Divorce

Considering a divorce? Or has your spouse handed you divorce papers? The divorce attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson, Colorado Springs, CO, are here to help you.

Knies, Helland & McPherson partners with you to come up with a personalized solution that will fit your specific situation. Only you know what support you need at this moment in time, and the partners at Knies, Helland & McPherson will first listen closely to what you’re thinking and feeling and then craft a personalized strategy to help you achieve your goals.

Our three partners, Jennifer Knies, Jennifer Helland and Kelly McPherson, handle their own cases, but they also always work as a team. When you become a client of Knies, Helland & McPherson, you will have the expertise, experience and support of the entire firm. We are here for you and our goal is to offer you hope for the future. We will be with you in this extremely difficult moment, but we will focus on how to get you to a much better place. That’s why our tagline is, “Partnering with you for a successful future.”

Knies, Helland & McPherson works with couples to find the most dignified path for them. They handle traditional divorces but also have experience in mediation and offer divorce coaching and other a la carte services. They understand that going through a divorce is excruciating, and with sensitivity and grace, they partner with each client to come up with a customized solution that meets each person’s needs and goals.

Whatever you do, do not go it alone. Ultimately, it will not likely cost you less. There is too much at risk and chances are, you will miss important steps in the process. At Knies, Helland & McPherson, we not only represent you in a court of law, but we are there to support you emotionally throughout the process.

Give us a call today at 719-635-8499 to schedule your personalized consultation to discuss your case in full confidentiality.

How Our Top Colorado Springs Divorce Lawyers Can Help

When we enter into a marriage, we all assume it will last. We even dream that we will spend the rest of our lives together. And while that happens for some, for others, life circumstances change, personalities change, and relationships change. As that happens, there are some instances when divorce is a better option than remaining in a failing marriage, or worse, in an abusive or toxic one. If that is the case for you, it is important that you understand your options.

All of our divorce lawyers at Knies, Helland & McPherson focus on family law, and partner with you to get what you and your family need and deserve. Divorce court can be messy and complex. Going with experienced lawyers who well know the local laws, court, attorneys and bench will be to your advantage. In most cases, we can avoid the courtroom and settle the divorce in mediation – that will save you time, money, and emotion, but also best assure you get a fair outcome. However, if your case needs to go to a contested hearing, we have years of success in the courtroom and with arbitration. When you hire our attorneys, you will get a real-life assessment of your case from start to finish in real time. We will discuss pros and cons of each decision financially and emotionally, and assist you in looking at both short- and long-term consequences of your decisions. While we will guide you in making decisions in your case with real advice, you will hold the power to make all critical decisions regarding your representation.

At Knies, Helland & McPherson, we have created a new approach to divorce. We provide traditional divorce services, but we also provide coaching, mediation and other a la carte services to help fit your needs. We will partner with you to come up with the personalized solution that will help you the most. We even offer military divorce and same sex divorce services.

What Is Divorce?

To put it simply, a divorce is a legal action taken by married people to lawfully terminate the marriage relationship. In some cases, it is referred to as the dissolution of a marriage, which essentially is the legal action that ends the marriage prior to the death of either spouse.

There are essentially five types of divorce, some of which can coexist, they are:

  • No-Fault: In this type of divorce, the necessity to find fault is taken away, and the divorce is based on the grounds of the breakdown of the marriage itself. Colorado is a no-fault divorce state.
  • Collaborative: In this type of divorce, each spouse hires his or her own attorney, and the parties meet together to amicably settle the terms of the divorce.
  • Mediated: In a mediated divorce, the spouses together hire a mediator or facilitator to oversee the communication regarding the divorce and outcome.
  • Contested: When the spouses are unable to agree on all terms and conditions of their divorce and have to go to a hearing with different positions.
  • Uncontested: When the spouses are able to agree on the terms of the divorce without a legal proceeding, it is known as an uncontested divorce.

When Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer?

You’ve likely known people who have gone through a long, drawn-out divorce process as well as a few who have ended their marriage without a lot of fuss. So what’s the difference, and how do you know if you need a divorce attorney, like Knies, Helland & McPherson?

