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Family Law Attorney in Boulder, Colorado

Legal issues may arise in a family, disrupting relationships and the lives of people involved. The representation and guidance of an experienced family law attorney in Boulder will be critical in such situations.

You can trust the insight and skills of the experienced family lawyers at The Burnham Law Firm. Our lawyers are master strategists, dedicated to delivering aggressive representation. We take time to discuss your needs, advocate effectively for your family’s best interests. As skilled negotiators, our attorneys will help secure the best possible outcome for your case.

A client-centered and resolution-focused approach to family law is what you can expect from The Burnham Law Firm. Our goal is to lead you in the right direction, so you can move on with your life quickly.

 

Child Custody

Child custody disputes can arise during or after divorce. Some of the issues at the center of these disputes can include:

  • Parenting time with and decision-making authority for a child – These aspects of child custody can be divided however the court deems necessary when parents cannot come to an agreement. Serving the best interests of the child will be the most important factor the courts consider when resolving these disputes.
  • Allegations of domestic violence or abuse – These accusations can spark additional investigation and possibly criminal charges. When domestic violence or child abuse is an issue, seeking emergency protective orders and temporary custody (while the investigation proceeds) can be essential. Alternatively, when wrongful allegations are made, the representation of a lawyer can be key to uncovering the truth and protecting your reputation (as well as the outcome of the custody case).
  • The enforcement or modification of child custody orders – When another party violates child custody orders – or when life circumstances require that these orders be changed, the matter will need to be resolved in family court.

The Boulder family lawyers at Burnham Law know how to protect your rights in these and other custody-related issues.

 

Child Support

Contentious and potentially costly, child support disputes can involve issues like (but not limited to):

  • Establishing child support orders – The court will use a complicated formula to determine how much child support should be awarded in a given case. Here, it’s crucial to understand that prenuptial (and postnuptial) agreements cannot dictate the amount paid in child support. Such terms (in pre- or post-nups) can be voided by a court.
  • Enforcing child support orders – When a parent fails to make court-ordered child support payments, going back to court is the best way to fight back. It is not recommended that custody be withheld or leveraged to try to force the payment of child support.
  • Modifying or terminating child support orders – When life circumstances change, it may be necessary to return to court to seek a modification or termination of child support. Job loss, being diagnosed with a serious illness and other events may be grounds for requesting a modification (or termination) of child support orders.

 

Division of Property

Dividing up the marital property is a key part of any divorce case. When it’s time to focus on this aspect of a divorce, some of the important questions to ask – and answer – include:

What comprises the marital property versus separate (or personal) property? – Individually held property before the marriage (or inherited during the marriage) is typically considered to be personal property. In contrast, assets amassed during the marriage are generally considered to be marital property. Comingling assets, however, can complicate this distinction.

Does the couple have a valid prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place? – Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can lay out specific terms for what comprises marital versus separate property and how the marital property is to be divided in the event of divorce. If a divorcing couple has one of these agreements in place, determining whether that agreement is valid will be important.

What type of debt was incurred during the marriage? – Any debt a couple incurred during a marriage (like mortgage debt or credit card debt on joint cards) will be part of the division of property in divorce.

Our experienced family attorney in Boulder can help you answer these and other questions regarding the division of property in divorce. We can also fight on your behalf to ensure that your interests are fully protected as marital assets (and/or debt) are divided in your divorce case.

 

Alimony/Maintenance

Alimony or spousal support can be another contentious aspect of divorce cases. Some of the questions that come with alimony issues include:

  • What standard of living was set during the marriage?
  • Is there prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that dictates whether (or how much) spousal support is to be paid?
  • How much does each spouse earn?
  • How much does each or either spouse pay out in child support (or other support payments)?

Here, it’s critical to understand that spousal support can continue to be a point of dispute even after a divorce has been finalized. Some of the issues that can arise after alimony has been awarded include:

  • Enforcement issues when someone fails or refuses to pay spousal support
  • Modification issues when these payments need to be adjusted because finances and/or life circumstances have substantially changed
  • Termination issues when there is a remarriage (or other events) potentially precluding the need for spousal support payments to continue.

Contact one of our Boulder family attorneys at The Burnham Law Firm for your rights and options when it comes to any aspect of spousal support.

 

Grandparent Rights

In Boulder, the family court generally presumes that parents have the fundamental right to raise their children and make decisions regarding who spends time with their children. There are, however, circumstances in which grandparents can seek custody (parenting time), visitation or guardianship of a grandchild.

For example, the court can be open to awarding grandparent visitation when parents are legally separated (or divorced) or when one parent passes away. Seeking guardianship can be a possibility when parents are deployed, deceased or incarcerated.

If you are a grandparent seeking an official court order regarding time with or legal authority over a grandchild, contact Burnham Law for more insights about your rights and options.

Same Sex Marriage & Civil Unions

Partners in civil unions and same sex marriages can face some of the same – and some different – issues as partners in opposite-sex marriages. When same-sex partners are preparing to take their relationship to the next level – or when they are ready to end their civil union or same sex marriage, the representation and guidance of a Boulder family lawyer at Burnham Law will be essential.

We can develop an effective strategy focused on protecting your rights and best interests, and positioning your case for the best possible outcome.

With The Burnham Law Firm, you will be working with skilled and experienced Boulder family attorneys, negotiators, and litigators. From multiple offices in Colorado, we are dedicated to providing exceptional representation to clients throughout the Denver metro area and the state of Colorado.

Whether you’re getting married, facing divorce or child custody issues, or filing for a domestic violence case, you have come to the right place. Schedule a consultation today.