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Skulborstad Legal Group, LLC understands that no one wants to need to hire a family lawyer. That’s why our Colorado family attorneys treat each case with compassion and sensitivity. Our main goal is to help our clients navigate through the rocky obstacles that you family law issue throws your way, getting you the best result for you and your family.
Our attorneys can help you with issues like:
- Legal Separation
- Domestic Violence / Protective Orders
- Visitation and Custody
- Guardianship and Conservatorship
- Termination and Adoption
- Child Support
- Enforcement and Contempt of Court
- Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
- Common Law Marriage
- Parental Relocation
Don’t let uncertainty about what will happen to your children keep you from making the right decisions about your personal relationships.
Whether you are going through a divorce or you’re a single parent, getting a solid custody plan in place is crucial to the well-being of your children. Let us guide you through the Colorado child custody process by helping your family create the right parenting plan for your children.
When it comes to families, one size does not fit all. Our family law attorneys understand that. We will work with you and your co-parent to find the best possible custody solution for you and your children.
Can I get sole custody?
In Colorado family matters we do not have “custody.” Instead, we have parenting time and decision making responsibility. Decision making responsibility pertains to how major decisions are made. Major decisions include those regarding education, medical, dental, mental health, and religion. Decision making responsibility can be joint or sole.
Parenting time involves the time each parent spends sharing a living space and having day-to-day responsibilities for the children’s care. The appropriate parenting time schedule is going to vary by family, giving consideration to the children’s and parents’ specific needs.
If you have concerns about sharing parenting time or decision making responsibility with your ex-partner, contact an experienced Colorado divorce attorney to discuss your case.
If we share parenting time, will the children’s time be split 50-50?
Not necessarily. There are many creative ways to make a parenting schedule that considers the needs of both parents and the children.
For example, a 50/50 schedule (e.g. week on, week off or 5-2-2-5) is often best for children above the age of 8 years old. Babies and younger children need a routine and do best with a “home base.” Older children, such as kids in their mid to late teens may benefit from a more flexible schedule which considers their activities and social life.
The Colorado family law attorneys at Skulborstad Legal Group, LLC can help you brainstorm what would be best for your family, and we can work with your parenting partner or their attorney to get the result that’s right for you and your kids. Examples of possible plans include:
- A 3-4-4-3 or 5-2-2-5 schedule
- Alternating weeks
- Every weekend with one parent
- Every other weekend with one parent
- If you already have a parenting plan in place, formal or informal, your child’s needs might change as they get older. We can help with documenting those changes as well as creating suitable plans from scratch
We can help you brainstorm options for your parenting schedule, and can act as an advocate when negotiating with your ex. Child custody matters are one of the greatest concerns of both single parents and divorcing couples. Contact the Colorado family law attorneys at Skulborstad Legal Group, LLC to talk about how we can help your family settle into the right arrangement.
Middle-Class American’s spend about $244,000 to raise a child. Both parents have a responsibility to pay their fair share of this significant, but the precious investment. Don’t believe that you have to bear the financial strain of parenthood alone. Our knowledgeable Colorado child support lawyers can help you learn how much support your child is entitled to receive, and how to pursue that parental contribution in court.
Colorado uses a child support guideline that must be followed unless the Court finds specific facts that would warrant an exception. However, don’t count on an exception to the rule: the guidelines are presumptive.
The guidelines consider several factors: the number of overnights, gross income, other children, some children’s expenses and other important factors. The legislature has decided how much families spend on their children and use this figure to determine an appropriate child support award.
The answer will differ based on the circumstances of each individual case. There is no way to know the exact amount unless you speak with a Colorado child support lawyer about your personal circumstances. Don’t wait another day to pursue the child support your children deserve. Contact us to talk about how much child support you may expect to receive.
We can assist you with getting an income assignment to force payment directly from their employer. We can also help you collect back payments that your co-parent owes. Skulborstad Legal Group, LLC will fight for you and make them pay.
Child support for each child lasts until they reach the age of 19. If the child has special needs, there may be an opportunity to receive support beyond age 19. Child support obligations and if a child is legally emancipated, or if they are the victim of an untimely death.
Our Colorado family lawyers can help parents modify their child support payments up or down. Circumstances change, and there are ways to modify the child support obligation to fit the new situation.
Child support obligations are serious, and no one should get away with failing to live up to their obligations. Together we can make sure you get the money you and your children are entitled to receive. Contact me today to talk about child support enforcement in Colorado.
Experienced Colorado Divorce Lawyers
Divorce is hard–there are no two ways about it. But if you have made the difficult decision to start a new chapter, let our Colorado divorce lawyers stand by your side.
The divorce process can be complex, and depending on your family situation, there can be a lot at stake. First and foremost, for families with children, the process needs to be handled by an attorney who understands that your children are most important to you. We will help you get the results that you think are best for you and your children.
Divorce can also be financially messy. Do you or your spouse have a lot of debt? Do you own a home together or have diverse, complex assets to divide? What if one of you is a stay at home parent? Each client has a unique financial snapshot. We will help you determine your financial goals for life after the divorce and will work together to get the results you deserve. Our Colorado Springs and Castle Rock divorce attorneys pride ourselves on negotiating strong settlements for our clients. We are also ready to fight for you in court if your case needs to go to trial. Let us show you what we can do by being on your team.
Far too often, people try to face divorce alone. And with financial uncertainty ahead, it is easy to understand why people would want to save money. But going it alone may cost you more in the end, especially if your ex-has counsel on their side. We hate to see people taken advantage of, which is why we take divorce representation seriously. Our practice is experienced helping clients with all aspects of divorce proceedings including:
- Filing or responding to initial court documents
- Analyzing your financial condition and examining your options.
- Decision making regarding parental responsibility and parenting time.
- Interpreting, drafting or challenging pre-marital agreements.
- Negotiating favorable divorce agreements.
- Assisting with spousal maintenance and alimony determinations.
- Handling modifications of post-decree changes to your divorce terms.
- We will bring support enforcement and contempt motions if your ex-doesn’t pay.
At Skulborstad Legal Group, LLC, our Colorado family law attorneys are ready to take on whatever situations your divorce throws your way. We are experienced family litigators. We are at home in the courtroom, and we know every detail of the Colorado divorce process. While we are committed to negotiating successful divorce agreements, we are ready, willing and able to take your case to trial if necessary.
To learn more about our tough yet compassionate Colorado family law lawyers, contact us at 720-527-2659 (Castle Rock) or 719-473-8882 (Colorado Springs). We are ready to join you on the road to your new beginning.