Skilled Family Law Attorneys in Greenwood Village Provide Sound Counsel
Full-service family law firm serving the Denver Metro area
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of marital conflict, the Law Offices of Leonard R. Higdon can help. Since 1997, we have served families in the Greenwood Village area, building a reputation for trustworthy, discreet and effective representation. Our lawyers understand how painful it can be to seek a legal remedy for a deeply personal conflict. To ease your burden, we provide the information you need to take the mystery and anxiety out of the process, so you can concentrate on obtaining a practical, enduring solution. Our goal is to deliver reliable counsel and determined advocacy, so you can make the smart decisions and we achieve a result that puts you in the best possible position to move forward.
Accomplished divorce lawyers address your urgent and long-term concerns
In our family law practice, we often handle divorce actions to assist clients who are making this difficult transition. If your marriage is ending, we can explain the relevant laws and how they apply to your specific circumstances. We lay out various options and help you decide on an appropriate strategy. In general, divorce requires you to resolve four key issues:
- Alimony — Also called spousal support, this can be a key point of contention if one spouse has relied on the other to provide most or all of the household income.
- Child custody — If you’re a parent, it is critical to establish appropriate terms regarding your children’s residence and how major decisions related to their health and welfare will be made. We work to protect your parental rights and your children’s best interests.
- Child support — Although Colorado has state guidelines for basic child support, there are many reasons to deviate from the suggested amount. We call the court’s attention to all pertinent facts.
- Division of property — Colorado is an equitable distribution state, which means that courts divide marital assets and debts based on that they think is fair. This means that the spouses might not split the value of the marital estate equally. We advocate strongly for the best possible resolution based on the circumstances of your case.
Many of our clients have success resolving their divorce through mediation, during which a qualified third party helps spouse reach a compromise settlement. However, when a divorce must go to trial, you can ran rely on us for skillful, aggressive litigation services.
Unfortunately, even after a divorce is finalized, legal issues can persist. We assist post-divorce clients with the enforcement and modification of child support and child custody orders.
There are many family law matters that are separate from divorce. Notably, we provide services related to prenuptial agreements for engaged clients and postnuptial agreements for clients who are already married. Such agreements can alleviate some of the stress during the marriage and simplify litigation should you ever divorce. We review, negotiate and draft marital agreements that protect our clients’ rights.
Seasoned legal counselors assist with the Colorado adoption process
If you have decided to welcome a child into your home, you want to make sure everything is done correctly so there will never be a question about your legal rights. International adoptions require compliance with the laws of the child’s country of origin, U.S. immigration and the State of Colorado. Domestic adoptions are simpler, but there are still potential pitfalls we can help you avoid. Our attorneys handle adoption issues on the legal front so you can concentrate on the home front.
Skilled advocates protect your rights in alimony disputes
Colorado alimony law is designed to prevent divorce from causing a financial crisis. However, the law is complex and cases presenting similar facts can lead to very different results. Dependent spouses are entitled to temporary support during the divorce process, as well as statutory maintenance based on the length of the marriage. Couples can also negotiate a post-divorce alimony agreement. Our attorneys manage the complexities to help you establish an fair amount of spousal support.
Firm handles juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
If your child has a brush with the law, his or her future is in jeopardy. In addition to civil trial law, our attorneys also handle criminal cases. Although a juvenile adjudication is not considered a criminal matter, our experience in that arena enables us to provide robust representation. Should a question arise about your parental fitness, we are determined to protect your parental rights from the unwarranted interference of government authorities.