Families are complicated and family law cases today can be complicated as well. Although each client is unique, it is likely that we have represented clients in circumstances similar to yours, from complex parental responsibilities and property/financial cases to standard matters. Below are some descriptions of the types of cases in which we represent clients. Some of the tabs will provide you a more complete description of each particular type of case. Or, you are welcome to call us to schedule a time for us to talk about your particular case matter.

Divorce and Legal Separation

Divorce or Legal Separation cases typically involve three areas – children, support and property distribution. Parenting time and decision-making responsibilities concerning children are best made by agreement between the parents. If the parents cannot reach an agreement concerning their children, then the Court shall enter orders it deems appropriate and in the best interests of the children.

Colorado is an equitable distribution state when marital property is divided between spouses. Equitable distribution of property does not necessarily mean an equal division of property, although the law generally provides for an equal division of marital property. Certain factors however, may result in a property split on an otherwise equal basis. Some of the property issues that you can expect to be addressed within your divorce or legal separation case are the house(s), pensions, retirement funds, self-employed spouses operating their own businesses as sole proprietorships/partnerships/S-Corporations, gifts made between spouses.

Child support is set by the Colorado Child Support guidelines. Child support is payable until a child turns nineteen years of age or if the child emancipates prior to age nineteen. Spousal support orders are generally made either on a temporary basis or for a number of years. For a spousal support award at final orders, the Court’s analysis focuses on the needs of the spouse requesting support versus the ability to pay of the spouse from whom the support is requested.

In Colorado each case follows a specific step by step process until completed. You may refer to our flow chart with minor children or flow chart with no minor children to see the various steps we are required to take to complete your case.

Colorado family law cases now utilize the spousal maintenance guidelines. The spousal maintenance guidelines utilize a formula based on the parties' years of marriage and incomes. The maintenance guidelines are advisory and provide a framework for the courts and parties to use in divorce proceeding when determining maintenance. You may find the maintenance guidelines at Colorado Revised Statutes 14.10.114.

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (Custody)

These types of cases involve situation where the parents of the child(ren) may not be married and the parents are seeking to establish legal rights and responsibilities related to the child(ren). In these types of cases we typically encourage our clients to attempt to resolve the issues prior to going to a contested hearing. We understand that some issues cannot be resolved and a Court hearing may be necessary. The Court enters orders in these cases that it deems are in the child(ren)’s best interests. The Court shall also establish a child support order as determined by the Colorado Child Support Guidelines.

In Colorado each case follows a specific step by step process until completed. You may refer to our “flow chart for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities to see the various steps we are required to take to complete your case.

Guardianship/Conservator Cases

In certain cases, an individual other than a parent may seek care and control over an individual who may be a child or an adult. These cases may arise when one or both of the natural parents cannot care for the child(ren), or the parents may have died, or the parents may have abandoned the child(ren). These cases may also arise when an individual is deemed unable to care for themselves, and that person may be an adult. The person(s) seeking to care for the child(ren) or individual, may petition the Court for Guardianship or Conservatorship.


We handle a wide variety of adoption cases that include stepparent adoption, custodial adoption, kinship adoption, and second parent adoption. We also work with several adoption agencies in Colorado to assist clients in finalizing agency adoptions. Finally, we assist couples with Surrogacy Agreements and Invitro Fertilization Agreements.

Hague Convention Child Abduction Cases

Vince has being recognized by both the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the United States State Department for his work on international child abduction cases. The Hague Convention is a treaty that applies when children are wrongfully removed from their home country (“habitual residence”) and transported to another country. The terms “wrongful removal” and “habitual residence have specific meanings within the context of the treaty. Most international child abduction cases revolve around the location of the children’s habitual residence and whether they were wrongfully removed from their country of habitual residence.

We have represented clients from Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Holland, Indonesia, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States in these types of cases.

Prenuptial/postnuptial and Domestic Partnership Agreements

Married couples, soon-to-be-married couples and those who choose to live together but not marry are increasingly turning towards written agreements that fix each partner’s respective rights/duties towards each other in the event their relationship ends. The positive attributes of these agreements are that they avoid the emotional and financial costs of a contested divorce or property distribution.

Mediation and Mediation/Arbitration

Many people today chose to resolve their family law case through mediation or Arbitration. By using the mediation process, the parties reach an agreement that serves their interests and their children’s interests. Additionally, the parties reach a peaceful resolution to their case without the uncertain financial and emotional cost of going to Court.

Mediation is a process where we, as the neutral mediator, meet with the parties to assist them in resolving their case. Arbitration, on the other hand, means that the parties ask us to resolve any issue they cannot resolve between themselves or by mediation. Mediation or arbitration case issues may involve children’s issues, property distribution or spousal/child support.

Collaborative Divorce

The collaborative divorce process consists of the spouses and their lawyers signing a binding agreement that requires them to reach a negotiated agreement on all issues related to the divorce case. Each spouse is represented by a specially trained attorney throughout the divorce process.


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