Colorado Springs Family Law

Family law cases are among the most emotional and stressful experiences because they impact relationships across entire families. Handling family law issues as soon as you can is always best so you can move on with your life and keep your family healthy.

With that in mind, having an experienced and trusted family law attorney in Colorado Springs, CO can make the difference when it comes to your case, your stress levels and your experience. The diverse team of professionals at The Burnham Law Firm have experience in various Colorado family court matters, including divorce, child support, child custody and post-decree modifications and matters. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

 

Child Custody: Your Family Matters

Child custody is the allotment of parenting time and responsibility in the form of what Colorado calls a “parenting plan.” In this plan, the time each parent gets with the children, the authority to make decisions – known as legal custody – and child support is laid out in detail.

If you and the other parent can come to an agreement on custody on your own, you’ll need to get it approved by the court, but the judge won’t make the decisions for you. If you are unable to come to an agreement, you will have to go to court. The judge will hear arguments and allegations from both sides, review all the facts and make determinations based on what he or she perceives to be in the best interest of the child using guidelines set out in Colorado laws. Once the judge comes to a decision, it will be laid out in a final parenting plan order that you and the other parent will be expected to follow.

 

Child Support: The Financial Obligation

Child support is money paid by one parent to the other for the financial support of the child. This amount of support paid is determined by various factors, including the division of parenting time, the number of children, the income of both parents and the costs of caring for and raising the children. When it comes to high-asset couples, child support can be even more complicated given the costs of things like private tuition and the income levels involved.

It’s important to note that even if you have a premarital or post-nuptial agreement that includes provisions for or banning child support, those terms are not enforceable. In addition, a child support order may not mirror your parenting time. If, for example, parenting time is jointly divided, that does not automatically mean child support will be required. A family attorney at The Burnham Law Firm in Colorado Springs can review your child support case and give you an honest assessment of the potential outcomes. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

 

Divorce: An Ending and a Beginning

The divorce process can be relatively easy, or incredibly complicated. Even the most peaceful divorce can become tense if the spouses disagree on a key issue. A divorce will impact many major areas of your life, including your financial health, so it’s important to be as prepared and as knowledgeable about the process as possible. In your divorce, debts and assets will be divided, so it’s crucial that this is done fairly and that you get what you are entitled to as it is what will lead you into this next phase of your life.

 

Spousal Maintenance: Supporting Your Spouse Post-Divorce

Also known as alimony, spousal support or spousal maintenance, is money temporarily paid from one spouse to another to support him or her during the case. It can also be a permanent order once the divorce decree has been issued. Unlike child support, a properly executed post-nuptial or prenuptial agreement can dictate the terms of this award or avoid it entirely. Without an agreement in place, the court will consider the length of the marriage, the standard of living the couple had, and the earnings and assets of both spouses when determining spousal support.

 

Grandparent Rights: Protecting the Family Ties

When one parent is out of the picture, grandparents may need to protect their right to see their grandchildren via a formal court order. The court will consider many factors, including the relationship the grandparents have with their grandchildren currently and their level of involvement with and support of them. Colorado Springs, CO family law attorneys at The Burnham Law Firm can help you preserve your relationship with your grandchildren for years to come.

 

Same-Sex Marriage: Handling Unique Challenges

Since recognition of same-sex marriages is still relatively new, couples may have to face unique issues when compared to opposite-sex spouses when they want to adopt a child, dissolve their marriage or formalize things in the form of a marital agreement. Our experienced family law attorneys in Colorado Springs can help you navigate the complex legal waters.

As family law lawyers in Colorado Springs, The Burnham Law Firm is fully prepared to help you with your family law matter, and we will draw on our diverse and sophisticated team with years of experience to provide you with the guidance and information you need to make informed decisions. Contact The Burnham Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.