Divorce is emotionally taxing for adults, but it is always more so when children are involved. At the Longmont firm of Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC, our attorneys keep the best interests of your children in mind during the divorce process and in matters that arise afterward. Since 1871, our firm has been helping clients in and around Boulder County find solutions to legal problems. While we are deeply rooted in tradition, we are also committed to employing cutting-edge technology to improve your case’s outcome. When it comes to child support and child custody, we do whatever it takes to protect your family and achieve an optimal resolution.
Whether you are the parent making payments or the parent receiving them, child support is a serious issue. Parents paying support want to make sure their child is taken care of without contributing more than they should have to. Recipients of child support want to make sure they get the funds they need to guarantee their kids the shelter, education and opportunities they deserve.
Our family law attorneys work with parents during the divorce process to ensure they understand how child support is calculated by Colorado courts. When determining the amount of support to award, judges use legally mandated guidelines that take into account factors including:
Any deviation from these guidelines requires the judge to explain why some other amount is fairer to the child or the parents. In Colorado, payments must be made until a child finishes high school or turns 19, whichever comes first, and in some cases even beyong a child’s 19th birthday. In cases where a parent has experienced a significant life change that affects his or her income, our attorneys can help you seek a modification of the support order. We also assist parents who wish to prevent a modification of a child support order.
There are two aspects of child custody, which is also known as the allocation of parental responsibilities. The allocation of responsibilities includes deciding which parent has the right to make decisions about their child’s upbringing involving healthcare, religion, education and recreation. In some cases, one parent will be awarded sole legal decision-making authority, meaning they get to make these decisions alone. In most cases, however, a judge will award joint legal decision-making during a divorce, granting both parents the right to make these decisions together. An experienced attorney can help you advocate for the appropriate legal custody arrangement for your particular situation.
For most parents, however, physical custody is the main concern. Physical custody is the determination of which parent a child will live with. In many situations, physical custody can be shared jointly. We work with parents to create a parenting plan that determines where children will spend their time and the specifics of how visitation will work. If the parents are unable to reach an agreement, a judge will decide issues of physical custody and visitation based on the best interests of the children. This determination includes factors that take into account the health and safety of the children as well as their emotional and developmental needs. Our attorneys are staunch advocates for you and your children in physical custody cases.
At the Northern Colorado law firm of Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC, we know that there is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of your children. That’s why we are determined to help you achieve an optimal resolution in cases involving child support or custody. To schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney serving the greater Denver area, contact us online or call our Longmont office at 303-776-5380.
Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC has survived since 1871 for many good reasons, not the least of which are excellent legal representation and exemplary client communication and service. Come see the difference that our knowledgeable, local attorneys can make. Call us at 303.776.5380 or contact our Longmont office online.
The law firm formed in 1871 by Col. Byron L. Carr and Charles E. Day
The law firm became Carr and Secor after F. P. Secor read for the law under the supervision of Col. Carr
The law firm became Secor and Secor after F. P. Secor’s son, Gray Secor joined.
After graduating from the University of Colorado Law School, Horace Greeley McCarty began office sharing with Secor and Secor.
L.B. "Larry" Flanders graduated from the University of Colorado first in his business school & law school classes. Larry was the grandson of F. P. Secor, joined the firm.
The law firm became Secor, McCarty & Flanders.
After graduating from the University of Colorado Law School, Tom Wood began practicing with the firm.
The law firm became Secor, McCarty, Flanders & Wood.
John C. Flanders, great grandson of FP Secor joined the law firm.
The law firm became Flanders, McCarty, Wood & Sonnesyn.
Thomas L. Stover joined the law firm.
The law firm became Flanders, Sonnesyn & Stover.
Kathleen A. Ellis joined the law firm.
Scott W. Dunn joined the law firm.
The law firm became Flanders, Stover, Elsberg & Ellis, LLC when R. Lee Elsberg joined the firm.
The law firm became Flanders, Stover, Elsberg, LLP.
Elizabeth A. Montague joined the law firm.
Mark A. Herber began his solo law practice.
The law firm became Flanders & Elsberg, LLP.
Mark A. Herber and Clinton K. Nash merged to become Herber & Nash, P. C.
The law firm became Flanders, Elsberg & Dunn, LLC.
Flanders, Elsberg & Dunn, LLC and Herber & Nash, P. C. merged to become Flanders, Elsberg, Nash, Herber & Dunn, LLC.
Current – Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC
Theodore J. Finn and Elizabeth A. Montague became Partners at Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC.
Andrew. N. Dunkin joined the law firm.
Mark E. Ringer joined the law firm.