Colorado Springs Divorce Attorney
The end of a marriage can be a difficult, complicated time. If you don’t know your options or what to expect from the divorce process, it can be even more stressful and challenging. But it does not have to be.
Having the guidance and representation of an experienced divorce lawyer can be essential to reducing the uncertainty and challenges of the divorce process – and to obtaining the best possible outcome. At Kinnaird & Kinnaird, P.C., our Colorado Springs lawyers have decades of experience representing clients in various types of simple to complex divorce cases.
Aggressive, skilled and focused, our divorce attorneys are ready to help you:
• Understand your options
• Take the right action to protect your rights and interests as you proceed and move through the divorce process
• Secure the best possible resolution(s) so you can move on with your life.
Benefits of Choosing Us to Represent You
When you trust a Colorado Springs divorce lawyer at Kinnaird & Kinnaird, P.C. to oversee your divorce case, you can count on receiving high-quality, effective representation at every phase of your case. Some of the specific benefits associated with our legal representation include:
• Vigorous advocacy – Our lawyers will fight to advance your interests and defend your rights at every point in your divorce case (both in and outside the courtroom).
• Compassionate service – We care about your needs, concerns and goals, and we are dedicated to providing you with compassionate support throughout the divorce process.
• Personal attention – Our attorneys and dedicated support staff have a long-standing tradition of providing customized, responsive service to our clients. We’ll keep you informed about your case, and we’ll quickly respond to your inquiries, calls and emails so you get the answers you need ASAP.
• Peace of mind that all of the details will be expertly handled – From document processing, case research and meeting case deadlines to mediation and court proceedings, our lawyers can help you with every aspect of your divorce case. We can help you avoid mistakes that could compromise your objectives.
• Practical solutions – Our attorneys are skilled at devising realistic solutions to help you achieve your goals through divorce.
The bottom line is that our attorneys can help you minimize the uncertainties, stresses, costs and anxieties associated with the divorce process as we guide you to favorable resolutions.
Common Divorce Questions & Helpful Answers
With divorce can come lots of questions, and getting clear answers can be key to making the right choices at every step along the way. To help divorcing parties start getting a better sense of their options and the legal process that lies ahead, the following provides some straightforward answers to common questions about divorce in Colorado.
We encourage you to check out this information, and we invite you to contact us whenever you are ready to get legal advice specific to your situation. Our lawyers are ready to speak with you and advise you on what needs to be done in order to position your divorce case for a favorable outcome.
Just call (719) 520-0003 or email our firm to start getting helpful answers and advice from our divorce lawyers.
How Can a Divorce Lawyer Help Me?
Do I need a lawyer? is often one of the first questions people ask themselves when they’re seriously considering divorce (or when they’re ready to file).
For those who are focused on protecting their interests and achieving their objectives in the divorce case, the simple answer is yes.
That’s because a divorce attorney may be able to help you in various ways, including by:
• Explaining the divorce process
• Advising you about your options, including whether divorce or an alternative (like a legal separation or annulment) may be better for you
• Completing the court documents necessary to initiate your divorce case
• Gathering the necessary evidence to support your case (like financial documents, prenups and/or post-nuptial agreements, for instance)
• Handling issues related to your divorce, such as the division of marital property, child custody disputes, support payment disputes and restraining orders
• Representing you in all hearings and proceedings related to your case.
There are, of course, other ways a divorce lawyer can help you, based on your circumstances and needs. The best way to find out how legal representation can benefit you in divorce is to speak directly with a lawyer.
Am I Eligible to File for Divorce in Colorado?
It depends. To be eligible to pursue a divorce in Colorado, the following requirements have to apply to you and your case:
• You or your spouse has lived in Colorado for at least 90 days before the divorce petition is filed with a Colorado family court.
• You are seeking a divorce based on acceptable grounds. Since Colorado is a no-fault divorce state, the only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
If you don’t meet the residency requirement for divorce in Colorado (because you or your spouse has not lived in the state for at least 90 days), you may be able to pursue a legal separation instead. This legal separation can later be converted into divorce proceedings when the residency requirement has been met.
