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Divorce is always a difficult thing for all parties involved—spouses, children, extended families, and close friends. Those considering divorce may be feeling hesitant about going through with it, often fearing what might occur, even when it would be the best thing for you and all those involved. Most people associate divorce with contentious legal battles that tear families apart and leave them with lots of debt and few assets. The good news is that it does not have to be this way. By working with the skilled and experienced attorneys at Kaplan Law L.L.C., you can feel hopeful about your future.
The lawyers at Kaplan Law L.L.C. can explore your alternative legal options apart from the conventional and contentious trial route. There are less stressful and more cost-effective ways of dealing with divorce, and our legal team is deeply familiar with all of them. No matter what the case may be, our firm is prepared to fight hard to ensure you come out of the divorce with your assets and future well-being intact.
We are available to answer questions, explain the process, provide guidance as to likely outcomes, and provide a road map to help guide you through the difficult decision to divorce. We can do this on an as-needed basis, so you only pay for what you need, and only when you need it. This is called unbundled or limited representation, and it is often a way to obtain needed information without the commitment of full legal representation. This way you can meet with us as needed, and feel free to call us with any further questions you may have.
What are the divorce laws in Colorado?
The State of Colorado follows a “no fault” divorce law, which means that either the husband or wife can request dissolution of marriage merely because the marriage is irretrievably broken There are minimal residence requirements for the spouses and separate requirements for the children, all of which can be explained by the lawyers at Kaplan Law L.L.C.
Kaplan Law L.L.C. can assist you with your divorce claim and its many complex aspects, such as:
- Divorce Mediation
- Collaborative law
- Special master
- Fraud lawsuit
Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may recommend alternative divorce procedures that involve negotiation rather than litigation, such as mediation and collaborative law. While litigation is sometimes the only choice, these methods can help you and your spouse to reach an agreement over various issues.
What are the main issues in divorce?
Divorce proceedings usually involve disputes over many different issues, some of them more contentious than others.
The four main issues that tend to cause the most disputes when it comes to divorce proceedings are, in general but with many exceptions:
- Property division: What are the values of, and who gets what property that was attained during the marriage or increased in value during the marriage. This can include real estate, material possessions, accumulated wealth, purchases, pets, and more.
- Spousal maintenance: Also referred to as alimony in other states, this is an amount of monetary supplementation one spouse pays to the other upon divorce when one spouse is unable to meet his or her reasonable needs on her own, after dividing assets and debt.
- Custody and parenting time: This is often one of the most contentious aspects of a divorce—who gets primary custody of the children and how much access the other spouse is fiven to those children.
- Child support: Child support is another highly contentious issue surrounding a divorce settlement. The amount of child support the courts may demand a parent to pay can be complicated to calculate, and may involve disputes over a parent's income or a child's reasonable needs.
What is disclosure and discovery?
Once you decide to file for divorce, the next step is to disclose and share information about the divorce. You have the obligation to disclose almost all information that would be needed to resolve all aspects of all disputes. You will also likely be required to answer questions for your spouse called “interrogatories.” Your lawyer and your spouse’s lawyer may also request documents like bank statements, credit card statements, business and financial institution reports, and other documents that say how much income, debt, and assets you have, as well as a tracing during the marriage. Lastly, attorneys may take sworn testimony from each spouse, and may be able to take sworn testimony from witnesses and other parties to be used in court proceedings, called depositions.
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