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Divorce & Legal Separation

We understand how stressful, emotional, and life-changing a divorce can be. Major decisions will be made regarding your children, your assets, your home, your property, and your retirement.

Attorneys Todd J. Narum and Douglas T. Cohen are here to answer any question you may have regarding divorce, legal separation, allocation of parental responsibilities, and dissolution of same-sex marriages and civil unions.

When resolving your divorce or legal separation, we provide sensitive, practical, and effective guidance out of court and zealous legal representation in court. We will be with you through what can be a difficult and overwhelming process.

For a consultation on your divorce or legal separation, call Peak Legal at (720) 445-9779.

Divorce in Colorado and Wyoming

Both Colorado and Wyoming are no-fault divorce states, meaning anyone can leave a marriage by claiming the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” The parties can agree or one person alone can decide that the marriage is irretrievably broken and begin the proceeding to dissolve the marriage.

During a divorce or legal separation, the important things to consider are:

Minor children:

  • How old are they?
  • Where will they live?
  • How often will each parent see them?
  • Who will make major decisions for the children?
  • What do they want, if they are old enough to have a reasoned and indepdent preference?
  • What does each parent want?
  • What is their support system like?
  • What are their communities like?
  • Are any special needs children?
  • Does anyone want to move out of state?

Maintenance/child support:

  • What is each party’s job?
  • How much is each party’s income?
  • Are there bonuses in addition to regular earnings?
  • Is anyone self-employed?
  • What is the length of the marriage?
  • If a party is unemployed, why is that the case?
  • Does anyone need more education/training in order to be employed?
  • Is either party disabled?
  • Does either party have health insurance?
  • Are there day care expenses?
  • Are there any extraordinary expenses for the children?

Marital property and debts:

  • What was acquired during the marriage?
  • What is the value of the marital property?
  • Are there secured debts tied to marital property?
  • Are appraisals necessary?
  • Is there a business owned by a party?
  • When were debts incurred?
  • Is there any separate property?
  • Has that separate property increased during the marriage?
  • Has any marital property been sold recently?

For a consultation on divorce, call Peak Legal now at (720) 445-9779, extension 2.

Legal Separation vs. Divorce

What is the difference between a legal separation and a divorce?

The legal process for both legal separation and divorce is the same. A petition is filed with the Court, financial disclosures are made between the parties, determinations are made for parenting time, decision making authority, and child support for the children. The Court can divide marital property and award maintenance. At the end of the process, a decree of legal separation is entered, which has the same effect of allocating rights regarding the children, property, and maintenance. But neither spouse can remarry while legally separated.

How does one move from legal separation to “full” divorce?

At any time during the process, either party can request that the case change to a dissolution of marriage. After a decree of legal separation has entered, either party can ask, and the Court will convert to a dissolution.

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

Peak Legal Services offers support with prenuptial and postnuptial documents.

Attorney Todd J. Narum takes time to listen and help you to create a lasting solution for your marriage. Prenuptial drafting is an iterative process, and the Peak Legal team is here to help you navigate Colorado and Wyoming law and how it relates to your goals.

You may want a prenuptial agreement to outline:

Divorce Mediation Services

Family law mediation allows couples to take charge of their own legal outcome by resolving conflicts privately rather than incurring the expense of publicly litigating their problems in a courtroom. The mediation process allows couples to negotiate fairly to achieve mutually beneficial results for themselves and children who may be involved in the legal dispute.

Attorney Narum is certificated in mediation. Read more about the advantages of mediation here.

Division of Marital Property & Assets

Attorneys Narum and Cohen seek to reduce the pain and acrimony of divorce. We work to cultivate cooperation between parties whenever possible and help them come to agreements that allow both of them to move on with sufficient assets.
When compromise is not an option, we will fight for your interests in court. We will work with you to create a fair and equitable plan and ensure every asset and piece of property is evaluated and calculated appropriately.

Post-Decree Modifications

Circumstances affecting child support and parenting time may change. For instance, financial circumstances of a parent may be altered, or a parent’s status as a fit caregiver may change.
Attorneys Narum and Cohen will work with you to find an equitable solution that makes sense for you and your children.

Post-decree modification is the alteration of the order made at the time of divorce due to changed circumstances. Post-decree modification refers to a change in child support, child custody, and/or spousal maintenance.

Call (720) 445-9779 to consult with Attorneys Douglas T. Cohen and Todd J. Narum on your divorce or legal separation.

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