Seeking A Divorce In Colorado?
Colorado is what is commonly referred to as a “no-fault” state for divorcing couples. Divorce is not handled as a punitive legal proceeding by Colorado courts, and judges are generally not concerned with who is to blame for the marriage ending. Put another way, Colorado divorce laws are not designed to prove who was right and who was wrong in the marriage. It is simply designed to end the marriage, establish the parties’ parenting rights and support obligations, and fairly and equitably divide up all property and debt in the marital estate.
By law property is to be divided fairly and equitably. Equitable does not necessarily mean equal, and each spouse’s contributions to the marriage can be non-economic as well as monetary. Perhaps one spouse stayed at home to raise the children while the other worked. The stay-at-home parent may nevertheless be entitled to a larger portion of the marital property such as the marital home, or he or she may get alimony, which is also called spousal support or spousal maintenance in Colorado.
When it comes to divorce issues involving children, the law requires courts to make decisions about custody, parenting time and decision making authority based on what is found to be in the best interests of the child (not the parents). The safety and well-being of the child comes first. Child custody, visitation and parenting time arrangements most often involve both parents, as the Colorado General Assembly has legislated that frequent and continuing contact with both parents is in children’s best interests in most cases.
Making your case to the judge or magistrate for parenting time, property awards, and support payments is tough, because your spouse or spouse’s attorney is usually asking for something completely different from what you want.
As an experienced attorney and advocate, Brian Boal will use his knowledge and skill to build and present your case to the court in the best way possible to show the judge why your parenting plan is in your children’s best interests, and why your requests for property and support are fair, equitable and appropriate under the circumstances. He will counsel you on your options and the potential outcomes and help you make the best possible decisions.
Start The Divorce Process with A Consultation
Call at 719-602-2262 or email to discuss your divorce case directly with Brian B. Boal. His law practice serves clients in El Paso County, Pueblo County, Teller County, Summit County, and in counties throughout the Front Range area.