At Tolison & Williams, Attorneys at Law, LLC, Denver divorce lawyers, we understand that families come first. We understand the stress, anxiety and fear that accompany the separation of a family. That's why we do what we do.
As a team of Brighton area family law lawyers, we deal with people that want to get a divorce. However, there are many different kinds of divorce.
Divorce has to deal with the dissolution of marriage. For some people, getting a divorce can be one of the saddest events a family can experience. However, for others, it can be a liberating experience to get out of a failing or abusive marriage.
It can generate great grief, anger, depression, or anxiety. It also marks a new beginning for both parties and the chance to go forward peacefully with renewed energy.
As with most family law firms, a majority of our cases are related to divorce. Learn how our attorneys help clients that need a divorce.
In a contested divorce, one party files a petition with the court and the other party is expected to respond. This is common when spouses cannot agree on terms of the divorce (like child custody, property division, and other terms), and spouses will need attorneys to help them resolve this dispute. Learn more about contested divorces.
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree on the terms of the divorce. This type of divorce is more streamlined than other types, but it still is best for spouses to consult with an attorney in this process. Get more information on uncontested divorces.
Colorado is one of 16 states in the USA that observes common law marriage. You are married by common law if you have done one of the following:
This form of marriage looks, acts and smells like a traditional marriage — the only thing missing is the marriage license administered by the state. Your lawyer should be able to help you decipher these rules. Learn more about common law marriage in Colorado.
Similar to an uncontested divorce, a collaborative divorce is when spouses hire attorneys to get divorced without needing to go to court.
Attorneys trained in the collaborative law process are able to craft a custom solution to all the issues associated during the end of a marriage. This is often much simpler than having a judge determine how the marriage will be ended.
Throughout the collaborative law process, all parties agree to come to resolutions without involving courts. This saves both time and money from avoiding litigation. The benefits of this process are numerous:
Learn more about collaborative law and how it might be the best option for your marriage.
A no-fault divorce in Colorado allows a spouse to file for divorce without needing to prove that the other spouse was at fault for the divorce. Rather, the spouse needs to provide a reason for the marriage to end.
This means that marriages can be dissolved when one spouse believes they have "irreconcilable differences" or "irreparable breakdown of the marriage." As such, if one spouse requests to get a no-fault divorce, the other spouse cannot prevent the divorce from happening without going to court.
The attorneys at Tolison & Williams have a strong understanding of Colorado's family law system, and are prepared to guide you through a no-fault divorce. Click here for more information about no-fault divorces.
Couples who have been married for only a small amount of time can get divorced in a few different ways depending on the circumstances.
The overall process of getting divorced after a short-term marriage is similar to traditional divorce, but it is less likely that spousal maintenance or alimony will be awarded to either spouse. Property division usually entails more non-marital assets, because spouses haven't had time to accumulate assets together. Learn more about divorce and short-term marriages here.
In today's tough economy, it's no surprise that divorcing couples often have extreme debt matters to handle as well. This can include extensive credit card debt, mortgages, student loans and car payments. In many cases, if you have a great deal of debt, it is in your best interest to file bankruptcy — either individually or as a couple — before proceeding with a divorce. An experienced divorce lawyer can advise you of your best options.
Our attorneys represent clients in a wide range of divorce matters. In situations of extreme debt, we have the ability to fully analyze the financial information of divorcing couples to determine if bankruptcy may be an option for you. If it is, we can work with your bankruptcy attorney to complete the process, advising on the implications the bankruptcy may have on your divorce.
When considering both a divorce and bankruptcy in Colorado, it is important to be aware of your rights. Through bankruptcy, you can have much of your marital debt wiped clean — allowing for a fresh start for both parties after the divorce. Filing for bankruptcy also will put an automatic stay on the divorce process, as well as freezing any foreclosures, repossessions, garnishments or other legal action against you.
The first step is to meet with our attorneys to discuss your situation, address your questions and concerns, and understand your options.
