Family Law – Divorce, Child Support, Child Custody, Visitation
For many people divorce is one of the biggest decisions and changes in their lives. We understand how difficult it can be and can help. Our practice is dedicated to helping clients during and after their divorce. We listen to your needs and help you achieve your goals as your life enters its next phase. We endeavor make every effort to find a reasonable solution to any legal problem. However, when a reasonable solution cannot be found, we have honed the skills necessary to take the case to trial.
Anna Bond is the head of the family law department and has successfully litigated numerous cases throughout the state. In each case, Anna makes every effort to find a reasonable solution. However, when a reasonable solution cannot be found, Anna has the skills necessary to take the case to trial. Based on her courtroom presence, judges praise Anna for her professionalism and diligent preparation.
Some examples of our work:
- We successfully resolved a protracted and contentious divorce with marital assets exceeding 10 million dollars;
- We litigated a case in which an abused wife was awarded sole custody of her child;
- We helped a couple obtain custody of the children in a case in which the biological mother was deemed unfit to parent;
- We helped a woman achieve a fair property settlement and she was awarded maintenance, where the husband made every effort to leave the woman penniless;
- We successfully achieved joint custody for a father who was accused by his wife of abuse and that he was an unfit parent;
- We blocked an ex-wife’s plan to prevent our client from having any visitation rights with his children;
- We helped a man who was precluded from seeing his son reunite with his child. The client now has regular parenting time and the relationship between father and son has been restored.
What our clients say about us:
After years of frustration and being told to “give up” on gaining custody of my stepchildren, my husband and I turned to Anna Bond. She not only fought for us, but she fought for our children. She was the calm voice leading us through the storm. She listened to us and believed in us when other attorneys did not. There were many times we felt like it was a losing battle, and that we had no hope. Anna was always there to push us through and to remind us that it could be done. Being able to know my children are in a safe environment has completely changed all of our lives. I can’t imagine anyone I would recommend higher, and I think of what she has done for us on a daily basis. THANK YOU!
Frequently asked questions:
- HOW LONG DOES A DIVORCE TAKE?
Colorado law does not allow you to get a divorce in less than 90 days. Most cases take between six months and a year. It is our goal to resolve your divorce as quickly as possible, including by agreement if appropriate.
- WHAT DO I DO UNTIL THE DIVORCE IS OVER?
After filing for divorce, a hearing can be requested to decide who lives where, who uses what property, payment of debts, amount of child support, child custody, etc. These “temporary” orders will be in effect until your divorce is final.
- WHAT IF MY SPOUSE TRIES TO HIDE ASSETS OR SPEND ALL OUR MONEY?
All Colorado divorce cases have automatic restraining orders that prohibit a spouse from hiding or disposing of property, disturbing the other spouse, or removing the children from Colorado.
- HOW WILL THE JUDGE DECIDE WHERE THE CHILDREN WILL LIVE, AMOUNT OF CHILD SUPPORT, HOLIDAYS, ETC.?
The general rule of law is that Judge must decide what is in the “best interests of the child.” In general, unless there are good reasons not to, both parents will have significant parenting time and will make decisions about what is best for the child.
Child support is based upon the gross income of each parent. The child support includes childcare, medical costs and other necessary expenses. Both parents must pay their share based on each of their gross income.
- WHAT IS MARITAL PROPERTY AND WHAT IS NOT?
All property is considered marital property unless it was acquired before the marriage, by inheritance or by separate gift. However, any increase in the value of separate property during the marriage is considered marital property.
- WHEN DOES A SPOUSE GET MAINTENANCE (also called Alimony)?
To receive maintenance/alimony, the Judge must find that you do not have enough property or income to provide for reasonable needs; you cannot support yourself through employment; or you are responsible for a child whose condition prevents you from seeking employment.
- HOW IS THE DIVORCE FINALIZED?
Most divorces are resolved by settlement. If we are unable to reach a settlement, a hearing is held and Judge will decide all of the issues in your case.
- WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD LAWYER FEES?
If there is a large difference between you and your spouse’s income, the Judge can order one spouse to pay all or a portion of the other spouse’s legal fees. This is decided on a case-by-case basis.
All of the cases, set forth above are for purposes of example, and are not and should not be construed as a guarantee or predictor of future result.