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Fort Collins’ Most Compassionate
Family Law Firm

Family Law in Fort Collins

Modern Family Law is here to help you find a new start in life. We work with you to navigate difficult family situations, like divorce, child custody, and child support. Northern Colorado is a unique area, and the families are different here than any other Colorado community. Because we are in a very rural part of the state, families tend to live more independently. This aspect changes the family dynamic and requires family law attorneys that understand the region and courts.

 

It’s not just about divorce. Whether you’re going through a divorce and need help with child custody and support or want to plan for the future and get a family issue in order, we’ve got you covered. Our Fort Collins family law team is here for you every step of the way.

Fort Collins Family Law Attorneys

Find peace and success with our team. Do you want to find a new start in life? Our lawyers can help you navigate difficult family situations that you generally can’t accomplish on your own. With our family law attorneys by your side, you can find legal success without stress or conflict. The courts and laws are confusing and have many nuances.

 

Get the help you need in a difficult time. Life happens. You don’t have to go at it alone. With our experienced attorneys, you can find peace of mind in your future. We’ll work with you to create a plan for your new beginning sooner than you think. Learn more about our Colorado family lawyers.

The Cost of Family Law in Fort Collins

Save money on your family law case. Save with a payment plan that works for you, like our SimpleStartTM program. We work with clients to make sure they understand billing and offer options for their financial situation. You can also use our Colorado calculators to see some rough estimates based on your state.

 

If our SimpleStart™ program doesn’t seem right for you, we offer other payment solutions. We allow for two-payment deposits where you can fulfill your initial deposit in two installments. This option allows for some freedom for those needing more time to get their finances in order. Additionally, we allow third-party payors (family, friends) to help you with financing your case. While this third party won’t have access to information about your case, they will get itemized statements twice a month. Learn more about our fees and costs.

 

Generally, the largest factor in the cost of a family legal matter comes from the amount of conflict that exists. If fights are happening about who gets to keep the smallest of items, it is safe to say your attorney fees will be higher. Whenever possible, it is important for parties to recognize the reality of their situation and seek to work amicably towards resolution. View our tips for avoiding conflict.

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Family Law in
Fort Collins

Modern Family Law is here to help you find a new start in life. We work with you to navigate difficult family situations, like divorce, child custody, and child support. Whether you’re going through a divorce and need help with child custody and support or want to plan for the future and get a family issue in order, we’ve got you covered. Our Fort Collins family law team is here for you every step of the way.

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Our experienced family law attorneys in Fort Collins have the knowledge, resources, and dedication to prepare your case and protect your interests to find the best possible outcome.

What is Family Law in
Fort Collins?

There are many aspects to family law in Fort Collins. While many are apparent, the actual service or law is still very gray to most people entering into a family dispute for the first time. The first step in achieving the outcome you desire in your family matter is to get informed about the different practice areas you may have to deal with. The more well-informed you are, the better off you will be. Below you will find explanations of what some of the most prevalent family law practice areas are.

In Colorado, custody is not given to one parent over the other. Rather, it is up to the courts to decide how best to divide custody between both parents. The courts will look at things like the child’s age, the proximity of parents’ residences, and which parent has been more involved in raising the child before making their decision on who gets full custody.

Child support is for both parties’ benefit and is legally enforceable with a court order or agreement signed by both parties. The most common way that child support payments are determined is by using “combined parental gross income” and then dividing that number by each party’s custody percentage. Use our Colorado child support calculator to get an idea of what your child support payments might look like.

In Colorado, parents are granted joint legal custody of their children until the court finds good cause not to grant it. This means both parents will have rights and responsibilities with regard to their children. The court will also determine the amount of child support, based on the non-custodial parent’s income and other circumstances. A custodial parent may request supervised visitation for a time period of up to one year in order to protect them and their children from any harm that may occur. A family law attorney can help you with this process and ensure that your visitation arrangement is reasonable and meets the needs of both the custodial and non-custodial parents.

The dissolution of a marriage in Colorado is governed by the Colorado Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act. The law specifies that there are grounds for divorce, which are listed in the statute. Divorce can be granted on grounds of irreconcilable differences, abandonment, mental incapacity, or conviction of a felony. Spouses can also seek to end their marriage through annulment.

 

An annulment occurs when one party seeks to end the marriage because the other party never had the legal capacity to enter into it in the first place. For example, if one spouse is below 18 years old they cannot get married in Colorado without obtaining consent from a parent or guardian. Annulment is not possible if you have been married for more than 180 days unless it can be proven that fraud occurred when entering into the marriage contract.

 

A divorce decree may include provisions for child custody and visitation rights, spousal maintenance (alimony), child support payments, and division of property and debt acquired during the marriage. A court may determine that child custody will be shared equally between spouses with no preference given to either one as long as it is determined that such custody arrangement would be best for the children involved.

