Boulder Divorce Lawyer
Colorado Marriage Dissolution Laws
Sadly, many marriages go through turbulent periods in which divorce becomes the best option for the entire family. While it can prove stressful for most couples, especially when children are involved, a quality, compassionate divorce attorney can make the process more seamless and less complex.
At Barre M. Sakol, P.C., our Boulder divorce attorney has over 40 years of experience, and he approaches each and every case with compassion and care. Barre has helped many families get through this difficult transition in their lives and offers free consultations to people who are considering ending their marriage.
For high-quality, personalized representation in your divorce case, reach out to our firm by calling (720) 999-9506.
Understanding Divorce in Colorado
Ending a marriage is a serious matter; divorce should not be entered into lightly without a thorough understanding of your legal rights. If you’re considering filing for divorce, seeking the counsel of an experienced divorce attorney in Colorado should be a top priority, as the terms you agree to with your spouse can have lifelong effects for you and your children.
At Barre M. Sakol, P.C., our Boulder divorce attorney helps clients iron out some of the most complex terms in their divorce agreement, including:
- Child custody and parenting time rights
- Child support
- Alimony payments
- Community property and debt
- Division of assets
- Restraining orders
- Post-Divorce Issues
If you need the help of a divorce lawyer to assist you and your spouse in reaching an amicable agreement, our firm is here. We proudly maintain the highest standards of practice, including being prompt and available in all our communication in order to answer your questions and concerns. Our goal is to give each client the representation their case deserves.
Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce in Colorado
Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage or marriage equality, is a marriage between two people of the same sex. Same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states and has been recognized in Colorado since October 7, 2014. The laws are still changing and catching up with public opinion on the subject.
Since the laws are still so new, there isn’t a lot of precedence concerning whether there can be a same sex common law marriage. As the law settles in and gains more legal ground, a common law marriage should affect a same-sex marriage the same way it affects any other marriage. (More information on common law marriages here.)
Not every marriage is forever. In cases of same-sex marriage, the divorce laws should work the same way as they do for any other marriage; however, some unique issues may arise. If one of the spouses has a child and the other spouse legally adopts the child, the custody laws should work the same way as they do with a traditional marriage.
However, in the case of two women, if one spouse carries the child and the other spouse is treated like a parent but does not legally adopt the child, the law is less clear. It is up to a court to decide if the mother who carried the child has more right to custody than her wife if the child wasn’t legally adopted by both parties after the child’s birth. The Courts have started recognizing that the “other spouse” is the child’s “psychological parent”.
In cases of two married men where one of them is the biological donor, but they legally adopt the child after the child’s birth, the laws should work the same way as a traditional marriage even though the child shares more DNA with one parent. As we know, sharing DNA and good parenting doesn't always go hand in hand.
The Changing Tide
Laws regarding same-sex marriage are still relatively new. Remember, same-sex marriage was not performed in anywhere in the United States until 2004. It has since been legalized in different jurisdictions through many different means. It’s a possibility that the Supreme Court could change the trend in the lower courts in a few weeks.
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Contact our Boulder divorce firm online or call (720) 999-9506 to schedule your free consultation. We are ready to help you.
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