Family LawFamily law is different than most other types of law for 2 very unique reasons. First, there are a lot of emotions involved. And second, more often times than not, there is no actual guilty party. Family law is just as much about the law as it is about the people that it involves. Whether it’s creating a timesharing agreement as part of a parenting plan schedule or figuring out the dollars and cents of child support payments, a good Colorado Springs Family Law Attorney will approach every client not only as an individual case but also as a unique human being who has specific wants and needs.
What Is Family Law?Family law is rooted in family issues and domestic relations that affect parents, their children and other immediate family members like grandparents. Family law covers everything from growing families to dissolving them, including:
- Paternity Tests
- Division of assets
- Child custody
- Child support payments
- Parenting agreements
When Do You Need a Family Law AttorneyIf major changes are going to take place in your family, there is a strong possibility that you will need a family law attorney. Some of the most common family law cases we handle include:
- Adoption – In Colorado,you can adopt both children and adults. All adoptees over the age of 12 must give explicit consent for the adoption, however. In the event that one of the parties adopting, or the court itself, was a victim of fraud, adoptions can be challenged for up to a year. Adoptions by same-sex couples in Colorado are explicitly allowed.
- Divorce – To prevent a conflict of interest, both spouses must retain separate attorneys during a divorce, even in uncontested divorces. A family law attorney will be able to assist with calculating alimony and dividing assets, as well as drafting a parenting plan and even working through domestic violence issues.
- Child Custody – Family courts handle custody agreements and court orders following a divorce, as well as revisions to these agreements. Much like during divorce proceedings, both parents must be represented by separate attorney’s during child custody hearings.In certain instances, the courts will factor the opinions of children into the final decision, but this is at the discretion of the court.
- Paternity – Paternity in Colorado is proven through a DNA test, and can be used as a claim for parental responsibilities or against them. A legal request can be placed either by a biological father who wishes to gain child custody, or by the biological mother if the father has not signed the Acknowledgment of Paternity and she wants to request child support.