Boulder County Divorce Lawyer

Thinking About, or Ready to File for Divorce and Looking for a Boulder Area Divorce Law Firm That Covers All the Bases, Does Not Complicate Cases for Extra Billing, Really Cares and Keeps Focused on the Best Interests of You & Your Family?

Why Choose The Drake Law Firm?

  • Highly Reviewed & Rated – Superb rating by respected legal website Avvo, Top Lawyer Rating by the American Law Society, and highly rated on Google. See some of our client reviews below.
  • Non-Adversarial and Aggressive Legal Strategies – We help families solve disputes through non-adversarial resolution strategies. However, our firm is always ready to litigate cases before a judge.
  • Proven Track Record of Success at Trial – While often the goal is to avoid trial, when we take a case into court, we are proud of our high success rate even when the odds are stacked against us.
  • Responsive – We pride ourselves on fast response times when communicating with our clients. We will never let your questions or concerns go unaddressed.
  • No Case Is Too Difficult or Complex – This is where our firm’s experience and depth of knowledge come into play. No matter how difficult your case may seem, we fight for you and pursue your best results with tenacity.
  • Straight Shooters – You’ve made an important decision in your life. We respect you for that. You can count on us to give you the honest (sometimes hard) truth about what to expect on the road ahead, so that you can be prepared in every way possible.
  • Because Your Family and Happiness Are at Stake – The smoother and fairer this process goes, the better the post-divorce interactions tend to be. This is better for the children (when applicable), you, and your ex-spouse.
  • Caring & Compassionate (truly) – We have a personal connection to divorce and family law matters. We know what you’ve been through and we care about your well-being. You are more than just a legal matter.
  • Personalized Attention – We understand and respect that every client’s needs are unique. We treat all of our clients with the attention they deserve.
  • We Keep You Updated – We know transparency is important to you. We want you to know what’s happening with your case at all points in the process.

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Aspects of Divorce & Family Law We Assist You With

Depending on whether children are involved, additional aspects of divorce include the list below. Be comforted knowing we will never make any decisions on your case without ensuring you have the final word.
  • Contested and uncontested divorce, including mediation
  • High-net-worth divorces
  • Child visitation / custody – Establishing or modifying
  • Parents’ and grandparents’ rights
  • Child support – Modifications, deviations, and enforcement
  • Paternity – Establishing, defending and vacating paternity determinations
  • Equitable distributions – Coordinating or litigating equitable distributions of close corporations, retirement savings and investments, and real estate
  • Legal separation and property settlement agreements
  • Prenuptial (premarital) agreements
  • Annulments
  • Domestic partnership agreements
  • Qualified domestic relations orders
  • And other family law matters
Questions or to Schedule a Consultation: Call (303) 261-8111

Common-Law Marriage in Golden, CO

Do you cohabit with another person you consider your husband or wife, even though you aren’t legally married? If the other party also considers you to be his or her spouse, you are in a common-law marriage. Common-law marriages are legally recognized, and you can obtain a divorce if you’re ready for the relationship to end. However, the divorce process isn’t nearly as straightforward since you don’t have legal marriage documents.
Our Golden, CO, common-law marriage lawyer is experienced in these relationships. We can gather evidence to prove the marriage and then negotiate or litigate the divorce. We can also help you determine if you’re eligible for child support, alimony, and more. Contact us for a free consultation today.

Requirements for Common Law Marriage in Colorado

Common-law marriage has been legal in Colorado since 1877, and the requirements are fundamental. Your relationship is recognized as a common-law marriage in Colorado base on a number of factors, including but no limited to:

  • Open a joint back account
  • Use the term “spouse” or “wife” or “husband” in public
  • Wear wedding rings
  • Use the same last name
  • Share the expenses and household duties
  • File Joint Tax Returns
  • Put the other person in the relationship on your health insurance
  • Consent to the marriage
  • Tell friends and family you are married
  • Are 18 years or older, or have received consent if 16 or 17 years of age
  • Are unmarried

Evidence To Prove Common-Law Marriage

Your Golden, CO, common-law marriage lawyer will need to gather evidence to prove the marriage exists before you obtain a divorce. Numerous pieces of evidence are required for these cases. Some possible evidence includes proof of cohabitation, shared bills, joint tax returns, joint bank accounts, and jointly-owned property. In addition, your attorney can show that you celebrate anniversaries and refer to each other as husband or wife in public.
If you held a commitment ceremony, you could also use that as evidence. In addition, your attorney might interview friends and family to prove that you acted as a married couple. If your lawyer can prove that you were in a common-law marriage, you can then take steps to end the marriage.

Client Reviews– The Drake Law Firm

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Actual Words Clients Have Used to Describe Us & Their Experience:

“very professional and worth every penny,” “incredibly professional and delivered documents in a timely manner,” “highly recommend working with Marie and her team,” “attentive, professional, and extremely competent in dealing with my unique situation,” “outstanding experience,” “very professional and looked for out of the box ways to help me with my case,” “professional, upbeat, responsible, and a pleasure to work,” “always felt she had my best interest at heart,” “very thorough and considerate of my needs, and listened very well to represent me,” “highly recommend and the firm got the work done in a timely fashion,” “kind, reasonable, and a pleasure to work with,”, “Marie is a blessing,” “ very responsive and is always there when I need her most,”
If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.
Questions or to Schedule a Consultation: Call (303) 261-8111

Our Location

Clients come to us from Boulder, Louisville, Erie, Longmont, Broomfield, Lafayette, Jamestown, Valmont, Superior, and throughout Boulder County.

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We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and achieve the peace of mind that comes with having everything done properly and efficiently. Call our law office at (303) 261-8111(303) 261-8111 with questions, a description of your situation to see if we can assist, or schedule a consultation. Or you may simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office, and you can expect a reply within one business day and often within hours the same day. All information you share is confidential.
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