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Our Attorney Walks with You During Your Divorce

No one can truly prepare for a divorce, but that shouldn’t deter you from drawing up a plan. If you’re thinking of filing for divorce, making copies of account statements and taking photos of assets is key if you hope to come out ahead in court.

At Michael C. Morphew, Attorney at Law, our philosophy is to help you resolve all your family law matters through honest communication and effective teamwork. We have over 40 years of experience to put in your corner, and we’re ready to tackle your legal issues head-on.

To learn more about our team, and to schedule your first appointment, call us today at (303) 622-3828 or fill out our online form.

The Divorce Process in Colorado

You must reside in Colorado for at least 90 days before you can seek a divorce. Once this residency requirement is met, a petition for divorce can be filed in the county in which either you or your spouse reside. If there is property to be divided or a child to be considered, this information is included in the petition.

Colorado is considered a “ no-fault ” state, which refers to a type of divorce in which a spouse does not have to prove any fault on the part of the other spouse. Instead, most divorces proceed under the assertion that the marriage is irretrievably broken due to irreconcilable differences.

After the petition for divorce is filed and summons are served upon a spouse, the respondent can file an answer and retain legal counsel. The case then moves on to the discovery phase, during which the two parties exchange information concerning their respective economic, financial, and personal situations. It may be necessary to retain expert witnesses during this phase of the case, because these witnesses can testify in court if the case is not settled by agreement.

What Happens to a Couple's Assets After Divorce?

Property accumulated by a couple during marriage is divided equitably, which is not to be confused with equally. Instead, it is to be a “fair” division rather than a 50-50 split. When distributing property, the courts consider factors such as each spouse’s contribution to the acquisition of marital property, the value of the property, and the economic circumstances of each spouse during the marriage.

Under Colorado law, there is a presumption that children should have frequent contact with both parents. Custody issues are divided into parenting time and decision making. While joint custody is favored, the best interest of the child is most important during custody and visitation determinations. Child support is calculated using the following factors: parents’ incomes, expenses, lifestyles, and other resources. Determining parenting time and calculating income can be particularly contentious.

Contested Divorce Lawyer in Boulder

Unlike uncontested divorce, a contested divorce case may take anywhere between 6 to 12 months or longer depending on complexity of the case and the court’s docket. However, just because you and your spouse do not appear to be on the same page and an agreement on all issues appears unlikely, this does not necessarily mean that you will leave it to a judge to determine all of the issues in a contested hearing.

Ready to get started? Call (303) 622-3828 to discuss your case with a Boulder contested divorce attorney.

Let Our Firm Help You

At Michael C. Morphew, Attorney at Law, we strive to settle and create a fair agreement. With our experience and assistance, the vast majority of our cases are resolved without going to court. By helping you reach a settlement, we eliminate the need to prepare for hearing and appear in court as well as saving our clients substantial (sometimes many thousands of dollars) on legal fees and costs, let alone the stress and anxiety associated with court appearance.

Guiding You Through the Legal Process

From consultation to mediation or trial, we can handle your divorce or custody matter, including legal separation, visitation disputes, child and spousal support, property division and prenuptial agreements. Our Boulder divorce lawyer understands how incredibly stressful divorce can be, which is why we act with compassion when discussing your legal matters. You can count on us to strategize and implement a solution that protects your rights.

Call (303) 622-3828 today to speak with a divorce attorney in Boulder, CO.

Why Contact Michael C. Morphew?

  • Family Oriented

    We prioritize the highest degree of amicability for the sake of maintaining peace for the entire family, especially children.

  • Personalized Approach

    Our philosophy is to approach each family's situation in a manner that is creative and addresses that client's particular needs.

  • 45 Years' Experience

    Since 1979, our attorneys have seen it all. We cannot be blindsided and know how to treat any situation with knowledge and professionalism.

“I met Michael through his website. He was unique in that he very clearly stated his value proposition as a family attorney. At the same time he laid out that if you wanted to have him give you an assessment of how he could help it would require a segment of time that he would need to charge for. That unique honestly, compared to offerring free evaluation, that would not have the same value, is the same honestly and integrity he employed towards navigating my issues. That seems to be a rare trait in Family law.”

- R.B.
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