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Family Law in Golden, CO

Few things are as emotionally draining as dealing with a family dispute. While some disputes can be handled at home, others require legal guidance and intervention. The Drake Law Firm, P.C., has been assisting families who are navigating complex legal issues since 2011. We provide compassionate, experienced, and strategic support for our clients, helping them resolve their family law issues.

Our Golden, CO, family law attorney can use non-adversarial dispute resolution methods to help you settle your case. However, your attorney will also be prepared to go to court if necessary. When you hire the Drake Law Firm, P.C., you will have someone in your corner, both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Types of Family Law

Our family law attorney in Golden, CO, assists clients with:

  • Divorce
  • Common-law marriage
  • Property division
  • Alimony and spousal support
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Fathers’ rights
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Prenup and postnuptial agreements
  • Paternity
  • Parental alienation
  • Adoption

Divorce In Golden, CO

Colorado is a no-fault divorce state, meaning you don’t have to prove that the other party did anything wrong to end your marriage. Instead, you can get a divorce if your marriage is irretrievably broken. First, your Golden, CO, divorce lawyer will file a petition to dissolve the marriage. Then, you can obtain the divorce decree 91 days after the other party was notified of the petition. If you filed a co-petition, you could receive the divorce decree 91 days after filing the paperwork.

While some divorces move through quickly, other times, there are numerous issues that must be settled beforehand. These issues might include alimony, the division of property, and child custody and support. Your divorce attorney can help you settle all issues related to the divorce so you don’t have to go to court. However, if the other party refuses to negotiate in good faith, your attorney can try the case in front of a judge. Then, the judge can dissolve the marriage and rule on the other factors involved in the divorce.

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Why Choose The Drake Law Firm, P.C.?

  • Schedule A Consultation – Discuss your case with us during your consultation.
  • Highly Reviewed and Recognized – The Drake Law Firm, P.C. has numerous five-star reviews on Google, Facebook, Martindale, Birdeye, and other review sites. In addition, Marie E. Drake has been recognized as a top attorney by Avvo and a top lawyer by the American Law Society.
  • Numerous Practice Areas – Our law firm focuses on family law, divorce, child custody and child support.
  • Non-adversarial and Aggressive Legal Strategies – The Drake Law Firm, P.C. helps families  solve disputes through non-adversarial resolution strategies. However, our firm is always ready to litigate cases before a judge.
  • A Firm That Gives Back – Our firm is committed to the community and giving back. By supporting charitable organizations, such as Living Journeys, we hope to make Golden, CO, a better place for everyone.

Child Custody

Child custody is one of the most important family law matters. You have to determine both legal and physical custody. Legal custody describes who makes decisions regarding how the child is raised. Physical custody determines how the child divides time between the parents. While sole legal and physical custody is an option, most parents enter into joint custody agreements. Then, the child alternates between homes, and both parents are involved in the decision-making process.

There is a belief that mothers are more likely to be granted custody of their children. However, men have equal parenting rights. Your Golden, CO, family law attorney can help you fight for legal custody and parenting time, regardless of gender.

Child Support

Parents are legally required to support their children, even if they do not have legal or physical custody. The state uses the income shares model when determining child support payments. Because the formula is relatively complex, it’s wise to consult with a Golden, CO, family law attorney to find out how much you should receive or pay. Also, your attorney can help you modify your existing child support agreement if there has been a change in circumstances substantial enough to warrant it.

Spousal Support

Are you having trouble making ends meet since your divorce? If you rely on the supporting spouse’s income, you might be eligible for alimony. The court considers the ability to pay, income, the length of the marriage, and other factors when determining alimony. In addition, your Golden, CO, family law attorney can negotiate with the other side to come to a fair agreement. Consult with an attorney to decide if you should negotiate or go to court with your case.

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