Fort Collins Divorce Lawyer

In Colorado law, divorce is referred to as “dissolution of marriage.” One of the parties must have lived in Colorado for at least 90 days before filing for divorce. Colorado is a no-fault divorce state, meaning, that for purposes of the divorce, no fault is assigned to either party—only that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” While issues such as adultery and abuse are generally not considered in the dissolution of the marriage, they may be taken into account when determining custody of the children.

Divorce with Less Stress

Divorce is nearly always difficult for a family. It may be met with feelings of regret, relief, or ambivalence. But even if you are relieved to be ending an unhappy marriage, a divorce can be incredibly stressful. According to a well-respected research study by psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe, of all life’s events, only one –the death of a spouse—is more likely than divorce to cause stress at such a high level that it can actually precipitate illness. Not only is it stressful to the parties who are ending their marriage, it can be stressful to the children and other family members who may be caught in the middle of a contentious situation.

Rational Divorce

With the right lawyer, your divorce can be less stressful without sacrificing any of your rights or giving away more than is fair. It is important to select an attorney who will advocate powerfully for fair terms for your marriage dissolution without unnecessarily fanning the flames of volatile emotions and escalating the contentiousness that is not helpful to either party or to any children of the marriage. A good divorce lawyer is compassionate, level-headed, knowledgeable, fair-minded, and a skilled negotiator who can bring parties to a reasonable agreement in which there are no winners and losers. Your lawyer can help you achieve a “good divorce,” in which both partners are left with the resources to pick up the pieces and move on when a marriage has ended, with the least possible amount of rancor.

Who Needs a Divorce Lawyer?

If you have no children and minimal assets, you might not need to hire an attorney for an uncontested divorce. However, in a marriage of some duration, with children and various types of assets, fair and reasonable division of marital property and determination of child custody, child support, and spousal support can become extremely complex. In these cases, you should seriously consider consider having an experienced Colorado divorce attorney to guide you through this process. Your attorney will have detailed knowledge of Colorado’s divorce law and also have access to various experts, such as CPAs, forensic accountants, financial professionals, psychologists and social workers who can be called upon to perform audits and business valuations and to render opinions as to the best interests of the children and other complexities that may arise which require expert testimony.

In the more complex, high asset divorces, your Colorado divorce lawyer will:

  • Determine the total value of assets of the marriage
  • Negotiate a fair division of marital assets
  • Review any prenuptial agreements for validity and enforceability
  • Work to protect your parental rights
  • Negotiate child custody and visitation agreements
  • Negotiate child and spousal support
  • Bring on board expert witnesses when appropriate

Get the Legal Help You Need When Your Marriage is Failing

In this difficult time, having the best possible legal representation can make a great difference in the quality of your life moving forward. While no one can guarantee a totally stress-free divorce, having a supportive, compassionate, and diligent Colorado divorce lawyer working for you can make the process significantly less stressful and rancorous. Call the Law Office of Stephen Vertucci, LLC at 970.900.1800 for the advice and support you need as you work your way through the divorce process.