Guiding You Through Your Divorce Or Separation
The breakup of a marriage or a bitter dispute over parental responsibilities, child custody, parenting time or visitation can be a traumatic time. Knowing your legal rights and obligations can ease the pressure and restore your confidence.
At The Law Office of Monica S. McElyea, LLC, in Breckenridge, Colorado, you will find a lawyer who recognizes when to negotiate and when to litigate. We maintain an aggressive approach to our clients’ concerns, and we will make certain that the legal process you face is resolved as smoothly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
Your Future Is Important To Us
Organization and advanced planning are crucial for a successful outcome to your case and to your future. The paperwork that comes with filing for a dissolution of marriage and other family law matters may seem like it is written in a foreign language. We will help you decipher the “legalese” so you have a full understanding of the documents and the procedures involved. Colorado is an equitable division property state and recognizes common law marriages, either of which can further complicate your separation.
Our goal is to help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case. In addition to divorces, we assist our clients in several other areas of family law, including:
- Creating exit strategies for marriages
- Pre-litigation management
- Mothers’ and fathers’ rights
- Child custody and visitation rights
- Separation agreements
- Spousal support or spousal maintenance (alimony)
- Property division (marital assets)
Parental Responsibilities And Parenting Time
Colorado no longer uses the term “custody.” Instead, child custody matters are referred to as “parental responsibilities.” Also, the term “visitation” now refers to the time spent with your children as “parenting time.”
Disagreements involving your children can be traumatizing to all members of your family. Our family law attorney will help you minimize the stress of the situation. If you think a battle regarding parenting time or parental responsibilities is going to get particularly ugly, we will help you before the actual struggle even begins.
Parental (decision-making) responsibilities include four general areas:
- Nonemergency health
- General welfare and extracurricular activities
We will help you negotiate and solidify solutions that work for you, your child and your child’s other parent. With more than 25 years of experience, attorney Monica S. McElyea knows how to aggressively pursue your rights whether through mediation, at the settlement table or in court.
Child Support And Spousal Maintenance
There are many expenses associated with children: Food, clothing, shelter, among others. Single parents may depend on child support payments to provide for their children.
The same is true for spousal maintenance — Colorado’s term for spousal support, which was previously known as alimony. If there is a court order requiring your ex-spouse to pay you spousal maintenance, we will help you get what he or she owes you.
Conversely, if you believe your ex-spouse does not need child support or spousal maintenance payments, we will help you oppose his or her attempts to make you pay.
Other Family Law Services
At The Law Office of Monica S. McElyea, LLC, you will also receive skilled representation in other areas of family law such as marital agreements (prenuptial or postnuptial), common law marriage issues, child dependency and neglect, adoption, divorce and separation mediation services and other family law matters.