Family law is a diverse area of legal practice that deals with many family-related topics, including divorce, adoption, paternity, emancipation, custody and more. A competent family law attorney can assist you at court hearings, help negotiate with a spouse or former partner, and draft documents for the court regarding custody, property, and money that may be at issue.
This article will provide brief descriptions of a few of the many areas that come under the umbrella of family law. You can visit our topic-specific pages on divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, and protection orders for more specific information.
Attorney for Family Law in Colorado Springs, CO
Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC has decades of combined experience with a wide variety of legal issues, including many areas of family law, and can help guide you through a frustrating and complicated process. Whether you are getting a divorce, in a paternity dispute, engaged in a custody battle, or involved in another family-related legal proceeding, Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC can help.
In most cases, retaining an attorney early on the process leads to far more favorable outcomes. Don’t hesitate to call us at (719) 328-1616 today. Together we can arrange a free, confidential strategy session to discuss your specific needs and come up with a plan that will work best.
Overview of Family Law
Divorces can be contentious and stressful. You may be concerned about being able to see your kids or worried about who will get the house. Property and parenting concerns are some of the many issues that have to be decided during a divorce, and an experienced family law attorney is essential in navigating the court process.
There are several ways to dissolve a marriage, including annulment, separation, and traditional divorce. Each type has its own pros and cons and its own specific set of legal requirements. You may wish to read our divorce page for information on the divorce process, what to expect, and how divorce law works.
Child custody can often be the most contentious and frightening issue facing couples whether currently divorcing or never married. The commonly-used terms “custody” and “visitation” have actually been replaced in the Colorado statutes and are now referred to as “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time.”
There are many considerations involved in a custody case. Paternity may have to be established first before parenting time is divided. Courts favor equal time for both parents but will look at the “best interests of the child” to determine where a child should live and how much visitation time, if any, will be granted to the other parent. Please check out our child custody page for a detailed look at custody law and what to expect from the court process.
Divorced or separated couples are usually worried about how a child will be supported financially. Those seeking child support may be concerned about getting enough money to provide for the child, and those having to pay may be panicking about how they will afford it. The amount of the payment is calculated using a complicated formula that can be overwhelming to look at, but a skilled family law attorney can answer any questions you may have.
Understanding the child support laws in Colorado is important whether you want to put a payment arrangement in place, modify existing payments, or hold someone responsible for not paying. Our page on child support is a good place to start to learn what you need to know.
After or during a divorce, annulment, or legal separation, you may need financial support if you have been dependent on your spouse for money. For example, you may have raised the kids while your partner worked. Colorado has laws designed to ensure that neither spouse is left in a dire financial situation after or while going through a divorce.
Usually payments are available for a limited amount of time until a spouse is able to become financially independent. You can visit our page on spousal support for more information about types of payments, how payments are calculated, and more.
If you have been the victim of abuse or threats from a current partner, an ex, or a stalker, you can obtain a protection order to prevent them from contacting you or coming around you. Protection orders, commonly called restraining orders, can be temporary or permanent. Once in place, they can accomplish things like force an alleged abuser from staying in your home, coming by your place of work, or contacting your family or children.
Whether you want to put an order in place, extend one, or you have been subject to an order and want to contest it, a Colorado family lawyer can help. To educate yourself on the relevant laws, visit our page on protection orders.
El Paso County, CO Family Lawyer
Family law covers many different areas involving family relationships, including, among other things, divorce, custody, alimony, and child support. Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC has many years of experience dealing with all kinds of family law matters and can assist you no matter what kind of issue you are facing.
We work with clients in Colorado Springs and across the surrounding areas of El Paso, Denver, and Arapahoe Counties. Getting an early start on your case can make all the difference and help you secure the most favorable outcome, so don’t hesitate to call us at (719) 328-1616 today to schedule a free initial consultation.