Divorce Law

Divorce, also referred to as “dissolution of marriage,” occurs when a marriage is legally terminated. Colorado law governs all matters concerning divorce, legal separation, decision-making and parenting time for your children, child support, alimony/maintenance and division of property. If you are considering a divorce or have been served with divorce papers, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney to protect your rights and provide you with competent legal counsel during the divorce proceedings.

When partners decide to move forward with a divorce, more often than not conflict and emotional trauma can ensue, especially when children or substantial assets are involved. For this reason, it is prudent that any person considering divorce speak with a skilled attorney right away. A highly skilled family law attorney should inform the person of their legal options, provide helpful guidance, and protect the person’s rights.

Divorce, whether contested or uncontested, is often a complex legal process. With guidance from the lawyers at Stoorman, Hanson & van der Valk, P.C., you will complete the process as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

When you are going through a divorce, there are many difficult decisions to be made. You must decide where to live and how your assets will be distributed. If you have children, you will have to work out the issues of decision-making, parenting time, and child support. A decision that is perhaps equally important to the outcome of your divorce and its impact on your future is your choice of divorce attorney. The attorneys at Stoorman, Hanson & van der Valk, P.C. will advise and educate you so that you will be able to make informed and intelligent decisions. The attorneys at Stoorman, Hanson & van der Valk, P.C. have more than 50 years of combined experience practicing divorce and family law The attorneys from our firm are prepared to provide you with highly competent, thoughtful and, if necessary aggressive representation; and will work diligently on your behalf to so that you can confidently move forward through this changing time in your life.

We can help with all aspects of your divorce:

Uncontested Divorce

Is it possible that you and your spouse can resolve your divorce amicably? If so, an uncontested divorce may be an option for you. An uncontested divorce is when neither party will be opposing any of the points that need to be addressed in your divorce and is often a cost-effective method that allows two people to end their marriage as efficiently and amicably as possible.

Contested Divorce

Dealing with any divorce is difficult enough, but when spouses cannot agree with respect to key issues that must be resolved, they can find themselves facing a contested divorce. An adversarial divorce such as this may not only be expensive and time consuming for both parties involved but may also have a lasting emotional impact on the spouses and any children.

High Net-Worth Divorce

In cases involving high net worth, including large estates, numerous properties or substantial business holdings, it is vitally important that you secure the help of an experienced divorce attorney early on in the process. Divorce cases involving high net worth individuals often require extensive discovery, forensic investigation, real estate appraisals and business valuations. Because of these factors, high net worth divorce cases can be more complex to litigate. Stoorman, Hanson & van der Valk, P.C. has represented numerous clients in complex high net worth divorces with successful outcomes.

Common Law Marriage Issues

Colorado is one of a hand full of states that recognize “common law” marriage.  Common law marriage is a complex and often misunderstood legal concept.  In Colorado, a common law marriage is established by the mutual consent or agreement of the parties to be husband and wife, followed by a mutual and open assumption of a marital relationship.  The attorneys at Stoorman, Hanson & van der Valk, P.C. are well-versed in the factors necessary to prove (or disprove) the existence of a common law marriage.  If you are unsure whether your circumstances fall within the legal definition of common law marriage, you need competent legal advice to help protect your rights.

Child Custody

Issues involving child custody can surface in both uncontested and contested divorce cases. If you are attempting to protect your parental rights and  promote the best interests of your children without the assistance of a divorce lawyer, you may end up with a less than acceptable outcome of your case.

Child Support

A child’s welfare is the most important concern for  most divorcing parents. When a divorce occurs, the child’s well-being can be greatly affected through economic changes in lifestyle. When confronting the issue of child support, having a divorce attorney is crucial to ensuring your children will have the financial support necessary to maintain their quality of life.

Property Division – Equitable Distribution of Assets and Debts

Most couples accumulate many things during their years of marriage. Regardless of the length of your marriage, there will undoubtedly be a  fair amount of  assets and debts that  will need to be divided. The distribution of your assets, property and debts should be done according to your prenuptial agreement (if it is enforceable) or by the laws of the State of Colorado if no such agreement exists. It is very important to have an experienced divorce lawyer in your corner early in the process to protect your rights.

Parenting Time/Visitation

Parents have a right to seek reasonable parenting time with their children. The only exception may be if a court has determined that the parent poses a threat to the child’s safety and well-being to the point that the child is endangered physically or emotionally. Seeking parenting time can be a complicated process, particularly if there are other issues that need to be addressed, such as establishing paternity or enforcing/modifying an existing parenting time order. If you are contemplating divorce or have been served with divorce papers and you have children, you should consult with one of our attorneys to ensure that your parenting rights are preserved and are in the best interests of your children.