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 Grand Junction, 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 also recognizes common law marriages. Ms. McElyea can assist you in navigating all the financial aspects of a divorce proceeding.
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
- Parenting time and parental responsibilities (custody and visitation)
- Separation agreements
- Spousal support or spousal maintenance (alimony)
- Property division (marital assets)
Parental Responsibilities And Parenting Time
Disagreements over where your children will live and how to raise them are often central issues in a divorce. Colorado’s family statutes use the terms parental responsibility (decision-making) and parenting time (formerly known as custody and visitation). Our family law attorney will help you resolve co-parenting disputes through negotiations or court proceedings. Monica McElyea draws on three decades of legal experience to protect your bond with your children and find workable solutions. We also address Allocation of Parental Responsibility cases (unmarried parents), which sometimes involve paternity issues. In addition, we regularly handle modifications of parenting arrangements.
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.
Some single parents also need and rely on 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.