In Colorado, parents have the opportunity to work together and reach a parenting plan that will best suit them and their family. With this, parents can decide who will be the child’s primary caretaker, designate the decision-making process for major parental decisions such as education and health care, set out each parent’s parenting time and how disputes will be resolved.

 

Colorado law also allows for the possibility of joint child custody with both parties sharing physical and legal custody of the children. Joint custody is typically shared at less than 50/50 time with one party designated as the primary caretaker while one party has more time allocated for other activities such as education or employment.

 

Colorado law also recognizes that it may not always be in a child’s best interest to split up siblings if it creates a hardship on either party. For that reason, siblings can live together in some situations such as when they are close in age or ideally live near each other.

If you want more information about how these laws affect your life and family then contact an experienced Fort Collins family law attorney!

Fort Collins
Family Law Attorneys

Find peace and success with our team. Do you want to find a new start in life? Our lawyers can help you navigate difficult family situations that you generally can’t accomplish on your own. With our family law attorneys by your side, you can find legal success without stress or conflict. The courts and laws are confusing and have many nuances.

 

Get the help you need in a difficult time. Life happens. You don’t have to go at it alone. With our experienced attorneys, you can find peace of mind in your future. We’ll work with you to create a plan for your new beginning sooner than you think. Learn more about our Colorado family lawyers.

Frequently Asked Questions About
Fort Collins Family Law

How much does a family lawyer cost in Fort Collins?

Everyone wants to be careful with attorney fees, us included. Potential clients always ask our lawyers how much their case will cost. Unfortunately, we can’t provide much insight into their final bill, because there are too many factors at play. The most critical factor impacting the overall cost of a case is the degree of conflict. A client’s ability to control the degree of conflict in a family law dispute is sometimes limited. The amount of conflict is often unknown or underestimated.

 

Many other factors may also impact the cost of a case. Those include poor strategic planning and selecting an attorney based on factors not related to your goal. Since there are so many things impacting the cost of a case, it’s impossible for a good attorney to quote you an overall cost. We can, however, use our experience to provide you insight into how certain factors impact the average cost, as determined by the American Bar Association.

 

Click the following link to learn more about the cost of a family law attorney in Fort Collins. You may also be interested in our Colorado attorney fees calculators to help you determine costs.

What happens if I do not sign the divorce papers in Colorado?

It’s easy to think since a marriage license requires signatures of both parties –divorce paperwork would be the same. This is incorrect. In Colorado, our Courts only require one party to sign and file a divorce petition to begin the divorce process. Learn more here!

How does the court determine child support in Fort Collins?

Both parents have a legal obligation to support their minor children which is based on the child’s need rather than a parent’s ability to pay. Typically, the non-custodial parent will owe support to the custodial parent as the custodial parent is providing food, shelter, clothing, and day-to-day expenses for the child(ren). The important consideration is where the child would be financially if both parents’ income were combined as if the home were intact. Most states’ calculations take into consideration two significant variables: the incomes of each parent and the number of overnights each parent spends with the child(ren).

Child support is determined by Colorado statute. These guidelines take into consideration several factors that are entered into a formula designed to determine appropriate child support payments. These factors can include the following:

  • The best interest of the child;
  • The financial resources of the non-custodial parent (e.g. income, expenses, etc.);
  • The financial resources of the custodial parent;
  • The financial resources of the child;
  • The standard of living the child would have had if the home were intact; and
  • The physical and emotional condition/needs of the child including educational needs and medical expenses.

Learn more about child support in Fort Collins.

The Cost of
Family Law in
Fort Collins

Save money on your family law case. Save with a payment plan that works for you, like our SimpleStartTM program. We work with clients to make sure they understand billing and offer options for their financial situation. You can also use our Colorado calculators to see some rough estimates based on your state.

 

If our SimpleStart™ program doesn’t seem right for you, we offer other payment solutions. We allow for two-payment deposits where you can fulfill your initial deposit in two installments. This option allows for some freedom for those needing more time to get their finances in order. Additionally, we allow third-party payors (family, friends) to help you with financing your case. While this third party won’t have access to information about your case, they will get itemized statements twice a month. Learn more about our fees and costs.

 

Generally, the largest factor in the cost of a family legal matter comes from the amount of conflict that exists. If fights are happening about who gets to keep the smallest of items, it is safe to say your attorney fees will be higher. Whenever possible, it is important for parties to recognize the reality of their situation and seek to work amicably towards resolution. View our tips for avoiding conflict.

What is Family Law in Fort Collins?

There are many aspects to family law in Fort Collins. While many are apparent, the actual service or law is still very gray to most people entering into a family dispute for the first time. The first step in achieving the outcome you desire in your family matter is to get informed about the different practice areas you may have to deal with. The more well-informed you are, the better off you will be. Below you will find explanations of what some of the most prevalent family law practice areas are.

