Northern Colorado Firm Assists with Family Law Challenges
Fort Collins attorneys handle matrimonial and parenting disputes
When you have a family law concern, it is important to retain a lawyer you can trust to protect your interests and those of your children. At Fort Collins Family Law in Fort Collins, attorney Sarah Lamborne draws on 15 years of experience identifying and executing favorable solutions for Colorado individuals and families. Whether you are going through a divorce, seek assistance with a custody matter, or wish to bring a child into your home through adoption, our firm will take assertive legal action on your behalf. We are committed to providing strong, personalized counsel to each client we represent until the desired result is achieved.
Dedicated lawyers help clients protect their rights during divorce
The end of a marriage can be emotionally overwhelming. As you work to tackle this challenge, our firm offers comprehensive support, which includes knowledgeable advice on issues such as:
- No-fault divorce — Colorado is a no-fault divorce state, so marriages are dissolved based on the fact that they are irretrievably broken rather than having to prove traditional grounds such as adultery.
- Uncontested divorce — If you and your spouse have agreed upon all divorce terms and want to save time and expense, we can help you pursue a divorce decree upon affidavit, which does not require an appearance in court.
- Property division — Under the principle of equitable distribution, marital property is allocated at the time of divorce based on what the court believes is fair, though not necessarily equal. This is a subjective standard, however, so we prepare a thorough case to secure a fair result.
Even if you are just considering divorce or legal separation, we can examine your situation and inform you of your rights during a free initial consultation.
Established counselors manage child custody and visitation matters
Parents who break up usually serve their children best when they can reach an agreement on parental responsibilities going forward. When that cannot be accomplished, judges seek to make a determination that is in the best interests of the child. We conduct a thorough review to advocate for an appropriate order that addresses both residential custody and legal authority for decisions that involve your child. If one parent has primary physical custody, our experienced lawyers work to craft fair visitation agreements that ensure that the child has frequent, meaningful contact with the other parent. Our firm also assists with special situations, including the establishment of visitation rights for grandparents as well as the modification and enforcement of existing custody orders.
Accomplished advisers represent clients in spousal maintenance actions
Spousal maintenance, often referred to as alimony, can be awarded for marriages lasting at least three years. For couples with a combined income under $240,000, statutory guidelines can usually give you a good idea of what to expect. However, awards are always subject to a judge’s decision after reviewing various factors. These can include each party’s income and financial resources, the distribution of the couple’s property, and the duration of the marriage. Generally, these orders are designed to give the person receiving payments time to gain (or regain) the ability to support their own needs. However, permanent maintenance might be granted if someone is unable to work due to age, health or having spent many years outside the workforce while taking care of the family home. We work diligently to present a complete case and maximize the chance for a fair decision. Our firm also can petition the court on your behalf if an adjustment to the maintenance rate is appropriate or if enforcement of a previous order is necessary.
Skillful advocates guide parents through the adoption process
Adding a child to your family is a tremendous commitment, but handling the long legal process can be terribly frustrating. Whether you seek to complete a domestic or international adoption, our knowledgeable attorneys can guide you through each step. This includes assistance with the background check, home study, and other requirements set forth by the Colorado Department of Human Services. For example, if you are looking to adopt someone who is 12 years of age or older, the child’s consent is necessary to complete the adoption. In most cases, the adoption cannot be challenged in court after 90 days have passed; this period extends to a year in a stepparent adoption or if fraud is alleged.
Contact a knowledgeable Colorado family lawyer for a initial consultation
Fort Collins Family Law represents Colorado clients in family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and adoption. Please call 970-419-4356 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation at our Fort Collins office.