Helping Those In Denver Navigate The Difficult Issues Of Divorce
Experienced Divorce Attorneys Protecting Your Interests
At Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., we understand that divorce is one of the most complex and sensitive issues a person or family can ever face. The issues at stake have an impact on every aspect of a person’s life, from the person’s relationship with his or her children to his or her personal finances. It is important to have an experienced attorney capable of explaining your rights and protecting your interests.
Helping You Navigate The Legal Maze Of Divorce
Navigating the maze of a divorce is not only difficult; it can be overwhelming. A divorcing party has enough emotional issues and life changes to deal with, but the person also faces the difficulties of the legal process. This can be intimidating, but our lawyers are fully equipped with the knowledge, skills and resources to assist you with all of your divorce-related needs.
To learn more about the various aspects of our divorce practice, see:
- High-Asset Divorce
- Divorce While Owning a Business
- Property Division
- Maintenance, Spousal Support and Alimony
- Social Media, Technology and Divorce
- Long-Term Marriage Divorce
Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce
When you are considering a divorce or legal separation, many questions will arise. Below are some of the most common questions about divorce in Colorado.
What’s The Difference Between Divorce And Legal Separation?
The difference between a divorce and legal separation is after a legal separation you are still legally married. The process of obtaining a decree of dissolution and decree of legal separation is the same. And both will address the division of marital assets and debts, child support, maintenance (spousal support), and the allocation of parental responsibilities. Obtaining a divorce or legal separation normally takes the same amount of time, effort, and money.
So why would someone want to obtain a legal separation over a divorce? Spouses may prefer a legal separation to continue health care coverage, retirement benefits, filing of joint tax returns, and additionally because of religious views. Depending on the facts of your situation consultation with an attorney knowledgeable about divorce and legal separation actions is advised.
What Are Grounds For Divorce In Colorado?
Colorado is a “no-fault state” which means you only need to show the marriage is irretrievably broken. This means you do not need your spouse’s consent to obtain a divorce. In the past, one spouse could argue infidelity, abuse, or desertion as grounds for dissolving a marriage. Today Colorado is now a no-fault state and there is no penalty for a spouse’s wrongdoing. Unless, there are issues relevant to child-related issues (abuse) or the division of the marital estate (the dissipation of marital assets on an affair). Depending on the facts of your situation consultation with an attorney knowledgeable about divorce is advised.
Where Do I Go To File For A Divorce?
Typically, both parties to a divorce live in the same county. In such cases, the divorce should properly be filed in that county. If the parties live in different counties, then the action can either be filed in the county where the non-filing party resides or in the county where the filing party resides. In the latter scenario, the non-filing party would either have to consent to jurisdiction in such county, or the non-filing party would have to be served in the county where the filing party resides.
Will I Need A Lawyer For My Divorce?
This depends on the facts and circumstances of each case. Some individuals feel comfortable enough to proceed through the divorce process without representation, while others feel that they would be best served by securing representation by an attorney. In many cases, when the issues are complicated, contentious or numerous, individuals may decide that they would be best served by retaining counsel. If one is unsure whether to retain an attorney or not, it may be helpful to at least consult with an attorney to discuss the issues in order to make a more informed decision.
Can You Date While You Are Still Going Through Your Divorce?
Absolutely. However, you should be mindful of the impact this may have on children. There are several books, articles, and resources to read to better understand how introducing a third person into children’s lives may impact them. It should be done thoughtfully with their concerns in mind. There is no bright line for timeliness, but common sense should apply. Generally, clients should consider waiting until they are certain this third party will have a long-term involvement in their own life. Introducing a new partner(s) or new girl/boyfriends can be very stressful. Of course, if no minor children are involved, an individual can make decisions concerning their personal life as they choose. Only word of caution is to not spend a lot of money on a new relationship or dating while the case is pending. In rare circumstances, a court can find that excessive expenditure of marital funds for non-marital purposes is a dissipation of marital assets which may require reimbursement to the other party. A small dinner? Sure. An expensive trip to the Bahamas depleting 1/3 of savings? Absolutely not. Depending on the facts of your situation consultation with an attorney knowledgeable about divorce is advised.
Professional Divorce Representation | Contact Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Whether you are seeking the assistance of a lawyer to finalize your uncontested divorce or you need ongoing representation for a high-conflict case, our law firm offers the level of service and expertise you are seeking. Call 303-395-4773, or contact us online to schedule a case evaluation with our Denver, Westminster, and Breckenridge divorce attorneys.