In today's economy, many couples struggle to make ends meet. They have extensive credit card debt, mortgages, student loans and car payments. Division of debt becomes one of the central issues in their divorce, and it takes an experienced attorney to protect their interests so that they are not forced to pay more than their share.
When we represent you in a divorce, we can talk with you extensively about your financial obligations. We often partner with clients to make divorce more cost-effective, employing strategies that save time, money and stress.
One of the first questions we are asked is whether marital funds may be used to pay our team's retainer. The answer is "yes." You can use funds from a joint account to hire your divorce attorney. And if you have a marital credit card, Colorado law allows you to access funds to hire representation.
If you do not understand the full scope of your assets and debts, don't worry — that is OK. Many people leave marriages with little knowledge of their true financial circumstances because a spouse has traditionally handled financial matters.
We can often obtain that information during the divorce through a formal legal process known as "discovery." The other side may be required to disclose the information under Colorado law.
Still, the more information you can give us, the better we will be able to represent you. We recommend looking into your finances and writing down important bank account numbers early in the divorce process. When divorces become contentious, that information often becomes hard to access.
If you enter into your divorce with a great deal of debt, it is important to keep up payments while divorcing so that you do not limit your options down the road. Be sure to keep an open mind as your financial situation changes. You may want to explore other remedies to help you live debt-free. We can discuss your options in a confidential consultation.
When seeking a divorce, business owners, doctors, farm and landowners and other high-income/high-asset individuals face additional complexities. Although they still have to deal with property division, custody and support matters, these can be elevated to a much higher degree when more assets are involved. In these circumstances, it is in your best interests to hire an experienced family law attorney.
Through the Tolison & Williams firm, we assist clients with a broad range of legal concerns, including high-asset divorce. We are prepared to handle every aspect of your business and asset valuation, working with certified public accountants (CPAs) and other experts to determine the value of both marital and non-marital assets. It is our goal to help you achieve the best possible outcome to your situation.
Divorces involving farmland also can cause potential complications. Issues can include a substantial number of assets, debts related to equipment and inherited property that may not be subject to division.
As an experienced Brighton high-asset divorce lawyer, we are able to handle all aspects of your farm valuation. In addition, we can help with all other assets and debts, as well as advise on every aspect of the divorce, including custody and support.
With the difficult housing market, it is not uncommon for divorcing couples to be facing foreclosure of their shared home. Although creditors may only base their collection actions on the person listed on the mortgage, the divorce courts will view the debt as a joint responsibility. In these situations, it may be possible to settle the foreclosure before divorce proceedings begin, eliminating the need to include it in debt division matters. An experienced divorce lawyer can advise you of your options.
Our team has the knowledge and skills to assist clients with even the most complex divorce concerns, including foreclosure issues. We can thoroughly analyze your situation to provide an honest assessment of your options. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to use tactics that will stop your foreclosure.
When dealing with a divorce and foreclosure in Colorado, it is important for all involved parties to understand the options available. A foreclosure can have intense ramifications on both parties after a divorce. Several strategies can be used to eliminate the foreclosure complications from your divorce. These include short sales, loan modifications, and bankruptcy. We will work with you to find the best possible solution and guide you through the legal process at every step, from initial consultation to the finalization of your divorce.
There are a lot of unanswered questions about divorce. We've answered some of the most common ones below:
Colorado is a no-fault divorce state, which means that an attorney is not required. It's important to understand that the outcome of your divorce might be affected if you decide not to seek the services of an attorney.
Some people think that they can split amicably with their spouse without a lawyer, but it's not uncommon for issues to arise that can create deep rifts and cause lasting emotional and financial damage.
Clients of my Adams County-based firm, Tolison & Williams, Attorneys at Law, LLC, often ask "How long will the divorce take in Colorado?" Below is the typical process for a divorce:
Divorce has a reputation for being stressful, but there are things you can do to limit the loss of time and money and to limit the stress that divorce can bring. At our Brighton-area law firm — Tolison & Williams, Attorneys at Law, LLC — we often share with my clients a series of tips for making divorce faster and less expensive.
There are a lot of mistakes that people can make when getting a divorce. We've listed out the top 10 mistakes below:
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