Divorce represents the end of your old life and a new beginning. While the legal process may be challenging, draining and frustrating, knowing what to expect – and having an experienced lawyer guiding you at every step – can make a big difference in the outcome of your case and your future.
At The Datz Law Firm, our Broomfield lawyers believe that it is our job to make sure you feel confident as you move forward into your new life. That starts with listening to your concerns and offering compassionate support. We, then, will work diligently to:
- Explain your options
- Identify your needs
- Safeguard your interests as you move through the process
- Help you take the right steps to achieve your objectives.
Whether you are ready to move forward with a legal separation or divorce, talk to an attorney at The Datz Law Firm. We are ready to listen to your story, understand your concerns and help you successfully navigate the road ahead.
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Our goal is to relieve your stress and help you through the marriage dissolution process with compassion and dignity. We will help you focus on what is important, so you can see things from a clearer perspective regarding your future. – Attorney Jonathan Datz.
The Broomfield attorneys at The Datz Law Firm have extensive experience in all complex areas of Colorado divorce. The following elaborates on these areas and how we can generally help you. For more specific insights regarding your case and our divorce services, simply contact our firm.
Marital Property Division
Marital property refers to the assets and debts a couple accumulated during a marriage. If couples can agree on how to split the marital property – or if a valid prenuptial or postnuptial agreement dictates the terms of this division, the court will typically uphold these agreements.
When disputes over the marital property arise, however, the court will intervene to determine an “equitable” (or fair) division of the property. Some of the factors the court will consider when dividing the martial property include:
- Each spouse’s contributions towards acquiring the marital property
- The financial circumstances of each spouse
- The value of the property already designated for each spouse
- Any appreciation or depreciation of the value of each spouse’s separate property.
These considerations can be complicated when factors like (but not exclusive to) the following may be involved:
- Comingling of separate and marital property
- Allegations of hidden assets.
Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)
- Another issue that may arise in divorce is the matter of spousal maintenance. When couples cannot agree on whether spousal maintenance should be paid or the amount of these payments, the court will consider factors like (but not limited to) the following to resolve the dispute:
- The financial resources of both parties
- The duration of the marriage and the standard of living establishing during it
- The future earning capacity of the party requesting maintenance (the requestor)
- The age and health of the requestor.
Once ordered by the court, spousal maintenance may:
- Be modified (via a formal motion filed with the court) if the payer experiences a significant and continuing change to his or her financial circumstances
- Continue until the party receiving maintenance remarries or either party passes away.
Child Custody: Parenting Time & Decision-Making Authority
Colorado family courts go to great lengths to protect the rights and interests of children in divorce. When custody is a point of dispute between divorcing parents, the courts will concentrate on determining what serves the child’s best interests, considering factors like (but not limited to):
- The wishes of both parents
- The child’s wishes, if the child is mature enough to express these to the court
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- The mental and physical health of each parent and the child
- Each parent’s willingness to cultivate a loving relationship between the child and the other parent
- Whether either parent has a history of domestic violence, addiction or other dangerous behavior.
The courts will generally be focused on solutions that will keep both parents involved, absent extreme or abusive circumstances.
At The Datz Law Firm, we take a down-to-earth approach to divorce cases involving children. We will work hard to find a commonsense solution to complex disputes regarding parenting rights, parenting time and parental decision-making authority.
We Will Expect You to Set Aside Your Ego & Do What’s Best for Your Child
Though it can be tough to separate ego from the child’s welfare, we fundamentally believe that decisions should always be made in the best interests of the children.
Consequently, when working out a parenting agreement, we work hard to make sure both parents are satisfied with the arrangement in order to minimize the chances that custody decisions will fall in the hands of a judge. As we do this, we place a special emphasis on considerations for matters like (but not restricted to):
- Travel and work schedules
- Religious upbringing, as desired by the parents
- Extracurricular activities
- College education funds
- Special health care needs.
Going hand-in-hand with custody matters is child support. Under Colorado law, both parents have a responsibility to financially provide for their child. As a result, when it’s time to resolve child support disputes, the courts will consider various factors, like the economic circumstances of the parents and the child’s needs. The Datz Law Firm can help parents entangled in child support disputes work towards solutions that promote their child’s best interests.
While a divorce decree may end a case, life changes may necessitate a modification of the court orders issued at the end of the divorce. Depending on your circumstances, modifications may be needed for matters like:
- Spousal maintenance
- Child custody
- Child support.
The Datz Law Firm can help with any post-divorce matters, helping you seek or dispute modification motions, based on your needs and goals.
What to Expect with The Datz Law Firm: Vigorous, Effective Divorce Representation
Zealously fighting for our clients’ rights in divorce does NOT have to mean destroying a positive family relationship for the future. Even when disputes escalate and require a judge and courtroom, we will be committed to working out a reasonable solution.
Regardless of whether you are pursuing a legal separation, an uncontested divorce or a contested divorce, you can rely on The Datz Law Firm for:
- Trust and compassionate support
- Open, honest communication
- Dedication to seeking common-sense, collaborative solutions
- The highest quality representation and legal service at every point in your case.
Your divorce requires you to make decisions that will have a profound impact on your life, years into the future. Having the right legal advocate on your side can make a significant difference in how you jump clear of the hurdles, land on your feet and move on to the next chapter of your life.
Contact an Experienced Broomfield Divorce Attorney at The Datz Law Firm
A Broomfield divorce attorney at The Datz Law Firm is ready to meet with you, discuss your situation and help you get through the challenging times so you can move forward into a brighter future.
Call (720) 879-1114 or email us for a case evaluation.
The Datz Law Firm is proud to offer the same type of legal advocacy and client-centered service that we would demand if we were in our clients’ shoes. We believe that people are best-served when their attorneys practice with integrity, responsibility and clear billing policies. That’s why:
- We charge reasonable fees.
- We discuss our fees with you upfront so you know what to expect and so there are no surprises down the line.
From our Broomfield office, we represent clients throughout the state of Colorado in various types of divorce and family law cases.