- Date 11 Jul 2017
Dealing with the breakdown of a marriage or civil union requires compassion, expertise, and patience. The process of having a marriage or civil union dissolved is emotionally taxing and can be extremely time consuming. An experienced Family Law attorney can alleviate these issues and will collaborate with you to obtain a fair and just outcome.
Many people choose to proceed with their dissolution case without representation because of costs. While you may think that you cannot afford legal representation, the reality is that cost of proceeding without legal representation is often much higher. The legal implications that come along with property division, custody, spousal maintenance, and child support are significant and require consulting competent counsel.
In Family Law, the stakes are high. The dissolution of a marriage or civil union will touch your life in more ways that you may have envisioned. It will likely impact your family, your business, your financial well-being, your retirement, and your relationship with your children. This is not a process that you should face alone.
Most people find the dissolution process confusing.
- How do I complete my Sworn Financial Statement?
- Is my spouse entitled to the marital appreciation of my separate property?
- Do you need a Qualified Domestic Relations Order?
- What is a Automatic Temporary Injunction?
- Were you aware that you can be married in Colorado without actually signing a marriage license (Common Law Marriage)?
- Were you aware that spousal maintenance (also known as alimony or spousal support) terms depend a great deal on the length of your marriage?
These are questions for an experienced family law attorney, not for the internet. Allow our Attorney to guide you through the complex language and procedure accompanying a dissolution case, so you can focus on maintaining a quality and lasting relationship with your children, family, and friends, and taking time to care for yourself during this trying time.
At Gendelman Law Group, you can expect fair, thorough, and devoted representation. Our attorneys appreciate the complexity of dissolution and separation cases, from a legal, economic, and emotional standpoint. Be sure that your rights are protected, and that you achieve the result the law says you deserve. Call Gendelman Law group at (XXX)-(XXXX) or contact our attorneys by clicking here.
Levels of Representation
Full Service Representation
Full Service Representation is the classic attorney/client model. The attorney is responsible for all stages of litigation, including drafting documents, conducting routine and non-routine hearings, monitoring and meeting deadlines, communicating with the other party or their attorney, attending mediation, and, if necessary, conducting full evidentiary hearing (a Permanent Orders Hearing).
From the time you hire Gendelman Law Group, until the conclusion of our representation, everything comes through to our desk. Your attorney will be available during business hours to answer your questions, to attend meetings, and to actively resolve your case in an expedient and cost-conscious manner.
Limited Scope Representation
Our attorneys provide “limited scope” representation to clients in certain capacities, with an advance explanation of the exact services to be provided, in writing. Limited scope representation is a less expensive alternative to traditional representation. Essentially, you are dictating when and how the attorney will be involved in your case, as opposed to their constant and regular involvement present in Full Service Representation.
Here is an example of how a Limited Scope Representation Works: You file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the court clerk. They schedule you for an Initial Status Conference with a Family Court Facilitator. You go to the Initial Status Conference and leave with a bunch of dates and paperwork, including a date for a Temporary Orders Hearing. You are not comfortable going to the Temporary Orders Hearing alone, because you understand that the Court will make a decision regarding your parenting time until your case is completed. You hire Gendelman Law Group prior to that proceeding to prepare for your Temporary Orders Hearing and to litigate before the court during that proceeding. After that proceeding, Gendelman Law Group withdrawals from your case and the attorney/client relationship terminates. If you decide that you would like Gendelman Law Group’s services again, you can contact us and we will assist, subject to our availability.
Limited Scope Representation is not the same as “last-minute assistance.” In order for Gendelman Law Group to assist on your case in a Limited Scope Representation model, we require as much advance notice as possible.
Costs are usually lower using our Limited Scope Representation model. However, overuse of this model may lead to the appearance of an ongoing attorney/client relationship in your case. If our firm believes that you case is headed in that direction, we reserve the right to convert your level of representation to Full Service Representation.
“Ghost Writing” is the least involved level of representation. Essentially, we prepare pleadings and documents for you, which you then file with the court on your own. These documents can include a Sworn Financial Statement, a Separation Agreement, a Motion, etc. You are responsible for filing these documents and serving them on the appropriate parties.
The main benefit of “Ghost Writing” is that you can be assured that your documents look professional, are well drafted, use appropriate language, and are not rejected by the Court. However, “Ghost Writing” does not include an depth evaluation of your legal arguments, your case-theory, or the merits of your case.
However, Gendelman Law Group is required by the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure to note on the pleading that we assisted in drafting the pleading, and that to the best of our knowledge the pleading is (1) well-grounded in fact based upon a reasonable inquiry, (2) warranted by existing law or a good faith argument for the extension, modification or reversal of existing law, and (3) is not interposed for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation. See C.R.C.P. Rule 11.