How Do I File for Divorce in Colorado Springs?
What you need to do to officially file for divorce in Colorado Springs (or in any region in Colorado) will depend on the specifics of your situation and, in particularly, whether:
• You will be moving forward with a contested or uncontested divorce – If spouses can agree on how all of the issues of their divorce should be settled, they can move forward with an uncontested divorce. If not (i.e., if even one issue is being disputed), then they’ll have a contested divorce case.
• Children will be involved in the divorce – This will usually mean that custody and/or support payments will be issues in the case and that additional court documents may need to be filed when the divorce petition is submitted to the court.
• Domestic violence or abuse is a factor – In these cases, it may be necessary to also seek a restraining order, temporary custody orders, etc. when filing the divorce petition.
While a lawyer can explain the details of the process and the steps you need to take to initiate a divorce case, in general, here’s how the Colorado divorce process typically gets underway:
1. The proper court documents are filed with the court (along with the necessary filing fees).
2. A copy of the divorce petition is served to the respondent (i.e., the spouse who didn’t file the paperwork to start the divorce case).
3. The respondent will have the opportunity to file a response to the petition. This response must be filed within either 21 days (if the respondent is within Colorado) or 35 days (if (s)he’s outside of Colorado).
What occurs next will depend on whether a response to the initial divorce petition is filed (as well as other factors).
Should I Stay in or Move Out of the Marital Home When I File for Divorce?
Your circumstances will dictate whether it’s in your best interest to remain in – or to move out of – the marital home as you proceed with divorce. While a lawyer can advise you of your best options regarding this issue, what we can tell you here is that:
• Moving out of the marital home is typically advisable whenever:
o Domestic violence or abuse may be putting your or your children’s safety at risk.
o Fighting or tension with an ex threatens your or your children’s wellbeing.
• Staying in the home is generally preferable when:
o There are no health or safety risks associated with remaining in the home with an ex.
o You want to preserve your interests in the marital home and/or in an upcoming custody case.
What Else Do I Need to Know as I Get Ready to File for Divorce?
Again, it depends on your situation, your needs and your goals. For example, the following are just a handful of other factors (not already discussed herein) that could impact your divorce case:
• Whether you (or your spouse) is a member of the military – Military divorce cases can involve additional issues that don’t necessarily come into play with civilian divorce cases.
• Whether you’re in a common law marriage
• Whether hidden marital assets, prenups or postnuptial agreements may be associated with your marriage.
An attorney can take a closer look at your circumstances and explain any other issues you may need to be aware of as you move forward. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to check out some additional helpful divorce resources published on our site (or coming soon):
• Dating and divorce
• Extra-marital affairs
• High-asset divorce cases
• Statistics on divorce
• How divorce affects children
• Life after divorce.
How Do I Pick a Colorado Springs Divorce Law Firm?
Experience matters when it’s time to choose a law firm – and an attorney – to handle your divorce case. Other factors that can help you choose the best firm and lawyer to represent you in a Colorado Springs divorce include (but may not be limited to):
• Testimonials and positive reviews – This can inform you of how happy (or not) past clients were with a given firm and lawyer.
• The initial consult – This meeting can provide more insight regarding the professionalism, sincerity and availability of a given lawyer, helping you figure out who you can trust to handle your divorce as you proceed.
Position Your Divorce for the Best Possible Outcome: Contact a Trusted Colorado Springs Divorce Lawyer
Now is the time to get indispensable legal advice about dissolving your marriage. Call an experienced Colorado Springs divorce lawyer at (719) 520-0003 or email us via the contact form on this page.
Focused on representing clients with strength, compassion and conscience, our lawyers can vigorously protect your rights and advocate your interests as we help you move towards the solutions that work for you, both personally and financially.
From offices based in Colorado Springs, we provide unparalleled legal service and representation to clients throughout El Paso County and the state of Colorado.