Family law matters typically fall into one of two major categories commonly referred to as “divorce” and “custody.”

When marriage ends, society refers to that as “divorce.” Despite what may have transpired to get to this point, divorce can be even more messy, ranging from the initial filing for divorce, through sorting out who gets what and how we pay the debts, dividing  parenting time if there are children and sometimes including pets, and through both child support and spousal support (also known as maintenance or alimony).  It can continue being messy through efforts to enforce existing orders after a divorce is complete, such as collecting support payments or getting certain obligations met. It is, for better or worse, far easier to get married than it is to get divorced.

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR), as it is referred to in the Colorado Courts, pertain to the legal custody of children when there is no marriage to  be dissolved.  Despite the change in terms, we have continued to call it “custody” here because that’s how most of  us still think of the arrangements for decision-making and parenting time with children.  The terms have changed and the attitudes about what arrangements are best for the children have changed some, but the underlying process and end result are not so different.

Please explore the individual pages for each of these services to learn more.  For Frequently Asked Questions regarding Family law matters, also refer to our FAQ page.

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