Divorce & Dissolution

The experienced divorce attorneys at Carlson, Edwards, and O’Connor provide solid advice and strong representation throughout this stressful process

Divorce proceedings require a thorough exchange of information and legal forms, which can be challenging to complete on your own, especially as emotions are running high. These forms include a Petition with the Court, a Summons and financial records such as an affidavit of financial affairs, W-2s, income and tax return information.

It is best to work with an experienced team of family lawyers to help you meet court demands thoroughly and protect your best interests in issues of child custody, child support, alimony or complex property division.

Schedule an initial consultation by reaching us online or by telephone at 970-668-1678.

The Colorado Divorce Procedure

In an effort to encourage less adversarial divorce proceedings, Colorado law requires separating couples to go through a two-step process for any divorce filing. The process involves:

1) Meeting with a family court facilitator: Not an attorney, and not a mediator, the family court facilitator does just that. He or she informs each party of a divorce of expected procedures and what information must be provided, then determining whether or not a hearing is required before a judge.

2) Resolving in court: Depending on the level of contention between the divorcing parties, one or more hearings may be required to finalize a divorce. If there are major disagreements, multiple hearings may be required. These could include a Temporary Orders hearing, a hearing on child support, a hearing on maintenance or a Final Orders hearing to cover all issues of the divorce.

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“Gray Divorces” and Divorce with a Mentally Ill, Disturbed or Disabled Spouse

The descent of a spouse into a mental condition that leaves them unable to function in the world is tragic. It is even more devastating when treatment is refused for a manageable condition. Sometimes the burden is simply too much to bear. In these rare situations, one is often left with no choice but to divorce to save oneself and the children if any.

We at Carlson, Edwards, and O'Connor have seen and represented clients in an increasing number of “gray divorces” of older couples and “special needs” divorces in these difficult situations.

Colorado has established special procedures for such cases. They require a Sorenson hearing [In re the Marriage of Sorensen, 166 P.3d 254 (Colo. App. 2007)] as to when a guardian ad litem is to be appointed for the mentally challenged spouse. The courts require a special review of any settlement or the outcome. We at Carlson, Edwards, and O'Connor are one of the few law firms with multiple case experience in Sorensen hearings and Sorensen type cases.

Child Custody and your Family's Best Interests

Some situations may require specific participation in a program. For example, if you have children, you will be required to attend a parenting class. Our goal is always to protect the best interest of any child involved in a divorce. In some cases, this requires us to make sure you, as a parent, remain in strong financial standing post-divorce. In others, we need to take action in protecting children from a negligent or abusive parent.

The process can be challenging, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the law and what types of issues need to be accounted for. Work with an experienced lawyer at our firm to gain an understanding and start off on the right foot.

Eagle County and Summit County Lawyers Experienced in Divorce and Dissolution

Obtaining a dissolution of marriage (or more commonly, divorce) can be an intimidating and uncertain process. An experienced Eagle County divorce attorney can alleviate these issues and will work with you to obtain a fair and just outcome. Were you aware that you can be married in Colorado without actually signing a marriage license? Or that maintenance (alimony, spousal support) terms depend a great deal on the length of your marriage?

These are questions for your Summit County & Eagle County divorce attorney, not for the internet. Our firm can show you how to navigate between dissolutions and legal separations. Our legal separation lawyers can help you choose your best option, for your exact situation.

At Carlson, Edwards, and O'Connor you can expect fair, thorough, and devoted representation. Our Summit and Eagle County divorce attorneys appreciate the complexity of dissolution and separation cases, from a legal, economic, and emotional standpoint. Be sure that your rights are protected, and that you achieve the result the law says you deserve. 

What Our Clients Say

  • Glenn
    100% satisfied! Steven represented me for a child custody case and he was very professional and very educated! Not only did he do his job, but it was also obvious that he truly cares about the law and your rights as a parent. Child custody cases are very...
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  • Brian
    Mr. O’Connor was very knowledgeable and professional in handling my case, and I would recommend him to anyone needing legal advice in the future.
  • Lauren Butler
    I have known and worked with Courtney for years. In all my experiences with her, she has never been anything but professional, kind, and intelligent. She's always the most prepared and well-researched person in the room and is therefore generally one...
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  • Yana Welton
    It was a pleasure to work with Steven and Courtney! They are an excellent example of a group of qualified professionals!
  • Julie
    Courtney helped me out immensely. I hired her to write a lease, and I got so much more. She advised me in areas that I didn't understand, was extremely thorough and patient. She went above and beyond what was asked of her. I trust her and am extremely...
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  • Bridget Bose
    Courtney Edwards was a pleasure to work with. In fact, everyone in the company was so helpful in helping my parents prepare their wills. It can be a dark topic but they were professional and kind.
  • Melody
    Steven handled a Guardianship case for me, I needed to get custody of my grandsons due to an issue with their parents. He was professional, determined and knew what was needed to win this case. I can't thank him enough for what he did, my grandsons are...
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  • Kyle
    Steven was very thorough, made important suggestions and promptly answered any questions I had while preparing my will. Highly recommend.

Get in Touch with Our High Country Law Firm Today!

If you have legal issues or questions, call us today. Our attorneys provide consultations to inform you about the law and will explain what we can do for you, if you decide you need an attorney to assist with your case.

Summit County Office

975 North Ten Mile Drive
Frisco, CO 80443

Eagle County Office

56 Edwards Village Blvd. Unit 121, Suite 1
Edwards, CO 81632