Helping You Through All Aspects of Divorce
At the law firm of Opfer & Stowell, P.C., we understand that emotions can run high when a relationship is ending. An amicable resolution is ideal, but not always possible given the unique facts of your case. Our approach is to try to resolve conflicts amicably. However, if the situation calls for an aggressive approach, our lawyers are ready to go to trial and fight for your interests.
Comprehensive Divorce & Legal Separation Representation
Our divorce lawyers will help you reach a resolution of all issues in your divorce or legal separation including, but not limited to, asset and debt division, spousal maintenance, sometimes known as “alimony,” allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, including decision making for your children, parenting time and child support and payment of child related expenses.
Our first concern is taking the time to learn about your case. Our lawyers then tailor their strategy and representation to meet your specific goals and address your unique concerns. We will explain your options so you can make the best decisions for you and your family and keep you informed of the status of your case.
Duration of a Divorce or Legal Separation
In Colorado, uncontested divorces and legal separations take at least 91 days, plus approximately one week at the beginning of your case to prepare legal documents and a week at the end for the judge to rule on/approve them.
A contested divorce can take much longer depending upon the complexity of the case and the nature of the dispute. Some counties in Colorado will not hear a contested divorce for up to a year and a half after the initial filing. If your divorce is contested and in a county with a full docket, Opfer & Stowell P.C. will help you obtain temporary orders in your case which determine parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance and payment of bills while your divorce is in process.
Child Related Issues
Child custody is one of the most feared aspects of a divorce or legal separation. Many parents have concerns about losing time with their children, having to adapt to an unworkable parenting time schedule and financial support for and payment of child related expenses. Getting help from an experienced lawyer is a crucial step in developing a parenting plan and child related orders that both works for parents and benefits the children involved.
Divorce or Legal Separation in Later Life
There are unique concerns that arise in what is termed a “silver” or “gray” divorce. Issues relating to parental rights and responsibilities are not typically factors in a silver divorce because the couple’s children are usually over the age of 18. However, property division can be more complex when significant assets have been accumulated over the course of a marriage including, but not limited to, retirement and investment assets like 401(k)’s, IRA’s, pensions and PERA account in Colorado. Alimony may also be a factor, especially when one spouse worked and the other stayed at home. We are keenly aware of the issues that arise in a silver or gray divorce and can help you make the tough decisions now that will affect you in the years to come.
Unfortunately, domestic violence is a reality in many family situations. Tensions during divorce can add to the stress and anxiety of the situation, creating an environment in which certain family members do not feel safe.
There are two sides to every story, and as experienced family law attorneys, we are committed to listening to your concerns. We can help you seek an order of protection if you are experiencing family violence. We also represent individuals who have been falsely accused of domestic violence.
Dissolution of Same Sex Marriages or Civil Unions
On October 7, 2014 state Attorney General John Suthers instructed all 64 county clerks to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Colorado. Additionally, all 64 county clerks in Colorado continue to issue civil unions to couples who want one. The dissolution procedure for same-sex marriage and under the civil union law provides the same protections as a heterosexual divorce. There is a requirement that one of the individuals involved in the marriage, domestic partnership or civil union, must have resided in Colorado for at least 90 days prior to filing for divorce or legal separation and the dissolution will encompass the same issues as a heterosexual divorce including, but not limited to, asset and debt division, spousal maintenance, sometimes known as “alimony,” allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, including decision making for your children, parenting time and child support and payment of child related expenses.
When you and your partner have determined that you have reached a point where you no longer wish to be legally coupled, contact Opfer & Stowell P.C. at (303) 791-0995 or fill out the contact form below for help with your dissolution of marriage or legal separation in Douglas, Arapahoe, Denver, Jefferson, Adams and El Paso Counties.