Any time you’re involved in a family law case, it’s likely that the experience will be emotional and stressful. It’s important to have an experienced family law attorney that understands your needs and can handle your case so you and your family can move on. The divorce attorneys at Burnham Law have experience in a wide range of Colorado family law matters. They know that resolving your family law case in the best way possible is absolutely paramount. We are ready, willing, and able to handle a variety of family law cases, including post-decree modifications, support matters, divorce, and child custody.
Divorce: Severing the Ties
Divorce can quickly become complicated, particularly if you and your spouse are struggling to come to agreements on key matters. A divorce that is seemingly going smoothly can turn on a dime and drag out, costing you money and stress, so it’s essential to have an attorney on your side who can help you through this process. Many areas of your life will be impacted by the divorce as your property and debts are divided. Going in unprepared or unsure of your rights could result in inferior outcomes.
The attorneys at Burnham Law understand the Fort Collins court system and Colorado family and divorce laws. We have the experience you need to get the best possible outcome for your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I file for divorce in Fort Collins / Larimer County?
All Fort Collins / Larimer County divorce cases must be filed with the Larimer County Justice Center located at 201 La Porte Ave, Suite 100, Fort Collins, CO 80521.
How long do I have to live in Fort Collins before filing for divorce?
Fort Collins / Larimer County does not have specific residency requirements. Colorado may exercise jurisdiction over any divorce where at least one party resided in Colorado for at least 90 consecutive days prior to the filing of the case.
Where is your Fort Collins office?
Our office is located at 2900 S. College Ave., Suite LC, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Child Custody: Your Parenting Plan
Burnham Law will assist you as you work with your former spouse to create a parenting plan for your children that meets the needs of everyone involved. It’s generally in your best interest to craft an agreement together and outside of court. If you can’t agree and have to go before the judge, they will make these important decisions for you. We are fully prepared to go to court and defend your interests should an agreement not be possible.
The outcome of your custody case will be outlined in a court order known as a parenting plan. This plan can be changed in the future as your situation changes. We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with our family law clients and are able to assist you if you need to change your custody arrangement.
Child and Spousal Support: Family Financial Obligations
Child support is often tied into a custody or divorce case. This is money that one parent gives to another parent to support their children, and even if you have a pre or post-nuptial agreement that sets or eliminates child support payments, it may still be a requirement in your case. The award is determined by many factors, including the children’s expenses, the assets and earnings of each parent, and how the parenting time has been divided. Bear in mind that cases involving substantial assets can get very complex very quickly.
Our attorneys have experience in both high asset and more common support cases. Since this is an ongoing obligation that will affect your children and your personal finances, it’s crucial that you have experienced representation for this type of case.
Spousal support, alimony, or spousal maintenance is the financial support that one spouse pays to another spouse. Spousal support can be paid temporarily as your case moves along or become permanent once the final divorce order is issued by the court. Unlike child support, your pre or post-nuptial agreements can impact or prevent spousal support awards altogether. Spousal support is calculated with different factors considered, such as how long you were married, your living standard as a couple, and the assets and incomes of each party.
Both child and spousal support can be modified after they are awarded. If you have a change in circumstances that calls for the modification of your support award, contact us about your case as soon as possible. The modification, once granted, is effective only back to the date you filed for it, so the longer you wait, the more it will cost you.
Burnham Law is an award-winning Colorado law firm with experienced family law attorneys. Burnham Law has offices located throughout Colorado, including Fort Collins. Protect yourself, your family, and your future by hiring Burnham Law.