MANSFIELD FAMILY LAW
We know how emotionally strenuous and difficult divorce can be. We are here to lessen that burden.
We are experienced in both routine and complex family law matters and will advocate for you while helping navigate what is often a challenging process, all while seeking a fair and just resolution.
PARENTING PLANS & CHILD SUPPORT
As a parent, when you and the other parent split, it is important to have set in place a plan for parenting time and a plan for how decisions will be made for your children. We work to establish or amend parenting plans in the best interest and emotional and physical security of your children.
step parent ADOPTION
We assist you as you undergo this life altering process for both you and your child.
A stepparent adoption essentially legalizes and formalizes a parent and child relationship that already emotionally and functionally exists.
We also provide mediation services to those working cooperatively to create resolution through the mediation process.
A mediator does not act as your attorney, however a family law attorney acting as a mediator uses his/her practical experience and legal knowledge to mediate comprehensive, detailed and workable agreements. The mediation process can significantly reduce the time and cost of divorce and allows the parties to craft agreements that work in their specific circumstances.
REPRESENTING YOU WHEN IT MATTERS MOST.
When it comes to protecting what matters most, you choose the best. You need the insight that comes along with experienced representation and an exclusive focus on family law. You need a knowledgeable and passionate advocate in your corner.
the mansfield team:
Family Law Attorney
Alice has unparalleled insight in family law as a result of over 30 years of legal experience.
She is intimately familiar with the significance of family matters, having raised her own family while building a successful practice after graduation from the University of Illinois School of Law in 1989.
Whether she is aggressively litigating on behalf of her clients or negotiating a settlement, Alice represents each case with the diligence and dedication she would for her own. With the experience of a broad scope of unique cases she’s represented over the years, her range of solutions and remedies are informed by decades of real court room experience.
In Colorado, marital property is equitably distributed between the parties.
- Marital property is property acquired during the marriage, as well as the increase in value of property acquired during the marriage, unless the property was acquired by gift or inheritance.
We employ techniques to help you preserve the value of the assets you've built and limit the tax consequences of allocating those assets.
Retirement accounts acquired during the marriage are property to be allocated in divorce. It is important to understand the long term implications of distributing pensions, IRA’s and other retirement or tax deferred accounts.
There are a number of factors the Court considers to determine an appropriate parenting time plan and to allocate decision making. C.R.S. § 14-10-124 lists the best interest factors.
Parenting Plans are created at the time of divorce, or through an allocation of parental responsibilities case if the parent are not married, or through a paternity action. The parenting plan can also be modified as the children become older or other life circumstances change.
- Child support guidelines vary from state to state. Some of the factors considered in Colorado include the income of each party, number of overnights each parent has with the child, the cost of work related and education related day care, the cost of health insurance premiums for the child and the amount of child support paid for other children of each party.
- Colorado child support guidelines are contained in C.R.S. § 14-10-115.
The Court considers a number of factors in determining whether to award spousal maintenance (“alimony”), and if so, in what amount and what duration.
The Colorado legislature has created suggested amounts and length of spousal maintenance, but the Court is not required to follow the suggestions. The Court is required to consider all the relevant factors, such as the income of each party (or ability to earn income), the health, age and education of each party, and the length of the marriage.
- In Colorado, under certain circumstances grandparents and great-grandparents can be permitted visitation rights. In other limited circumstances, grandparents may be allocated parental responsibilities, for example, where grandparents have been acting in a parental role.
- Please contact our office for a consultation to discuss your specific circumstances and whether you may qualify for Court ordered visitation or custody.
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5105 DTC Pkwy Suite 150
Greenwood Village, CO 80111