Longmont Divorce Attorneys Are Sensitive to Your Family’s Needs
Colorado law firm helping to ease the emotional burden of marriage dissolution
When it comes to matters involving your family, you can rely on the caring and experienced attorneys at the Longmont law firm of Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC. Our firm has been helping the people of Northern Colorado find optimal solutions to their legal problems since 1871. We handle all aspects of divorce cases, from division of property to maintenance and alimony, child support and the allocation of parental responsibilities including visitation and child custody. In all cases, we seek to find equitable arrangements that work for all parties involved, but we are always prepared to zealously represent our clients at trial.
Understanding how the Colorado divorce process works
Colorado is a no-fault divorce state. This means that either spouse can file for divorce by simply alleging an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, a standard that is nearly always met. Unlike most other states, Colorado does not allow divorces based on fault. This means that a family law court will not take infidelity, abuse or abandonment into account when deciding whether to grant a divorce, although the court may consider fault in determining maintenance/alimony and asset/debt allocation matters.
To meet the state’s residency requirement, at least one spouse must have lived in Colorado for 91 days before filing a divorce petition, at a fee of $230. Depending on whether you and your spouse are able to work together to agree on the issues involved, a divorce can take anywhere from a few months to years to resolve. Cases involving children tend to be more complex. Whether your divorce is simple or more complicated, our attorneys work with you on every aspect of your case.
Guiding you through each part of your divorce
Depending on your situation, your focus may be on one or more parts of the divorce process. Our attorneys draw upon years of experience in helping clients deal with all aspects of marriage dissolution, including:
- Child custody — We work to help parents agree on an allocation of parental responsibilities and a custody arrangement that benefits everyone. When no agreement can be reached, we work with a judge to find a solution based on the children’s best interests.
- Visitation — When one parent has full physical custody of a child, we work to find safe visitation solutions that meet the needs of everyone involved.
- Child support — Colorado courts generally apply legally established guidelines to determine child support payments. Both parents are obligated to support their children financially.
- Division of assets — We encourage Longmont spouses to work together on a separation agreement that divides property fairly. If the parties are unable to create an agreement, a judge will grant each party their separate property and divide any marital property equitably based on a variety of factors.
- Maintenance/Alimony — As with asset division, alimony or spousal maintenance is best settled in an agreement between spouses. However, a judge may award alimony on a temporary or long-term basis after considering certain factors.
While it is possible to file a divorce without the assistance of a lawyer, an experienced attorney dedicated to reaching an optimal result in your case makes the process much smoother. Knowledgeable attorneys help you negotiate with your spouse so that you can avoid litigation. When litigation is necessary, an experienced and determined legal team can advocate on your behalf and represent your interests in front of a judge. Our attorneys seek to make even the most complex divorce as easy as possible so that you and your family can move forward with confidence.
Rely on a trusted Boulder County and Northern Colorado law firm to guide you through your divorce
If you are considering divorce or have been served with divorce papers, we encourage you to turn to a law firm that has been helping Northern Colorado families for generations. At the firm of Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC, we guide clients in Weld and Larimer counties through the marriage dissolution process. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our Longmont office by calling 303-776-5380 or by contacting us online.