The answer depends on several different factors. If you and your spouse are struggling to come to mutual decisions over your children, finances, and property, you may benefit from the legal counsel of a divorce lawyer. Likewise, if the marriage has already turned emotionally distressing or is charged with a lot of anger, an attorney can help you peaceably work through your differences and come to a resolution. Just be sure that you and your spouse hire individuals who are amicable so as to not “pour more fuel on the fire,” so to speak.

It likely goes without saying, but if you suspect or have evidence of abuse – spousal, child, sexual, or substance – then it is best to hire a lawyer to negotiate appropriately and to advise you of your legal rights and responsibilities. Finally, it is also wise to hire a lawyer in the event that your spouse has already hired an attorney, particularly if you have children and/or are facing complicated financial decisions.

How Long Does Divorce Take?

Before filing for divorce, most individuals want to know how long the process will take. In all reality, there is no “standard” for how long a divorce takes. The length of the process depends on a number of different factors. The length of time a divorce takes is based on:

  • Your state of residence
  • The type of divorce for which you are filing
  • The ease with which you are able to locate your spouse
  • The assets involved
  • The issue of custody
  • Your concern over hidden assets
  • Whether or not you or your spouse are self-employed or own a business
  • Your local family court’s log of cases
  • Appointment of an Expert

Even so, there are several ways you can expedite the divorce process. If you want to make the experience as quick and painless as possible, then you and your spouse will need to come to an agreement on several issues, including property and debt, parenting time and decision-making, child and spousal support, health and life insurance, and any other issues specific to your case. Likewise, making sure that you first meet your state’s residency requirements and that your papers are correct and complete when filing will make the process move more efficiently. If you choose to do so, working with a knowledgeable attorney, like Knies, Helland & McPherson, can help.

Why Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

Many couples are tempted to file for divorce on their own using court-provided documents and information. While going this route can work in some cases, it is typically in your best interest to hire an attorney to represent your interests or to ensure that the agreement that you craft is thorough. An attorney can:

  • Provide expert advice: An experienced divorce lawyer will help ensure your rights are protected in the event of a divorce. Likewise, he or she will help settle any complicated issues regarding custody, debt, income, or other concerns.
  • Reduce stress: If you choose to work with an attorney, you will need to provide him or her with relevant information regarding the grounds of the divorce, but beyond that, the attorney will do the work for you and act as a sounding board for your decisions.
  • Avoid mistakes: It is easy to make mistakes when completing your own divorce because the legal system is complicated and you are likely under a lot of stress. An attorney can help you navigate these issues.
  • Present a binding agreement: The court system will review any divorce documents presented; however, working with an attorney will ensure that the agreement that is delivered is clear and binding both in your eyes and the eyes of the court.
  • Circumvent delays: While any individual can use the court-provided documents to file, should you make any mistakes or complete improper forms, you may run into delays. Working with an attorney will help you avoid such issues.

What Are the Risks of Do-It-Yourself Divorce Law?

Many couples are tempted to complete a do-it-yourself divorce to save time and money. While it is much easier to do today, there are still many complications that you may run into by trying to do it yourself. Some of the most common risks of DIY divorce law include:

  • Being too general
  • Failing to include all assets, particularly retirement funds because they are assumed to belong to the individual who earned them
  • Listing real estate descriptions incompletely
  • Transferring payment insecurely
  • Failing to include specifics on any existing liens
  • Writing a Parenting Plan that is too generic
  • Filing in the wrong county

While some of these issues may not cause problems at first, they may many years down the road. And when they do, they will be that much more difficult to remedy.

In most states, you can do your own divorce (and other forms of family law); however, if you choose to do so, you assume the risk of completing the legal proceeding incorrectly or incompletely. When you work with a qualified divorce attorney, he or she assumes the risk for you and has the knowledge and capability to ensure that it is handled properly. If you do decide to do it yourself, you should at the very least have an attorney at Knies, Helland & McPherson review the paperwork you have completed before you submit it to the court system. Contact us today to schedule an initial legal consultation.

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At Knies, Helland & McPherson, we partner with you to come up with a customized solution that meets your individual needs and goals.