Divorce, now known as dissolution of marriage, and family law are interrelated terms and cover numerous areas including the following:
- Divorce (now known as dissolution of marriage)
- Child Support
- Parenting plans
- Maintenance (alimony)
- Interstate custody issues
- Legal separation
- Grandparent visitation
- Protection orders
- Contempt actions
- Prenuptial agreements
- Marital agreements
- Common law marriage
Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C. are attorneys thoroughly experienced in the handling of divorce cases and has a reputation of working with our clients in a compassionate and realistic manner. While our firm handles cases throughout Colorado, most of our clients are in the South Metropolitan Area, including Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Elizabeth, Kiowa, and Douglas, Elbert, and Arapahoe counties. An overview of the divorce or dissolution of marriage process follows:
Dissolution of Marriage (divorce) actions in Colorado begin with the filing of summons and petition with the court, normally in the county where one or both parties reside. After filing, the court issues a case management order setting out responsibilities of the parties and certain requirements of the conduct of the case. The court will also set an initial status conference.
The parties are then required to provide mandatory disclosures of various financial documents such as tax returns, bank records and credit card statements. For disputes involving children, a mental health expert or experienced attorney might be appointed to represent the children and assist the parties and the court in determining what is in the children’s best interest. After disclosure is complete, and assets that require valuation have been addressed, the settlement process begins.
Most courts require that the parties use a mediator to settle their differences before they take the matter before the judge. Settlement, particularly through mediation, is an economical and more civilized way to resolve issues when the attorneys work aggressively toward that end. However, when settlement becomes impossible and trial becomes necessary, our attorneys will vigorously advance your reasonable requests and goals.
The entire process takes a minimum of three months but could take much longer, depending on the court, the complexity of the issues and the ability of the lawyers to resolve the disputes of the court. K&G’s goal is always to finalize the process as quickly and painlessly as possible, but never at the cost of compromising our client’s position.
It is important to understand that Colorado is a no-fault state and the court will not make any decisions, or even entertain testimony, of bad conduct by the one spouse or the other, unless it directly effects children of the parties.