and debts. This detailed financial information is necessary for both sides, their attorneys, and the court for proper decisions or assessments to be made on issues such as alimony, child support, and division of marital property. Furthermore, financial disclosures being done quickly is also often necessary should either party seek a temporary orders hearing tied into child support or alimony.
If your case is ultimately headed to a final, permanent orders, hearing, there will be additional deadlines that need to be met tied into witness disclosures, expert reports, appraisals, or disclosure of evidentiary exhibits. Part of our representation in any divorce ties into making sure your deadlines are met and that whatever evidence you may have tied into the contested issues is properly presentable to the court.
Not all cases proceed to hearing and the vast majority settle out of court. Mediation is generally required prior to a final hearing and, in many cases, may lead to settlement. Of course, not all cases do settle. As such, our family law attorneys are equally skilled at either settling your case in a fair fashion or taking it to trial in front of a judge or magistrate. The end result of any divorce case will be the issuance of a decree of dissolution of marriage. However, there are many steps from beginning to end and making sure you have appropriate orders tied into property, support, or your children is our primary goal for when that decree is issued.
Our Englewood divorce attorneys handle all cases, big and small, and recognize that while some cases are relatively simple, with little or no contested issues, others may come with an array of financial complexities. Those more complex cases may entail multiple appraisals, business valuations, or perhaps even a forensic accounting of income or assets. Big or small, we are ready to put our vast experience and knowledge to work as we help you through each step of your divorce.
Englewood Divorce Attorneys Providing Over 70 Years of Combined Experience
When handling any family law case, the attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. employ the core tenets of the firm’s philosophy, those being honesty, strategy, and logic. With each case, we strive to make sure our clients are well informed of their options and are given a sensible plan for either settling or litigating their issues. We understand nothing matters more than the financial and emotional future of you and your children. Let us help you move on to the next chapter of your life.
Our main office is located nearby, in Greenwood Village. With a sole focus on domestic relations law and many years of experience in the Arapahoe County District Court, we know how to build the right strategy for your Englewood divorce case. Call us at 303-781-0322 or contact us online.