Making changes to your family situation can be a stressful and often overwhelming process. Whether you are going through a divorce, adopting a child, or figuring out custody arrangements, the priority remains the same: your family.
When it comes to dealing with the legal system in regard to family law, it can seem daunting to make sure you are following all of the right steps. This is where our experienced team at Snodgrass Family Law may be able to help. Our practice is devoted exclusively to family law matters, enabling us to provide the highest level of skill and attention to our clients.
Our staff is skilled in not only evaluating your case and helping you prepare, but also understanding what you are going through emotionally, financially, and logistically. We are proud to serve individuals and families in Lakewood and the neighboring areas of Frisco, Littleton, Arvada, Golden, and Denver, Colorado. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Adding to your family is a joyous time. Whether you are adding a spouse through marriage or a child through adoption, making sure the legalities run smoothly is important.
While some people may think prenuptial and postnuptial agreements have a stigma around them, more and more couples are utilizing them as they enter into marriage. One of the main reasons is because many couples are waiting to get married until later in life. According to a survey of 1,000 adults by TD Ameritrade, nearly one-third of millennials are waiting longer to get married. This often means they have more assets to protect.
A prenuptial agreement is a contract that is entered into before the wedding that addresses property and financial issues if the couple divorces or separates. Postnuptial agreements cover the same subjects but occur after the wedding has already happened.
Adopting is a process that involves a lot of paperwork, and occurs when you are adding a child to your family that is not biologically yours. At Snodgrass Family Law, we assist clients with domestic adoption matters, including kinship adoption, second-parent adoption, same-sex partner adoption, second chance adoptions, and adoption relinquishment. In each situation, having a lawyer to guide you through the paperwork and work with you and the agency can help make the process go more smoothly.
Family law involves not only expanding your family but shifting the structure as well. These can be emotional times, and a lawyer working as your advocate can help give you the best resolution for you and your family.
When it comes to divorce, there are various ways for the process to happen. An uncontested divorce occurs when both spouses outline and come to an agreement without needing to involve lengthy court intervention. It requires less time and money and a judge is only needed to finalize the agreement. At Snodgrass Family Law, we offer a low-cost way to help you formalize your agreements and complete your uncontested divorce smoothly, with little hassle, and often with no court appearances at all!
A contested divorce occurs when there are issues on which the couple cannot come into agreement and need another party to step in. They can go through mediation or family court to settle the issues at hand. At Snodgrass Family Law, we are skilled in handling complex asset divisions, executive compensation issues, real estate, business valuations, and more to help finalize your case and set you up for your best future.
Child custody matters ("Allocation of Parental Rights") occur both within a divorce and between unmarried persons. There are different facets under the custody umbrella. Physical custody, or parenting time, involves where the child lives and on what days each parent has time with the child. Legal custody, or what the law refers to as decision-making, involves the important decisions made about the child’s well-being, such as medical and educational decisions.
With both types of custody, there can be either sole or joint arrangements. Sole custody means one parent is fully responsible for the child, including where the child will live and decisions about their schooling and health. Joint custody means both parents are involved in those decisions and both have parenting time.
After custody and parenting time are determined, child support can be calculated. Child support involves the monthly support and financial aspects of your child’s future. Child support takes into account a variety of factors, including each parent’s income and the allocation of overnight parenting time. Each state has a calculation through which these factors are considered in figuring out how much child support is owed. Usually, the non-custodial parent will give money to the custodial parent so that the child’s quality of life can stay at the same level it was at before the split.
Maintenance, formerly known as alimony, refers to the money you may pay to or receive from your former spouse. Colorado has a guideline formula for determining maintenance along with a variety of factors the judge can consider in determining whether a party needs maintenance and, if so, the proper amount. The duration of maintenance is also set by statute and, so long as you have been married for three years or more, is generally half the length of the marriage.
When you have any type of family law need, our team at Snodgrass Family Law is ready to help. If you are based in Lakewood or the surrounding areas of Frisco, Littleton, Arvada, Golden, or anywhere else in the greater Denver area of Colorado, call our firm today to see how we can help you and your family move forward.