Ending a marriage is already among the more difficult scenarios you may face in your adult life, and as stressful and painful as it is for you, it can be even harder on your children. Retaining the services of the qualified Englewood family law experts at Johnson Law Group can help ensure that your children have the resources they need to maintain their standard of living and that your familial bonds with your kids remain just as strong as ever, despite you and your former spouse moving forward to a new phase in your lives.
Like any other legal situation, you are perfectly within your rights to head into child custody hearings without an attorney at your side. Some people successfully process their divorces with good outcomes, usually after many weeks of research and document preparation. Many others, however, overestimate their legal abilities or underestimate the complexity of a child custody case and find themselves in over their head. In most divorces, choosing self-representation over working with qualified child custody attorneys can end up being a significant mistake that is difficult and expensive to correct.
If you (or your spouse) are about to file for divorce (or if you've already filed but child support, child custody, and other legal issues are proving more complex than you originally predicted), you may currently be in the process of deciding whether you need to get a lawyer. Before you make a final decision or go to court alone, consider the following:
A: A child custody case is not about one or the other parent “winning." The purpose of using the court system to determine which parent will have primary custody of a child is so that the child is safe, well cared for, and adequately supported.
A: As with any sort of legal services, the cost of hiring a child custody lawyer, divorce lawyer, or family law specialist in Colorado can vary greatly based on a number of factors. These factors include what city you’re in, the quality of your legal representation, the amount of courtroom time required to finalize your divorce, the complexity of assets to be divided, the number of minor children involved, and more.
A: The fee to bring a child custody case to court in Colorado will depend on the circumstances of the case. The filing fee for a “petition for allocation of parental responsibilities” is currently $222. If you are seeking to re-open and modify an existing child custody order, the filing fee is only $105, however. Atypical situations may have other fees involved. These are separate from attorney fees, child support payments, or any other legal costs that may be incurred by the case going forward.
A: Child custody in Colorado is handled by The Domestic Relations Division of the Family Court, a special apparatus of the Colorado Judicial Branch. When filing a petition to have custody awarded or modified, you can simply begin at your local courthouse. For Englewood residents, you can visit the Englewood Municipal Court located at 1000 Englewood Parkway.
The family law team at Johnson Law Group has years of success handling the most sensitive child custody matters, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you and your children. Working from our main offices in Denver, we are grateful to be able to offer our high-end services to families and parents throughout the Englewood area, as well as Adams, Arapahoe, and Denver counties. Contact us today for a compassionate, no-obligation review of your case.