In Colorado, custody is not given to one parent over the other. Rather, it is up to the courts to decide how best to divide custody between both parents. The courts will look at things like the child’s age, the proximity of parents’ residences, and which parent has been more involved in raising the child before making their decision on who gets full custody.

Child support is for both parties’ benefit and is legally enforceable with a court order or agreement signed by both parties. The most common way that child support payments are determined is by using “combined parental gross income” and then dividing that number by each party’s custody percentage. Use our Colorado child support calculator to get an idea of what your child support payments might look like.

In Colorado, parents are granted joint legal custody of their children until the court finds good cause not to grant it. This means both parents will have rights and responsibilities with regard to their children. The court will also determine the amount of child support, based on the non-custodial parent’s income and other circumstances. A custodial parent may request supervised visitation for a time period of up to one year in order to protect them and their children from any harm that may occur. A family law attorney can help you with this process and ensure that your visitation arrangement is reasonable and meets the needs of both the custodial and non-custodial parents.

The dissolution of a marriage in Colorado is governed by the Colorado Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act. The law specifies that there are grounds for divorce, which are listed in the statute. Divorce can be granted on grounds of irreconcilable differences, abandonment, mental incapacity, or conviction of a felony. Spouses can also seek to end their marriage through annulment.

 

An annulment occurs when one party seeks to end the marriage because the other party never had the legal capacity to enter into it in the first place. For example, if one spouse is below 18 years old they cannot get married in Colorado without obtaining consent from a parent or guardian. Annulment is not possible if you have been married for more than 180 days unless it can be proven that fraud occurred when entering into the marriage contract.

 

A divorce decree may include provisions for child custody and visitation rights, spousal maintenance (alimony), child support payments, and division of property and debt acquired during the marriage. A court may determine that child custody will be shared equally between spouses with no preference given to either one as long as it is determined that such custody arrangement would be best for the children involved.

In Colorado, parents have the opportunity to work together and reach a parenting plan that will best suit them and their family. With this, parents can decide who will be the child’s primary caretaker, designate the decision-making process for major parental decisions such as education and health care, set out each parent’s parenting time and how disputes will be resolved.

 

Colorado law also allows for the possibility of joint child custody with both parties sharing physical and legal custody of the children. Joint custody is typically shared at less than 50/50 time with one party designated as the primary caretaker while one party has more time allocated for other activities such as education or employment.

 

Colorado law also recognizes that it may not always be in a child’s best interest to split up siblings if it creates a hardship on either party. For that reason, siblings can live together in some situations such as when they are close in age or ideally live near each other.

If you want more information about how these laws affect your life and family then contact an experienced Fort Collins family law attorney!

Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Collins Family Law

How much does a family lawyer cost in Fort Collins?

Everyone wants to be careful with attorney fees, us included. Potential clients always ask our lawyers how much their case will cost. Unfortunately, we can’t provide much insight into their final bill, because there are too many factors at play. The most critical factor impacting the overall cost of a case is the degree of conflict. A client’s ability to control the degree of conflict in a family law dispute is sometimes limited. The amount of conflict is often unknown or underestimated.

 

Many other factors may also impact the cost of a case. Those include poor strategic planning and selecting an attorney based on factors not related to your goal. Since there are so many things impacting the cost of a case, it’s impossible for a good attorney to quote you an overall cost. We can, however, use our experience to provide you insight into how certain factors impact the average cost, as determined by the American Bar Association.

 

Click the following link to learn more about the cost of a family law attorney in Fort Collins. You may also be interested in our Colorado attorney fees calculators to help you determine costs.

What happens if I do not sign the divorce papers in Colorado?

It’s easy to think since a marriage license requires signatures of both parties –divorce paperwork would be the same. This is incorrect. In Colorado, our Courts only require one party to sign and file a divorce petition to begin the divorce process. Learn more here!

How does the court determine child support in Fort Collins?

Both parents have a legal obligation to support their minor children which is based on the child’s need rather than a parent’s ability to pay. Typically, the non-custodial parent will owe support to the custodial parent as the custodial parent is providing food, shelter, clothing, and day-to-day expenses for the child(ren). The important consideration is where the child would be financially if both parents’ income were combined as if the home were intact. Most states’ calculations take into consideration two significant variables: the incomes of each parent and the number of overnights each parent spends with the child(ren).

Child support is determined by Colorado statute. These guidelines take into consideration several factors that are entered into a formula designed to determine appropriate child support payments. These factors can include the following:

  • The best interest of the child;
  • The financial resources of the non-custodial parent (e.g. income, expenses, etc.);
  • The financial resources of the custodial parent;
  • The financial resources of the child;
  • The standard of living the child would have had if the home were intact; and
  • The physical and emotional condition/needs of the child including educational needs and medical expenses.

