Divorce is one aspect of family law where almost everyone needs a family law attorney. Very few people ever “want” to hire a divorce attorney in Denver, although that’s often what is said by one spouse to the other. Circumstances may make a person feel they have little choice but to obtain a divorce if they want to change their life or the lives of their children for the better. Consultation with an experienced attorney can help you decide whether or not divorce is the best decision for your family. Divorce affects over half of American families, and the statistic may be higher if you include the blended families which often exist because of a prior divorce in subsequent relationships or marriages. Divorce is a family law reality that must be faced when a relationship is no longer sustainable due to conflicts of personalities, financial problems, marital fidelity issues, health and/or substance abuse problems, or value differences between parents where children are concerned.Although divorce can be a complex process, it doesn’t have to be something that is confusing to clients and their families. Here, The Becker Law Firm, we aim to take the burden off of the client. We take the time to ensure that our clients understand what is going on through the entire process so that the client can make informed decisions about how to proceed. We focus on the details so the client does not have to. We take our client’s thoughts, feelings and needs into consideration so at the end of an emotional process, the client is comfortable that they have had zealous advocacy and have reached the best outcome possible for their situation..Whether you are dealing with a legal separation in Denver or divorce / dissolution, there are a number of legal considerations to be aware of when trying to reach a settlement agreement. The judge will not finalize the action until you and your spouse have reached agreements on these matters in a settlement out of court, or have litigated the case during a contested divorce. It is important to remember that even when an agreement is reached, it will never be a perfect agreement. All parties will need to make concessions to reach an outcome that everyone is comfortable with even if it does not include everything they wanted.

No-Fault Divorce

Fault grounds in divorce cases were normally adultery, cruel treatment, or abandonment. A significant amount of fraud occurred when two people just wanted a divorce, but couldn’t obtain one unless they lied about a fictitious affair or other circumstance, that legislatures around the country, including Colorado, passed “no-fault” divorce statutes. Essentially, if you ask for a divorce, you will eventually get one. The petitioner (person who files) must only plead that there is a conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship in order to obtain a divorce. Your spouse cannot stop you from getting a divorce, but if there are children, or there is significant marital property, long and costly disputes can slow down the process.

Martial Property

Although many couples separate today long before they file for divorce, they may reside together when the decision is made, and they may need to plan before one spouse has the resources to set up separate housekeeping, which could nearly double living expenses. You may have certain rights to any property (personal and/or real) that was acquired during a marriage, but the facts of how the property came into the marriage determine the exact extent of your rights. A divorce consultation with a Denver divorce attorney attorney is necessary to discuss these rights. Contested property in a divorce can make the divorce more expensive. This is one of the most important topics in any divorce where the parties own a home, stocks or securities, have retirement accounts, and/or many motor vehicles. Debts are also community property.