Colorado Divorce and Family Law Attorney Serving the Denver Metro Area
The Law Offices of Kenneth Brock in Centennial provides affordable and effective quality legal services in divorce and family law matters for individuals and families in the Denver Metro Area and all surrounding counties. Below is a brief overview of family law and the ways in which a family law attorney can be critical to protecting your rights and meeting your goals. To meet with an attorney regarding your divorce or other family law matter, contact the Law Offices of Kenneth Brock to schedule a consultation.
Divorce, or the dissolution of marriage, is a judicial decree that permanently affects the legal rights of the parties involved. Beyond just bringing about a legal end to the marriage, in a divorce the court also determines how the property belonging to the couple will be divided, who will get the kids and when, and whether and how much either party will pay in child support or maintenance to the other. In these matters, the judge has a tremendous amount of discretion in deciding how to rule, based upon the arguments and evidence presented by the parties and their attorneys. Seeking advice and representation from an experienced divorce lawyer is the only way you can be assured of having your needs met and being fairly represented in all phases of the divorce process.
Child Custody and Support
The court can award join custody or sole custody regarding parenting time and visitation (physical custody) as well as the decision-making responsibility for the child’s upbringing (legal responsibility). The court will make whatever decision it decides is in the child’s best interest, so it is important to have a strong and effective advocate who will make sure you are well-represented. Although based on statutory guidelines, in determining child support the court may also consider what would be reasonable with regards to the needs of the children and the financial resources of the parent.
Maintenance is an award of spousal support or alimony which may be ordered to be paid from one spouse to another, usually to the spouse with a lower income or greater financial need. Whether or not an award of maintenance is made depends upon a variety of factors, including the length of the marriage and the standard of living established during the marriage, as well as consideration not only of the financial needs of the requesting spouse but also the financial ability of the spouse expected to pay.
Marital property is not necessarily divided equally between the spouses upon the divorce. The court only needs to make an equitable distribution based on each spouse’s economic circumstances, how much each spouse contributed to the acquisition of marital property, the value of each spouse’s separate or non-marital property, and other factors. Experienced legal representation is essential to making sure all property is located, properly identified as marital or separate property, and valued correctly.
Divorce decrees and domestic relations orders are for the most part final. However, circumstances can change so that one spouse will want or need to adjust the amount of support being paid or received, or to change the parenting time arrangement. Changes in income or financial need, or the need or desire to move away and relocate out of state or far away, can all lead to a modified court order. We argue for or against modifications and removals as appropriate and in the best interests of our clients and their families.
Other Family Law Matters
Beyond representing spouses in divorce and custody disputes, we maintain a broad practice encompassing many other important family law matters. We represent grandparents seeking to enforce their rights when they are denied access to their grandchildren, or helping them to obtain long-term custody beyond mere visitation. We represent parents in dependency hearings based on allegations of abuse or neglect, when their very right to raise their children may be at stake.
Many family law issues can have an impact on a divorce or custody arrangement, making their outcome all the more important. We help spouses and former spouses seek or challenge protective orders in cases alleging domestic violence, not only to keep children and families safe and protect individual rights, but also because a charge of domestic abuse can affect a custody or support decision. Likewise, establishing paternity is important for a number of reasons, from government benefits to inheritance rights, but legal fatherhood and parentage are also critical to establishing rights to custody and visitation, or for enforcing legal obligations to pay child support.
Effective Support That Meets Your Needs
In guiding people to cost-effective resolutions of their family law matter, we also offer limited scope representation targeted to the precise ways in which an attorney can help the most. Of course, we can represent you every step of the way when your matter requires full-time legal representation. You will find that we are very straightforward and direct and will advise you on your legal needs tailored to your particular situation. Contact our office for an initial consultation to find out how we can help you most.