Learn more about child support in Fort Collins.

Why Hire Modern Family Law

Our empathetic and compassionate family law attorneys are here to help you. At the end of the day, you should always find an attorney that you feel comfortable with and feel like you can work with during such a stressful situation. We have a number of ways to help pay for our service. One is our innovative SimpleStart™ Program. Qualify to reduce the initial cost needed upfront and simply pay the PC’s bill every two weeks. This helps us and provides a little insight into the system.

 

We are confident that you’ll find our team is the most responsive, qualified, and empathetic. We understand our approach is not for everyone, but our representation is. We are proud of our business model and even happier when we see families functioning as normal after we’ve helped.

 

Our experienced team of Fort Collins attorneys is empathetic to the unique nature of many of our Fort Collins client’s cases. As such, we encourage you to speak to one of them today and let them hear about the details of your case and your intended outcome and goals. They will be able to provide you with valuable guidance and counseling to help you achieve the outcome that is right for you and your family.

Our Fort Collins Office Location

Additional Family Law Practice Areas

Family law includes a wide array of cases that deal with relationships and the children of relationships.  Typically, family law includes the following practice areas:

Why Hire
Modern Family Law

Our empathetic and compassionate family law attorneys are here to help you. At the end of the day, you should always find an attorney that you feel comfortable with and feel like you can work with during such a stressful situation. We have a number of ways to help pay for our service. One is our innovative SimpleStart™ Program. Qualify to reduce the initial cost needed upfront and simply pay the PC’s bill every two weeks. This helps us and provides a little insight into the system.

 

We are confident that you’ll find our team is the most responsive, qualified, and empathetic. We understand our approach is not for everyone, but our representation is. We are proud of our business model and even happier when we see families functioning as normal after we’ve helped.

 

Our experienced team of Fort Collins attorneys is empathetic to the unique nature of many of our Fort Collins client’s cases. As such, we encourage you to speak to one of them today and let them hear about the details of your case and your intended outcome and goals. They will be able to provide you with valuable guidance and counseling to help you achieve the outcome that is right for you and your family.

Our Fort Collins
Office Location

Additional Family Law
Practice Areas

Family law includes a wide array of cases that deal with relationships and the children of relationships.  Typically, family law includes the following practice areas:

Meet Our Team Of Experienced
Fort Collins Family Law Attorneys

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Karlee Stoppenhagen
Managing Partner
Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins family law attorney Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson
Senior Attorney
Fort Collins, CO

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Jessica Breckenridge
Associate Attorney
Fort Collins, CO

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Family Law Attorney’s In Fort Collins

Benji Kelso
Benji Kelso
April 13, 2022.
Brian and Yenesis were really great to work with. They are extremely thorough and know this area of law very well, and they won my case!
Larry B
Larry B
April 7, 2022.
I Spoke with Kiana today and she was very informative and thorough in her explanation of what my situation would entail, and she said I could probably do a divorce without their assistance . I really appreciated her honesty. l would recommend their service to anyone who needs help with their divorce.
Grace Osberg
Grace Osberg
April 1, 2022.
Nick and Jordan are hardworking and dedicated to their clients. I would recommend them to anyone seeking family law advice.
Megan Sexton
Megan Sexton
March 29, 2022.
I had the best experience working with Brian as My Attorney and Yenesis. I felt fully supported while they worked diligently fighting for myself and my children in my very intense divorce case.
Marva Short
Marva Short
March 21, 2022.
Modern Law Firm did a wonderful job handling a post divorce decree matter. Both Attorney Nick Totallian and Jordan Moore were diligent and thorough in bringing this case to a close.
Shiri Dennison
Shiri Dennison
February 19, 2022.
I spoke with kiana she dedicated her time to answer all my questions I didn't feel rushed and I got the answers I needed. She was very personable, very sensitive to the situation and helped me make a decision for a plan thank you so much I appreciate your law firm and your great service.
Shawndra Homeschool
Shawndra Homeschool
January 26, 2022.
Let's be honest, nobody wants to see themselves in a position where a family law attorney is ever needed. However if the situation does arises, Modern Family Law is the only place I’ve trusted with protecting my children and myself. I researched endlessly - day and night - before ultimitly putting my new, terrifying and time sensitive reality into their hands. This is when Brian Litzinger and Jordan Moore were introduced into my life. What had transpired into a “mess”, has now been avoided from becoming an absolute disaster. Thanks to the endless, hard work Brian and Jordan have dedicated. I can now rest assure, that the best outcome will be achieved. I can’t begin to thank Modern Family Law enough.

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What Happens If I Do Not Sign The Divorce Papers in Colorado?

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