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Longmont Divorce and Family Law Attorneys
The Longmont Divorce Attorneys at Ellison Law provide personalized and prompt service when guiding you through your divorce, legal separation, child custody matters, modifications, or drafting marital agreements. Our Divorce Attorneys listen to your unique needs and goals, distill complex legal jargon into understandable terms, and craft a strategy to achieve your best outcome. Our team has the experience and skills to advise you on the likely outcome if your case goes to a contested hearing. We provide reasonable advice to help keep conflict low and save you money. We see you as more than a business transaction. Our passion is helping people through a difficult time.
Why Hire the Divorce Lawyers of Ellison Law
Prompt and Personal
A husband-and-wife team who strive for your best result.
Personalized service to each client.
We maintain a manageable caseload that allows us the focus necessary to achieve the best outcome in each case.
Actively Engaged in the Legal Community
Emily is the 2022-2023 President of the Boulder County Bar Foundation and is President-Elect of the Boulder County Bar Association and Board Member since 2019.
Will was President of the Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee in 2021-2022 and is a current board member. We stay up-to-date on changes in family law by attending regular training.
Experienced in cases involving unique assets, including high asset divorces with high value real estate, multiple real estate properties, businesses, trusts, and unique retirement assets including a variety of pension plans and Colorado PERA.
We also provide marital agreement drafting and review services, including Marital Agreements (Post-Nuptial Agreements) and Pre-Marital Agreements (Pre-Nuptial Agreements).
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Frequently Asked Questions About Colorado Divorce
How long does it take to get divorced in Colorado?
A divorce in Colorado takes at least 91 days. There is a statutory waiting period of 91 days before a divorce can be finalized. In Colorado, most divorce cases take six to nine months. Your divorce may take a year or longer if it involves complex assets, difficult parenting issues, the need for experts, a final hearing, or multiple hearings. Read more in our article on how long it takes to get divorced in Colorado.
Read more questions and answers on our FAQ page.
Divorce: The legal term for divorce in Colorado is dissolution of marriage. See our divorce flowchart and more on the process below.
Alimony/Spousal Maintenance/Spousal Support: Alimony is a colloquial term for payments paid from one spouse to another for financial support. Colorado law uses the terms spousal maintenance or spousal support to refer for alimony. Spousal maintenance is awarded when there is a large disparity in incomes of the parties. The spouse requesting maintenance must show a financial need and that the other spouse has the ability to pay. When determining a maintenance award, the Court considers all relevant factors.
Legal Separation: A legal separation is a legal status and process, it is not accomplished by merely living separately. A legal separation in Colorado follows the same process as dissolution (commonly called divorce), except that the legal status of married remains. Read more in our article on legal separation.
Child Custody: What used to be called “child custody” is now called parental responsibilities in Colorado. Physical custody is now called parenting time. Legal custody is now called decision making. If you have minor children, then the Court will require you and your spouse to establish a parenting time schedule. This is a schedule that determines which days the children are with each parent.
Property Division: One of the main objectives in a Colorado divorce is determining how to divide marital property and debts. Colorado is an equitable distribution state. An equitable distribution means that Colorado courts will divide marital property fair and equitably. In practice, most Courts divide marital property equally (50/50).
Child Support: Child Support will be calculated to determine if one parent owes the other monthly child support. The two main factors in determining child support are the number of overnights each parent has with the children and each parent’s gross monthly income.
Uncontested Divorce: Colorado law does not define an uncontested, no contest, or non-contested divorce differently from a contested divorce. However, when parties agree on all terms there are differences in the process.
Post-Decree Modifications of Orders: Motions are required to modify orders made in the initial divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities case.
Common Law Marriage: No specific facts are certain to create a common law marriage. There is no specific duration required. It is a fact based determination made by the court.
Partition: A partition is a civil lawsuit required to divide real estate between two or more unmarried owners.
Overview of the Colorado Divorce Process
The legal term for "divorce" is dissolution of marriage. This is the term you will see on the paperwork involved.
The basic steps in a typical dissolution of marriage case are:
File a Petition or Co-Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and complete service of process, if needed.
Attend the Initial Status Conference. This is the first Court appearance where you schedule deadlines in the case, ask the Court to appoint any experts, if needed, and request a Temporary Orders hearing, if necessary. Usually scheduled about 3-6 weeks out from filing the initiating documents.
Exchange Mandatory Financial Disclosures and file a Sworn Financial Statement. There is a 42-day deadline from the date of either when the Co-Petition is signed, the Waiver and Acceptance of Service is signed, or the other party is formally served.
Negotiate settlement and attend mediation to resolve all issues.
Prepare and attend Permanent Orders Hearing for a judicial determination of remaining contested issues.
Divorce is a process required by the state and it has narrow purposes different from the purposes for ending the relationship. The dissolution of marriage process is designed to accomplish the purposes of:
Dissolving the marriage
Determining ownership of assets, liability for debts,
Determining spousal maintenance, if necessary, and
Allocating parental responsibilities of children.
Colorado is a “no-fault state,” which means that neither spouse has to provide a reason for ending the marriage. Bad acts by either spouse leading to the failure of the marriage (i.e. infidelity) are mostly irrelevant to the case, except to the extent they include economic fault, such as accumulation of debt or waste of assets. Bad acts can also matter to the extent they negatively impact parenting.
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What Our Clients Say
He took as much time as I needed to feel comfortable making decisions, listened carefully, advised me professionally and with compassion, and helped me reach a settlement by communicating effectively with the opposing lawyer. I would highly recommend him for family law matters.
- Family Law Client 11/13/18
We worked with both William and Emily Ellison for a custody case. They are extremely professional, but also get to know your situation personally. They listened to everything we had to say and gave us wonderful advice. They are both very knowledgeable. They had us more prepared for our hearing then we ever thought imaginable and we won our case. I highly recommend them for family matters. I would also use them again if ever needed. Wonderful people!!
- Family Law Client 1/2/19
Emily has been an amazing attorney in helping and guiding me with my upcoming divorce. She has been patient and kind and so helpful. She answers emails promptly. She takes the time to listen to me and answer all the questions I have. Hiring her as my divorce attorney was the best decision I have made in my divorce. Both Emily and Will are kind, dedicated professional attorneys who have their clients best interest at heart.
- Family Law Client 1/12/21
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