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Denver Family Law Attorney

Denver Family Law Attorney

At Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., our Denver family law attorneys offer expertise in all facets of family law and domestic relations, including divorce, custody and parenting time, child support, paternity, and civil protection orders. Our team of attorneys and staff have been handpicked by Cynthia L. Ciancio, one of Colorado’s most successful and influential family law attorneys.

Family law and domestic matters are among the most complex and sensitive legal issues any person or family can face. There is much at stake, including the emotional, financial and even physical well-being of those involved. In order to arrive at a successful conclusion, it is important to have a law firm on your side that you trust to pursue your interests.

Why Choose Us as Your Denver Family Law Firm?

  • Our senior attorneys have an average of 20 years of legal experience and more than 100 years of combined experience. Founding attorney Gene Ciancio has been practicing law since 1971. We will know what your family law case needs to succeed.
  • Our track record speaks for itself. We’re proud to have hundreds of satisfied clients and positive case results proving our legal capabilities. Our team of Denver family law lawyers has earned the esteem of our peers, legal organizations, and the community as a whole in Denver.
  • We offer direct and personal representation. Your lawyer will always be honest and upfront about your family law case, getting to the point to save you time and money. We will get to know you on a personal level and communicate with you often about your case.

What Types of Cases are Heard in Colorado Family Law Court?

When people think about family law, different topics may come to mind.  In Colorado, there is not necessarily a dedicated “Family Court.” Family law matters are generally heard in District Court or Juvenile Court, depending on the issues presented. Common types of family law matters include, but are not limited to:

  • Divorce and all related matters, such as spousal support, property division, divorce mediation and high-asset divorce, just to name a few
  • Child custody and parental rights, including issues related to parenting time/visitation and decision-making responsibilities
  • Child relocation, including instances in which one parent wishes to move out of state with a child
  • Child support matters, regardless of whether the parents are unwed or going through a divorce
  • Modification of court orders and agreements, including custody arrangements and support orders
  • Family law mediation and arbitration, which are forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that can help reduce costs and minimize emotional trauma
  • Legal separation, which is an alternative to divorce in which couples remain legally married but live separately and have defined divisions in their finances and parental affairs
  • Family law disputes involving the rights of the father or, alternatively, the rights of the mother
  • Guardianships
  • Adoptions

Our family law lawyers in Denver have years of experience handling all of these types of family law cases, among others. We can overcome any challenge that you or your family may face during your legal matter. We offer personalized legal services that are tailored to each client’s unique needs and goals.

Types of Cases We Handle

Litigation is a journey. This is a journey we have taken with our clients a countless number of times. If you face the uncertainty, risk, fear, anger or disbelief that comes with the prospect of going through a legal dispute, the law firm of Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. will help you through it. With a broad spectrum of legal services available – not only in family law, but in business law, personal injury and criminal defense, as well – we are your family lawyers for life. Please contact us today to schedule your family law case review in Denver.

Unbundled Family Law Services

We offer unbundled services for our family clients who wish to handle the majority of their cases on their own but still want to receive some guidance from a lawyer. Rather than working on a retainer, our lawyer would provide services by the hour for clients seeking help with a particular issue or process.

What Happens During a Colorado Divorce Case?

Divorce is one of the most common types of family law cases heard in Denver. With the right divorce lawyer by your side, a divorce or legal separation doesn’t have to be as difficult or stressful as you might imagine. Your Denver divorce lawyer can guide you through the steps of a divorce while protecting your rights and interests. Here are the basic steps of a divorce in Colorado:

You or Your Spouse Files for Divorce

You will need to file three documents with the family courthouse in your county: the petition for divorce, the summons, and the case information sheet. Complete these documents with or without assistance from an attorney and pay the filing fee to file them with the court.

The Respondent is Served with a Summons

The spouse that files for divorce becomes the petitioner and the other spouse is the respondent. Neither has an advantage over the other – being the one that files for divorce doesn’t come with any benefits. Upon filing the paperwork, you or a hired professional will serve your spouse with a summons, to which your spouse has 21 days to respond in writing.

Discovery Phase

You and your spouse will have the chance to “discover” everything about each party’s earnings, assets, property, and debts. You will do this by filling out and submitting sworn financial statements and disclosure forms. It is a crime to lie or knowingly omit information on these documents.

Divorce Settlement Negotiations

All couples in Colorado have the chance to create their own divorce decrees and decide the terms of their divorces before the matter has to go to a judge. If the couple can communicate with each other and compromise, they will have an uncontested divorce, where a judge signs off on the couple’s arrangements. If not, it is a contested divorce that has to go to court.

A divorce trial, in some cases. If a divorce case goes to trial, Colorado’s equitable distribution law means that a judge will split marital property and debts in a manner that is fair for both parties, but not necessarily equal. Child custody will be decided based on the best interests of the child. Other matters, such as child support and alimony, will be decided based on the case.

Every divorce case is unique. The best way to learn what to expect from your particular divorce case is by speaking to a family law attorney in Denver. Our lawyers at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. will tailor our legal services to your exact needs. We provide child-focused divorce services that are designed to reduce the emotional toll of divorce and always put the best interests of your kids first. We can handle high-asset divorce cases, high-profile divorces, military divorces and other complicated cases.

What Are Mediation and Arbitration?

Mediation and arbitration are common in family law. These types of alternative dispute resolutions help those involved in familial disputes avoid the costs and stress of trial. Mediation is a form of negotiation, where an unbiased third party (the mediator) helps the other parties communicate and resolve the issue. Arbitration is a form of adjudication (formal judgment), where the arbitrator can control the outcome. Both types of ADR are less formal than a trial, but mediation is the least formal option.

Mediation and arbitration are used in many types of cases, including divorce, legal separation and guardianships. ADR has many benefits, such as:

  • Privacy, rather than a court trial that is open to the public.
  • More control over the outcome of the case instead of leaving it up to a judge.
  • As much time as is needed to discuss the matter and come to a decision.
  • No requirement to come to a decision at all, if a compromise is not possible.
  • Less time-consuming than a full-blown trial.
  • Less money for both parties in legal fees and court costs.

Only if both parties agree on binding arbitration ahead of time will this type of ADR result in an arbitrator making a binding judgment regarding a family law matter. Having an experienced family law attorney in Denver representing you during mediation and/or arbitration can increase the odds of getting the outcome you want and avoiding a full court trial. Your lawyer can guide you through these processes and answer your legal questions along the way.

Contact Us to Speak with a Denver Family Law Lawyer

The skill and knowledge of your Denver family law attorney can make a critical difference to the outcome of your family law case. Your attorney will understand the law and how to navigate it to your greatest advantage, as well as how to address the personal side of your matter. You can focus on yourself, your family, and your future while an experienced lawyer handles the rest.

For all of your family law needs, our law firm offers the level of service and expertise you are seeking. Call or contact us online, to schedule a case evaluation. With offices in Denver, Westminster and Breckenridge, we assist families throughout the Denver and Colorado area.