Few areas in the law cause such a significant emotional impact and create such personal turmoil as cases that involve your family. This can motivate partners to lash out and retaliate through the legal system.
Whether you are dealing with a divorce/dissolution of marriage, maintenance/alimony, or allocation of parental responsibility issues including child support and child custody. We have the experience to help guide you through the court process.
Contact the team of legal professionals at Decker & Jones for a free initial consultation so we can discuss your circumstances. If you retain our services, our lawyers will work with you to determine whether we should strive to peacefully negotiate and settle your case or to aggressively litigate on your behalf.
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Family Law cases can be the most emotionally taxing and stressful times in a person’s life. Divorce, Dissolution, Custody, Parenting Time, Decision Making, Parental Responsibilities…the name doesn’t change the trauma created and the feelings that arise during these times. It has been compared to that which is experienced when suffering the death of a loved one. While having children undoubtedly makes it harder, it is not easy even without children involved. The decisions you make early on in this process will dictate not only the result of your case, but also how you feel when it is time to move on with your life. It is natural that these decisions are going to be influenced by all sorts of emotions such as sadness, anger and frustration to name a few.
It is imperative that you take care of yourself during this difficult time to help you make the right decisions. Exercise, sleep and eat well. If you’re depressed, stay away from depressants like drugs or alcohol because they will make you more depressed. In addition to finding legal counsel, you will likely benefit from therapeutic counseling. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
If you are the party who decided to file the case, or it was a mutual decision, or whether you would have preferred not to have the legal system involved, you will likely find yourself frustrated at what the law considers relevant to your situation and how complex the process can be without the aid of competent, legal counsel. Family Law, especially Dissolution of Marriage and Parental Responsibilities issues bring up many frequently asked questions. We can tell you that Colorado is a no fault state and will not consider why you have chosen to divorce or separate, and that the children’s opinion on whom to live with is taken into consideration but not binding, and that the court will split what it deems marital property fairly, not necessarily equally. Also, that it is possible for a parent to be fired and not have income imputed against them when determining child support payments, even if the parent was fired for good cause.
However, all the self help links, resources, rumors and advice from friends and family cannot compare to having effective, competent legal counsel to represent you. We have provided some links and information and encourage you to explore them, but remember, in the most important, stressful and complex time in your life, it would be a tragedy to try and represent yourself. The information is provided to see how complex the process can become, how important discovery, deadlines and preparation are while trying to provide some answers to frequently asked questions.
The attorneys at Decker & Jones understand the issues that arise during Family Law cases and how difficult they can be. We see it as our mission to help you navigate the process efficiently to keep costs controlled, while at the same time, obtaining a fair resolution for you and your family. Whether the case is very contentious and likely to go to final hearing / trial, or whether it is likely going to settle and you need effective, competent legal counsel to help facilitate a fair resolution, the attorneys at Decker & Jones are prepared to handle the job. We prepare from day one as if the case is going to proceed to final hearing in order to get the best settlement offers and result if trial is necessary.
We strive to keep our clients informed by giving them a thorough road map of the procedures involved in their particular case. Attorneys are not allowed to promise that a certain outcome will occur, but we will do our best to give you a good idea of how things are likely going to work out so that you can begin planning for your new future early in the process. In order to do this, it is important that we quickly get a handle on the documents that we are required to submit to the court and develop a strategy to ensure the best result for you and your family. There are very strict guidelines to when and what a party to a family case must submit to the court or they risk serious consequences to the outcome of their case. Once a party files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Petition for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities for example, the process is started very quickly and the court will expect the parties to provide it with all the required information in order for it to make a decision in the case. Waiting to speak to an attorney could mean the difference in the outcome of your case.
There is light at the end of the tunnel and once you contact us, we can start guiding you toward it.
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